I've had some time to think about what I was going to write because of the holiday weekend and I'm glad I did. I was fired up last Friday when my husband and I stayed here, but I think I can just report the facts now.
I called at the last minute (for the Creede annual mountain run and salsa festival) and booked the last room they had at a rate of $86. The room was located across the street right next to a giant tour bus and neighbored a trailer park. There was one small window and no view, but I didn't really want one, given the surroundings. The motel has a batch of rooms connected to the office, a batch of rooms across the parking lot from them and then a group of rooms across the road. If you stay here, ask to NOT stay in the group across the road. You either face a major road (front rooms) or you literally share a dirt road with the trailer park and can see right in their windows and hear all the noise (back rooms).
The first weird thing happened when my husband was unloading our stuff into our room. He watched a young guy emerge from the trailer across from us and jump between two car's roofs and hoods. Very weird, but whatever, they're crazy kids in a small town, I guess.
So, the whole town is full of people getting up early and running the next morning. At 9:00 pm, the trailer across the dirt road starts playing this thumping music you would hear at a club or a rave. I went to the office and asked if this would be going on all night just so we could know what to expect (I mean, it was Friday night on a Labor Day weekend, I didn't want to be too unreasonable!). The owner assured me that "they will quiet down, don't worry about it" but I didn't feel too reassured. By 11:15 pm, I went across the street to the office again to ask if we could be moved or if there was something I could do (like a noise ordinance or something?). I rang the bell twice and waited but no one came down. Around this time I hear a loud voice from across the street cussing at me from the trailer, but the music stopped. So, I walked back and I'm sure the trailer park boys watched me go into my room. I was a little worried that they would smash my truck windows out. I know that might seem a little paranoid, but these guys were strange (drunk, on drugs, bored, not sure...but a bad combo to be sleeping by). Things were quiet until about 1:00 when the music blared again, but just for a couple of songs. At that point, I decided I'm wasn't doing the run in the morning because I hadn't had any sleep. In the morning, my husband decided he will still run and goes across the street to get me some coffee. He reports that "breakfast" is coffee cake and some cut up melon. I'm a huge fan of B&B's and isn't that some of the point? To serve a little more than a continental breakfast? I couldn't understand how B&B could be added to the name of this place. "Lodge" is a good place to stop.
Anyway, he leaves for the run and I pack things up and start loading the truck. Trailer park boys spot me as they are driving up (did they ever go to bed? It's 9:00 am!) and cuss at me again as they go into the trailer. Whatever, I am so over this place by now. I go across the street to drop off the keys and the woman who owns the place must have seen the look on my face and asked how everything was. I reported to them what I wrote on here and they were mortified and saying "He usually turns down the music! This is unusual! That you ringing the bell last night?" They knew the trailer park person by name so I was starting to get a little suspicious about the relationship between the trailer and the owners. Maybe they are family or something? Other than them being related, I couldn't figure out why those punks would listen to this nice couple when they ask them to turn down the music. But it did explain to me as to why someone would think it was a good idea to build motel rooms across a highway road and have them literally look into trailer windows--maybe they own that land too? Well, this was the stuff floating through my mind as the owner gives me a card offering me a free night there. I didn't have the heart to tell her that I would never stay here again...heck, I should have asked for my money back.
So, that all being said, the motel itself is what the reviews say. Clean, standard rooms with paper-thin walls. I had the pleasure of listening to our neighbors conversations too but I had read the reviews and brought earplugs (but they can't drown out thumping music emanating from thin trailer walls!). The room was a good size (as was the bathroom) and the bed was comfortable. The owners were very nice and even let all the runners come back and use two bathrooms/showers they have in the laundry area. That was the best thing about the stay since we were going camping for the next night (thank goodness! Peace and quiet!)--a free shower is a very generous offer after a 12 mile mountain run!
I was really disappointed that the experience from the trailer park soured my whole outlook on this place, especially since the owners seemed nice. If you come to Creede, you might want to consider some places in town--there were some really cute places on the main street. But if you do stay here, be absolutely sure you are not getting one of the rooms across the street!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small motel in the heart of Creede. Full service in summer including home made breakfast (excellent), ATV rental, loner equipment (fishing poles, etc), advise about how to enjoy the area. Hiker bunkhouse for affordable rest and relaxation for those hiking the Colorado trail. Drop supply point, spotting available to the trailhead/divide top. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bruce`s Snowshoe Hotel Creede
- Bruce`s Snowshoe Lodge And b&b
- Creede Snowshoe Lodge Colorado