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“Great when visiting grandkids”
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Rapids Lodge
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Pacific Grove, California
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great when visiting grandkids”
Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

The unit we had wa pet friendly. It consisted of a living room/kitchen, bedroom, and bath. The bedroom had a single and a queen size bed. The living room had a sofa that converted into a double size bed. The unit was very clean, warm, and quiet. The furnishings are average. We had no maid service but could swap dirty towels, etc, and obtain additional essentials (toilet paper, soap, etc) between 9 and 2. Overall, the unit was just what we were looking for. Our dog was provided a bucket with treats, doggie bags, a rug, etc. Our grandsons loved sleeping on the livingroom futon with the electric fireplace on to warm the room. We'll definitely return when visiting our grandsons.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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denver
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58 reviews
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

It's old. The rooms in the main lodge are shabby. Furniture old and not antique old. No a/c, no breeze in the summer on the top floor of the lodge. Old carpet. Needs a makeover. No view - high windows with an overhanging eave.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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MtnMax, Front Office Manager at Rapids Lodge, responded to this review, October 20, 2013
It is unfortunate "Tree-house Suite" in the historic building (est. 1915) was not what you were looking for and we hope you return to stay in a condo in the future! The Rapids has the most variety in accommodation in Grand Lake and this is what makes our property so appealing - between the newer Condos, new Rapids Suites, Cabins and Lodge, there is something perfect for everyone. Just had someone say how much the adored Lodge Room 6 "Tree-house Suite". At 8, 400 feet above sea level, our cool summer nights are usually in the 40's and we have fans available at the front desk should you need additional cooling. Feel free to ask! Photos of all of our rooms are online to help deciding which room to pick. Thanks for staying with us!
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Redington Shores, Florida
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61 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

We made a last minute reservation to the Rapids Lodge. I originally was hoping for a historic room in the lodge or one of the cabins, but we got a suite. This is a newer building and the furniture and kitchen are modern. We stayed in #3 which is handicap accessible and found it to be quite roomy and clean. There is a full kitchen and living room and the bedroom had a king bed that was very comfortable. It is walking distance to anything you need in Grand Lake, yet tucked away in a quiet little area next to the stream. I hope to return soon and to stay in the historic lodge next time.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
448 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2013

We had originally planned to spend this particular night of our vacation in Estes Park but the floods forced cancellation. After some research on Grand Lake, we settled on the Rapids Lodge because of its history and unique setting.

Our original reservation was for Lodge Room #2 "Columbine". After checking out the room size and realizing that we had failed the traveler's course in packing light, we asked if we could change to a ground floor room that provided more space. Management was quite accommodating and switched us to a room that we could park right in front of for a nominal upcharge. The room was clean and the bed quite comfortable.

The location and setting is impossible to beat. No noise from Grand Ave a few blocks away and the rapids provide a great backdrop.

Room Tip: If you are like us and travel with too many "essentials", we would recommend on of the lar...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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washington, dc
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in room #4 "River song" for 5 days, including 2 extra due to the Boulder flooding. Normally the rapids might not be flowing, but due to recent rains we were treated to beautiful sound in our room, & lovely scenery behind the hotel. Room is spacious, very clean, decor flowery/lacey, a tiny bit worn/faded, nice 4 poster bed. Due to 1915 construction, floors slant downhill, a little disconcerting for those adjusting to high altitude, but not a problem. Dinner/lunch restaurant below's exhaust caused a little vibration in floor & rare water flow fluctuations, but no noise or smell for us.Toiletries/towels are motel basic, so bring your own if that bothers you. You do have to tote your suitcase up several stairs (no elevator.) Noting these idiosyncracies so you're prepared, not an issue for us. Grand Lake is cute & not touristy the way Estes Park is..we enjoyed back country hiking & four wheeling & the town's shops/restaurants. The Lodge was a relaxing & comfy home base. Restaurant below's prices were fine for lunch but a little too high for dinner.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Lake Jackson, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
200 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2013

My husband and I stayed in the Never Summer Cabin. The cabin is a very small vacation cabin facing the Rapids parking lot. The photos on the rapids website seem pretty accurate.

Good stuff:
-Convenient location near trails, 2 minutes walk from town
-Comfortable bed
-The kitchenette has everything you need for a short visit for a couple, (but no microwave.)
-Good price
-Clean
-Cozy size for two people

On the down-side:
-The cabin claims it sleeps up to 4, but more than 2 would be a tight squeeze. For example, the kitchen table is tiny, with only two chairs.
-The living room sofa and chairs are uncomfortable.
-Most shelf space and drawer space was taken up with spare pillows and blankets.
-The TV in the living room is tiny, maybe 12 inch. I don't visit Grand Lake to watch TV, but I'd still like it to to be big enough to see from the other side of the room.

Room Tip: The Never Summer cabin is the closest to the lobby and restaurant, and parking spaces in front of th...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Columbia, Missouri
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2013

We had a condo right by the stream, where we watched other guests fish for, and catch, trout.

The only complaint was with the bar stools in our unit, which were far too tall to allow anyone to sit comfortably at the counter. Had there been a dining table, that wouldn't have been a problem, but there wasn't. (There was a table outside, but what with the rain it was of limited utility.)

Nonetheless, we do hope to stay there again, tho in a different condo.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rapids Lodge

Property: Rapids Lodge
Address: 210 Rapids La., Grand Lake, CO 80447
Location: United States > Colorado > Grand County > Grand Lake
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Grand Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant (est. 1915) is located on the banks of the scenic and peaceful Tonahutu River in the town of Grand Lake. Known as "Grand Lake's Hidden Gem", we are just one short block from the end of main street in town (where all the shops are) and one short block from the lake. Most diverse accommodation in Grand Lake. Pet-friendly CABINS, RAPIDS SUITES (some pet-friendly), CONDOS (sleep up to 12) and LODGE GUEST ROOMS. The Rapids Restaurant is rated three diamond by AAA. ... more   less 

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