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“Great place to stay in Grand Lake.”
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Gateway Inn
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Grand Lake
Certificate of Excellence
Gainesville, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great place to stay in Grand Lake.”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

We stayed 6 nights at Gateway Inn at the end of February. Rooms were clean and price was right. The Inn is appropriately decorated for the area. We have already recommend to several of our friends and family. We were in Grand Lake for snowmobiling and snowshoeing in RMNP. The Inn was in the perfect location for our needs. We hope to make it back someday for another trip. .....There was a lot of noise from snowmobiles riding by the Inn but it really wasn't of great concern to us.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Gatewayinn, General Manager at Gateway Inn, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Thank you for writing your review! We are happy you enjoyed your stay! Usually during the night time there won't be any snowmobiles riding around but we can not control that. Happy that did not bother your sleep! Hope you stay with us again some time! Also thank you for recommending our place to your friends and family!
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

Not a bad place to spend a couple of nights. Was there at the end of February to do some snowmobiling. Nice lobby bar with 2 for 1 happy hour specials and a great wrap around deck with wonderful views. Also the rooms had comfortable beds and pillows. But we were disappointed with the hot tub. We checked it out when we got there and it was in rough shape. The cover was broken and when we lifted the lid the water looked like milk with lots of foam. We decided to skip that experience.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking grand lake not the parking lot!!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Broomfield, Colorado
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

We spent the weekend in Grand Lake last week. We stayed at the Gateway Inn. What a beautiful place! The inside is so charming, starting with the check-in area. It carries through into the rooms. We had a beautiful room with a balcony and view of the lake. The fireplace and decor was so warm and cozy. The staff was so friendly and helpful. They gave us great advice on where to go for meals and things to see. We can't wait to go back in the summer and sit on the deck and enjoy the summer views!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Gatewayinn, General Manager at Gateway Inn, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Thank you for writing a review! We are happy you had such a great stay. We have worked long and hard to make the place look rustic and comfortable. In the summer the deck is amazing! Also we have complimentary s'mores to be made! Hope you see you again soon!
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Andover, Massachusetts
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

I just stayed at the Gateway Inn again. I stayed there about 5 years ago, just expecting a hotel room and really enjoyed my stay. I’ve been there 4 times since, once with my wife and three kids and other times with friends. Everybody I’ve been with loves it.

Things I like:

Pretty much in Grand Lake, but overlooking it with a view of the mountains and the lake from the main room, the big deck outside that room as well. I call it a lobby, but it is a big area with high ceilings, a bar, some games, windows with views and a nice fireplace. It’s very comfortable to be in, with friends or with my kids (although i usually only see children occasionally) When we go out to dinner and do something in town I often just look forward to getting back to the inn and be with people there, hang out, watch TV, play the sliding puck game, board games, read, etc

The rooms are nice. Clean, things seem new and clean, and the beds very comfortable. It always seems quiet. The furniture is new but is made out of debarked tree limbs and logs, very cool. The ceilings are high, ventilation is good and the water was warm and stayed warm.

The decorations and furnishings around the Inn are interesting and add alot. They lock it up at about 10 but it’s easy to get in with your key. It feels pretty secure.

Downstairs they have a conference room, very nice facility, they have a very clean outdoor whirlpool, big enough for 6-8 people, with awesome views. They have a sauna and an exercise room, very clean though I didn’t use them - planned to but just didn’t have time. The bar is great and they have some food, but it’s pretty basic though good quality. Usually stay about 2-3 nights.

I haven’t stayed in the rooms with a view, they’re a bit more and I’m usually not in my room that much.

I’m giving it 5 stars. Not because it was perfect in every way, but it was perfectly balanced: clean rooms, good sleep, good price, great time, fast free wifi, etc. and the can’t wait to stay there again factor.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Gatewayinn, General Manager at Gateway Inn, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Thank you for writing a review and being thorough! We are very happy that you love our hotel that you have come back so many times! This hotel is family friendly but for the most part you see more kids staying here in the summer when they are out of school. The sliding puck game is called a shuffle board table that we have had since this place open. We updated regularly and strive on keeping the place clean as possible. Hope you see you again soon!
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Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

Ive recently returned from the Gateway Inn and i can honestly say that this place was amazing the staff was courteous and knowledgable the rooms were outstanding the views from either your patio or the deck downstairs was breathtaking they were very good to me and my 3 young children the local townspeople were also very nice we rented snowmobiles went hiking and skiing at the Nordic center which the ladies that were there were the best ever to my first time lil ski troop over all my experience in Grand Lake and at the Gateway Inn will definately bring me and my kids back time and time again
Thank you for your hospitality and your kindness to my kids we cant wait to see you again


Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 28, 2014

On every occasion we had a chance to speak with the staff we were ignored, argued with, or dismissed. We were just having a little getaway weekend. The directions to the hotel were so far off track that we actually passed the sign and didn't see it because we were looking the wrong way. When we called, the hotel staff was incredulous, rude and argumentative. The entrance to the hotel when we finally found it was covered in snow and ice which was not a problem on entering but later when we attempted to leave we slid three feet into the road. We realized that was because there is a maintained and groomed snowmobile trail crossing the enterance...on both the front and back of the hotel. We slid down the driveway as well in our AWD Suburu as the ice and steepness combined to make it impossible not to slide. The decor was nice and not as our room had log furniture but no art and the straight back chairs were the only place to sit...no comfy chair. No restaurant. The whole hotel was so hot we had to use the air conditioner to even sleep. The parking lot around the hotel door was icy and unmaintained. The hotel has beautiful interior decor with animal displays and a lovely bar area with great views but the service was non-existant. We will not return.

Room Tip: Don't sleep on the parking side as sonw mobiles roar in and out even after midnight.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

Our family finally made it up to Grand Lake for a winter weekend. We had to cancel twice this past fall due to weather and RMNP closure. We were given 12 months to use our deposit but chose to see what the winter was like. We were so pleased! GL is a "winter wonderland." The hotel staff helped us with suggestions of things to do with the kids. Ice skating in the park and tubing at the Nordic Center were FREE! We rented snowmobiles for 2 hrs on the hotel's suggestion and could not have had a better time! Very helpful staff.
The lodge is the newest in town but 13 yrs old according to staff. You would never know it was that old because they keep it up so well. Our log needs were comfy, and rooms had all we needed except microwave (one in lounge for guest use.) the lounge had games and was quiet in the evening when we returned from dinner. Free s'mores on the deck fire pit was a hit with the kids. The hot tub and sauna were a hit for my husband and I. It was so much fun at Gateway and GL that we just booked for Winter Carnival next weekend!
Some of the reviews on here were nothing like our experience. New to tripadvisor but I will "Beware" of grouchy reviewers! Lol

Stayed January 2014
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Property: 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
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Grand Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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