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Mountain Lakes Lodge
Reviewed September 11, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Bait-n-Tackle if you like very good creative decorating.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Doug and Edie D, General Manager at Mountain Lakes Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2013

Thank you so much for your feedback. Specific comments like these are very helpful in giving priority to the items on our 10-page list! The business can't yet support hiring as much help as we could use, but we're working on getting it there.

The canal wasn't pumped for a couple of weeks this summer and did get a bit green before they started moving it again. When it's moving, it's not only lovely to look at, but some darn good fishing, too! Our neighbor across the horse pasture isn't a mechanic- he just has a love of old cars. We heard it's a passion he inherited from his dad.

We loved that you shared some pictures of the fun decor. The former owners were the original "Upcyclers". We've tweaked some of the units and are working on some of our own fun ideas to add to the property!

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Reviewed August 14, 2013

This was our 4th stay at the Mountain Lakes Lodge. Our family loves that we can all get what we want from this location. Fishing just feet away, wildlife everywhere, beautiful views and a great place to call home while we were there. I consider myself a hotel snob and I just don't rough it too much. This location is perfect. The kids feel like they are camping, my husband can really get a way from it all and I have the comforts of a nice bed and shower every single day. We stayed in the Farm House and had up to 13 people during our week. We had plenty of room with everyone having a space to call their own. We took advantage of the large campfire at night and the canal during the day. We loved everything!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Doug and Edie D, General Manager at Mountain Lakes Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2013

Thank you so much for choosing our property for your family reunion and for the wonderful review! Our regular goals include rekindling fond memories for loyal repeat customers. We also love giving them fun surprises each time they return- We're always working on improvements, ideas and projects so their new memories of Mountain Lakes Lodge will be even better!

First time guests are always surprised at what a unique property this is. We're always happy to give tours of open units.

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

My boyfriend (who lives in another state) and myself decided to get away to the mountains for a romantic weekend getaway. He had never been to this part of Colorado, and I had only been up towards Granby once. I reserved a room at the Mountain Lakes Lodge for two nights. The lodge is a set of long connected "cabin-style" lodge rooms. Our room was towards the end of one of them, and outside of our back door was a little fenced yard, complete with a little deck and a grill. Our room itself definitely had a cabin feel, with a loft, a small kitchenette, hardwood floors, a clean and stocked bathroom, and a queen-sized bed. The room also has a table and chairs, complete sets of dishes and kitchenware, extra blankets, and a folder with details about where to fish, where to hike, where to rent equipment for fishing etc. Edie was very helpful, answering all of our questions about the area and where to fish. I ended up catching a decent-sized trout right outside of our backdoor (literally 40 feet away from our back door) in the canal that connects to the lake. My boyfriend caught one in Lake Granby, just a short trip down the road. Our stay at this place was complete with visits from some wildlife, including a small black bear and horses, which we were able to pet (the horses, not the bear!). We had a magical time, I am so happy I took a chance on this place. I read other reviews of this place and, although highly reviewed overall, there were some bad ones as well. All I have to say about that is this...If you are looking for the Ritz-Carlton, this place is not for you, but then again, you probably wouldn't want to go spend the weekend in the mountains to begin with. If you are looking for clean, cozy, quaint, romantic, rustic, complete with nice owners, gorgeous surroundings, wildlife, and outdoor activities right outside your door, this is your place!

Room Tip: This place seems very family-friendly as well...We saw a playground on the property and a couple of...
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Doug and Edie D, General Manager at Mountain Lakes Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2013

Thank you so much for taking time to let others know how much you enjoyed Mountain Lakes Lodge! It's wonderful to share the property with guests who understand how to have a great time in the Grand Lake area!!! We hope to have the opportunity to be your hosts again soon!

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Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

If you like crude rustic lodging this is the place for you. The property needs some measures taken in upkeep and maintenance. You must take out your own trash or pay an additional $25. For $125. a night $25. for trash removal is excessive! It was very difficult to get the water temp correct; seemed either hot or cold. WiFi did not work; very limited cell phone reception. The bed was very comfortable. This should have been a $49.95 a night room rather than $125.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Doug and Edie D, General Manager at Mountain Lakes Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2013

Dear "Disappointed",

It's very disheartening to have guests book our rustic housekeeping cabins, and then give us a poor review when that's exactly what they get! We are very clear and up front about our properties being both "rustic" and "Housekeeping Cabins" (You need to do your dishes and take your trash to the dumpster just a few steps away.) We have no desire to charge people for trash removal. We simply want them to abide by our request, so there aren't lingering odors for the next guest. (Think cantaloupe, baby diapers or fish....) With only 2-3 staff to maintain accommodations for 133, we cannot always get into each unit immediately.

Considering that we offer unique and adorable units with kitchenettes that include basic cook ware and dining ware, cleaning supplies (even rags and paper towels) and all linens for your bed, bath and kitchen, plus lots of free extras like books, magazines, board games and dvds, our pricing is very competitive. You will find nothing in the area for the price you suggested.

We have and will continue to work extraordinarily hard to make improvements to the property. We aren't going for "manicured", though, since most people come to the area to connect with the natural surroundings.

We have spent nearly $3000 in the past 2 1/2 years to optimize our WiFi for our guests. If you let us know that it isn't working correctly, we can reset the modem and antenna in less than 5 minutes. Guests do need to let us know.

Of course, we have no control over reception for the cell phone service provider you selected.

Happy Travels,

Edie and Doug Dafoe, Managers

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

This is the only place to stay if you bring your dogs with you! I've stayed here probably 20 times over the last several years. Really quaint cabins with fenced in (small) backyards, and the canal is 50 feet away to fish in. Doug and Edie are awesome manager/owners.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Doug and Edie D, General Manager at Mountain Lakes Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2013

Thank you very much for being a loyal customer and for letting others know about "one of Grand Lake's best kept secrets for pet owners"! We warmly welcome pets, while maintaining a Pet Policy that makes guests without pets feel equally welcome. We understand the importance to pet owners, of spending quality time with their "furry best friend" and everyone's desire to stay in a lodging property that is "hotel clean".

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

I have stayed in many rustic cabins in the mountains and I typically feel the need to wear my flip flops because most rustic places are not clean. We were very pleased with the cleanliness of the property. We had a nice view of the canal with mountains and horses in the background. We were in Grand Lake at one of the busiest times of the year and it was very quiet. Edie was very accomodating and we wanted for nothing while we were there. I would reccomend this property to anyone traveling with their dog and wanting a clean place away from crowds yet close to town.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Doug and Edie D, General Manager at Mountain Lakes Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2013

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! Being "pet-friendly and hotel clean" can be a challenge. We are always delighted when guests like you leave the rooms in great shape ^----^
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

We wanted a place we could get away with our dogs. The owners were very accommodating to our dogs. Our back door led out to a waterway that our dogs loved to swim in, wonderful walking trails, etc. Edie the owner always had a dog treat available for the four legged guests. As for the human accommodations we were very comfortable. The bed was extremely comfortable. We cooked several meals during our two days and had everything we needed in the kitchen. We will be back to the Mountain Lakes Lodge. Hopefully our next visit the lakes will be fuller. It sure makes you think about conserving water in Colorado. Next time we plan on bringing our granddaughter to see the beautiful country and spot a moose. Mountain Lakes Lodge is a perfect spot for kids, cute playground and plenty of places to run around. Thanks Doug and Edie.

Room Tip: Moose room was very comfortable.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Doug and Edie D, General Manager at Mountain Lakes Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2013

We're very glad you and your pets enjoyed staying with us! Thank you for taking the time to let others know, too!!!!

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Address: 10480 US Highway 34, Grand Lake, CO 80447-8612
Location: United States > Colorado > Grand County > Grand Lake
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Grand Lake
Price Range: $99 - $249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
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 
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