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Shadowcliff Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Centennial, Colorado
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good vibes!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2012

Shadowcliff was built by hundreds of volunteers from 40-some countries, working over a number of years. It continues to be a place where Nature and the good vibes of all those loving volunteers and visitors make everyone feel welcome and at home. We've been going there for more than a decade, and besides the joy of watching deer or moose (or once a bear!) wander munching by, there's the joy of seeing how conscientious the Shadowcliff folks are about caring for Mother Nature. This is not a commercial venture; it's a haven and a blessing.

(Check out the Shadowcliff website for photos.)

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Nancy K
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Middletown, Rhode Island
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2011

I have been coming to shadowcliff since i was a baby. I am now 13 years old and every year I come I see a great new site that I couldn't see anywhere else. Three years ago me and my grandparents saw a herd of bighorn sheep on the Colorado River trail. Every year I come I see many moose and elk and it is magnificent to see all the wildlife and views. I also enjoy driving through Rocky Mountain park on Trail Ridge Road. If you need the top of the line everything then don't come here but if you want a down to earth, great family, relaxation, or hiking and camping trip then come here ASAP. The staff is always great, very diverse, and always there when you need them. Mostly all of them are college students who came here not for the money but for the experience of a lifetime, and you will also have the experience of a lifetime if you just come to Shadowcliff.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Jake G
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Fleet
Level Contributor
32 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2011

This was the third time I have stayed here, my first visit was in 1996 and the place is just as clean and tidy now as it was then.
I stayed in one of the dorms, but the lodges offered great family accomodation. The bunk bedded room are basic and clean and the bathrooms are in good comndition.
The member's kitchen is a little basic with a large stove and a microwave, but I was able to use the barbeque being used by a large group to cook my steak. There is a large professional kitchen which was used by the large group staying at the hostel.
The balcony overlooks the lake and proved to be the best place to see the July 4th Fireworks, avoiding the crowds down town, but within a short walk of the town to get to the bars after the fireworks.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Adder_65
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2011

If you are looking for a quirky, inexpensive place to stay that offers clean, no thrills rooms or bunks, clean bathrooms, a kitchen to cook your own food, a nice common area, unbelievable views and a short walk into town, then this is your place. The lodge is located near the Western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and is a great hub for exploring the less visited side of the park.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Cattanooga1
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Denver, CO
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2011

I discovered this gem in 1997 & have visited ever since. Open from Memorial Day through September, the Lodge accommodations & cabins welcome families, individuals & conference / retreats of all sizes.

My favorite rooms are # 5 & 6 and
the Women's & Men's Hostel rooms.


These 4 rooms overlook & over-
hear the Tonahutu River & North Inlet to Grand Lake.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Comfy_Bed_Lover
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Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Level Contributor
36 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2010

Perched on a rock cliff overlooking Grand Lake, this lodge has a great view of the town, lake and surrounding mountains. You can stay in the dormitory room for $23/night, or rent a private room for about $60. The dormitory room offers small lockers (bring your own lock) where you can keep valuables safely. The bunk beds were quite comfortable. Bathrooms are shared, but very clean. In general, the whole lodge is clean and the staff - mostly college age kids - are friendly. There is a small kitchen with refrigerator where you can keep your own food while you stay, a large common area on the first floor with a fire pit, living room with comfortable sofas, games, books, dining area, and a wraparound outdoor porch with fine views. Located close to 2 hiking trails going into Rock Mtn National Park, it is the perfect base camp for a backpacking trip or day hiking. For those without a car, the lodge offers shuttle rides to/from Granby, CO, for $12 each way.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Frugal_Traveller
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Seoul
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2008

I worked at Shadowcliff in the 80s, as a volunteer (over two summers) when the Rempels were still there...I love the place because of the time and effort I put in...it's not just a regular hotel/lodge...it's a result of many people who volunteered to build it and to maintain it. We did it because we loved the place...I haven't been back in over 18 years, but I tell my wife that that's where I want my ashes to be strewn....go and experience the place...it's not luxurious, but it's spiritual and it's just plain fun...go not to be served, but to be part of the experience...

  • Liked — economic, but comfortable
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2004
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank AragornSeoul
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Additional Information about Shadowcliff Lodge

Property: Shadowcliff Lodge
Address: 405 Summerland Park Road, P.O. Box 658, Grand Lake, CO 80447
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Colorado > Grand County > Grand Lake
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Grand Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shadowcliff is a 4-acre mountain retreat featuring 2 lodges providing private guest rooms, a hostel, and three cabins. The property features unforgettable views of Grand Lake and towering mountain peaks. Rocky Mountain National Park is a two-minute walk away. Lodges provide private rooms with shared bathrooms, common lounge and dining areas, kitchen facilities, and a quiet restful environment. We have three self contained cabins that will accommodate up to 8 adults. One cabin sits right on the rivers bend. Reduced rates and meal services are available for larger groups (15 or more). WE ARE OPEN FROM MEMORIAL DAY MONDAY THROUGH THE END OF SEPTEMBER EACH YEAR. WE ARE AVAILABLE BY TELEPHONE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THANK YOU. ... more   less 

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