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“Great Views, the only hotel in the park” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Far View Lodge
Edmonton, Canada
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41 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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“Great Views, the only hotel in the park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2012

Stayed one night, Oct 2. Had a room with a balcony and a great night sky view. The bathrooms are a shower and toilet, the sink is in the room entrance. A bit strange but not a big deal. Room was clean. The inroom phone didn't work, and no cell phone coverage. The restuarant and bar were so crowded that there were no seats, I had to just buy some fridge food from the gift shop and take it back to my room, but with the great balcony night sky view, I didn't mind.
To the best of my knowledge, if you want to stay in the park this is the only hotel. It was a bit more expensive than I wanted, but It was dark and I was tired and didn't want to drive out of the park to the surrounding towns. Overall, though, I enjoyed my stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Portage, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

The drive up to Far View is exciting with the quick and winding turns was well worth long drive. Once up the plateau, the views are too beautiful to describe. Our room had a small balcony, wifi and coffeepot. Great place to enjoy the changing colors of Fall and wild horses. The restaurant a bit pricey for the amount of food you get; BUT the hamburgers are great!
To avoid disappointment, always research before booking a NP room. I do so I'm always prepared with staples (bread, P&B, granola bars) milk & luchmeat (if a refrigerator is available), when there is a coffee pot for hot water take dry soups/noodles.
The tours are a great option, if you're not familiar with the park history or you don't want to drive.
Warning, don't buy the "Balcony" tour, if you aren't agile; plenty of people backed out after arriving and finding out about the steep steps and health precautions given by the ranger .

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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California
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28 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

In late May, my wife and I stayed at Far View for 7 days as our "base" for our Four Corners trip. Explored Mesa Verde NP, Silverton, Durango, Cortez, Moab/Arches NP, Canyon De Cheley and Hovenweep NM. Loved the trip, lots of driving. Mesa Verde NP is very nice, especially the ranger tours down into the ruins. Arches and Canyon De Cheley were the highlights. The on-site reaustrants/cafes are very good. The rooms are very small and uncomfortable. For a one nighter it would be o.k., otherwise its not much fun. If we had to do it over, we might of stayed in Cortez or Moab

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Naples, Florida
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75 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

"Basic" is being kind in describing the only real lodging choice in Mesa Verde National Park. We realized that we were not going to be at a Hilton or Holiday Inn, but we were not expecting Motel 6 either. The room was just that - a room with a very small bathroom. So small that the sink and only mirror were in the main part of the room. A piece of unfinished plywood covered the pipes under the sink. There was only one chair in the room and no other sitting space. We brought in a plastic chair from the balcony and made do. The saving grace of this place is the restaurant. We had two very nice meals from a menu that included several unexpected and higher end offerings. The second night we were very tired and just ate in the bar. The small plate "bar food" menu was different and we were quite satisfied. Although the food was very good, the restaurant and bar seemed understaffed. While we are reluctant to give high ratings for very basic accommodations, we understand that this is a park setting and we just recommend you adjust your expectations accordingly.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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dune acres indiana
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17 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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SE PA
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169 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Borrego Springs, California
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55 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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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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