Discovery Lodge Hotel

, Estes Park, United States
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Discovery Lodge Hotel

, Estes Park

Rooms: 57

800 Big Thompson Ave. - Estes Park - Colorado - 80517 - United States Hotel Website | 970-586-3336
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1/10
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Submitted by: Jacque in 14/09/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Following extensive research through phone calls and online for our June 2006 family vacation to Colorado, we settled on staying two nights in a "luxury" cabin in Estes Park.

Having four young children (ages 5, 7, 9 and 12) means that sleeping arrangements are important for our family when on vacation. That was part of the appeal of a cabin instead of a hotel room.

This particular cabin was advertised as a luxury cabin and the pictures on the website absolutely made it appear to be so as did the description given on the website and the rate charged per night. So I called, made the reservations and gave my credit card number to hold the cabin.

When we got there, it did indeed seem to be a lovely cabin. The furnishings were nice and it was handy to Estes Park. I was a little put out by the musty smell, but assumed once the air conditioning kicked it would eliminate that problem.

Upon further inspection ,however, we discovered that the thermostat on the wall was only meant to control the furnace as there was no air conditioning in this "luxury" cabin. The temperatures the week of our visit were in the 90's. That was our first unpleasant surprise. We have air conditioning in our home and our camper. Why would we not expect air conditioning when we were paying for a "luxury" cabin?

To continue, the attendant at the office of the facility had indicated to us that most people enter the cabin via the garage so that is what we did upon our arrival to the cabin. Our very first observation was that the garage was too small to park the truck in so we parked on the drive way. When entering the cabin from the garage one walks into what I initially considered a mudroom that had about six or seven steps that led up to the kitchen and the rest of the cabin. This mudroom consisted of a futon loveseat and some shelves with some books. It was the only "room" of the cabin not shown in the pictures on the website which even included an exterior shot.

After going into Estes to souvenir shop and have dinner we headed back to the cabin. After checking the outside of the cabin for signs of an air conditioning unit and realizing there wasn't one, we decided we'd have to live with it and get everyone to bed. It was getting late. That is when we "discovered" the next unpleasant surprise.

I began pulling cushions off the sofa and loveseat in the living room (the room with the fireplace, sofa, loveseat, TV and big picture windows) to locate the "pull-out queen in living room". To my disgust, the only thing I found was a half eaten cookie. I was confused for a while before I finally realized the "pull-out queen" was supposed to be the futon in the mudroom which, by the way, I highly doubt is a queen.

I was very upset. There was no way I was going to let my children sleep in a strange place in a mudroom down off the garage where I couldn't even hear them if they needed me. The website had indicated this bed would be in the living room. Upon further reflection, I'm not even sure this mudroom hadn't at once been part of the garage as the common wall between the mudroom and garage had new drywall on the garage side that had never even been texturized or painted.

We left and stayed in a hotel the next two nights. And while they didn't charge us for the two nights stay at the cabin, they did refuse to give us a refund of our deposit. It is my contention that that deposit was made based on lies and misrepresentations and should therefore have been refunded.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Discovery Lodge Hotel

Absolutely incredible

from colorado312
This place is is a campy retro 60's style lodge that was incredible. To begin with, the view could not be better. Secondly it is next to a lake where we saw elk, and the placement of the hotel rooms and individual cabins gives a very open feel, as opposed to a restrictive feel one gets at many hotels.

The rooms were very clean, and I will stay here the next time we are in Estes Park. Also, we paid only 119 for a suite, and 99 for a deluxe room the next night. If I owned this place I would charge 250/night. Great place and great value. AAA+++

It is also a 2 minute walk from the restaurants and shops in Estes Park.

Could not wait to leave

from ahineg
From the photos on the web site the Discovery Lodge looked very nice for the price. Maybe there are some nice rooms, but ours was not. Clean but very worn with stained furniture and curtains. Our TV had poor reception for most of the stations, no soap in the bathroom dispenser, dim lighting, no hairdryer or internet. In all fairness they didn't list those last two amenities. To top off our stay the noise from the upstairs room was so excessive that sleeping pills only gave some relief. The staff was polite but failed to resolve the TV problem. We were so disappointed that we cut our stay in Estes short.

Perfect for everything.

from tobro
I drove into Estes Park with no reservation, during peak season and felt extremely lucky to have found this place. Very reasonably priced for what you get. It is a charming motor lodge with a few options for rooms. The property has a fishing pond, is right next to the golf course and a short walk to the Estes lake park and trail as well as the dog park. The staff were extremely nice and helpful. We were travelling with our 2 large dogs. The room was huge and perfectly clean. Part of their staff incldued Dodge, their black lab/great dane mix dog, who was delightful. The only downside was their policy about not leaving the dogs unattended in the room, which meant they had to go everywhere with us. Fortunately, we found some restaurants that had patios where we could tie them to the outside, or it was cool enough to leave them in the car while we ate. I understand the rule, but if your dogs are well behaved, I think they should be able to judged individually rather than a concrete rule for all. However, we would come back and recommend it to others as well.

Great place

from vbmomdenver
We had a small family reunion, 14 people, and we rented the Heritage House & the Luxury Cabin. It was perfect, the two cabins are in walking distance so everyone could go back and forth between the 2. We had 3 children & 1 teenager and they kept busy riding bikes, playing horse shoes etc... The cabins were spotless and the management was very helpful. The Lodge is on the free shopper's shuttle route so we didn't have to drive down to Estes. Overall we had a wonderful time.

Discovery Cabin was Swell

from oliveandbehr
I stayed in the private cabin at Discovery Lodge with 3 friends and 2 dogs and we LOVED it. The cabin itself is separate from the lodge; it's up the road just a bit from the hotel. We found the lodge clean, with comfortable furnishings. There are two bedrooms that are about the same size, with comfortable beds. The bathroom has been updated with two stand alone pedestal sinks. I would say the cabin could accommodate about 6 people.

The kitchen is stocked with all the utensils and plate/pots/glasses you would ever need. The cabin was quiet through the night, and in the morning. The garage made it nice to keep the car out of the snow, but as stated in a previous review- it's not for super big trucks.

Only complaint would be that I had to sign a statement saying the dogs would not be on any of the furniture, and we would not leave them alone, or I would be charged. I guess this is understandable, but I was already paying a nonrefundable deposit for two tiny dogs (who like to sit on furniture- see photo). I think it was $20 per dog, but the cabin was already affordable. I paid about $150 in the end.

PS. Wine and Cheese in downtown Estes Park was delicious. I recommend it if you like, duh, wine and cheese.

Nice Hotel...A Little Noisy

from Jacky-O
My husband and I and our two small dogs stayed here for 3 days during our trip to Colorado. The room we had was nice and clean, with a balcony and great view. Ther were plenty of places to walk our dogs and we saw Elk from our balcony every day. The people who worked there were very nice and accomodating. The location was pretty good if you are interested in downtown Estes Park as you can walk to the "strip". Having said this, I must admit that we were VERY dissapointed in what the downtown had to offer, especially the restaurants. We tried 3 of them and they were all extremely overpriced (even for our standards and we are used vacationing in NYC where you expect high prices) and completely DISGUSTING! So, needless to say after the first 2 days, being walking distance to downtown did not mean much to us. We stayed in a cabin bordering the National Park for the majority of our stay and were very happy there. I guess you really come to Estes Park to see nature anyway. The only negatives about the hotel itself were the noise, the balconies are not private, and lack of coffee maker in the room (they did have coffee in the lobby but i like to have mine in my pj's). Being that we were there during the "slow" time of year there were only about 5 other guests in the entire place besides us, which is why we could not figure out why the place is soooooo noisy. When people closed their doors it vibrated our entire room and this seemed to go on constantly. You could also hear EVERYHTING in the rooms next to you. Other than that I would recommend this hotel to anyone. I mean, let's face it....we pd. a total of $220 (this included pet fees and tax) for 3 days. You really can't beat a clean, safe room with a balcony and view for that money!

Great value, huge rooms

from CandacePetrie
My husband and I have stayed at the Discovery Lodge every other year for our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a lovely motel with very spacious rooms with views, it is always clean and comfortable and you can't beat the prices.

The staff is very friendly and sociable and we've seen the same two people there for over 6 years! They always have great recommendations and we usually chat for hours.

t Stop Here...Keep Driving

from Home2KC
This is an old moldy hotel with outdated fixtures and no air-conditioning. It has not been maintained or updated in any way. The front desk's solution to air conditioning is a fan but that is little relief when it is in the 90s and if you brought a pet. The air does not circulate.

My room was musty smelling and the walls were so dusty that you could write your name on the panels. And there was black mold in the shower - disgusting. There was a front balcony with mismatched chairs and filthy astro-turf covering on the floor. You would not want to walk barefoot on any of it. My screen door had tears in it and there wasn't even a screen in the window of the bathroom.

The pool is cracked and hasn't not been used forever yet there is still standing water in it that is stagnant and smelly.

The front desk does not even open until 8 a.m. and offers generic coffee, no type of breakfast or fruit or even a vending maching. The staff is pleasant but uninvolved.

Save your money - there are plenty of other newer and more inviting hotels in the area and up the road. Avoid this one.

Loved Estes Park, Discovery needs to be rediscovered

from jodi090801
We picked Discovery Lodge out of the Estes Park accommodations book that is published because the pictures were great, and they accommodate pets. We did have a rustic small cabin which served it's purpose for sleep, but didn't enjoy the evening. The staff was nice, However we had a two bedroom suite separated by a bathroom. One person in our party is in a wheelchair and had to be carried to the bedroom and bathroom because the hallway was not big enough, even though it is on the first floor and "handicapped accessible". One of our bedspreads had some brown stains all over it. The back bedroom, which had 2 beds, had no heat and the bedspreads were very thin. The main bedroom with the one king bed and excellent heat as well as their own fireplace. It was a cold night, but we just bundled up and tuffed through it. We've been to Estes Park before. You must stop at the taffy store and Penelope's for burgers. Excellent! Would definately pick another hotel next time if I wasn't confident we were going to have heat. However, it was good for the price.

false advertising!

from mjhoffman
Following extensive research through phone calls and online for our June 2006 family vacation to Colorado, we settled on staying two nights in a "luxury" cabin in Estes Park.

Having four young children (ages 5, 7, 9 and 12) means that sleeping arrangements are important for our family when on vacation. That was part of the appeal of a cabin instead of a hotel room.

This particular cabin was advertised as a luxury cabin and the pictures on the website absolutely made it appear to be so as did the description given on the website and the rate charged per night. So I called, made the reservations and gave my credit card number to hold the cabin.

When we got there, it did indeed seem to be a lovely cabin. The furnishings were nice and it was handy to Estes Park. I was a little put out by the musty smell, but assumed once the air conditioning kicked in it would eliminate that problem.

Upon further inspection ,however, we "discovered" that the thermostat on the wall was only meant to control the furnace as there was no air conditioning in this "luxury" cabin. The temperatures the week of our visit were in the 90's. That was our first unpleasant surprise. We have air conditioning in our home and our camper. Why would we not expect air conditioning when we were paying for a "luxury" cabin?

To continue, the attendant at the office of the facility had indicated to us that most people enter the cabin via the garage so that is what we did upon our arrival to the cabin. Our very first observation was that the garage was too small to park the truck in so we parked on the drive way. When entering the cabin from the garage one walks into what I initially considered a mudroom that had about six or seven steps that led up to the kitchen and the rest of the cabin. This mudroom consisted of a futon loveseat and some shelves with some books. It was the only "room" of the cabin not shown in the pictures on the website which even included an exterior shot.

After going into Estes to souvenir shop and have dinner we headed back to the cabin. After checking the outside of the cabin for signs of an air conditioning unit and realizing there wasn't one, we decided we'd have to live with it and get everyone to bed. It was getting late. That is when we "discovered" the next unpleasant surprise.

I began pulling cushions off the sofa and loveseat in the living room (the room with the fireplace, sofa, loveseat, TV and big picture windows) to locate the "pull-out queen in living room". To my disgust, the only thing I found was a half eaten cookie. I was confused for a while before I finally realized the "pull-out queen" was supposed to be the futon in the mudroom which, by the way, I highly doubt is a queen.

I was very upset. There was no way I was going to let my children sleep in a strange place in a mudroom down off the garage where I couldn't even hear them if they needed me. The website had indicated this bed would be in the living room. Upon further reflection, I'm not even sure this mudroom hadn't at one time been part of the garage as the common wall between the mudroom and garage had new drywall on the garage side that had never even been texturized or painted.

We left and stayed in a hotel the next two nights. And while they didn't charge us for the two nights stay at the cabin, they did refuse to give us a refund of our deposit. It is my contention that that deposit was made based on lies and misrepresentations and should therefore have been refunded.

Top Local Tips for Estes Park

Ewwww Stick to the grocery store, fast food restaurants, or bbq & pub on hwy 66. DO NOT waste money on ANY of the restaurants on Elkhorn Ave. (the downtown strip). We found out for ourselves after SEVERAL locals warned us, that the food in these places is overpriced and totally inedible. My husband and I are not picky eaters at all, but when you pay $30-$50 (this does not inlcude drinks!) in 3 different restaurants and the food tastes like a frozen TV dinner, you are getting ripped off! The best restaurants we ate at were a BBQ/pub on the other side of town (hwy 66 going towards Glacier Lodge can't remember the exact name) and subway. Trust me!

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  • Address: 800 Big Thompson Ave. - Estes Park - Colorado - 80517 - United States
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