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“We will definately be back; Great location, Loved our cabin” 5 of 5 stars
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2185 Eagle Cliff Road, Estes Park, CO 80517   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“We will definately be back; Great location, Loved our cabin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

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.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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Muscatine, Iowa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2011

The cabin was very clean. The resort was remote and quiet. The pool was never really very busy, so it was nice and relaxing when we did use the facility. Most likely this will be where we stay whenever we come back. My only negative thing is that the staff wasn't overly friendly - which wasn't a huge deal at all, but it would have been nice to see friendly faces - especially since we were their guests.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Omaha, Nebraska
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2011

The Byers family used four cabins at Valhalla, and all the families said
they were very happy with them. Often we've stayed at a place that looks
good on paper (or their web site), but doesn't pan out. Valhalla was as
advertised! Cabins and grounds very well maintained and clean. Lots of fun
activities for the kids on the property, with the added bonus of being able
to hike into Rocky Mountain National Park just up the road. A very
memorable gathering, with some of the fondest memories related to the
resort. I have a feeling some of us will be back.

Tom Byers
Omaha

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

We just spent 5 days in cabin #16 at Valhalla Resort. It was exactly what we were looking for in a RMNP and Estes Park visit... (Couples vacation) We wanted a cabin that was near the park entrances, near town (but not too close to town), within easy drive of grocery store (there is one very close but we drove a bit further to the Safeway in Estes), liquor store, etc. but not in a congested area, easy in and out of property (we're from Florida - prefer no steep, unlit gravel road drives at night) , and all with a hot tub. Valhalla was perfect. You do have neighbors so there is not total seclusion but if you stay in #16 and some of the cabins in the same surrounding area, it is very quiet. The cabins nearer the pool (well heated), mini golf, etc. are situated in closer proximity to one another and maybe more appropriate for families. The cabin was very well furnished with all necessities. Just bring your personals and food/beverage and you are all set. The hot tub was clean and set at 102 when we arrived. The cabin was also very clean and comfortable.

The grounds are kept up and the little mini golf course was fun. We saw elk on the property and a deer and her two fawns.

For nearby enjoyment, we recommend the Rock Inn for a good cold beer and the food is great as well. Lonnigans in Estes is a great Irish pub with reasonable prices. We didn't spend much time in "town" as we were in the park or golfing during the day and cooked most meals in the cabin. Also, drive into the YMCA property just up the road. It is amazing in its size and we saw many elk just lounging around the grounds.

You can't go wrong at Valhalla. The staff is friendly, the cabins are clean and comfy and the Estes area is gorgeous! Enjoy your trip!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

I was very impressed with how clean it was for a cabin. It was better then a hotel. Beautiful location and great amenities for the kids.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

We rented the 5 cabins surrounding the swimming pool for our 2011 Family reunion. We had about 32 people total, and we had the time of our life!!!! Not only did they accommodate our every need, but they were there before we even knew we needed them! The owners recommended several restaurants to us which were spot on, and suggested wine tasting, spa's, and nature hikes that would prove to be magnificent! We couldn't have been happier with our choice, and we are looking forward to going back very very soon! Thank you so much Valhalla for a reunion that we will always remember!

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

We first stayed at Valhalla in 1985 and fell in love with the resort and the town. We still feel the same way. Although we "upgraded" continuously during our nine stays, we found each cabin (#15, #10, #2, and #17) clean, comfortable, and a great "home" for our week in the Rockies. This was the first time we visited in May, and what a shock to see the ten foot snow drifts on the sides of the Trail Ridge Road, and packed, slick snow on the Bear Lake Trail. Needless to say, our most adventurous hike was around Lake Estes.

We had three meals at the Dunraven Inn, which is one of our favorite restaurants in the world. Although they have a new owner, everything was exactly the way it had always been, which is good. We also discovered the Grubsteak, and had a great lunch and good service. The pizza at Poppy's was superb, as was breakfast at the Big Horn and lunch at the Other Side. We also ate at Casa Grande, which was good but didn't compare to the Mexican food we are used to in southern New Mexico. We also ate a lot of meals in our cabin. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking anything or just heating leftovers from the previous night's dinner.

I highly recommend Valhalla Resort to anyone visiting Estes Park. It is perfect for couples, families, or large groups. The management is kind and considerate, and available to answer any questions and attend to any guest's needs. We're hoping to return for our 10th visit in the near future.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2185 Eagle Cliff Road, Estes Park, CO 80517
Location: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 75 Specialty Lodging in Estes Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 29
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

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