We spent 3 nights here on the last leg of our vacation. Admittedly, we never would have stayed here if the economy were better. But, you do what you have to and still create memories with your kids!
Best things about the Lamplighter: The free hot breakfast. Fantastic thick-cut bacon! Front desk lady at check in was very cheerful. Beds are Denver Mattress, seemingly brand new and very comfortable. Rooms are spacious. A.C. worked great
Negatives: Shower was filthy- grimy hand prints all over tile walls and hard water deposits on shower fixtures. Toilet was not very clean and molding around bathroom entry was grimy. Seemed like someone had lived there awhile and the bathroom hadn't been given a thorough cleaning. Television was about 20 years old, bad color and very small- a 19 inch, I would guess.
Towels were so thin they barely held water. I couldn't get myself dry after a shower- had to use a towel I brought for the pool. Blankets (1 each) on beds were threadbare and my kids and wife were freezing. No spare blankets in room to speak of. And lastly- bring a clock- they don't even furnish that!
Other reviews have said that the pool is 5 blocks down the road from the motel. This is true, HOWEVER, we were placed in their annex building which has the pool. So if your kids want a pool on location, just request the other building. BEWARE: The pool is very cold. I doubt it is even heated. Refreshing for a quick dip after the Sand Dunes, but you won't want to play in it (and my kids LOVE swimming pools).
Everything at this motel is done on the cheap, except the breakfast. You do get what you pay for, but hey, this is a cheap place to stay. But unless Obama remains President, we'll spend more money if we come back to Alamosa and stay somewhere else!
Things we loved: Colorado Gator Farm. If you have younger teen or pre- teen boys, they'll love this place. Snakes, snapping turtles and alligators everywhere. Ask for the Alligator chow bucket. It's a blast to watch the 'gators compete for food! Also, rent a sand sled from Kristy's Sports in Alamosa for $18. They'll give you a cube of sand wax for applying to it and those things fly down the sand dunes. "Course, you'll wish there was a chair lift... Also- bring ski goggles to keep sand out of your eyes. For a great swim day, go out to Hooper about 20 minutes away and try the Sand Dunes hot springs pool. Artesian hot springs, not smelly sulpher. And lastly, best place we ate was San Luis Brewery- great food, service and beer in a classic restored building on Main Street.
If you want the pool nearby, stay in the annex building. There are about 20-30 rooms there. Howeve...
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