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“A bit rustic, but it's a National Park!”
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Far View Lodge
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67 reviews
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“A bit rustic, but it's a National Park!”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

We have stayed at several National Park lodges, notably in Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and the Grand Canyon. As one reviewer pointed out, you pay a bit more for the proximity to the park. This seems to be a fair trade in my view, since I assume that the money the parks receive from the firms that manage the lodging and food service, in this case Aramark, helps fund upkeep of the park.
Accommodations are always simple and a bit rustic, but as in this case, clean and comfortable.. Most of the lodges are aging and lack modern conveniences, but that's part of the deal.
Staff was friendly and helpful. We enjoyed a sunset drink on the upper level outdoor patio and dinner in the Metate dining room. My elk shepard's pie was both unusual and delicious. The wine selection was more than adequate and the service very warm and attentive. Again, the prices are probably a bit steep, but we felt the whole evening was worthwhile.

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Wish we had arrived before dark, and then 2 nights later, wish we had waited until it was light out to leave -- but the travel schedule mandated we drive both into and out of the park on a long and winding road in the dark. Our room had a view that went on and on and on. Great for star gazing seated on the balcony. Rooms are fairly basic and rustic but with large armoire (no TV), desk w/ coffee maker, small fridge for holding our picnic supplies, juices, yogurt, etc. Stayed in handicapped accessible room as I had stress fx in foot - but had I been wheelchair confined, I would have had issues with the room : shower "seat" would have been barely useable with grab bar poorly positioned. The bed was really squeaky, like a joke in which every move we made surely could be heard in an adjoining room. While a wheelchair would fit under the sink area, I think the counter would be too high to be practically used. Our room was not in the main lodge where perhaps the ADA rooms are newer/better.

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Borrego Springs, California
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

As a base for visiting Mesa Verde National Park, the hotel is a great location. The rooms have nice views from the bedroom and balcony. With no television or phone in the room, things are very quiet -- nice not to have to hear that kind of noise from rooms next door! We were there for 2 nights, so we got a bit of a price break by doing that.

The restaurant in the hotel complex was only open for dinner. The food was good, but a bit pricey and limited choices. For breakfast, the coffee shop (Far View Terrace) about a mile down the road was the only option.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wisconsin
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

You will be disappointed if you are looking for a top notch hotel. You pay a higher price when you are on the property of a national park. The accomodations were like a Motel 6 or Motel 8. You are only there to sleep. We did not find the hotel to be dirty, but it was dated. It was great to be able to get up and get started early to view the park.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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San Ramon, California
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We booked this hotel through hotels.com because it is the only hotel in Mesa Verde National Park. It looked fine in the pictures (those pictures are only of the new registration and restaurant area). We requested a view room. When we arrived we were told they would try to get us a view room later in the afternoon. When we returned we were given our key and when we went in it was in the back of the property with a view of the building in front of it. We contacted the manager and were told we needed to book a "superior" room to get a view and none were available, nor did hotels.com have access to those rooms. Not happy, but OK.

The building units appeared to be pretty old, but when we went in and started to look around we were really unhappy. Some of the room had been updated--new sink and new toilet. But the shower stall had not and it was truly disgusting. Neither my husband nor I would ever consider taking a shower with a floor like that. When we talked to the manager again, she said the resort was old but that it was clean. We went back to the room and when my husband walked over by the window, he found an empty beer can laying on the floor--so much for clean!
They did offer to refund our money and try to find us another place to stay, but this hotel is up on the top of the mesa and 30-40 minute drive down the mountain to any town. We didn't have much choice. We slept in our clothes and left as soon as possible early the next morning. Thank goodness we had only booked one night!

We noticed when we left the area that the nearest town is Cortez and they had a nice looking Baymont Inn & Suites hotel. Would definitely book that instead.

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Navarre, Florida
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We stayed here for 1 night while visiting the Mesa Verde National Park. We were very disappointed in our room. We paid $90 plus dollars for a very small, outdated room. I thought the quality of the furnishings were poor. The bathroom, carpet etc all seemd like they were the originals from when the place was built.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We stayed two nights at Far View Lodge so that we would have more time to explore the park avoiding the long drive in from Cortez, Co. Our room had recently been remodeled and was decorated very nice. I found the bare floors to be a little cold, since there was no carpet or rugs in the room we had. Enjoyed the balcony with the sunset view. Dining at the Metate room was great, but a bit pricey. If visiting the park, staying at the lodge is a good experience.

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Property: Far View Lodge
Address: 1 Navajo Hill, Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330
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Location: United States > Colorado > Mesa Verde National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mesa Verde National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Far View Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Only lodging within the park; it is open April through October. ... more   less 
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