I have very mixed feelings about this place. I would give 5 stars to certain aspects of it, and 1 star to others. With that said, I would come back, but I would do things differently knowing what I now know about how this place operates.
- All of the activities need to be booked in advance, but you can only book 2 days out. Since we were only there for 2 nights, we were not able to book many of the things we wanted to do (because they were sold out by the time we got there). My daughter really wanted to go horseback riding, but it was booked out. Same with the zip line. I would suggest staying longer than 2 nights OR trying to call to book activities within that 2 day window if allowed to do over the phone (some required in-person sign up)
- I would have preferred staying in one of the cabins. We stayed in one of the newer lodges. It was fine, but very bare. I expected that, so was not taken by surprise. The cabins seem to be a better bet (I didn't go in any though), especially if they have cooking facilities in them.
- The food: reminded me of a college cafeteria or a summer camp buffet. Again, I expected this, but it was not all that easy to leave to go somewhere else to eat. One night we went into Estes Park and ate (it was great!), but wanted to stick around the other night for an evening hike so we ate in the cafeteria. Not good. The kids were OK with the food though.
- The staff: This was the worst part, and I would give 1 star here. We encountered so many rude staff members...especially the young people (late teens, early 20s maybe) working in the arts and crafts center. We literally saw one of the guys at the tie dye station yelling at a child with special needs. Most of the staff in the art center were very unfriendly and acted like they really did not want to be there at all. One exception was the young man who led the night hike (can't remember his name...maybe Ryan??). He was outgoing, friendly, informative, enthusiastic, and great with the kids!
- The location : beautiful!!!! That area of Colorado is just breathtaking. The YMCA is a good place to base for exploring RMNP, which is what we did. We only had 2 nights at the Y though, so after checking out we drove through RMNP for a day & ended up on the other side at Grand Lake (where we spent one night).
Overall, I would stay here again, but I would do things differently.
- 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