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Murphy's River Lodge
Ranked #6 of 29 Hotels in Estes Park
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Salem, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful motel”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

This place was just great. If you can get a room on the 2nd floor and with the river outback do it. When people are above you all you can hear is feet pounding on the floor. The rooms were clean and the beds comfortable. The indoor pool was big and fun. The managers and staff were very helpful and very nice. The river outback was refreshing.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
Thank you for reviewing Murphy's River Lodge. Thank you for mentioning our
staff. We have the top of the top staff. Our Manager Annette has created an awesome working environment. The staff works hard at making the Lodge a place that is relaxing
and clean. The indoor pool is great fun and our Manager Doug keeps it clean.
We are happy you enjoyed being by the river. The river is very peaceful and a way to
connect with nature. We are happy you enjoyed your stay at our Lodge and please stay
again at Murphy's River Lodge.
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new york city, ny
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Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

We loved the location of this place. It was just a short walk to town but in a nice quiet section. Our room was just a few feet from the river and it was very relaxing to hear the water flowing by. The room itself was comfortable and clean. The only negative was that it was a little tight on storage for our family of 3. It was convenient to have a kitchen so that we could make lunches before our hikes in the national park. The park itself was only a short drive away. The weather was cool so we didn't need the AC. It was also nice that the front office had a library of DVDs to borrow for the rainy days.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
Wow, we get the feeling you had an awesome stay at our Lodge. You must of stayed in one of our lower condo rooms because it had a kitchen. So glad you were able to hike. The beauty of the mountains are exceptional. We are happy you were able to rest and relax at the Lodge.
It's true we have a huge movie library. We are always adding to it. We are glad you had a comfortable stay with us and a great experience. We hope you stay again. Thanks for the review.
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Louisville, Kentucky
2 reviews
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Nice place to stay. Clean and updated. Great location. Stayed 3 night with family. Easy walk to downtown. Breakfast was good. Staff was friendly. Good value for the price. Would recommend to others. Would stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
It's great that you had a wonderful experience staying at Murphy's River Lodge. It sounds like our Lodge helped make your vacation an good one. We appreciate you mentioning all the great things
We hope you stay again. Thanks for the great review.
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Villa Rica, Georgia
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 July 2014

I went to visit family in Estes Park, CO and stayed at Murphy's River Lodge! The place is amazing! The rooms are very clean & the staff and management are wonderful! The management, Annette & Doug are very friendly and always there to help with anything! The staff there - Bo, Stephanie, Nathan & Elena were so friendly and kind! It almost felt as though they were all family!
The river runs along side the lodge & the walking trail to town and the shops was so much fun! I didn't need a car because everything I needed was within walking distance! I will never stay anyplace else in Estes Park other than Murphy's River Lodge! Thank you all for such a wonderful first experience in CO!!!

Room Tip: The river runs along the back side of all the rooms!!
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Green Features: Environmentally-friendly soaps & shampoos are provided & they smell amazing!
  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
We are so pleased you loved our Lodge. We can tell by your review that you got to know our staff. Our managers have helped create a sort of family with our staff. That is pretty amazing! They all really care about the people who stay at our lodge. Our staff is very friendly and caring. We are truly blessed to have them work for us. They have a true talent of keeping it all together and have things run smoothly. Our location is the greatest. It's relaxing to be by the river but the fact its a few blocks from downtown is a great plus. We would love to have you stay again and want you to have the best possible experience at Murphy's River Lodge.
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Fuquay-Varina, NC
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

Our family of four loved staying at Murphy's for three nights on our Southwest US vacation. The room was clean, comfy and plenty roomy. Great location to the entrance to RMNP, while easy walking distance to Estes Park. The staff was very nice and we felt valued. The breakfast room is very homey and well maintained. A great touch is the DVD collection from which you can check out movies for free and the framed picture on the "big chair".

Only gripes are having to lug our bags upstairs and the view of the back of a business and its dumpster. The garbage truck came and banged us awake on one of our three mornings. I'd give 5 stars except for this. Try and get a room that overlooks the stream or at least on the left side (as you face the office) and you're golden.

Room Tip: Get a room on the stream for the best experience.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
It sounds like you had a great vacation in Estes Park. It also sounds like you loved staying at Murphy's River Lodge. We always encourage people to be thoughtful about the the rooms they choose when staying at our lodge. The rooms by the river are generally the ones people really want. To get these rooms you have to pay a little more and also plan ahead because the rooms are booked quickly. We encourage people to ask for help from our staff if getting luggage to the second level is an issue. We are blessed with a staff that is people oriented and they are always willing to help. We will be calling the trash company to let them know about your issue with their pick up time. It could very well be the other businesses trash service but we will definitely take care of this issue. We would encourage anyone and everyone to let our staff know about any issues like this. That's how things get resolved. Our staff as well as us the owners want people to be happy, happy, happy. We want everyones vacation to be full of awesome memories.
We would love to have you stay with us again.
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

We stayed at Murphy's Resort last year and wanted to stay there again, this year, but they were all booked up for our needs. They suggested their "sister" resort and we were able to get the room we needed. Just like Murphy's Resort, the rooms were very clean and easily accessible. We rented a condo room with the full kitchen. We have 4 kids, so we did bring up a blow up mattress for two to share. The room had a king bed, and a pull out sofa sleeper. It was perfect for us. The room backed up to the river and we loved the sound of the running water. We saw Elk on the bank. The continental breakfast is the same as the other resort, fresh fruit, bagels, pastries, coffee, juice and cereal. The lady that kept the breakfast stocked was very nice. Check in was a breeze and they did get our room ready for our early arrival which was very nice and unexpected. The resort manager, Annette was fun and very likeable. She remembers her guests. The desk gal, Stephanie A.k.a Bethany and any other rhyming name, was always resourceful with recommendations. Well done, Murphy's River lodge. Highly recommend. By the way, they have evening bonfires, on site gas grills and an indoor swimming pool for your enjoyment. You also have the option to visit the amenities of Murphy's Resort across town, to use their outdoor swimming pool, ladder golf, horseshoes, playground, volleyball, tether ball and the such. Fantastic resorts.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 27 July 2014
Thank you for the awesome review. Annette is a wonderful manager. We have a great staff
and they give extra efforts to make our guests happy. It sounds like Stephanie was fun to be around. It's great everything fell together for your family. Your experience is important to us and we are happy had a great vacation and fabulous memories. We would love to have you stay with us again.
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Lynden, Washington
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Thank you Murphy's Lodge Estes Park, CO. Your staff and management made us feel so welcome. You made a reunion with friends so memorable. The room by the river was so pleasant. You had everything we could ask for adult and kid friendly. Perfect location to downtown! The sweet woman who took care of the continental breakfast made our morning! Very pleasant and recommended great places to visit during our stay. We look forward to our next visit and will recommend your facilities to everyone we know visiting your area. Thank you all so much!!! We also enjoy looking at the picture you took of us in the extra large rocking chair... (thanks for providing the frame).

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Thank you so much for the awesome review. We are glad you discovered Estes Park and especially Murphy's River Lodge. It's a wonderful place to stay to enjoy life, family and friends.
It sounds like our staff helped you enjoy your reunion. Our staff wants to watch and hear about
your vacation unfolding. We are so happy Pam started your day out in such a positive way.
We love to hear our Lodge helped you create wonderful lasting memories.
We hope you stay again, and Thanks one more time for the great review.
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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American Wilderness Hotel
American Wilderness Lodge
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