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Murphy's River Lodge
Ranked #7 of 29 Hotels in Estes Park
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Reviewed 14 July 2014 via mobile

This was our second time to stay here. The management and staff are great! The rooms are very nice and clean. We enjoyed the pool, hot tub and breakfast. We love sitting on the balcony of our room looking at the scenery. We will most definitely go back!

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2014

Thank you for being a repeat customer.
We are so glad you enjoy the scenery.
It is a relaxing place. We are very proud of
our managers and staff, they are awesome people.
We hope you can stay again.
We are happy that you are happy!!

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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Stayed 3 nights along the river-had a deck which we thoroughly enjoyed. Also enjoyed visiting with others around the fire pit in the afternoon and evening. The managers & staff are very nice & able to answer any question you ask. Would definitely recommend the lodge and would return for relaxation. Able to walk to town which we enjoyed or trolley is available also.

Room Tip: We enjoyed being along the river
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2014

Thank you for letting us know you had a wonderful stay.
We are excited to hear you enjoyed hanging around with
others at the fire pit. We are truly blessed to have a wonderful
staff. They help make the Lodge a comfortable place to stay.
Thanks for staying with us!

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Reviewed 11 July 2014

Our family of 5 stayed here for 2 nights in July. We originally had booked for 1 night only, but after arriving and discovering a few more things we would like to do, we wanted to extend our stay. This was 4th of July week, and I knew that they would be busy, and probably booked. Loretta and her staff were amazing, they bent over backwards to accommodate our last minute change of plans. They are very organized and guest satisfaction is a top priority. We found the rooms (and we stayed in 2 different ones) very clean and comfortable. The breakfast in the morning is the perfect way to start your day, they have many activities and free DVD rental. It really is a mini home away from home. We will definitely return.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2014

Thank you for the great comments.
We are so happy you could extend your stay.
There is lots to do in and around Estes Park.
We are so glad Murphy's was your home away from home.
So happy everything was clean and neat for you.
We hope you stay with us again. We love repeat customers.

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Reviewed 9 July 2014

We spent 4 days here over the July 4th, 2014 holiday and we enjoyed our stay. Our room faced the river which sounded relaxing at night. Continental Breakfast was nice as was the swimming pool. The room was nice and clean which is all we needed. The staff was very nice and friendly especially the front desk young lady Stephanie. It was nice that it was walking distance from downtown and the Trolley stop is right across the street, perfect! Glad I found somewhere I can be comfortable staying when we return. I recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: The rooms facing the river are relaxing since you can hear the river all night. There are no elevato...
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2014

We are so happy you had a great experience.
Our location is awesome. We are lucky to be by the
river and close walk to downtown. We do have a wonderful
staff and they will be glad to help with luggage. It shouldn't be
an issue to get luggage to the second level. We want everyone
to be very happy while staying at our lodge.
Our keeps the place clean. We have a wonderful
friendly staff. We would love to have you stay with us again.

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Reviewed 9 July 2014

The lodge is located in walking distance to Estes Park town center. It has a nice homely touch to it, and all staff are very friendly. One morning we had Elks right outside our patio, which is overlooking a small river.
The rooms are well equipped, but some features are becoming slightly dated.
We would recommend this place to our friends!

Room Tip: Rooms on the west side are overlooking the river.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2014

We are so glad you had a great experience at our Lodge.
Being by the river is very relaxing. We are so glad you
were welcomed by our staff. Our recently updated property
is very comfy and peaceful. We hope you do send some of
your friends our way. Thank you so much for staying with us
and we hope you stay again.

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

Very nice area away from downtown just a bit. Loved the room - very clean and comfortable. Woke up to an Elk right below our balcony eating breakfast out of the bird feeders. LOVED every part of this lodge just wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2014

We are glad you love our lodge. We hope you can stay again.
It will be great to have you return. Your review is music to our ears.
Thanks so much for staying at Murphy's River Lodge.

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Although the staff seemed young, they were very courteous and responsive. When I mentioned that our room was missing a "Do Not Disturb" door-hanger, there was a new one hanging on the door within 5 minutes. When another gentleman asked about booking a river-view room,because there was only a small one left, the clerk offered to show it to him before he decided whether or not to book it.
The location is very nice. It's on the west side of Estes so you can get to Rocky Mountain National Park without going through the town, which is very congested. On the other hand, it's a very easy walk, about 5 minutes, into the heart of the town, and it's also steps from Performance Park, which features an outdoor stage with evening concerts.
The day we arrived a note on the counter advertised an informal singalong around the fire pit that evening, arranged by another guest. The fire pit was on the river bank next to picnic tables. There was a blaze going every evening for anyone who wanted to roast marshmallows or just enjoy the setting. The continental breakfast was extensive, including yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, and instant oatmeal. A microwave was available to warm up pastries.
The one criticism I have concerns the room decor. The owners are apparently going along with the current decorator fad of muted, neutral colors, like vomit green, puke yellow, and dull reddish brown which is reminiscent of something I won't mention. Even a few prints on the walls would be appreciated. I much prefer bright prints and cheerful colors. Though I might tire of them rapidly if they were in my home, I don't stay in motel rooms long enough for that to happen. Also, the valence was mounted two inches to the left of the curtain rod on the right side, so that it was awkward to open the curtains all the way and looked a little tacky.
Overall, this was a friendly place to stay with courteous staff, a great location and a very good value.

Room Tip: The flight of stairs to the second floor has fewer steps at the end of the lodge by the road. If yo...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

We are so happy you noticed what an over the top staff we have. They have the best
customer service skills. Somehow the people skills are natural for them. We are glad
you complimented us on our location because it is superb. We are on the river and walking distance to downtown. Sorry you didn't like our decoration. It was thoughtfully chosen. The black and white photos have been very popular. We also have mountain animal photos from a local photographer. The hotel interior decorator gave recommendations that would appeal to most. Many people have complimented us because they find it relaxing. Our goal is to create a relaxing place for our guests to stay after a fun filled day in and around Estes Park. We love our lodge. We keep it clean and continually maintain and add upgrades. Murphy's River Lodge is a great place to stay.

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Additional Information about Murphy's River Lodge

Address: 481 W Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517-9030
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Region: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Estes Park
#3 Business Hotel in Estes Park
#5 Family Hotel in Estes Park
#5 Romantic Hotel in Estes Park
Price Range: £71 - £141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Murphy's River Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Murphy's River Lodge is located 2 blocks from downtown Estes Park and backs to the Fall River. Murphy's was remodeled in 2011 and has a reputation of having the friendliest staff in town. Your stay at Murphy's comes with free wifi,free breakfast,indoor heated pool and hot tub,20 River front rooms ,6 pet friendly rooms and several value rooms for our friends on a tighter budget. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Murphy`s River Hotel Estes Park
American Wilderness Hotel
American Wilderness Lodge
Murphy's River Lodge Estes Park, CO

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