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“Breakfast, gorgeous view, lots of signs” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Murphy's River Lodge
Ranked #5 of 29 Hotels in Estes Park
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Austin
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34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Breakfast, gorgeous view, lots of signs”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014 via mobile

Spacious room with a beautiful view of the river. Love that they have a dvd player in the room and a variety of DVDs to rent for free. Attentive and thoughtful office staff. The breakfast isn't great....definitely continental most basic-- and don't think you can just grab some things from breakfast to snack on during the day (there are tons of signs that say "no"!) Speaking of signs, they are everywhere!! :p No dogs here, dogs yes there, no pool after hours- even if you aren't seen!, keep doors closed, how to run the dvd player...it's comical after awhile. Hotel is in the best place ever!! 3 minute walk to get downtown. Awesome!

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
We are glad you think our Lodge is the BEST place ever. We want everyone to feel great when they stay at our Lodge. We want everyone to enjoy and have the best possible experience. Our staff and managers find ways to create harmony so that way everyone can have a great vacation. Everyone can set their own pace because our staff keeps the Lodge clean , comfortable and fun.
We hope you stay again because like you said Murphy's River Lodge is the BEST place ever.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Florence, Alabama
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29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

Murphy's was a very clean and pleasant place to stay. We stay there three nights in July after spending a few days at the YMCA Camp with our five year old grandson while visiting the Rocky Mts. I was able to wash and dry clothes which was great. Our grandson enjoyed the pool and play area. The front desk was also helpful. They allowed us to print our boarding passes and helped with dinner ideas. Their breakfast area was pleasant and choices for breakfast were good. While we were there everyone visiting were very nice. We would stay there again for sure.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Donna W
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
We are happy you could stay at our Lodge. The pool is very fun and we are glad your grandson enjoyed it. Our location is awesome. Our staff cares, they want everyone one to enjoy and have
the best possible experience. Thanks for the review and we hope you stay again.
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

Rolled into town on a Thursday and came across this place. The young lady behind the desk showed us a room and we ended up staying 3 nights. King room was clean and comfortable. GOOD BEDDING! Fridge, microwave, A/C. Property is located on the river so you can make a fire in the fire ring and enjoy the evening watching the water.
Breakfast was included and was better than any big corporate hotel continental breakfast that we have ever had. Spacious dining room. The lady that tends to the breakfast does a great job and keeps the place immaculate.
Last but not least is the great location. Downtown is walking distance. Never had to get the car out of the lot.
Front desk staff was young but very smart, professional and helpful. Great housekeeping. They even keep the outdoor grills sparkling clean.
Indoor pool is nice. Would be nice if the spa could be outdoors because it gets stuffy and humid in there.

If we ever come back to Estes Park this will be our first choice.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Thank you so much for the awesome review. We thank our lucky stars we have a great location. The river is relaxing and we are glad you sat by the fire ring. The short walk to town is a huge plus. It makes us wish we were there too.
We are glad everything was sparkling clean. Our staff is wonderful and energetic we are grateful for everyone that works at our Lodge. We would love for you to stay again.
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Pa.
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

We had the room on top of the office and we wished we would have paid extra money for the river view, So take it from me put the extra money out and go for it, you won't be sorry.
Our room was spacious but we only had a small shared balcony and didn't want to sit out there much because the window to the room next to us was open and we didn't want to make noise to wake them late at night.. We are night owls and love looking at the stars,
My husband didn't like the idea of not having dressers to put his clothes in besides the small night stand but that didn't bother me much at all since it was only for a few days , I just kept the suitcase out on the rack . We had a small table and 2 chairs in the room with a king size bed and the bathroom sink . I know we would have enjoyed it so much more if we had the river view but that was our own fault .. All in all we liked it very much great location free breakfast to get you going in the morning and the people working there were very nice and helpful.

Room Tip: Get the river view room the sound is relaxing ,and you have a private balcony , Cheap out on somethi...
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Green Features: It was very close to Rocky Mountains , people were very nice and they took a picture of you when you checked out on the big rocking chair out front.
  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Murphy's River Lodge is very cool because it is close to the river. You would of been a perfect fit for a river room. Like you explained the rooms over the office are small and the price reflects that.
Some want a less expensive room. Our staff is great at helping people choose the right room.
Thank you for being so courteous to the other guests. We hope you come stay again. Our staff is awesome. We think you might really enjoy a lower condo unit on the river. It sounds like you would of also like a room where you could spread out a little more. Our staff is excellent at finding the right match of a room. We hope you are in the area again and stay with us.
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

We spent two nights at Murphy's River Lodge earlier this month. Our daughter and her family had one room and we had another. Ours was a king river view room with a balcony on the second floor. It was spacious and clean and everything we needed. We slept with the windows open so we could hear the river rushing by. Our daughter's family had two queen beds on the second floor and it also was clean and spacious. Everyone at the front desk was helpful and very pleasant. What we really enjoyed was taking a short walk into Estes Park whenever we wanted to and not having to to get a car out. The location is ideal... far enough away from the noise but close enough to stroll to town. The breakfast is enough to get you moving in the morning. Our grandchildren loved that they could pick a treat to take with them each day. My only wish was that we could have stayed longer.

Room Tip: Book early. We were lucky to get two rooms.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Thank you for your wonderful review. It's always great to hear about families having a great time.
Our location close to downtown is such a plus. To be able to walk to the stores and dining it's a big plus. We are glad our staff was there to help create a positive experience. Our dream is to have everyone one have a wonderful time at our lodge. Thank you for the wonderful description of your time spent at Murphy's River Lodge.
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Grand Island, Nebraska
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25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

We found Murphy's by looking at locations in Estes Park, Colorado and followed up by looking at Trip Advisor. We were very pleased with our stay at Murphy's!

We loved the personal touches like offering a framed pix of us in their giant rocking chair, free use of DVDs for our room, free samples available to try in the office, and a nice breakfast served with the help of a VERY nice lady that made sure everything was ready for every guest that stopped in the breakfast room. She even helped give us directions to a trail hike that we wanted to try!
We stayed in Room 110- the picture on the website doesn't do it justice. We used the jacuzzi tub each nite after long days of hiking and loved it! It was nice to be able to open our "back door" and be able to enjoy the sounds of the Fall River.

Parking is a little tight, but we were always able to have a spot by our room. Though we did not use any, we loved the fact that they had many gas grill/picnic areas available for guests to use.

You truly can walk to shops in downtown Estes- just a couple blocks from the west end shops making it easy to stroll along to the city square and Barlow Plaza area. But if you prefer to ride, the free trolley is right across the road and seemed to arrive about every 20 minutes or so.

The owner is VERY nice and friendly- we will stay again. Estes Park is a wonderful vacation town that we have visited and watched grow for years! Thank you Murphy's for a great place to stay close to beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park!

Room Tip: We were very happy with Room 110 which had a jacuzzi tub plus in the bathroom a tub/shower combo. Th...
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Green Features: They seem to be working hard on helping the environment by offering no waste options of toiletries, etc.
  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
We love you had a wonderful time at our Lodge. It's easy to enjoy the short walk to town. Estes Park has it's own personality and it is a great place to visit. The discovery of Estes Park and Murphy's River Lodge makes a wonderful way to enjoy life and relax. We would love for you to stay again.
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Loveland, Colorado
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

First time to Murphy's River Lodge and we would go back again. Rooms are clean and great service from all of the staff. The continental breakfast was great. Fresh food and very clean. Can't wait to go back soon.

Room Tip: A bottom suit next to the river is great.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Larry G
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
We are so delighted you had a great anniversary at our Lodge. We are happy you loved it.
It sounds like our staff welcomed you and everything was wonderful. We are glad you had a special time and now you have a special place to stay at, Murphy's River Lodge. We hope you stay again and create even more special moments and memories. Thanks for the great review.
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Property: Murphy's River Lodge
Address: 481 West Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517
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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
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