Gunnison valley and nearby Crested Butte offer 2-million acres of national forest for mountain biking, hiking, then shopping at unique boutiques. Nearby Blue Mesa reservoir and waters of the Gunnison, Taylor and East Rivers are great for rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. So where do you stay especially if you are on a budget? Alpine inn for our family is the best value in lodging. We have stayed at several other places on the "main strip" and have become regulars at the Alpine, staying at least six times this past year since we have family living the area. If you are driving into Gunnison from Monarch, keep going to the end of town and it is on the left.
This 2-story motel was formerly the Ramada and is now family-owned and operated. They show great pride in its upkeep and it seems as though they are continuously remodeling. Just recently a new patio was added and the front entrance has great curb appeal. Rooms have all the amenities and are very clean and nicely decorated. We have found that prices range from $59 and up depending on the season. There is even a small pool off the lobby area that is great for children but probably too small for lap swimming.
Breakfast is included and served from 6-9AM and I can tell you that Teresa the owner does a great job (milk, by the way is in a frig below the breakfast counter). The lobby area is decorated Colorado mountain style: rustic with pine log furniture and a fireplace. It is a nice area for reading and eating breakfast.
I should also add that there are no "night clubs" that we are aware of in the area. This is a peaceful rural spot. The only structure we saw was a small log cabin/local bar called "The Last Chance" that was on a dirt road several blocks away from the Alpine Inn and there has never been any loud music coming out of this place in all the times we stayed.
In the winter, it seemed like many hunters also stayed here. As for the construction crews who also stay, keep in mind that locals and workers know the best value; and also deserve a nice clean motel with a good breakfast in the mornings.
I gave this motel five stars because it is the best value in Gunnison and has everything our family needs and wants in lodging.
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- Also Known As:
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- Alpine Hotel Gunnison