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“Take the bad with the good?” 4 of 5 stars
Review of YMCA of the Rockies

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2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, CO 80511   |  
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“Take the bad with the good?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

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.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Lawrence, Kansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

The YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Center, was our first choice for lodging because so many friends and colleagues recommended it. And they were 100% right! We had a great experience at the Y and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, safe, GORGEOUS location. There were tons of things to do onsite and the drive into Estes Park was just a few minutes. Also close to trails and other fun activities. And pet friendly, which was a BIG plus. Can't wait to go back again next year!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Moosquin mid-size cabin...it was perfect for our family of four, plus our dog.
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Miami
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We were so happy that we booked at the Y, rather than somewhere else in Estes Park. The flooding of the past month made fishing very difficult. Hiking was made difficult as well, only compounded by the closure of Rocky Mountain National Park due to the US Gov't Shutdown. As the best horseback riding also went through the Park, the closure meant that only short rides were available. So without great fishing, hiking, and horsebackriding, what were we to do in Estes? Fortunately, we were at the Y and had everything from roller skating to swimming to bingo to crafts-making. We stayed in a cabin with a fireplace which was quite nice, comfy leather couch, but otherwise basic sturdy furniture. Thin sheets and small pillows were only complaint. Otherwise, cabin was very comfortable. We recommend eating lunch and dinner in Estes, as Y's food was institutional and not very cheap. We are going back to the Y next year, and hope to partake of the fishing, hiking, and horsebackriding that we missed.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Salt Lake City
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We stayed at the YMCA of the Rockies in the Wind River Lodge. Upon arriving we were greeted with a very long slow moving line for check in. After a bit of a wait we were off to find our rooms. When we entered the lodge it was disappointing. The entrance of the lodge was in desperate need of some janitorial attention. We found our room located on the first floor. It was small, dark, hot and furnished quite sparingly. The room is advertised as able to accommodate five, but was barley able to accommodate four. The towels are very small and thread bare, you couldn’t even wrap a small infant doll in a bath towel, granddaughter was not happy.

Being in the Rockies I thought that the rooms would cool off in the evening when the breeze began to blow. However, the way the room was positioned there was no airflow which combined with uncomfertable beds made getting a good night sleep a bit difficult. I called and asked for a fan to get some air movement in the room but they were out. Apparently the majority of the rooms here suffer from the same problem.

Our room had come with the breakfast plan. This was a mistake. Once again you had to wait in line, our first and only attempt, for 45 minutes. Once at the buffet the food was greasy, tasteless and overall a waste of money. We also ate lunch one afternoon here as the kids had an activity planed and we couldn't get into Estes Park and back in time for them to make the activity. This too was a mistake; do not eat at any of the dining facilities here.

One other thing to be aware of which is not the fault of the lodge, apparently a large number of the parents who stay here believe it is okay to let their children run thought the lobbies, hallways yelling and screaming, out of control throwing trash everywhere.

So with all of the negatives why mixed feelings? Because of the surroundings and all of the activities that the lodge offers. With the exception of the rooms being too hot to get a comfortable night’s sleep you don’t spend much time in the room and the bad, high priced food can be remedied by not eating here, go into Estes Park.

We were here for a family reunion, and from the grandkids perspective the place was “Awesome Grandpa”. So thats why the mixed feelings. The lodge is a fantastic place for a good family vacation because off all the things to do. Not the type of family vacation like on a family cruise where everyone does their own thing, but a family vacation where you actually spend time together.

Room Tip: If staying in the wind river lodge try to get a room on the upper floor in the rear of the building...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Three friends and I stayed at the Y for our recent hiking vacation in Rocky Mountain National Park. We could not have been more pleased. We rented a two bedroom cabin that was clean, comfortable and had a kitchen with all necessary equipment. It also had a nice porch for evening cocktails. The Y itself is a stunning facility. It has gorgeous mountain views and activities for all ages. We were very pleased by the expert advice offered at the hiking desk. Two of my friends took one of the Y's guided hikes and enjoyed it very much. Generations of families come to the Y for family vacations. I can certainly understand why. I cannot imagine a better base for visiting Rocky Mountain National Park or simply enjoying family time together.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kansas City, Missouri
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Just home from a Labor Day trip to the Rockies with a large hiking group. We rented a "Reunion Cabin" with 16 people staying and enjoyed fellowship and food and a fire with the most beautiful view of the mountains. Our group ate most of our meals in the really excellent Aspen Dining Hall which served a hearty buffet meal 3 times daily. One morning we fixed breakfast and had more than enough cooking, serving and eating pans and dishes. The hiking 'masters' we hired for our two days of hiking were knowledgeable and even took us 'off trail' for some really beautiful sights and challenging hiking. The only problem we had were not as many bathrooms as people would have liked (one cabin had two bathrooms, the other had one bathroom with two sinks/toilets/showers for a possible 28 people.) Lots of activities to keep everyone engaged and having a great time!

Room Tip: If you are bringing a large group and staying in cabins, do double check the bathroom situation.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The resort is a large and well-maintained property with individual lodges that are each equivalent to a good hotel. Rustic look and feel with modern amenities. Beautiful surroundings. Meeting rooms were excellent. Like any retreat center, expect standard cafeteria food and seating. For some buildings it is a long walk (5 - 7 min) to the cafeteria. There are also no irons or ironing boards in the lodges . . . you have to borrow them from a separate building, which is also a hike.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, CO 80511
Location: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 75 Specialty Lodging in Estes Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 600
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

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