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High Country Lodge
3821 Highway 160 East, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 (Formerly Americas Best Value Inn & Suites High Country Lodge )   |  
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Ranked #1 of 15 hotels in Pagosa Springs
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“Hermoso y esplendido”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

First time in a cabin during winter and I have to say we had the best time. Beautiful cabin and it was really warm & cozy despite the single-digit weather. Never seen so much snow being South Texas. The scenery was amazing. Outstanding customer service & delicious breakfast. We loved the tubing and the convenience of the tubing area just feet away from our cabin. Will definitely come back. Muchas gracias.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 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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HCL3821, Manager at High Country Lodge, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Thank you so much for staying with us--we appreciate you taking time to let others know what a great time you had here. When we get a review like this, it makes our day because we know you understood our goal of providing a great place to stay with over the top customer service. This was visit number one-the next visit makes you part of our HCL "family". We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

We stayed at High Country Lodge to be close to the Wolf Creek Ski Resort. The desk staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The breakfast offered a little bit of everything to suit the likes of all in our party. One concern we had was that the room was cold and drafty. The thermostat was set on 54 degrees when we checked in, and we stayed in the end unit, so it was hard to get the room warm. Our other concern was the fact that we could hear every footstep of our neighbors on the second floor at 5 am. A little early for our taste. We would consider staying here again, but we would choose to stay in a different unit so it would not be quite as cold.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HCL3821, Manager at High Country Lodge, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
We want to thank you for choosing High Country Lodge for your recent stay in Pagosa Springs. We are glad that you enjoyed your time here. We work hard to ensure that all of our guests have a positive experience. We are especially pleased that you enjoyed the breakfast and all it has to offer. We are sorry that you experienced some discomfort with the heating unit in your room.We encourage all our guests to contact the front desk with any problems they encounter so that they may be addressed immediately.Most in room problems can be quickly addressed by our maintenance staff. As for the early morning noise, with it being ski season, many of our guests are up early and getting ready to hit the slopes at Wolf Creek( especially on a powder day! ) That means alot of ski boots walking around. You may want to try one of our cabins on your next visit. Thank you again for choosing HCL and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at High Country Lodge one night with our teen sons before skiing at Wolf Creek.

The good things: friendly and helpful staff, very clean rooms, about as close to the ski area as you can get, nice breakfast.

The not-so-good: thin walls, and our room was a little shabby.

We will probably stay again, though.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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HCL3821, Manager at High Country Lodge, responded to this review, December 23, 2012
Thank you for staying with us and sharing your experience. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and intend to return. We have been steadily upgrading our rooms and cabins since the new owners took over in June. We still have things we would like to accomplish, but that is being done in increments. So when you come back, I'm sure you will notice new additions here and there for you to enjoy.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

We stayed in one of the hotel rooms (not a cabin). Everything was great. The staff was very nice and helpful - especially for us Texans who are not used to the snowy conditions. It is located about as close to Wolf Creek Ski Area as you can get, and it has 3 hot tubs that were great after a long day of skiing. The only knock on the hotel rooms was that the building seems almost hollow and we could hear footsteps and talking from other guests. But because everyone is tired from skiing, it did not really affect our trip. We plan to come back next year and upgrade to a cabin.

Room Tip: I'd pick a cabin if you can afford the extra money. They looked great.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HCL3821, Manager at High Country Lodge, responded to this review, December 23, 2012
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us, and are planning on coming back. Tip: during ski season, book cabins as far ahead as you can because they book up quickly when the snow flies, and we want you to be happy with your accomodations. The cabins are more spacious than the rooms, have kitchens or kitchenettes, and are quieter due to being further from the road.
We look forward to seeing you next year-we are changing constantly, so there is always something new to enjoy.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Super friendly desk staff was very helpful with our check-in as well as a great restaurant recommendation. The hotel room was incredibly clean, but could use a bit of updating. Breakfast was very comprehensive in a cozy setting that felt comfortable and homey. Would definitely stay again if we go back to Pagosa Springs but will probably choose a cabin and stay longer.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HCL3821, Manager at High Country Lodge, responded to this review, December 16, 2012
Thank you for staying with us and sharing your experience with future guests. We are a great location for four season enjoyment, and we look forward to seeing you again. Updating is happening on an ongoing basis as we evaluate items to make sure they will make our facility more comfortable and enjoyable for our guests. Each time you stay, I'm sure you will notice the changes since your last visit. See you soon!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Very friendly front desk person made us feel welcome from the time of our initial phone contact and throughout our 2-night stay. The new owner (France?) extended the same feeling of hospitality as the woman at the front desk.

As new owners, France and her husband are in the process of completely remodeling the place. The new beds can only be described as "Wow!"

One of our pieces of luggage and a pair of boots enjoyed the hotel so much that they tried to stay. (Don't ask, lol!). Lucky for us, the housekeeping person turned them in and France immediately left us a message. She then packed everything up and had them shipped to us. All we had to do was give her our credit card info to cover shipping.

The only down side was that the restaurant that they tout on their website is no longer in business. The hotel needs to update their website to reflect this. Because the hotel is outside of town a little bit, this created an inconvenience the evening of our arrival, after a LONG drive. If the restaurant ever reopens and the food is good, High Country Lodge will be nearly perfect

Would we stay again? Definitely! Next time, though, we'll make sure all our stuff comes home when we do! :o)

Room Tip: Stayed in hotel itself, which is off the highway. Road noise quieted down after dark, and wasn't...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HCL3821, Manager at High Country Lodge, responded to this review, December 16, 2012
We really enjoyed having you stay with us-we are developing quite a HCL guest "family".
Thank you for all your kind words and sharing your experience with our other potential guests.
We have made a lot of changes in HCL in the past 6 months, and it is so gratifying to receive appreciation for all the hard work.
We have not owned or been associated with the restaurant next door for about 3 years now, and so have not had them on our website. However if someone new did buy it and have really great food for our guests, we might consider being associated with the restaurant again in some capacity. We would welcome that, since it is such a convenience for our guests. We are sorry that you were disappointed it was no longer open when you arrived. But we are lucky in that we are located only 5 minutes from some very good restaurants downtown, and only 10 minutes from some great restaurants on the other side of town.
Take care and we hope to see you again soon!
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Longmont, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This is our third stay at this facility and we have always enjoyed it. On this last trip through, we found that new owners had taken over and have begun some updating to the facility. As I mentioned we have always found it to be a great place but the new touches were certainly noticed. They have done a good job of updating but not totally changing the feel of the place. It is cozy and inviting. I hope they will be able to continue the reasonable rates after all the updates! The breakfast included is wonderful, with a large variety to choose from. I have always used this as a quick stop through from somewhere else and look forward to making it a destination at some point in order to enjoy it more and check out the cabins.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HCL3821, Manager at High Country Lodge, responded to this review, December 16, 2012
Thank you for your kind review and for making us your home away from home. You are right, a longer stay would be very enjoyable as there is so much to do in this area of Colorado-there is something for every interest in every season. Balloon festivals, music and art festivals, fishing, hiking, and enjoying our hot springs spas are just a few of the activities available in this area of Colorado. We appreciate your loyalty in staying with us, and look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Address: 3821 Highway 160 East, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 (Formerly Americas Best Value Inn & Suites High Country Lodge )
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Location: United States > Colorado > Pagosa Springs
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 15 hotels in Pagosa Springs
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
High Country Lodge consists of 22 lodge rooms & 10 cabins with wood burning stoves & fireplaces on 15 wooded acres with a private catch and release stocked fishing pond in the summer and a snow tubing park in the winter. Your stay at the High Country Lodge includes; a hot breakfast, 3 hot tubs and a sauna,a playground area, BBQ grills, horseshoe pits, free WiFi , cable TV w/HBO and in room DVD player. We are located 2.5 miles East of Pagosa Springs on Hwy 160. We are the closest lodge to Wolf Creek Ski Area. We look forward to having you as our guests! ... more   less 
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