This was a time share exchange in July 2008 for one week. We were two couples sharing a three bedroom apartment. Generally we were pleased with the apartment, which had three bedrooms (all doubles, two with double beds and one with twin beds) over two floors. The entrance to apartment was situated on the second floor of a three storey apartment block, and was reached via a exterior staircase, so would not be suitable for disabled travellers. There was no ensuite bathroom but there were two bathrooms, one main bathroom with bath and shower over, and a second shower room on the top floor. The lounge area was comfortable with a sofa and two arm chairs and TV, and there was also a second sofa on the top floor together with a small table and four chairs which would be suitable as a second seating area for children. The lounge, kitchen and main dinning area was open plan. The kitchen was well equipped, although there was no kettle, and water for a cup of tea had to be boiled in a saucepan. But apart from this minor inconvenience the kitchen was more than adequate. The laundry facilities were in a separate building. Both of the bedrooms on the main floor had plenty of storage space. We were in the Nystrom block apartment 8. The apartment balcony looked across some waste land towards the road rather than towards the river, this would not have been a problem had it not been for the trains!!! I would imagine that the train noise would not be such a nuisance in the winter when the windows would be shut, however, the apartment had no air conditioning and the weather was pretty warm and therefore it was necessary to sleep with the windows open. It was not the sound of the trains themselves that was a problem but the piercing noise of their horns. Several roads crossed the railway track and every time a train passed they sounded their horns as a warning. The trains pass every 30 to 60 minutes both day and night and we found this did disturbed our sleep (even wearing ear plugs).
The apartment is ideally situated for visiting the Rocky Mountain National Park, which we loved and went back to three times. We also visited Vail and Breckenridge, and not to be missed is the small town of Silver Plume, just off the I70. Originally a mining town it is virtually untouched by modern development and we found it a charming place to stop for a coffee and piece of homemade cake.
Another thing to note is the altitude. Fraser is over 9,000 ft above sea level and altitude sickness is something to watch out for. Both my husband and I had suffered altitude sickness before and knew we would have a problem. Preventative medication is available from your doctor. We took Diamox, which did seem to help, although we both suffered some side effects of pins and needles in our hands and feet. We also suffered from minor nose bleeds (due to the altitude not the medication) and a local resident suggested saline nose drops which were available from the local pharmacy and we did find these helped. There was a large Safeway grocery store close by for all your shopping needs. We only ate out twice locally, once at the Chinese restaurant close to Safeway and the second time at an Italian restaurant in Coopers Square in Winter Park. Both were very good and excellent value for money. On our last night we had a visit from a local black bear raiding the bins at the rear of the buildings (very exciting but a bit scary). The only reason I would not recommend this apartment is the noise from the trains.
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