I ran across Valhalla Resort while searching online. The first thing I noticed was that most of their cabins were booked up throughout the summer. I booked a remaining cabin, #17a, on a whim, for 7 nights. That was kind of scary because the half-down deposit at booking is nonrefundable when you get within a certain window (I think ours was 30-45 days). But all we could say when we arrived was WOW. 17a seems to be on the outer/upper edge of Valahalla's property. (Note that there are other properties on this hill and there were a few cabins above us that looked to be personal property). 17a is connected like a 'duplex' to the other side, but we never heard a peep from our neighbors (we saw at least two cars come and go while we were there)....the other cabin side backs up to the 2nd bedroom and dining area of 17a. When I booked, I was hoping to find a place that was a cross between tent camping in the national park and a nicer hotel, and secluded but not so secluded it was scary. This is exactly what we got with 17a. The cabin sits up on the hill, up higher than many of the other cabins. Our 17a side had a balcony that ran from the entrance (with a closeable gate to keep larger critters out) all the way to around until it met the other side of the 'duplex', and was sealed off by a large solid wood gate opening. On the balcony were a great outdoor set of table and chairs, and a small portable grill, along with an exquisite view of the mountains, and you can hear the river across the 'highway' on a quiet day. 17a is huge - it is a house, with a nice-sized master bedroom (small flat screen tv, chest, large double-sink bathroom), laundry area sealed off by folding doors, a huge entry way closet, large living room, dining room with a sliding door out to the balcony, nice sized oblong full kitchen with everything (pots pans utensils appliances towels) you ever needed in a kitchen, and a 2nd smaller bedroom on the other side with it's own bathroom right outside the door. Tons and tons of cabinet space in both bathroom/hallway areas to store stuff and keep everybody's stuff separated. Everything was VERY clean and smelled nice. The cabin has windows everywhere that are wonderful to open and hear and smell outside, and it was generally 70 degrees during the day while we were there in July so we even slept with some of the windows open at night. People came every day to change out towels, kitchen towels, replace things like toilet paper/kleenex, and remove trash. There are some very accurate pictures and a floor plan on the website, but you don't get the full picture and awesomeness of this place without seeing the cabin in person. Yes, it was a little expensive, similar to the price of a 5-star luxury hotel, but I thought it was a very fair price for us. We had 7 people in the cabin (you pay a rate for up to 4 persons, then $15 per additional person per night maximum 8 people). Lots of places for tweens and teens to explore safely within the area, a game room/game area, pool etc although we didn't spend time using the game area or pool. Saw quite a few deer just meandering through and eating. Valhalla has an excellent website also, everything you need to know is presented cabin-by-cabin, no surprises, accurate information. They promptly answered my questions by email and phone. Valhalla is in an extremely convenient location - you jump onto the highway (which doesn't seem like a highway but a 2-lane road) and turn left to Rocky Mountain National Park which is less than 5 minutes right around the corner, or take a right to go into the heart of Estes Park...with lots of things along the way. We had an awesome experience here, and everyone wants to come back. We looked around and we liked our cabin and its location the best - there are some other cabins that we think we might like, and some we thought were too small or not in a location we'd prefer - - check out the details on the website.
I have a few recommendations for this cabin: 1) the pull out beds in the sleeper couches need different bedding, they are uncomfortable (can feel the springs) and the frame is flimsy. I don't recommend these at all for 2 adults, or a larger person either - these are where the 4 extra people would go if you have 8 people. We used them for teens/kids and by the end of the trip they ended up sleeping on the couch cushions on the floor and a cot we brought. 2) The TV in the living room is an old tube TV and the picture is going dark - the TV needs to be updated. True we are supposed to be exploring nature, but it's nice to watch a little TV at night or in the morning. 3) The shower in the master bedroom needs to be fixed - it doesn't have good water pressure and it won't stay put on hot or cold, temperature constantly changes and the hot water is scalding - - a shower in that shower is not a pleasant experience it's more a frustration...the other bathroom has a better shower. Not deal-breakers, but some room for improvement.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Valhalla Resort is nicely secluded on 15 acres just 3 miles west of Estes Park, Colorado. We offer a variety of cabins and vacation homes bordering Rocky Mountain National Park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Valhalla Hotel Estes Park