Discovery Lodge Hotel, Estes Park
Reviews - Discovery Lodge Hotel
- Age Group: 31 - 40
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Family Traveller
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Discovery Lodge Hotel
Absolutely incrediblefrom colorado312
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 leavefrom ahineg
Perfect for everything.from tobro
Great placefrom vbmomdenver
Discovery Cabin was Swellfrom oliveandbehr
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 Noisyfrom Jacky-O
Great value, huge roomsfrom CandacePetrie
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 Drivingfrom Home2KC
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 rediscoveredfrom jodi090801
false advertising!from mjhoffman
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!
Other names for Discovery Lodge Hotel
- discovery motel estes park
- discovery hotel estes park
- Address: 800 Big Thompson Ave. - Estes Park - Colorado - 80517 - United States
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