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Daven Haven Lodge & Cabins
nebraska
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Don't recommend staying here!”
Reviewed June 6, 2010

These cottages are located off the main strip in a trashy area. The grounds of Daven Haven are cluttered and old. The whole place is for sell, and it looks as though the owners are ready to bail! The electrial outlets are hanging by the wires on the walls, gas lines are nailed to the outside walls, and old space heaters inside. I was thankful we made it through the night safe and sound! There were quite a few places for sell in Grand Lake. It looks as though the area dying. My advice............visit, but stay in another town!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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st louis
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2009

Lovely cabin with a HUGE kitchen! Very quiet and nice. The shower stall could use updating, but otherwise very nice. Very close to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Colorado
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 12, 2009

What a treat to stay at The Daven Haven Lodge! The wonderful Owners and caring staff are absolutely the Best and bend over backwards to make everything so sweet! What a quaint place to stay-in Town, yet in an "off the Beaten Path" area, so close to the Lakes and activities in Town! The Food is just superb-love the Deep Fried Olives, All you can Eat Shrimp and excellent soups. Friendly Bartenders make you feel like a Local, Cozy Cabins w/ Updated Kitchens and we thought the Beds were comfy! A very rejuvenating stay that reminded us of the simple pleasures of life, lots of fresh air and beautiful Mountain Vistas everywhere! A very nostalgic Town with Friendly people, lots of fun activities and Nature at it's finest! We love this place and feel like it's our Home away from Home! Can't wait to go back!

  • Liked — Location and the People
  • Disliked — No Pool
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Coloradofunseeker
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colorado
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2009

We go up to Grand Lake twice a year, and have stayed at several local properties. Daven Haven is by far our favorite! Even when we stay in other locations (Spirit Lake Lodge, etc.) we end up at Daven Haven for dinner because it is the best restaurant in town.
I read the other reviews and some complained about the cleanliness and lack of luxury in the cabins. I am a clean freak and germaphobe, and I am more comfortable at Daven Haven than anywhere else. The kitchens are completely renovated, the bedding is clean and comfortable. The accommodations have a "rustic" feel, but we love that about it. We also love that the property is just off the main road.
We went up with 3 other groups of friends and were able to get private cabins and yet spend time easily with eachother.
I HIGHLY recommend Daven Haven!!!

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Breckenridge, CO
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17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2008

Just returned from a spontaneous trip through the beautiful Colorado high country with my wife and 2 kids (age 2 & 4). Grand Lake was an absolute highlight for all of us. Before I left the house , I checked TripAdvisor for insider info on lodging options on our route. I nearly scratched Daven Haven off my list based on a couple rough reviews. We would have missed out on a really neat place.

I believe we were in Cabin 30 (2 bedroom, full new kitchen, fireplace, full renovated bath w/ tub). Thoroughly clean, new carpet, some new furniture, plenty of room and the price was right. But these are cabins, not penthouse suites. Grand Lake is, thankfully, not Las Vegas.

It's about 2 blocks off the main street and lake access. And it has its own nice restaurant ($$$$, but very good).

This was our first trip to Grand Lake, but we will definitely return in the summer with an eye on Daven Haven for our lodging. Our kids just LOVED it.

  • Liked — The staff was so good I have to give them credit here.
  • Disliked — Had to go to the local market (2 blocks ) for firewood.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
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florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2008

Website is misleading, I thought we'd have a short walk from the cottage to the lake but found no lake access without going thru someone's back yard. The site also makes it seem like the cottages are well appointed. The beds were very uncomfortable, the carpets were dirty and gave contradicting information about cleaning services and grilling information. It's been almost 2 weeks since our stay & I'm still waiting for a credit to show up on my credit card. Grand Lake is beautiful but next time we will stay elsewhere.

  • Liked — it had a kitchen
  • Disliked — beds
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
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California
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2005

At the time of writing this review, there are two reviews for Daven Haven, one good, one bad. I was worried about the bad review but booked two cabins (#'s 32,33) over Labor Day weekend anyway. I think that the problem is one of expectations... if one expects a luxury up-scale property, this isn't it. If one realizes that the flavor of staying at Grand Lake that it is rustic and old cabins and a great town with no fast food chains... things go much better. I have stayed at Grand Lake Lodge, which has a cool main lodge and little noisy cabins and the Bighorn Lodge (typical econolodge hotel) and Daven Haven was great in comparison. It is .5 miles walk to the park in center of downtown, a shorter walk to the water (Point Park) and very quiet. The cabins are old and somewhat reminiscent of summer camp, but the kitchen, bath and carpets have been upgraded. There are nice quilts on the beds (gets cold at 8400 ft at night). For our family of 10, it gave us enough beds and a kitchen to save some money on meals and a nice place to sit out and watch the kids run around and play. We love Grand Lake - don't miss renting a kayak (Grand Lake Sports is great).

  • Stayed September 2005
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Additional Information about Daven Haven Lodge & Cabins

Property: Daven Haven Lodge & Cabins
Address: 604 Marina Dr., 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Grand Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Daven Haven Lodge & Cabins 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A part of Grand Lake since the 1930's Daven Haven Lodge has only had 3 long-term owners since its conception, beginning with Lester and Cornelia Piper and Mrs. Pipers mother Mrs. Davis. The main road to Grand Lake was the street in front of the present main lodge, originally made up of a gas station and several small tourist cabins. The original tourist cabins still remain on the back of the property and are used as employee housing. The Pipers and Mrs. Davis owned and operated Daven Haven until 1968 when they sold to Tom and Betty Sowell who continued to build up their clientele and great reputation into the 80's when they sold Daven Haven and ended up with it back shortly there after. Leasing the lodge proved not to be a good idea and with new ventures on the horizon Tom and Betty bid farewell. The lodge remained closed for a few years and in 1990 reopened with its present owners Greg & Carey Barnes, their sons Dustin & Patrick and their dog Buddie. Now in their 25th season, the Daven Haven atmosphere is still a comforting place to come back to time and time again. With several familiar faces welcoming back our long time guests and greeting our new ones. ... more   less 
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