We stayed at the Wind River Lodge at the YMCA of the Rockies from 6/12-6/16/11. The YMCA in general was a great experience..you can hike on trails on their 800 acres, participate in their activities and there is no shortage of things to do. We opted to partake in the night tour and a couple of the kids activities..which was enough. Sign up for as many as you think you might be interested in. And then you can go over to the Sweet bldg. and delete your name off if you decide the activities aren't for you.
Wind River Lodge was satisfactory. It wasn't pristine clean, but not filthy dirty. We were okay with it. A few things to note if you are thinking about staying in the Wind River Lodge...1) no AC. It was fine while we are there, but I am guessing you will want a fan if you stay later in the summer; 2) there is an ice machine and pop machine on every floor; 3) no mini fridge like you find in most hotels; 4) no TV...which we knew about going into it and it was fine; 5) there was wireless. For the most part it worked okay...but I was frustrated trying to finish up some work before the family got up when it would kick me off; 6) if you stay upstairs - there are no elevators. We got quite a work out all the times we were up and down the stairs - which was fine with us. But if you are elderly or someone with health problems - I would ask for ground floor or consider a cabin.
The walls are thin in the Wind River Lodge. It is very noisy. Quiet hours are 11 pm - 7 am - so if you have kids or are thinking about partying all night, this may not be the place for you.
The breakfast buffet was great (they gave us some free tickets when we checked in). We ate dinner on the first night when they had an Italian buffet and it was pretty institutional. Then we tried it again another night when they had roasted chicken and bbq brisket and it was very good.
One thing to consider is if you are going to the Y as a family vacation - please remember that there are lots of large groups that will most likely be at the Y with you. There were lots of kids there when we were and lots of buses. It can get kind of crazy in the Aspen dining room, but they seemed to do a pretty good job of keeping things moving along.
We did get a little frustrated with the variable hours of the swimming pool. They were never the same each day. And I think they can only have 60 people in the pool at one time - so if there are the large groups I mentioned above - be prepared.
The elk and ground squirrels are plentiful. We also enjoyed the magpies and hummingbirds onsite.
Rocky Mountain National Park is a short distance away and the views from the Y are unbeatable. It is beautiful. Our youngest didn't want to go with her brother to the Archery class - so we went to the craft building and had a great time.
And I even got to experience the guest laundry facility when our kids got their shoes sopping wet. Nothing fancy, but it was clean and functional. And I also got to call the switchboard in the middle of the night about the noisy neighbors and found that security was on top of things as well!
I would highly recommend the Y for anyone who isn't high maintenance. Parts of it reminded me of going to camp when I was young. But then again - I thought camp was pretty kick butt!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located outside of Rocky Mountain National Park. We have 7 lodges and 206 cabins spread over 860 acres. Perfect for family vacations, reunions, retreats and conferences. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ymca Of The Rockies Hotel Estes Park
- Ymca Of The Rockies Estes Park Center