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Winter Park Mountain Lodge
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Winter Park
Luton, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 555 helpful votes
“Not as bad as some reviews led me to believe . . .”
Reviewed March 26, 2010

Having just returned from 14 nights in Winter Park this hotel exceeded my expectations based on some earlier reviews. Having no choice in my accommodation booking I wasn't confident in what I was in for.

I'm pleased to say that my stay was a good one and would suggest that you give this place a chance. People looking for a 5 star hotel experience need to look elsewhere but in my opinion this place scores a solid 3 stars and since it's owned by Intrawest a number of deals can be made on ski passes, lessons and equipment rental.

The Hotel:
This hotel is huge having been extended some time ago. It can be a bit of a maze at times. It's in need of some renovation and the management team are doing just this.
As it stands there are two buildings joined - new and old. Form the inside however the decor and quality of finish is very similar. Rooms in the newer part attract a good premium and I would have to ask why? The new rooms come with a view and are easier to get to than the older rooms but is it worth the premium - I don't think so.

The new rooms are easy to get to from the lobby and underground car park ($14 per day) but unless you use the underground car park or are luck enough to get a place outside the front of the hotel you'll have a walk to the room. Car parks at the rear mean that the older rooms are more accessible.

The swimming pool, hot tubs and fitness rooms were very popular with many of the guests however I didn't make use of them. Other guests informed me however that the facilities were very good.

There is free WiFi in the lobby area but not in the rooms. The access is switched off at 11pm.

The reception and housekeeping staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

The Room:
My room was located at the rear of the hotel and was very large with two windows, super king size bed, sofa bed, fridge, microwave, TV, coffee machine, table and chairs. There was a small closet area and a large draw set for clothes etc. The bathroom was small with a tub/shower combo and a separate sink and counter top outside the bathroom. There was plenty of powerful hot water but the shower head while moveable was low at about 5 foot 8 inches. Still this wasn’t a major problem and the tub was big enough to soak in for an hour.

Noise:
There are some rooms that need to be avoided. Some rooms at the start of long corridors, near the bar, elevators, housekeeping, stairs can be noise traps. Ask for a quiet location when you book.

The noise level between rooms can intrude at times especially the extractor fan and plumbing. If your neighbour is up early you may notice this more.

The hotel staff are quick to crack down of noisy guests in the quiet hours.

In my opinion noise really isn't an issue here however there is one exception.

The snowmobile operator - Grand Adventures- keep their machines parked at the rear of the hotel. The machines are started each morning at 8:30, warmed up and then moved to their start positions ready for tours. 10 to 20 machines at a time make a good rumble. My room was located above this parking place and while it was loud enough to wake me up I didn't find to too intrusive. I quiet enjoyed watching the guys move the machines around.

Bar & Restaurant:
The bar is easy to find and is laid out in a typical sports bar fashion. There's a choice of food and drink but the price and quality is questionable. The bar is a good meeting place and fine for a quick drink but I wouldn't spend the night there.

The restaurant has a wide choice of dishes but I'd suggest you look elsewhere for good food. The restaurant has lost its charm of years ago. If you want something to eat stick to the bar food and bar food menu.

Breakfast is served in the restaurant for $13 each day but sorry but if you want a good breakfast head out of the hotel to Carvers Bakery or Sharky's in Fraser for $10 feast. You won't regret it.

Location:
It's a quick 5 minute shuttle trip to the slopes. Use the Green Line bus which drops you at the turning circle at the base and pick you up at the same point when you're ready to head back. You will need to either use the shuttles of have other transport to get to town, bars or restaurants - allow 10 minutes by car or longer if you're waiting for the shuttles.

When all is said and done this hotel was good value. I'd stay here again. There were certainly no problems to report at the hotel and I was genuinely pleased not to experience any of the negatives that others had written about in early reviews.

I've been skiing Winter Park since 1997 and I'm pleased to try and answer any questions about the resort, the surrounding areas and things to, places to go, restaurants and bars etc. Drop me a line. JJ

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 11, 2010

Stayed at the Mountain Lodge for a week in February for a snowboarding holiday with family.

We had two double bedrooms on different floors.
Both of the rooms were immaculate, two massive double beds, a big TV and plenty of storage space. The bathroom was well equipped with a shower and a bath and ample sink space.
Vending machines were present on our floor providing drinks, free ice and a selection of food.

The hotel couldn't have been in a better location, far enough away from the mountain to provide an excellent view and close enough that a 5 minute bus ride was available. (Buses to the slopes ran regularly throughout the day and were free!!)

Spent most evenings in the pool, hot tub and sauna. The hot tub and pool had AMAZING panoramic views over the mountain, it was easy to spend hours watching the world go by. Plentiful supply of towels by the pool everyday.

Had a lovely view of the mountains behind the hotel from our room.

Breakfast was buffet style and everything you could possibly want was available and very tasty. The restaurant in the evening provided good quality food at a reasonable price and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

Buses from the hotel can take you to downtown Winter Park in 15 minutes were there are plenty of shops and restaurants as well as an ice skating rink and artificial bonfire.

I definitely intend to return to the Winter Park Mountain Lodge in the near future!

  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with family
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Broomfield, CO
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Reviewed February 18, 2010

This was a good place to stay for the price paid. We stayed in the new section, facing the ski area. It is a hotel, so no fridge or microwave, but the food in the bar/restaurant was good. Their breakfast buffet had a good selection and was very filling before a day on the slopes. Had two double beds, which provided plenty of room to sleep, but not much room for equipment. We rented the kids skis from ski shop in the Village. They keep your skis overnight for free, so that helped give us a little more space. Kids loved the pool and hot tubs. Staff was friendly and room was kept clean. Overall this hotel was nicer than many budget hotels.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed February 4, 2010

It was across the main road from the slopes which was nice. But it was a hotel room and we didn't have a fridge or a microwave.

Stayed December 2009
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Milton, Florida
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Reviewed February 1, 2010

We stayed in the New section with a view of the Ski Mountain. Nice room. Clean, and the front desk staff was friendly. The indoor pool was nice, the kids loved it.

Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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london
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Reviewed January 29, 2010

We got this as part of a package deal with Crystal Ski that was pretty cheap. We go to ski resorts to go boarding, not to sit about in the hotel all day, and as long as it's clean and people are polite, I'm quite happy with budget accommodation, which is what this is. If you've paid top dollar and are expecting the Ritz this isn't it. It's at the top end of budget accommodation, that said: the staff are really nice, the pub does good enough beer and food to want to stay in more than once, I wanted to bring the breakfast staff home with me they made me laugh that much, and it comes with some of the things you don't expect with budget accommodation (satellite TV / swimming pool / hot tubs / large rooms / smellies in the bathroom). Yes reception smells a bit of chlorine

My advice would be to make sure you're booked into one of the rooms in the main part of the hotel before you travel (we had two double beds in ours - one for us and one for the boards!), eat in the bar not the restaurant, and let's all just relax a little and not be so hard on these guys! Oh, and don't bother going into Frazer on the bus for a night out, unless you're desperate to see Safeways and KFC (that's really all there is there).

If you want to come to winter park and stay in a posh hotel, go to the Zephyr, or one of the others right at the bottom of the lift. If you don't want to pay a fortune and don't mind not having your shoes shined for free every day, then the Mountain Lodge really is fine.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, TX
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 19, 2010

There are two sides to this hotel: the old side that allows pets, and the new side that doesn't. The old side appeared very run down and they allowed pets, which by itself will make a place stink. We stayed in a Mountain View room, which is a bit more expensive, so it also separated us from the college groups. The college groups that were in Winter Park that weekend could have turned every experience on the trip upside down. I hope I wasn't that obnoxious and irresponsible in my college days...but we maintained a positive attitude and didn't let that aspect bother us.

Our room had a window from floor to ceiling that looked right on the mountain. It was a beautiful site to wake up to every day. The hotel is on the GREEN shuttle route, which means you hardly have to wait for a shuttle, and when you get on it, you are there in no time. Location cannot be beat without staying on the mountain.

There is a nice pub in the hotel that has pretty decent food. We didn't hang out there too much because the college groups that were there had turned it into a college bar, but it made us leave the hotel, so that worked out well.

If you are someone who wants to luxury in the mountains and plans on staying in the room alot, you probably don't want to stay here. If you are just looking for a basecamp, you really can't beat the deal here. However, you must book a Mountain View room. If you don't, you'll end up in the old part of the building and will probably have bad experiences with hot water, smelly surroundings, loud groups at night, etc.....

I will give this a recommend based on the Mountain View room part. Otherwise, I might not.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Winter Park Mountain Lodge
Address: 81699 US Highway 40, Winter Park, CO 80482
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Location: United States > Colorado > Grand County > Winter Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Winter Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Winter Park Mountain Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 162
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located directly across the street from Winter Park Ski Resort, with free access to the Resort & Town Shuttle! Full service restaurant & microbrewery on site. Largest Banquet & Meeting space options in Winter Park! ... more   less 
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