Because my wife and I travel with our pet dog, our lodging choices are limited to pet-friendly properties. Columbine Inn was a pleasant choice and rather economical for Estes Park. By that I mean to say Estes Park is, overall, a priceir tourist town. So, the rates at the Columbine Inn were economical for Estes Park, but they would have been over-priced had this hotel been in, say, Fort Collins.
The same gentleman who took my telephone reservation, handled the check-in and handled all of my inquiries about the locale was also the owner, and whose name totally escapes me. He was very helpful with his restaurant recommendations and local driving directions.
The hotel itself was a 1950's style motor court with some pretty garden areas and gazebo. Had the evenings been a tad warmer, an evening in the gazebo would have been a wonderful way to relax after an active day in the nearby Rocky Mountain National Park. The outdoor pool was already out-of-commission for the season. The lobby/lounge was cozy (small) but with large windows and mountain vistas. The breakfast buffet didn't have many options, and it was mostly pre-package items. We just supplemented the limited choices with groceries we bought on our own.
The room decor was more like a B&B than hotel. Small sitting area w/ TV separted from the bed. Perhaps a bit cramped, or cozy, depending on your perspective. The room was clean and furniture in good shape, albeit older. While some people might criticize the furnishings as dated, (as in suburban family room circa 1974), the feel that we we were in a guest room in someone's house, rather than a hotel, was what we enjoyed most about this property. The room came with a mini-frig, which we put to good use. The only maintenance issue was with TV reception. Not every channel came in with that HDTV clarity we now all expect.
The hotel is on one of the major roadways near the edge of town. Traffic made getting into and out of the hotel a pain at times, and it was too far to walk into central Estes Park. However, several restuarants were within easy walking distance. And we were able to see some of the local wildlife right on the hotel grounds, including elk and mule deer.
This hotel is probably best for couples who are in Estes Park for activities other than spending alot of time in their hotel. But if you want to avoid "resort" rates and just want a comfortable, basic room, the Columbine Inn would be a good choice.
- Also Known As:
- Columbine Hotel Estes Park