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“Very nice inn and a great location”
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Gateway Inn
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Grand Lake
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 2, 2012

This inn was very nice. Our room had a great view of the mountains, and was very spacious and clean, with nice amenities including a fridge and wi-fi. The mattress was very comfortable, which was a pleasant surprise. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The bar has a great deck with comfortable seating, and tvs inside if you wanted to catch a game. Cajun ((the barkeep) was a skilled bartender, friendly, helpful with directions and recommendations - great qualities in an innkeeper. The price was good, especially for an inn in such a tourist destination. We will come back.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
Thank Lillie E
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Comfortable roomwith window that opened to enjoy the fesh air. Great deck off the bar with overstuffed chairs to enjoy a drink while looking at great views. nice hot tub outside. Friendly staff. I think this is the most up to date hotel in town. We will stay there again. I did not notice any offensive signage while there, as mentioned by another reviewer. FYI, it is not in downtown GL, you have to walk a few blocks or drive in.

Room Tip: Ask for a mountain/lake view, that is a nice bonus .
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Susanne W
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

The staff was very friendly and accommodating.

My biggest problem is that, when you walk in there are TWO "folksy" signs that feature the S word for excrement. I'm no prude, and I've been known to swear a blue streak when profoundly irritated, but there's a time and a place for such things and the first thing you see when you enter a hotel shouldn't be one of them. I can only imagine explaining the signs to a 6 year old who can read. Does "country" have to mean "redneck"?

Other than the bar, there is no food at this location. There's a fridge and a coffee setup, but otherwise you need to get everyone in to the car and drive into town. Granted, it's only 5 minutes but if the kids are hungry, you need to take that into account.

My first night there I could hear the TV going at all hours. I thought it might be another guest and called to the front desk, but all I got was the answering machine. I think they might have left the TV in the lounge on because the next night there was no problem.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank LydiaLewis
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

First and foremost, out of the several hotels we stayed out throughout our week long road trip all around Colorado, this place had the best beds! We planned on just staying 1 night in Grand Lake, but my family and I fell in love with the town, that when we tried to book a second night at Gateway Inn, we were sad that they were fully booked. We regretfully had to stay at another establishment just a few miles down, and it was just horrible, especially after having a great stay here.

Customer service was great, patio was picturesque with the mountain and lake views, and even though we had a parking lot view, it was still quiet. My kids were a bit scared of the moose head hanging and all the other wildlife, but we're from the city :). They did however love the oversized teddy bear at the entrance. Clean and cozy place, we'd love to go back to this place in the future!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Julie M
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

I stayed for one night at the Gateway- and I was very impressed. The staff was friendly and helpful. I liked that this hotel has a smaller number of rooms; it was VERY quiet and had a nice atmosphere. The room itself was very clean, and didn't have the typical hotel "smell" to it. There was a nice little porch off the room and the bed was pretty comfy.

The locations was also great, easy to get into the downtown area or go into the National Park. I will go back here for sure.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank K G
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

I really like the decor of this hotel. Knotty pine everywhere and the beds were amazingly comfortable. The deck is beautiful (equipped with multiple personal gas firepits if it gets too chilly) and there are beautiful views of the lake and the mountains. We did not eat at this place, or really had any problems so we didn't have a lot of contact with any of the staff. The hot tub is out in the open for everyone to see you, but once you are in and relaxing and looking at the mountains, you don't really care.

So the rooms were clean and comfortable and everything was close to the RMNP and to town. I really loved this place!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Lisa K
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

This is a nice place and the surroundings are even nicer. Both the building, the common areas and the rooms have a cozy alpine and countryside touch.

The Gateway Inn is located at the west entrance of Grand Lake and this means that the village’s centre is not within walking distance. However, if you take the car, you can be there in five minutes or less, and find many shops and places to eat. This was the case for breakfast, because the Gateway Inn doesn’t serve it. So we can recommend “The Blue Water Bakery” and also the “Max & TS Bar and Grill”.

The room we had, on the ground floor, was very spacious, very clean and both beds were comfortable. The room had an air conditioning unit, a refrigerator, a normal TV set but no microwave. The sleeping quality was very good because it’s a very quiet area at night even when rooms like ours face the road that leads to the Rocky Mountain National Park.

With reference to the staff, we encountered a very polite and efficient guy who, on the other hand, wasn’t that smiley and enthusiastic as other staff we’ve met in other hotels. Therefore -together with the fact that there isn't complimentary breakfast- we rate this place with 3 points.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Gwaladar
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Additional Information about Gateway Inn

Address: 200 West Portal Road, P.O. Box 1169, Grand Lake, CO 80447
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Location: United States > Colorado > Grand County > Grand Lake
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Grand Lake
Price Range: $121 - $503 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Gateway Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Gateway Inn is situated along a national scenic byway, 1 mile from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and the charming unspoiled village of Grand Lake. Our spacious & comfortable rooms are furnished in beautiful hand made log furniture with recently purchased upgraded mattresses and bedding to ensure a great night of rest. Guest rooms are equipped with A/C, refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, and flat screen satellite TVs. Our amenities include a lounge with shuffleboard, a full bar, and a total body fitness center including sauna, hot tub, weight room, and massage services. ... more   less 
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