Overall impression - the lodge itself was cool (i.e. very creatively decorated) and met our needs. Definitely had some issues like hot/cold water usage during showers and "incomplete doors.", Views out the back were nice, though not great. Good location and definitely good for the money. Also could easily sleep 6.
We stayed for half a week in Bait-n-Tackle. We were a bit disappointed when we pulled in, as the parking area was mostly just gravel and not very "mountainy" feeling nor groomed, with a couple of trailers in storage that were visible. The unit - one of 6 attached cabins in a row- was as it looked in the pictures online. Very, very clever decorating and painting seemed newly done, as you can see from some of the pictures. The "kitchen area" is more of a sink and metal counter, full refrigerator with small microwave on top, and cabinets along the right-hand wall as you enter the unit. Also had full sets of silverware and plates/dishes/cookware. The day bed functioned as the sofa and the eating area was very generous - could sit up to 8 people probably. The unit was clean, but one thing that was odd was the doors into the bathrooms and bedroom were more like outside shower beach house doors - didn't go to the floor nor top of the doorway. They worked for sight privacy, but not for, ahem, sounds, etc. Also, for married couples with kids, any "intimate sounds" would most likely be overheard :-( .
We used the trundle bed which worked great for the kids and the double queen bed was very comfortable, though the bedroom was pretty small. Having 2 bathrooms was essential and they were fine, though also small. It would be more useful if they had a sink and cabinet instead of the pedestal sinks. The shower was very small and water pressure very weak. We also had to prohibit water usage while someone took a shower due to the shower water getting burning hot or freezing cold, depending on what was turned on at the other faucet. The H20 heater also scared us witless the first evening as it made sounds like a bear was trying to break into the unit right after we got in bed.
The view out the back door was nice, though the canal isn't very attractive. There are horseshoes (which I love playing!) and kids can sit there and throw rocks into the canal from the river bank. There is a nice horse field across the canal, but unfortunately if you look too far to the left, you will see a car repair shop (I'm guessing - a lot of cars behind the building in full view) in the distance.
As for location - great! A few miles from Grand Lake, which is a very cool, tough touristy, town. Dairy King had the best soft serve ice cream ever (and I"m not a big soft serve fan). Really good sporting goods shop, Never Summer. The unit was also in quick striking distance to Rocky Mountain National Park, which was where we went each day, as well as other nearby hikes to waterfalls.
The owners were nice, though a bit overwhelmed with the work required to run such an establishment. They really needed to hire another hand.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mountain Lakes Lodge has fun, rustic, Grand Lake-themed rooms with kitchenettes. Kitchenettes are stocked with basic cook ware and dining ware. Each unit has a 3/4 bath and all linens are included. We are pet-friendly (fee applies)and have great access to walking trails. Outdoor amenities include BBQs, picnic tables, fire-pits and games. This is a fantastic place for Family Reunions!Located on the Lake Granby-Shadow Mountain Canal, there is great fishing steps from your door all year. We're 6mi. from RMNP, 5mi. from Grand Lake Village, 2mi from Arapaho National Forest, 10mi. from Granby, 15mi. from Ski/Bike/Golf GRANBY RANCH, 20mi. from Hot Sulphur Springs. Near restaurants,snowmobiling, hiking, marinas, golf, horseback riding, shopping, wildlife viewing and much more. Snowshoe rental available on-site. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mountain Lakes Hotel Grand Lake