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481 W Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517-9030
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 11/24/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 11/24/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#2 of 28 hotels in Estes Park
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
4.8
Service
4.8
Value
4.5
Travelers' Choice
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Murphy's River Lodge is located 2 blocks from downtown Estes Park and backs to the Fall River. Murphy's was remodeled in 2011 and has a reputation of having the friendliest staff in town. Your stay at Murphy's comes with free wifi,free breakfast,indoor heated pool and hot tub,20 River front rooms ,6 pet friendly rooms and several value rooms for our friends on a tighter budget.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
Horseback riding
Kids stay free
Books, DVDs, music for children
Parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Fence around pool
Breakfast buffet
Vending machine
Skiing
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Children's television networks
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
BBQ facilities
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Kitchenette
Microwave
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Seating area
Clothes rack
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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English
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Robert W wrote a review Yesterday
Loveland, Colorado4 contributions1 helpful vote
I have stayed at Murphy's River Resort many times over the years. Most recently I stayed December of 2021 and June of 2022. It is a Nice, Clean, Relaxing place with Professional Staff that go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. I stayed in June while on a Business Trip and took my family. My kids had a blast and spent hours in the pool and hot tub. Therefore I was able to conduct my Company Business and spend time with the wife and kids at the same time. I highly Recommend Murphy's River Resort to my Business Associates and Employee's going to Estes.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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cherylkG1748CM wrote a review Yesterday
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My husband and I spent 1 night this past weekend at Murphys on the River.It was fabulous 💜We had a king with jacuzzi room .It was spacious,lots of drawer space,nice size bathroom and shelf space.The room was immaculate. There was a lovely indoor pool with sky lights and lovely outside space to sit by the river. There was a very adequate continental breakfast included. Staff lovely! Special shout out to Stephanie and Noel. Can’t wait to return !,,
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: If u would want jacuzzi in room ask for 112
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TravelQueen74 wrote a review Jul 5
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This place didn’t disappoint. It was clean and the staff was friendly. Had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. Being so close to the river really was the highlight. The elk came up to the river to drink and walked along the area. Close to everything. Had a great experience
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: The breakfast wasn’t the best so if you’re a breakfast eater you may want to make plans otherwise
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Leelo wrote a review Jul 5
49 contributions13 helpful votes
I feel bad even writing this review with so many good ones at play but I am 1 year out from the trip and I still feel this hotel experience was one of the least pleasant for us. It is entirely based on our preferences but perhaps someone out there is just like us in terms of expectations and would benefit from me giving my review. We had a lot of trouble sleeping because it was hot and the air conditioning struggled. It was an older window unit so there was nothing they could do to fix it. There was a fan in the closet but even then we just could not sleep well. We are from the south and are used to ac so we always book a place that has it because we know we need it. The room was also not as nice in person as the pictures uploaded here. It felt very run down and old. I will say that I have a personal preference for a clean/new hotel if available but it doesn't have to be fancy. The one big perk was the hotel staff was very kind at all times and allowed us to check out a night early with a full refund for that night. So to summarize if you love good ac, pick somewhere else. If you are picky about staying in clean feeling hotels, pick somewhere else. Otherwise we did feel the staff was very helpful which makes it hard to write a poor review but it would have helped me when booking to have seen more reviews like this.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from Stephanie Bledsoe, General Manager at Murphy's River Lodge
Responded yesterday
First, I would like to apologize for the negative experience you had while staying with us. That must have been very frustrating to be uncomfortable and not be able to sleep. I would like to reach out to you personally but have not been able to find your reservation. We keep brand new air conditioners on property in case an event like this occurs. They can be easily installed without much disruption to your stay. Unfortunately, if we are not informed, we cannot address the issue. We always want to provide our guests with the best experience possible and your satisfaction is our top priority. We have staff available by phone 24 hours a day, with my personal number being listed in every room. We also communicate via our texting system and that is another great way to let us know you are having an issue, need assistance, or are unhappy with your stay. We aim to have each and every guest have a positive, memorable experience here at Murphy's River Lodge. As you said above, we do have a lot of positive reviews. That is because when given the opportunity, we do everything in our power to make it right. Take care and safe travels!
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shazam23 wrote a review Jul 3
Palatine, Illinois9 contributions
We stayed here for one night during our Colorado Road Trip! Walking distance from downtown Estes Park. Elk along the roadway! Love how the river runs through the property and our boys enjoyed the free hot chocolate and popcorn! Our room had all the essentials and basics and liked how spacious it was and not your typical mini fridge. It was a bit larger which was nice. It was a basic room but clean, fresh and more than we expected!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Tammie B wrote a review Jun 2022
Burnet, Texas6 contributions
The room was clean and the beds were comfortable. It was walking ditto downtown so you didn’t have to pay for parking. It was so relaxing sitting by the river. We even saw a couple of elk walking by the river. I would highly recommend this place if you need to get away and relax. It was wonderful.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Rebecca wrote a review Jun 2022
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We spent the night here and it was great. Clean. Convenient. Peaceful river walk to town. Microwave/fridge/WiFi. Heated enclosed hot tub and pool. And a great cup of coffee at the morning continental breakfast. We will be back for sure.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Room Tip: Might request a top floor room. We we on the floor and heard the people above us but it was not...
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B12lotus wrote a review Jun 2022
California7 contributions
We enjoyed our stay at this property. Pros: comfortable, nice river view room, rooms well maintained and clean, furnished with a full kitchen (full size fridge, stove, oven, dishes, etc and well stocked with everything you need to make meals. Staff had great communication, texted us that our room was ready early and texted us updates about the property during our stay. Hotel is walking distance to town and a quick drive to Rocky Mtn Natl Park. This property fit our needs comfortably. Can’t think of any cons.Enjoy!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Harry B wrote a review Jun 2022
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Enjoyed a 2 night 3 day stay at Murphy's, recommend it highly to anyone looking for a nice place in a great location between Estes (easy walk into town) and Rocky Mountain National Park. The lodge itself is a wonderful place, well maintained by a good staff. The river next to the lodge was high from snow melt during our stay, and sitting on our balony listening and watching the water in the morning and at the end of the day was great. Good selection at breakfast as well. Pool and hot tub also well maintained. Would recommend Murphy's to any one.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Jessica B wrote a review Jun 2022
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I cannot say enough about this lodge! We had a blast with our family. It’s so close to RMNP and a very short walk to the middle of town. The bed was so comfortable and everything was super clean. My kids loved the pool and we enjoyed a soak in the hot tub in the evenings. The river that runs behind is gorgeous. I cannot say enough about this perfectly quaint place.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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PRICE RANGE
$92 - $193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
murphy`s river hotel estes park, american wilderness hotel, american wilderness lodge
LOCATION
United StatesColoradoEstes Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
37
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Frequently Asked Questions about Murphy's River Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Murphy's River Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Brownfield's (0.6 miles), The Taffy Shop (0.3 miles), and Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Murphy's River Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Murphy's River Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Murphy's River Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Murphy's River Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Murphy's River Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cinnamon's Bakery, Donut Haus, and Kind Coffee.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Murphy's River Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool during their stay.
Is Murphy's River Lodge located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Estes Park.
Are any cleaning services offered at Murphy's River Lodge?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Murphy's River Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Murphy's River Lodge?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Holzwarth Historical Site (9.3 miles).