I expect most people staying here are on vacation. I was just traveling through on I-70 by myself and Avon, CO is where I happen to end up spending the night. Thus, my perspective may be a bit different than most. In fact, I was going to stay at a chain hotel which was noted on a sign on I-70 but they were full and suggested I try the Christie Lodge.
In general, I was pleased with the room; it was actually a lot more than I needed for a place to sleep for the night. I got the cheapest they had available at the time and it included a kitchen-dining-living room separate from the the bedroom. Even though the front parking lot was packed and congested (there is evidently more parking in the back), inside the building it was like a ghost town. It is kind of big and open and there was simply no one around. Very quiet, which was nice, from my perspective, but almost kind of spooky. The room furnishings seemed to be of good quality and the room was neat and clean. The unit was rather compact. It would be fine for a couple for several days but it would be pretty cramped for any more even though it probably is listed to sleep 4 with a pull out sofa bed in the kitchen-dining room.
About the only real negative I found is that check in seemed to be incredibly slow and inefficient. They had four people working the registration desk and, when I arrived, there was only one person waiting in line ahead of me. Even so, it must have taken 20 minutes before I got checked in. Can't imagine what it would be like if it had been busy. Everyone was friendly and helpful, it just seem to move unusually slowly. In the morning, check out was quick and efficient.
The "Interesting" title for this review came from something I noticed that probably does not make a lot of difference to most people; I just found it interesting. While the materials and workmanship for the place all seemed fine, there were a lot of little things that would indicate the overall design of the facility was done by an amateur. Most noticeable were the numerous level changes on the ground floor that served no apparent purpose. Sometimes just a couple of steps up or down (and a safety hazard) and sometimes a lot more. As a result there are steps everywhere and, in some cases, very intrusive wheel chair ramps that were apparently an afterthought. I was in a ground floor room but the ground level rooms in this part of the building opened onto a narrow walkway that was about three feet above the building floor with no rails whatsoever. If you came out of the room and were not paying attention, you would would walk right off the edge. Or if you were wrestling luggage while opening the door, you could easily step back right off the edge. Inside the room, there was a fairly narrow hallway between the bedroom and the kitchen-dining-living room. This arrangement in itself was not bad but the door to the unit is in the bedroom which means you have to go through the hallway to get to the living space. By myself it was not a problem but even with two people, you would be bumping into each other in the hallway all of the time. Plus, the bathroom opens into the hallway too. The cooling and heating unit in the kitchen-dining-living room was a funky device that sat on the hearth and vented through the fireplace flue. Worked fine, but "interesting" and likely an afterthought. The back door of the unit opened into nothing other than a concrete retaining wall a few feet back. I expect in some units it opens onto a small patio. Worked okay for getting some fresh mountain air but certainly not a place I would want to spend time. Upon arrival, it was not clear where the main entrance to the building is located and once inside, it was not obvious where to go for check in. All of these little things are probably neither here nor there for most guests and certainly would not make me avoid the place. I just found it interesting that such a nice facility had so many little design flaws that an experienced designer would have avoided.
All in all, I enjoyed my brief stay in the high country.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Christie Lodge is your home to relax and enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of the surrounding mountains in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Conveniently located in the heart of the Vail Valley, the Christie Lodge in Avon, Colorado offers affordable one and three bedroom suites with easy access to Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts. Complimentary access to wireless internet, free parking and no resort fees create added value in this world class mountain destination. Spacious one bedroom suites average 410 square feet and feature a queen bed, kitchenette, wood-burning fireplace in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. Three bedroom suites offer two additional bedrooms containing a queen bed, each with an en suite bathroom. All accommodations offer, two flat screen TV's, a queen pullout sleeper sofa, and a private balcony.Christie Lodge amenities include heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools and four hot tubs. The lodge also provides a variety of activities including a kid's activity center, ping pong tables, and Foosball. Our 24 hour front desk, knowledgeable concierge staff, local in-house sporting goods shop, on-site car rental and complimentary shuttle service to Beaver Creek Resort highlight the services Christie Lodge provides to our guests. Be yourself at the Christie Lodge ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Christie Hotel Avon
- The Christie Lodge
- Christie Lodge Avon, CO - Beaver Creek