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Far View Lodge
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Navajo Hill, Box 277, Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330   |  
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New Mexico
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“Maximize your time at Mesa Verde”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

It's a good hour's drive out from Cortez, into the park and up the mountain to the main visitor's center.
If your time is limited, just stay at the Lodge. You can get up early and get directly about the business of exploring this magical place.

Rooms are dated, but clean and quite adequate given the location. It appears that all the room have balconies, and views are expansive, although there is so much to explore at Mesa Verde, you probably won't have much in room daylight time to take the view in. The rooms have good Wi-Fi, but no TV (at least ours was that way) which was fine with us. June-Aug visitors might want to upgrade to AC equipped room, in early Oct, we had no need for it.

For diner your options are the Metate Room (a bit pricey, but with excellent food well worth it). Or
a bar menu which looked pretty decent too. Breakfast was decent and reasonable at the cafeteria.

The main reason to stay here is just the hand proximity to all the tours and trails in the park. Why spend 2 hours of your vacation day driving mountain roads when you just wake up and be there. Even the camping areas in the park are a fair drive from the main events.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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 12, 2012

OK the hotel looks a little worn on the outside. Inside the rooms are comfortable. Our Kiva room had no AC but in August we did not even turn on the furnished fan. There was no TV but at twilight we enjoyed watching elk and bear graze below our balcony and we would have seen more it those in the room above us weren't noisy.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Firstly, I would like to respond to those reviewers who comment on the fact that there are no TV's in the rooms. This is clearly stayed on Far Views web site when you book a reservation.

Secondly, if you are visiting Mesa Verde National Park I would recommend staying in the park as it's about 20 miles from both Cortez & Mancos, the nearest towns, to the centre of the park.

I understand all rooms have balconies, ours overlooked trees & shrubs so a good place to relax in the evening. Much better that the usual view from a hotel window of air conditioning units/car parks/ waste land!

The only down side is that the walls/ceilings in the lodge rooms rooms are rather thin & you can hear anyone above/next door moving around but saying that our neighbours were quiet after 10pm.

The restaurant is good and a short walk away but breakfast is now served at the Far View Terrace Cafe & that about 10-15 mnutes walk from the lodge.

All in all a good stay.

All in all a good place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

This was our second visit in 12 months. Stayed in Kiva rooms both times with excellent views in the 100 series building. Overall the room was tasteful and better than just basic. The room was clean, bed comfortable, and had extra pillows which we appreciated. Fairly quiet on both trips. Really there for the cliff dwellings, not the hotel stay. Would not hesitate to recommend to anyone, plus the drive back to Cortez would be very time consuming. A glass of wine on the patio at sunset can't be beat!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We had a "kiva" room, which meant it had updated furnishings and air conditioning, which was worth the extra money. The outside of the building looked old, but our room was very nice inside. The bed was comfortable, but the bathroom was very small, and the walls were thin. We could easily hear the people in the next room talking. However, the proximity to the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings was excellent, and we enjoyed the convenience of being able to return to our room whenever we needed a break. My biggest complaint was that since it was October, the only restaurant open after 5:00 was the Metate Room, which is upscale fine dining. That's nice, but some nights we'd really just like to have a sandwich or something simple. The Metate Room did serve wonderful food, though (try the Prickly Turkey appetizer). The WiFi in our room worked well enough to stream movies, only having to rebuffer a couple of times. I would definitely stay there again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Moutain West
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

My husband and I had a standard room and the Far View Lodge. We had a terrific view. The room was clean, bed comfortable, and relatively quiet. The standard rooms are basic (not even a picture on the wall), but very adequate - particularly for a national park. The room rates for the fall season are a very good value.

  • Stayed October 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Rooms are nothing special, but they are comfortable. As in real estate, it's all about location, location, location. Sunset and sunrise on your own balcony with breathtaking views. They now offer wifi and bottles of wine delivered to your room. The Metate restaurant at the main building is excellent. They still have no TV and limited phone...which is great for this place.
If you like the parks, you won't be disappointed here.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: 1 Navajo Hill, Box 277, Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330
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Location: United States > Colorado > Mesa Verde National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Mesa Verde National Park
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Hotel Class:2 star — Far View Lodge 2*
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Only lodging within the Park, it is open April through October. ... more   less 
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