I ended up in San Luis Valley for a week as I was attending a retreat in the area. My initial response after seeing pictures of the hotel online was that of trepidation... As I am from NYC, a place where even the best hotels can be filled with creepy-crawly critters that will remain un-named, I have hesitations about stying in "motels" for fear of bugs and other icky things. But, I decided to let it go; I was going on this retreat and didnt have a choice, plus the reviews helped calm my nerves a bit. When I got to the hotel and checked in I knew I had NOTHING to worry about. The place was immaculate, the owners were kind , friendly and accomodating, and the rooms were simple/not fancy, but perfectly fine for my stay and so SO clean. Upon getting to my room I immediately ripped the sheets back and inspected with my flashlight in fear of finding the worst - and not a speck was found. The owners and management really take pride in their Motel/Hotel and again - it was absolutely spotless.
I asked for a room on the second floor, in hopes of not having any overhead noise as I had read that the walls were thin and you could hear people. This fact is not entirely untrue; during the week a few people checked in and out next to me a few times, and I may have heard some people mumbling but it wasnt really intrusive, especially if I had the TV on. The "neighbors" were gone the next day anyway and it seemd like I had the second floor completely to myself. I had a large mini-fridge in the room that I filled with good from the R&R market nearby or the Dollar General store a quick drive down the road... It happened that San Luis was having a heatwave at the time - 100 degrees out - but my room was ICE COLD when I wanted it to be. The beds were comfy and the sheets were broken in and soft.
There was a hot tuib on premises, which I didnt use, but the owner cleaned it the night after I arrived and it was twinking clean - Other people from the retreat took advantage and enjoyed it and they felt it couldnt have been cleaner.
I unfortunately dont have pictures but they are accurate to some of the pictures you can find online on the web if you type in the Motels name. Only difference is that my room was nice and bright when I had the curtains open and I dont think that is reflected in the pictures. You probably have better light as well on the second floor. There isnt a great view out the window, but boy oh boy do you have them the minute you step outside. Owner or someone was on premises any time I needed anything.
Coffee and cookies in the morning were available, and since there isnt a lounge to hang out in, the group I was with made ourselves comfortable to hang out in the lobby area in the evening where theres a few chairs and a couch. The owner came by and told us to have a good time and to make ourselves comfortable.
So, the bottom line is that you should give this little spot a try without hesitation. As long as you are fine with simple/comfortable furnishings and down home hospitality, you will be content here. The location is GREAT as a jumping point to see SO much in the San Luis Valley (ancient petroglyphs, sacred indian sites, gorgeous mountains and terrain, wild horses, Moth Mary's non-denominational Garden and so much more....and you can get to Taos, New Mexico from this hotel in an hour. - A great detour of you have the time.
- Also Known As:
- San Luis Hotel San Luis
- San Luis Inn Motel Colorado