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“Basic, but in the heart of the mountains” 4 of 5 stars
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Portal Peak Lodge
2358 Rock House Rd, Portal, AZ 85632   |  
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Basic, but in the heart of the mountains”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Once you get into the Chiricahua mountains, you can stay at one of the guest ranches (expensive) or, if you're into hiking, star gazing and bird watching, at this really nice place. Yes, it's pretty basic, no fine dining to be seen, but you're in the mountains, so why complain? Staff is businesslike but friendly and competent, you can hike or drive some fine historic routes,and you'll meet interesting people here (we met a nice Professor and Phd student doing research on a particular kind of bird - or was it an insect?...)

Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

We were in the Portal/ Cave Creek Canyon area for the spring migration and stayed three nights at this lodge. Average/decent accommodations in a tremendously beautiful area.

Rooms: We occupied room 5 which was clean, fairly spacious, with coffee maker. I believe new carpets were installed and the bathroom was spotless.
Grounds: Nice outdoor seating area adjacent to the cafe. We ate most our meals there and once at the tables by our room (wanted to see the hummers)
Cafe:High season hours are 7:30am to 7:30pm. Good tasting meals, a bit over-priced, but heck, it's what you would pay in a big city.The staff were friendly and accommodating.

I think the room rates were a tad high for what you were getting (we paid $80/nightly), but the access to the canyon, the Chiricachua Monument, Jasper's (Rodriguez's place now) made up for the price.

Room Tip: The Chiricahua National Monument is only a 65 minute drive from Portal if you take the primitive roa...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

Stayed 2 nights, solo, in April 2012, at the Portal Peak Lodge. Room rate was $75 a night. Overall a very positive experience...

CAVEAT: This is a lodge-motel, so you have to go in knowing what to expect for $75 a night. If you are looking for luzury accomodations, this isn't your place (nor IS there any place for a long way from this area).

THE GOOD:
--Great location, in a beautiful valley of the Chiricahua Mountains, in a quaint little town called Portal. Easy drives to area trails and sights.
--Staff were very friendly and helpful, as are the locals you may run into.
--Rooms were clean and functional
--Free WiFi is a great tool especially with no real phone service (see below)
--Lodge store is convenient
--Cafe food was pretty good

THE BAD:
--There are no in-room phones, which I suppose is a double-edged sword - they want a quiet place, which is great, but it does make it hard to call home. There is one common phone for the dozen lodge rooms, outside, from which you can make local calls, or use a calling card. But you cannot make credit card or coin calls, or bill calls to your room. And the lodge store DOES NOT carry phone cards - so bring one with you!
--The beds are not very comfortable.
--The shower is tiny, with a shower head so low it was hitting me in the chest (I'm 6'3").

OVERALL: I would definitely recommend it. Its about what you'd expect for $75 a night in terms of the room, but the setting, staff, cafe, shop and atmosphere push it over the top into very good territory.

TIPS FOR STAYING IN THE AREA:
--Plan your restaurants ahead of time, if staying more than a night. There is only this cafe in Portal, and then a tavern in Rodeo, and that is pretty much it, unless you drive all the way to Lordsburg or Douglas (which are each nearly an hour away). And some of the restaurants are only open certain days. Just best to plan ahead.
--During spring-to-fall times, AZ and NM are on different times. Keep this in mind if going to businesses in NM, which is only a few miles away, in terms of what hours things may be open.
--If you have time, instead of driving the highways that go around the Chiricahuas to get to and from Portal, instead take the Portal road through the Chiricahuas. The road is a bit scary in places, but the scenery is spectacular.
--There was a huge fire in this area about a year ago, which caused some issues. But don't let that detract from the idea of staying here. Most places I explored in the area were either not burned, or only burned here and there - I saw only one mountainside that was truly wiped out. So things are still quite gorgeous!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

EXCELLENT place to stay.!!! FANTASTIC service, accomodation,, food....feel very spoilt!!The owners AND staff incredibly accomodating... look forward to seeing you in the very near future!! THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING MY STAY SO INCREDIBLE!!!

Room Tip: All rooms huge ,exceptional,clean and well situated...FABULOUS incredibly friendly service...VERY ac...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

FABULOUS time in Portal! I feared the worst (we were there for a music week and let me tell you, I've stayed in some pretty down-market locations playing music), but was happily surprised, as the food was very good and the accommodations were much nicer than I thought they'd be. They seem to be upgrading the rooms, from what I can tell. Given the remoteness of Portal and knowing everything has to be trucked in, I was especially pleased with the pizza and the baked goods. The Lodge isn't exactly upscale (try Cave Creek Ranch's Stone Cottage and Ranch House for that) but has everything you need, the housekeeping is good, and it's convenient to the beautiful Coronado National Forest - and there's wifi! (Phone signal is very hit or miss, mainly miss for everyone but Verizon customers, and even that is pretty sketchy.) The staff are friendly and accommodating and cheery. I was sad to say goodbye at the end of the week.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

We booked the Portal Peak Lodge and Cafe to host our first Annual Portal Irish Music week event and they did a fantastic job of hosting us. Meals were on time, the food was healthy, the staff was friendly and helpful. Special diet needs were cheerily accommodated. Mitch and Loni were flexible and made our event a success. Thank you!!!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

It was just an overnight stay and spare of the moment trip. The room was clean, but up keep on the lodge was very much in need of work and things updated and replaced. We stayed in 2001 and it was great. We wanted to return and stay, but quite disappointing! The meals were very good in 2001, but nothing to rant about and the prices where very expensive we thought. Probably won't return. Randle and C. Lawson from T or C, NM

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 2358 Rock House Rd, Portal, AZ 85632
Location: United States > Arizona > Portal
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 Specialty lodging in Portal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A popular haven for birders, hikers and nature lovers, our family run hotel has 16 comfortable, economical rooms. There are a deck and outside seating area where guests can relax and have a drink, watch the birds, and in the evening sit around the fire. Stop in at our cafe next door for a plate of enchiladas made with local Hatch chiles. For dessert try an espresso and homemade fruit cobbler. We specialize in providing accommodation for birding and other nature groups. For information and reservations call 520 558 2223. ... more   less 
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