My husband and I decided last minute to drive up to Estes Park from Colorado Springs and stay one night for our anniversary. Normally we would make reservations but we decided to wing it this time in the spirit of adventure. Well, our adventurous spirit led to us to the Budget Host during a torrential downpour. It was the first vacancy sign we saw so we pulled in, ran in the office and asked for a room with a queen or king bed. After some initial confusion, the clerk found a room with one queen bed for a...ahem...staggering price. Whatever. It was raining, it was three o'clock and we wanted to spend the little time we had in Estes Park at RMNP. For some reason the front desk lady kept offering to let us see the room before we agreed to stay there *warning* *warning*. We assured her that we didn't care and so we paid and went to our room. Before we went in, we got to meet our neighbors, a lovely group of gentlemen, presumably from a highway work crew, who had been put out by the rain and had decided to spend their afternoon imbibing some canned beverages in the parking lot. Our room was VERY small but was reasonably clean. The bathroom was moderately clean as well but very small. A warning on the mirror lets you know that if you even think about using their washcloths for removing makeup you will be subjected to a hefty fine. Hey, washcloths aren't cheap guys! Although, for what we paid for the room I would have expected washcloths woven of golden thread but, whatever. So, we left and went into the Park then returned a good five or six hours later to find our neighbors still sitting in the parking lot, noticeably more drunk and making noticeably more noise. I convinced my husband to check out the pool because, "hey, it couldn't get any worse." There aren't any lights in the pool which is probably for the best because it looked pretty...rustic. There were some high weeds growing in what I assume was at one point a kiddie pool. It was heated so...there's that. We got out and darted across the parking lot to the cheers of throngs of drunken displaced highway workers. What a magical evening! But seriously, if you're going to be gouged, and you most likely will be in July in Estes Park, at least stay at a place where you can use the washcloths however you see fit.
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