This was a timeshare exchange for us. We had a rough time finding the lodge and check-in. While the address is on Riverside, the entry is off of Audubon. An upgraded and illuminated sign for night arrivers would really help. Our 1-bedroom unit was in the lodge, room #209, above the lobby/managers office. We arrived during a wedding reception, so live combo playing and not a lot of guests, but a little noisy being so close to the front desk, but we did fine getting checked in promptly. The 1 bedroom has 1-1/2 bathrooms, a livingroom/kitchen when you enter and the bedroom with windows on 2 sides facing the front of the lodge and the other towards the pool/hot tub area. For 2 of us it was just fine. For more people with the pullout couch bed, it could be challenging. There is a table w/2 chairs. Not sure what the lodge expects people to do with food as most of the cabinets held plates, glasses, various utensils, but we made do. The apartment size refrig/freezer was ample. The bedroom had an armwah(sp?) and a dresser. Armwah looked near new, dresser looked fairly battered, but was functional. Bathrooms were small, but functional. Half bath(sink/potty) had a medicine cabinet and a rod for towels. 2nd bath had a bathtub with 3/4" gouged enamel on the bottom(what in the world do people do to do this?). It appeared that Diamond Resorts Int'l refurbished this room very nicely in the last couple of years after taking over in Sept 2010, BUT from from what I could tell repairs are cheaply done as seen by 3 different types of blinds in the bedroom from 1" plastic, 1" metal and 2" wider louvers(it doesn't get very dark in the morning); the shower curtain rod from Walmart works fine, but the preexisting nice tile around the tub had drill holes "fixed" by using white silicone putty with fingers to patch the 2 holes. The bathrooms really need small shelves for extra tp, tissues, toiletries people bring with them, you can only put so much stuff on the toilet lid. There was no issues with noise from the wedding party or neighboring units. The pool and hot tub area looked like a lot of money had been spent since 2010 as the pool deck looked good, wood fencing near new, hot tub bubbling wonderfully, but the bottom of the pool had brown grunge making it look like it was overdue for a good cleaning. I may be brutally nit picky, but I think what timeshare owners pay for maintenance fees, I probably mirror others' observations. This historical resort would be spending money wisely by having a truly nice front entry door for great first impressions versus the very well worn door of yesteryear. Staff was wonderful! Manager got fireplace fire going on a cool rainy July day!! A nice place to visit, love the RMNP area, just a bucket list kind of destination that may not happen again for me. ;)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The lodge is ideally located in the heart of Estes Park on the north side of Prospect Mountain and only minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park. Breathtaking mountain views surround you making this the prefect location for your mountain wedding.The landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park is the steepest in the United States. Sixty mountain peaks over 12,000 feet high result in world-renown scenery and provide challenges for hikers and climbers. The extreme topography creates an amazing range of ecological zones within a short distance, similar to the changes that would be seen in a drive from Denver to northern Alaska. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Historic Crags At The Golden Eagle Hotel Estes Park