Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River

Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River

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#3 of 24 campgrounds in Estes Park
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
4.9
Service
4.8
Value
4.7
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The Swiftcurrent Lodge is 3 miles southwest of downtown Estes Park on the Old Road into Rocky Mountain National Park. We are open Year Round for your Rocky Mountain Experience. Enjoy viewing the abundant wildlife during your stay. Fish from your doorstep on the Big Thompson River. We are only 300 yards from Rocky Mountain National Park. Come join us on "the Edge of Wilderness."
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Hot tub
Hiking
Horseback riding
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Fishing
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Room features
Seating area
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Romantic
5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles404 reviews
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Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River is often described as a homely retreat, boasting a welcoming atmosphere with its clean, cozy amenities. Nestled by the river, many guests appreciate the serene experience offered by the lodge's relaxing amenities, including hot tubs and nearby hiking trails. The cleanliness of the lodge consistently receives high marks, as does the attentive and personalized service. While the lodge's location is lauded for its tranquility and proximity to natural attractions, some travelers note the rooms can be snug and chilly.
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Fred1997 wrote a review Jul 2020
Valley Spring, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed her over the 4th of July week.The change of ownership has not changed the quality of this place. Absolutely spotless fully equipped cabins, right by the river, welcome you to the natural beauty of Estes Park and RMNP. Very reasonable prices add to the value here.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Response from Andrea Baran, Owner at Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River
Responded Jul 31, 2020
Oh good ! We had big shoes to fill!!
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Elaine & John wrote a review May 2021
Denver, Colorado
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were so happy we chose this place!
We loved being right next to the river, having our own patio, grill and table outside riverfront!
The cabin was spotless. I think they even wash the bedspread between customers which I love , I could smell the laundry detergent on the bedspread made me happy to know it was clean! The little kitchen was great. Parking right out front of the cabin was nice. We were in Cabin #2. If I could recommend anything it would be to put deadbolts on the doors. Or at least a security latch. I’m sure it’s safe there, but it’s right in the road and you never know nowadays. We will definitely return and will recommend others!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Andrea Baran, Owner at Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River
Responded May 26, 2021
Lol! You sound like my housekeeper! she loves the smell of fresh laundry! Thank you for the recommendation. Unfortunately you are probably right.. you do not know these days. Come again!
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elizabethashleyphoto wrote a review Sep 2020
United States
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our stay here on our first trip to Colorado! Everything was very clean and well-maintained (lodge, property/grounds, hot tub), we enjoyed the simplicity and the peaceful easy living vibe, and we found it very affordable. It is small and not crowded, which we liked, and Andrea & Donna and all the guests we ran into were very nice as well. We were in RMNP hiking for most of the daytime and this was a great place to come back to and relax. We loved our balcony room (204) overlooking the river and use the hot tub a couple times. Thanks for a great stay!
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Cabins farther from Hwy 66 are likely quieter.
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Response from Andrea Baran, Owner at Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River
Responded Sep 5, 2020
Thank you! And I agree! We attract good people. I enjoy everyone's company as well. I'm glad you spent your first CO trip with us! Come again!
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Slythe777 wrote a review Jul 2020
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The location is great with a beautiful raging river and hummingbirds buzzing about. Cottages 1, 2, 4 are all lower floor and riverside with their own patios with grill and chairs to view the river. 2 appears to be the smallest. The reason why I don't consider it to be 5 star is that the accommodations are threadbare, there is no maid service, and the hot tub was not available for use. If amenities are advertised, but not offered, I think prices should be reduced accordingly. On the positive, the owner and housekeeper are friendly and helpful. Would only recommend if you really like staying on the river.
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Date of stay: July 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Andrea Baran, Owner at Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River
Responded Jul 9, 2020
I am glad you like our location! It is quite special! Yes, we do not provide maid service. We are not set up as a hotel. Its actually mentioned in our policies. We do provide new towels if you bring your old towels to the office. If there is anything else you need we are more than happy to accommodate, just let us know next time. As for the hot tub, it is open. There may have been some confusion as we ask to have the top anchored down. We are in the Rockies and experience high winds from time to time which will either blow debris into it or tear the top off. Sorry for the confusion!
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jkwade93 wrote a review May 2021
Lawrence, Kansas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in one of the cabins for a few nights and were so pleased with the cleanliness of the space, the proximity to downtown and parks/trails, and the friendliness of the owners and staff. Even when some unexpected issues came up, they were so kind and accommodating. We would love to stay here again!
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Response from Andrea Baran, Owner at Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River
Responded May 13, 2021
Thank you! We really enjoyed having the both of you here as well as our conversations! Come again!
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Carlen S wrote a review Jan 2020
New Berlin, Wisconsin
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Arriving late September, planning to stay 2 weeks, we almost immediately added 2 nights at Swiftcurrent, and were so glad we did. As others have stated, Gary and Coni provide a lovely, peaceful, comfortable place right on the Big Thompson River. We were treated to elk in rut across the river, even elk wandering through the grounds! If you enjoy the quiet beauty of nature and/or hiking, access to RMNP is perfect. Fall color was the best. Snow the last couple of days made for a beautiful change of scene. Always love seeing snow on the mountains. We've made reservations to return in fall 2020.
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Date of stay: September 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Coni-Gary, Owner at Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River
Responded Jan 5, 2020
Carlen & Barry- Thank you so much for your wonderful review and your continued support. We always look forward to your arrival and miss you when you leave. You have become a true treasure to us. See you this fall. Have a great winter. Warmest regards-Gary & Coni
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Jeanette P wrote a review Oct 2020
Victoria, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I just spent three nights in cabin 4. The room was clean and the king bed was very comfy. The kitchen was well equipped and we enjoyed using the outside grill while sitting at our table next to the river. The location is perfect and so beautiful! Check in/out was a breeze and Andrea and Donna were so friendly and helpful. If you are planning a trip to Estes Park and RMNP I highly recommend staying here!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Andrea Baran, Owner at Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River
Responded Nov 18, 2020
Thank you!! I am so glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Steven K wrote a review Sep 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The cabin was small but very clean. The cabin was only 30 feet from the Big Thompson river. The cabin had internet and cable tv. The cabin had a stove and small refrigerator; outside each cabin had a gas grill and private table and chairs. You can walk into the national park which is 300 yards from the cabin.A beautiful and quiet place; and will stay there again.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from Andrea Baran, Owner at Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River
Responded Sep 5, 2020
Thank you for the review! We are small and quaint. Part our charm and I'm glad you appreciated it! Do come again!
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Amychuck wrote a review Jul 2020
Fort Worth, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were looking around for a cabin for us to stay in so that we could be safe and enjoy RMNP. My husband daughter and I had a wonderful experience staying in Cabin 4. The cabin was so CLEAN, you can tell that they take great care in its upkeep. It backed right up to the river and was only 5-7 or so minutes from the entrance of the RMNP. The cabin had everything we needed for an excellent stay, especially in the kitchen. The bed was very comfortable. We loved having the dedicated outdoor seating and grill to use so we didn't have to eat out after hiking all day. We enjoyed listening to the river right behind the cabin and watching the hummingbirds flying over the water. The fireplace inside brought the right kind of ambience for us at night. The little touches that showed kindness and preparedness such as the packet of popcorn, and the paper towels were perfect. I really appreciated not having to think of these things. We hope to come back and stay again.
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Date of stay: June 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Andrea Baran, Owner at Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River
Responded Jul 9, 2020
Love the pun lol! The hummingbirds are really something else! Thank you for the wonderful comments. It means a lot to Donna and I. You put smiles on our faces that we are proving a good experience!
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emurph655 wrote a review Feb 2024
Longmont, Colorado
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Andrea is the most gracious host we’ve encountered- helpful, kind,& attentive. Cabin 6 was extremely clean. It’s easy to relax and unwind here hearing the trickling river, birds,& breezes and being away from the busy downtown. It has new paint, appliances, faucets— plus nice touches that make for an overall fresh feeling. We’ll return again!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Answer from Coni-Gary
Estes Park, Colorado2 contributions1 helpful vote
Sorry for the delay in responding. Downtown is about 3 miles, RMNP is only 300 yards! Estes Park Shuttle does service from the airport.
Answer from Beverly H
Murfreesboro, Tennessee135 contributions24 helpful votes
Don’t think so! Great place for couples
Richard S wrote a tip Jun 6
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room was small, cold and smelly. The floor was tilted so the bed was tilted and uncomfortable. OVERPRICED!!!"
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J-ME A wrote a tip Oct 2023
Iowa19 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try to get a riverfront room! "
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Dave B wrote a tip Aug 2023
Wildwood, Missouri12 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Within walking distance of Rocky Mountain National Park."
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Pamela F wrote a tip Aug 2023
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t miss out!!"
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RainbarrelDiva wrote a tip Aug 2023
Columbia, Missouri48 contributions47 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be careful since the driveway is a bit steep and narrow (and seems more so at night). "
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PRICE RANGE
$186 - $219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River
Which popular attractions are close to Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River?
Nearby attractions include The Taffy Shop (3.0 miles), Brownfield's (3.3 miles), and Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures (3.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a hot tub.
Which room amenities are available at Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cinnamon's Bakery, Donut Haus, and Kind Coffee.
Are there any historical sites close to Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The Birch Ruins (3.2 miles).
Does Swiftcurrent Lodge and Cottages on the River have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
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