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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only lodging within the park; it is open April through October. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Far View Hotel Mesa Verde National Park
- Mesa Verde Far View Lodge