We just returned from our stay at the Gateway Canyons Resort. We participated in the better half / half marathon event at the resort on the weekend of March 21st 2009. My wife, 6 year old daughter, and myself shared a standard queen room. The room was clean, modern, and well appointed but a bit cramped for the 3 of us. As far as I could tell this resort is the only hotel accommodation within the small town of Gateway. The resort has a gas station and deli / grocery store on site.
There was very little information about the queen room available on the web site. The hotel reservations staff attempted to describe the room to us over the phone and did warn us that the room was not set up for 3 people, they were absolutely right. They do not offer any option for a roll away bed for this room because of its unique floor-plan, (lots of small areas vs. an open floor plan) which is a shame because with a few minor changes it could make this room a nice option for small families on a budget, like us. (We just returned from a very expensive vacation a few weeks previous to this stay and I was not prepared to fork over the extra hundred or so bucks per night for the suite.) The room is however a really nice set up for 2 people. I brought a small air mattress and sleeping bag and made a bed on the floor, which was fine for one night but it had me wishing I hadn't been too cheap to upgrade to the suite for our stay. The suites looked very nice and we will definitely chose that option if we ever go back, which I am hoping that we will because this is an amazing place.
I cant say enough about the serenity and scenic beauty of this area. The resort is situated on the valley floor of where several steep colorful canyons converge. The architecture and design of the resort is very tastefully done and fits nicely with the natural beauty of this amazing place. The grounds were clean and well kept and the facilities were immaculate. The service at the hotel was good though a little more laid back than some people may be accustomed to. You wont find any traffic signal lights, traffic jams, crowds, or noise here. It is what Moab Utah was perhaps 30 years ago.
The restaurant at the resort was semi-fine dining and the service was good. We found the southwest style menu a bit limited and kinda pricey. We were charged extra for every little extra thing and left not feeling great about the value of the meal. I was impressed with the small grocery store on-site. The variety and selection were very good and they had lots of very nice fresh produce. Considering the remote location of this resort, having the store along with a fridge and microwave in the rooms was a very nice option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There are many reasons to visit Colorado's Gateway Canyons Resort, an award-winning destination located in the secluded Unaweep Canyon of Western Colorado. Surrounded by the vast lands of the Uncompahgre Plateau, Piñon Mesa and La Sal Mountains, our full-service resort features exceptional lodging, dining, outfitting, educational programs and the world-class Gateway Colorado Auto Museum. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gateway Canyons Hotel Gateway
- Gateway Canyons Resort, A Noble House Resort Colorado