The TLDR: great staff and location hinting at its historical glory days, but it's clear the owners have let this place go. You can sense some of the mountain lodge history, but this is a hotel, not a museum. The bad news: Our "premium mountain view" room needed better tlc and cleaning. There was dried animal excrement on the floor (too small to be human, too large to be rat). Mold in the shower and curtain. For summer visitors, there's no AC, so hope for cool temps and breezes. The radiators were rusted thoroughly. As for the facility, clearly run down with most in disrepair if not dangerous. Indoor pool was reasonable, hot tubs not so much. Abandoned sections of the Lodge with the power shut off, equipment pilled up in meeting rooms now used for storage. You can tell this place shined bright at some point long ago, and the owners should be ashamed to let a local gem like this go so dim! Re. Outdoorsy activities, there are short trails out the back past a diversion pond and two pedestrian bridges, but be aware of a couple of deep pits and abandoned structures. Think twice before sending your youngsters out back to explore and play. If you're into geology, there's quite a variety, from sedimentary to metamorphic in a small area. Finally, near the lobby were historical photos (attached) which strangely didn't pertain to the Lodge.…
Probably a convenient place for skiers, but summer-time travelers should probably opt for a hotel at a lower elevation, especially if they are just passing through. If you stay in the summer make sure you procure a fan for your room ASAP. They have a bar that is adequately stocked but the restaurant is not able to handle even the basic breakfast run. Their outdoor hot tubs and indoor swimming pool are all in terrible condition. And you need to negotiate either a flight of stairs or a steep ramp with your luggage when exiting the front lobby before you can get to the first elevator. Of course, the surrounding landscape is spectacular, with a wonderful stream rushing through the trees behind the lodge.
Nasty room, unkempt. Building is falling apart. Building from the outside looks like it was last painted in the 1800s. No renovations inside since then either. Hair on all bedsheets. Understaffed, nice people but poorly managed property.
3rd floor room. I love skiing on Monarch Mountain, but for your own sanity stay down in Salida and skip this hotel. We were up ALL night (a Wednesday night) because of noise. it seems like your neighbors are INSIDE your room. I wanted this hotel to be awesome but it just isn't... Maybe if you are a Heavy Duty Sleeper you'll be OK, but we were completely miserable from midnight on. Employees are nice folks, doing a good job...this place just needs major renovations or some kind of sound dampener inside the hollow block walls.
If you’re thinking of going to Breckinridge, think twice. Monarch Mountain has everything minus the crowds and the hefty price tag. Stay here, save money, have fun, receive excellent customer support.