We stayed here with our two children on the way to Great Sand Dunes National Park, along with 3 other families. It is directly on the highway to the park, but don't worry about the road noise. Instead, you'll have to contend with an extremely smoky lobby, large and enthusiastic dogs free in the lobby "welcoming" you, a staff that doesn't know how to use a computer and tired rooms in need of refurbishment. After we checked in, we were informed that the pool wasn't open (one of the reasons we booked this place), it doesn't open until May. Upon further review, this is listed on their website, but why is an indoor pool closed in the winter? What's the excuse for the hot tub?
The room we booked was the "Executive Suite." We paid $40 more than a regular room to have an extra bed for one of our kids. The room was up some hazardous stairs, several of our party tripped on some outdoor carpet on the way. The floors on the second floor are uneven, inside and outside. The room itself was tired and worn, but did have a charming corner fireplace. The room contained no extra bedding for the fold out couch, so we had to go ask for bedding. The clerk brought the bedding up and made the bed. He also offered to bring us wood for the fireplace. Why isn't that in the room already? It felt like an imposition to ask for the wood. I wouldn't mention it, but it is a major selling point for the room. The room was cold and we fired up the heater. Unfortunately, as the night went on it was roasting in the room and it was tough to find a happy medium. Lights from the outside came in even though we closed the blinds. Our friends had a harder time with the lights and actually went outside to unscrew them. The furnishings in the room need a revamp, especially the mattresses. They are hard and I had sore shoulders in the morning. Breakfast was decent, with frozen waffles, fresh fruit, danishes and oj. Better than nothing.
The hotel feels overpriced for what you get. Try a hotel closer to I-25.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful Spanish style hotel built out of adobe at the foot of the Spanish Peaks!! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rio Cucharas Hotel Walsenburg
- Hampton Inn Walsenburg