I had low expectations going to Ice Lakes Lodge based on the reviews on Trip Advisor, so maybe that's why I found that I was delighted with the property - it was much nicer than described! We arrived on a rainy/snowy afternoon and hurried into the lobby where a cheerful fire was warming the people sitting on comfy sofas drinking tea or wine. The place has a feeling of newness, as the pine accessories (door frames, etc.) looked like they had just been installed. The rooms are set in a 2 story circle around the lobby, allowing you to look down upon the lobby from the upstairs rooms.
The first room we were given wasn't as cheerful as the lobby -- it was large, but looked over the parking lot. We asked to be switched to one overlooking the frozen lake, as we had been promised. That room was much better, brighter and had a better feel to it, although the manager warned us that the couple who had been there before complained about the noise from the kids in the room next door. We could see (or rather hear) what they meant just before dinner. As noted in other reviews, the walls really are paper-thin and we could hear every squeal and laugh and comment of the kids next door. We finally knocked on the wall and they were quiet(er). We were concerned about sleeping, but they must have been tuckered out because we didn't hear a sound that night.
Anyway....the lodge is located truly steps from the Royal Gorge cross country ski resort, where you could pick up a trail on the other side of the parking lot. It was beautiful -- and if it hadn't been such a wet snow, we would have gone for it. Instead, though, we had a late lunch (very good) and dinner later (excellent). Try the pork with dried cherries.
They bill breakfast as continental, but they added bacon to the mix. The pastries were first rate -- like the ones I've had at places like the Four Seasons.
We're planning on coming back, with friends, to try out the cross country skiing and will be happy to return to Ice Lakes Lodge.
- Also Known As:
- Ice Lakes Lodge At Royal Gorge Hotel Soda Springs