I had come down ill on the original date of a long awaited father son ski trip to Monarch I promised my son weeks before. It was several hours past the cancellation time on the deal I signed up for when I had determined that I was too sick to go; however, my often foolishly misplaced faith in people along with encouragement from my wife motivated me to call the hotel in an attempt to reach a sympathetic ear that might be gracious enough to re-schedule my stay, for the following night when I may feel better and salvaging the trip and the rate I paid. I regrettably called the corporate 1-800 number at the website which of course led to a broken English speaking customer service representative who stood firm on the cancellation policy and oddly proceeded to try to up sell me a rental car, rental insurance and various unnecessary trip flair for a trip that I apparently wasn't taking, I ended the call and declared defeat.
My wife in her infinite wisdom then swooped in again and saved the day by saying, 'you don't call the corporate number, you call the hotel.' She did it for me spoke to a lovely woman named Deborah who without hesitation made the adjustment for us. When I arrived at the hotel, She was the one who checked me in, she said "I hope you are feeling better." That stuck with me.
The outside of the hotel is clean, the architecture is rustic, perhaps slightly outdated; however, the hotel rooms themselves are immaculate and clean. I'm a bit of a neurotic germaphobe and when I need to spend the night anywhere other than my own home, my senses uncontrollably go into overdrive looking for foreign smells, stains, unidentifiable substances, etc., and this place passed with flying colors. The carpet was clean, it looked as though it was just installed. The room had a very modern, contemporary style. The showers were clean, nicely pressured, immediately hot. The HVAC unit was new and functioned perfectly, the thermostat kicked the unit on and off when it reached the appropriate temps. It wasn't startlingly loud which made it nearly unnoticeable for a light sleeper like myself. The mattresses were firm and comfortable, and the sheets were clean, soft and had a pleasant clean fragrance. Our room was equipped with Samsung (not low end) LCD television which provided HD entertainment to close your eyes too.
I've stayed in Salida for ski trips several times over the years and it's safe to say, This was without question best place I've stayed. Second isn't even on the radar. If I had one gripe, it would be that the reception area where the continental breakfast is served is a little too cramped at Breakfast time. With that said, there is no question the next time I do an overnight ski trip at Monarch that this is the place I'm staying.
Thumbs up all the way!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Super 8 Salida hotel located on Highway 50 offers easy access to popular outdoor attractions (only 18 miles from Monarch Mountain Ski & Snowboard Area) in the Upper Arkansas River Valley. Our Salida, CO, hotel is directly across from the Hiistoric Salida Hot Springs and fifteen 14,000-foot peaks. If you want to relax after a day of sightseeing and activity, take advantage of our sundeck, beautiful outdoor patios with 4 season fire pit, heated indoor pool or one of three hot tubs. In the morning, check the weather and map out your trip through the mountains with free high-speed 5mg/5g Internet, then get going with free SuperStart continental breakfast. We offer limited free parking with large-vehicle spaces, and kids 17 and under stay free with an adult at our pet-friendly hotel. Try one our bikes from our complimentary cruiser fleet to explore our wonderful mountain town (seasonal). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Super Eight Salida
- Salida Super 8
- Salida Super Eight