I know my title doesn't make much sense.... If you had stayed in the Grand Junction Hotels that I have, it would make perfect sense; because they were all pretty bad.
The Hampton Inn Montrose is worth the 52 extra miles... especially if you don't need to stay in GJ.
For a start the hotel is PERFECT for access to the airport... literally walking distance.
The hotel is one of a handful of "Hometown Hiltons"... the rooms are 20% smaller than a typical Hampton Inn, and the property has a "smaller footprint"... but smaller doesn't mean less comfort, not at all.
The updated rooms were cozy and stylish... had showers instead of bathtubs and queen beds instead of kings, there was a flat screen TV and modern solid furniture.
The pool was perfect, although a bit short for actual laps.
The hot tub was a dream... it was hot, and had jets that worked (something Grand Junction hotels don't seem to have in their "hot tubs" is working jets)
The room was very clean, and they had bacon on the buffet.
My AAA rate of $87 was totally worth it.
This is one of the better hotels in Western Colorado.... and no hokey "dead animal" decor either.