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Murphy's River Lodge
Ranked #5 of 29 Hotels in Estes Park
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115 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“#5? This place should be ranked #1....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

After driving half the day and discovering our reservations at Paradise on the River where for the wrong month, we were left with no place to stay. I got on my trip advisor app and saw that the Murphy's River Lodge was ranked #5 in Estes with rooms available. I had left the previous place pretty upset because I had booked the cabin as a treat for my wife's birthday, and I felt the whole day was ruined! It took about 5 seconds of talking to Stephanie at Murphy's River Lodge to lift our spirits!! She was very sympathetic to our situation and showed us the most wonderful room-110. It was big, clean, right next to the river, AND it has a HUGE jacuzzi tub. Our day turned right around! Nathan was there to help as well and before we knew it, we had a wonderful room, AND a complimentary bottle of wine for celebrating the birthday I thought was ruined. If you are in Estes, you need to stay here! Great location, amazing staff, clean rooms, nice view of the river...I could go on and on. I wish we could have stayed longer. I am so thankful to Stephanie and Nathan for saving our day! Stay here. You will not regret it.

Room Tip: Room 110. It's amazing. Jacuzzi tube, king size bed, right by the river.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Peytonsgirl
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
We are so happy that Murphy's River Lodge saved your celebration trip. It's wonderful Stephanie and Nathan were treated you so special. That is exactly want to happen. We are glad your experience was awesome and our staff and lodge helped you create special memories.
Please stay again and thank you for the great review.
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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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255 reviews
102 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

Bathroom was very small and the counter space was next to nothing. It was very clean and the new laminate floor was very nice. The grounds are kept very nice and there is lots to do. The AC for the room was not quite large enough to really keep the room cool. The breakfast area was well stocked but the counters dirty.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
You would have stayed in an economy with a smaller bathroom. We encourage people to talk with the staff when reserving a room because we have many types of rooms. If bathroom size is important then please ask for a room with a larger bathroom. Our staff is great at keeping our hotel clean, it may have been there were many people at breakfast dropping crumbs. We know our staff cleans the breakfast room everyday, we have seen it first hand. We have hired and always have a breakfast attendant, that keep food supplied and also answer questions about the Estes Park area. They are awesome. We have done lots to improve our hotel. Our staff is awesome and they do a tremendous job keeping things going to enable people to create an awesome great stay. We have been in the process of adding ceiling fans to our rooms to help the air conditioning circulation. Some guests prefer no air conditioning, they want windows open to enjoy the fresh mountain air. With the fans and air conditioning available we think we can please a multitude of people. We highly encourage people to talk with our staff when reserving rooms to get the right room match. We very much want everyone to be happy.
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

Comfortable and clean rooms. Can walk downtown and convenient access to RMNP. Complimentary breakfast. Friendly, courteous service. Very well-maintained property an a good option for couples or families.

Room Tip: Pick 2nd floor on the river. Minimizes noise and offers better light.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank CoopJean
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Thank You for the review. Our location is superb. Being next to the river gives a peaceful feeling.
To watch and hear the flow of water is just plain relaxing. Also, since we are just a few blocks from downtown anyone can get to all the action in a short time. Our staff continues to keep our Lodge in a clean and welcoming environment. The Rocky Mountains are beautiful and we are happy you stayed at Murphy's River Lodge.
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Austin
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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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1 Thank KE85M09
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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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Florence, Alabama
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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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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
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    • 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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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 Romantic Hotel in Estes Park
#5 Family 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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Murphy`s River Hotel Estes Park
American Wilderness Hotel
American Wilderness Lodge
Murphy's River Lodge Estes Park, CO

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