I have stayed at Goldenwoods probably at least a handfull of times over the past several years, always during the summer, sometimes up to a week at a time, and visited other folks staying there many other times. You can check their website for current prices. We most recently spent a couple nights in a one bedroom condo for $140 a night. I think the 2 beds run for $180-ish. Keep in mind those are the summer (slow season) prices. Prices are higher during ski season. The condos are part of a timeshare outfit, so many folks spend their timeshare time there.
The check in process has always been cordial and mellow. The clerks are friendly enough, and I have never had any issues over the years. Definitely a small outfit, small town flavor.
They have a little computer center for internet in the office if that is of interest. Wi fi in the condos sucks pretty badly. They always seem to have a connection, but it flutters from slow to medium to slow. The clerk warned me this year that their wi fi signal was off a microwave (whatever that meant), and that it was "inconsistent". That is a good description. A minor negative really, because while staying in this beautiful area, you shouldn't be spending much time on a computer anyway. If you are a net jockey, and need to spend a lot of time on wi fi, bring an air card or you will be disappointed.
They also have a little video rental center in the office. I have never used it, as we always being our own DVDs, so I assume there is a fee. But they do have a bunch of DVDs/videos there, which is cool.
All the condos have both DVD and VCR's in the living rooms to go with their flat screen TVs, which is also cool. The TVs have a small selection of cable channels. Just a very basic lineup, and below par for most hotels. Again though, you should not be cooped up on a condo watching TV while there anyway.
Some condos have a front porch area with a couple of chairs to sit in, or a back porch area. The condos are fully furnished, with washer/dryer, furnished kitchen with full size appliances and generaally pretty complete kitchen utencils and essentials. For the non winter months, there are charcoal grills and picnic tables in the courtyard area if you want to bring some charcoal and cook out. The condos also have a unique phone number, so you can call to/from without dealing with the office.
Our condo this year had a jacuzzi tub in it, which was cool. We have never stayed in a one bedroom (always been two bedrooms in the past), and have never seen a jacuzzi tub. I guess the one bedrooms have them. If that is of interest to you, you might want to inquire about it.
The condos have an 80's feel to them as far as furniture and furnishings are concerned. I would consider them having a well used feel, but not a worn out feel. I think they have maintained them more or less in good shape over the years. Not by any means first class, but quite acceptable for most folks in my opinion. They could stand to throw some money into the place, and replace some furniture (for example the sofabed in our room this year had a horribly worn and uncomfortable back breaking mattress, with a date code of 1988 on it), but overall, the place is holding up well. The beds are comfortable enough.
There are no air conditioners in the condos, but if staying even during the hottest months, you will not need it. I always stay in August, and at 8200 feet, it never gets hot enough for A/C. Each condo has one or more small fans to move the air about if you want to cool the living room off a bit anyway. At night during the summer, it cools off into the 40's-50's, so being hot will not be an issue. If you open the windows in the condo, there is almost always a slight breeze of fresh mountain air anyway, which makes the stay even more enjoyable. Don't worry about it ever being too hot. I have never used the heaters, so I can't comment on this.
In general, dining options are limited in the area. There is a couple of adjacent restaurants at the Inn at Wildwood and the Powderhorn resort (during ski season), but other than that, the nearest dining is the tiny town of Mesa about 8 miles down Hwy 65. And there is only a couple places there. If you go up Hwy. 65, there are a couple other spots, but all area restaurants have inconsistent hours and/or close early. My point is if you are going to stay at Goldenwoods bring your own food to cook there. Don't expect to call for a pizza delivery. This is a remote area. You might as well cook something since you will have a full kitchen anyway.
The area is absolutely beautiful in pretty much all respects. You step out of your condo and see nothing but aspen trees and beautiful views in all directions. The Grand Mesa is a hidden Colorado gem, and is not overrun with tourists like many other parts of the state.
$140 or more a night is a bit expensive for my taste, and I would not generally pay that for a hotel room. But again, this is a fully furnished condominium with pretty much everything you need except food......more of a home than a hotel. Given that, it is worth the price to me. Not to mention this is in a beautiful mountain area with absolutely no crime, stress, nothing. Just fresh air and relaxation. This place will please most folks. Make sure you go for a walk outside after dark. At this elevation, you will see clear skies and huge stars. Watch close enough, and I guarantee you will see shooting stars.
If there in the summer, be careful about leaving food in your car, as in some years, when berries are scarce, bears may mill about the area searching for food. I actually have a family member who had some peaches in his car and a bear smahed his car window out a few years ago.
Hint: If you go there during the summer, bring some sunflower seeds or some peanuts to feed the chipmunks and marmots. They are running around all over the place and are semi tame. Kids love them.
There are only a handfull of lodging options on the Grand Mesa, and Goldenwoods is one of the more solid of them. Good luck.
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