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“Great accommodations in a grand location”
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River's Edge Motel
Ranked #6 of 15 Hotels in Ouray
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Mission, Texas
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11 reviews
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“Great accommodations in a grand location”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

This was our third stay at the lodge, but it was our first visit during autumn. We are repeat customers because the owners are always available on location or by phone and because of the proximity to the river. During the summer the grounds are absolutely beautiful with flowers in pots and baskets everywhere and landscaping by the river. The owners make improvements during the off-season so, even though the property has existed for some time, it is constantly being upgraded. I really appreciated the updated Wi-Fi this visit that provided constant service even though our room was at the riverside some distance from the office. Breakfast was provided each morning, but there was a refrigerator and microwave in he room had we wished to make use of them.

We made this trip to see the aspens in fall so we were completely surprised by 4 inches of snow the morning after we arrived. The ice and snow melted by noon that day, but we thoroughly enjoyed the transitory beauty it provided and the many photos we took of snowy peaks and snow-decked pines. There were fewer tourists in town in early October and many store owners were closed or closing for the season, but the beauty that surrounds this small town is enough to make the trip worthwhile.

Above all, the primary reason we will return is because of the owner-operators, Dave and Chad, who made us and other guests feel welcome and well-cared for. They always took the time to answer our questions about the area. IT is a 2 1/2 day trip to get to Ouray from our home so it is very important to us that, when we arrive there, we are expected and there are no problems. Colorado has many sites for tourists but we return primarily because of the environment provided by our hosts at River's Edge.

Room Tip: Rooms at the end of a river view, but all rooms have views of the mountains that surround the town.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wimberley, TX
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

We had ten wonderful days at River's Edge. Chad and Dave are exceptionally kind, efficient, energetic, generous, and personable. The grounds are gorgeous! The breakfast was awesome! Our Large Kitchenette was perfect for us! We were able to relax in and around the River's Edge property, and with a short walk to Main Street, it is the ideal location. We shall return to the River's Edge again and again. There is no other place in Ouray we would stay! Great job, Chad and Dave! Thank you so much for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Edmond, Oklahoma
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

This is an older property that has been given a second chance by 2 great inn keepers. You can tell they really love this place and keep improving it. Great location right by the river, ample breakfast. Our room was the one closest to the river so we kept our windows open to hear it all night. The owners made sure to meet each person who stayed with them. Not something you find everyday.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Bethesda, Maryland
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

I was responsible for finding a location in Ouray for a week-long photography workshop during the height of Colorado's beautiful fall colors. I contacted Chad many months in advance and found him extremely helpful and accommodating. There were a number of questions along the way, and Chad and Dave made the planning effortless. The motel is centrally located in Ouray and the rooms were clean and as described. When issues arose, Chad and Dave did everything in their power to help and went out of their way to assist our participants. In certain parts of the motel the internet was not as strong as it might have been, but there was access. The motel grounds are beautifully landscaped, and as might be gathered from the name, right along the river. The rates were reasonable. The extraordinary efforts of both Dave and Chad would have me enthusiastically recommend River's Edge to others visiting Ouray.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Based on all the positive reviews here, we set our expectations too high and were rather disappointed with our stay. We got to the motel around 5 pm on Saturday and the hosts were already gone with no one at the front desk but our keys and instructions in the envelope. We were leaving the next day early in the morning at 7 am so we never got to meet the hosts or have breakfast, which is served pretty late. The room itself was relatively spacious with a living room and a bedroom. The living room/kitchen area had a microwave and a fridge, though pretty old looking and we never figured out how to make the fridge work. There is free parking on the property, hot tub in the courtyard and free internet, which was extremely poor and slow with me barely getting one bar signal. On the plus side, the hotel is centrally located in downtown Ouray, within the walking distance to shops and restaurants - though considering how small Ouray is most hotels are- and close to hot springs swimming pool. It was ok stay for one night, but it felt really impersonal and I wish the internet was more reliable. Next time we are in Ouray, we'll try another place.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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chad37, Owner at River's Edge Motel, responded to this review, October 20, 2013
Our reasonable room rates are based on the use of limited staff. This particular evening we were involved and volunteered at a charity event at the elks lodge here in ouray. The envelope that was left on the front desk included a phone number for assistance if needed. The room was western in styling. It was one of the rooms we receive rave reviews on. Is it contemporary, sleek, or uptown looking? No. It is here in the Western Rockies, and captures that charm. We have the most up to date WIFI available. Once in a while our location here in the mountains does interrupt good service. We are sorry that we did not get to meet these guests. Remember a phone call could have solved all of their problems. Thank you Dave and Chad
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Our party of 5 plus 2 dogs had three rooms (two small rooms each with a single queen and a large room with kitchen, sitting area and two queens). In total, we spent a week at River's Edge. The rooms were clean and comfortable but Dave and Chad really make the stay enjoyable. They are wonderful hosts: very engaging and personable. The breakfasts include homemade cookies every morning (oatmeal with raisin, peanut butter, and chocolate chip). They are absolutely the best. On our next visit to Ouray, we will certainly return to the River's Edge.

Room Tip: Choose the large room with a kitchen or the end rooms nearest the Ouray River with the extra window...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Riverside, Texas
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Once again my boyfriend & I went to Ouray on Oct. 4, 2013 and stayed 3 days. This is the best place to stay. Dave & Chad are very friendly and personable. The rooms are very clean & nice. Can't help heavy footed people and you can't blame Dave & Chad for that. The grounds are beautiful and the surroundings are just as beautiful. The hot tub is wonderful right at sun set with a little chill in the air and you sitting in a hot tub relaxing & watching the sun go behind the mountains.

Room Tip: I feel all the rooms are great rooms
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: River's Edge Motel
Address: 100 7th Ave, Ouray, CO 81427
Location: United States > Colorado > Ouray
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Ouray
#6 Family Hotel in Ouray
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — River's Edge Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
QUIET PEACEFUL CONVENIENT Located on the banks of the uncompaghre river, among towering trees and fresh crisp mountain air, our motel and lodge boasts great accommodations, affordable prices, scenic mountain views and one acre of manicured gardens and landscape. Our Ouray Colorado hotel on the Uncompaghre River is located 1.5 blocks from Ouray's historic downtown. Our resort style accommodations are within walking distance of all shops, restaurants, attractions and the cites hot springs pool. The Ouray Ice Park and the well-known Ouray Box Canyon Falls are also a short distance from your stay here at the Rivers Edge Motel. End your day here at your "home away form home." Bask in our hot tubs or relax on our river patio. Come home to the Rivers Edge. Slumber to sleep with the symphony of the rivers song. Imagine life so good, it can't get any better. ... more   less 
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