First, I would like to say that I do not take the time to sit and write reviews for any hotel I ever stay at like the one I have set out to write about this one. However, this hotel Estes Park should absolutely be reviewed to the best of my ability so the world can know what a little jewel this hotel truly is. The location, the cleanliness, the owners...just everything about this place is amazing. I must say that when I picked this place, I knew by the reading the previous reviews that the Maxwell Inn that we were going to have a great experience for our vacation to Estes Park, Co, but I had no idea how much I would truly enjoy the experience of staying here.
We arrived on a Thursday after a very early flight from Kentucky, a lengthy rental car pick up, downtown Denver tour that included the zoo and a very long and winding trip down hwy 7. The peak to peak highway was gorgeous but we were also very tired when we finally arrived. Upon arriving, we truly thought the hotel was a sight for sore eyes. We marveled at how quaint, homey and just plain cute the hotel was. The flowers outside that sat on the patio along with the wooden deck chairs were such a welcoming sight. We should have known it would only get better from there.
When we entered and met Dana, we felt immediately at home. She was so very nice and welcoming and pulled out a map and showed us exactly where we were and even recommended some really nice local food locations. Of course we took her up on those over the course of the next few days. We talked about hiking and RMNP and she informed us of the openings in the park (we arrived just after the flood). We desperately wanted to do some hiking (we are backpackers, hikers and rock climbers) so we were very disheartened that the east part of the park had been closed.
After receiving the keys to our room (which were actual keys and I though that was just awesome) and some more causal chit chat Dana handed us some salt water taffy (another nice touch) and we found our way up to room 5. When we entered the room we couldn't believe how cute and clean it was. They even provide their own lip balm, which I absolutely loved because I left mine at home. (: But before I move on I must say again, the rooms were very clean and you could smell the freshness of the room from the time you walked in the door. The bed was extremely comfortable and the sheets were crisp, soft and smelled fresh. The room was very comfortable.
When we arrived we were very dehydrated from our trip and I ran down to the office to grab something to drink after we got all of our stuff moved into the room. I ran into Dana again and explained our situation and grabbed a couple bottles of water and retreated back into room 5. About 15 minutes after I arrived back in my room, we received a knock on our door and it was Dana bringing us even more water and giving us the update on RMNP. She informed us the east side of the park had been opened up. It was so very nice of her to think of us. When I closed the door my fiancée immediately said, "well that's it, they have made us loyal guests for life". (:
On another note, my current fiancée wasn't my fiancée when we arrived to Estes Park. He actually proposed to me the day after we arrived at Bear Lake while it was snowing and abandoned from all the tourists. We might not have had that experience if we weren't kept so well informed by the Maxwells. When we arrived back to the hotel, we ran into the office and Dana had noticed my ring (which I thought was so awesome and personal that she had noticed) and she congratulated us. Later that afternoon, we left for the night to explore the Stanley hotel and upon returning we found a dozen pink roses in our room from Dana and Peter to celebrate our engagement. We couldn't believe how much they went out of their way for us. It was genuinely a very nice ending to our already amazing day and the most thoughtful random act of kindness I have experienced in a very long time. We brought the roses home with us (they actually made it through the plane trip) and we have them sitting in our living room so we can be reminded of our trip to Estes. I also plan on drying them out and keeping them to commemorate the occasion. Dana and Peter have no idea how much their hospitality has touched us.
As I said in the beginning, I can't say enough about this hotel. The owners, the location (just outside RMNP and you can walk to downtown),
To us, this is the only place we will ever stay when visiting RMNP. I recommend you do the same.