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“A Surprise from Aramak”
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Far View Lodge
Boston, Massachusetts
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“A Surprise from Aramak”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

We came to this corner of Colorado specifically to see Mesa Verde (well-worth it). Far View is the only accomodation in the park or even nearby. We've stayed in several National Park lodges run by Aramak, usually a little run-down and over-priced. Far View, however, was a surprising exception. The facility is beautifully situated, the main building is very tasteful with great views, the rooms (all basically the same) are fine and in the upgrades they've done about all they could with the basic room. The staff was very nice, and the food in the Metate Room was very,very good, sometimes excellent, and totally unexpected.

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Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

The location of this lodging is great - much easier to get an early start on the day in the park. The accommodations were okay. It was freezing when I visited - the space heaters weren't the best for the night I stayed. Same deal in the bathroom-a heater vent fan but no other heat. The beds were also pretty bad (uncomfortable). However, the price wAsnt too steep and the room was clean. If you're just looking for a room to crash in for a night while you explore, these will meet your expectations. Staff couldn't have been any nicer.

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Moira, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

After driving through the nightmare of the Cortez strip it was a great relief when we turned into the park. We called in at the visitor centre at the entrance to get our bearings and book on the ranger tours of the Cliff Palace and Balcony house (3 USD per person per tour) then half an hour drive through the very winding and spectacular road to the lodge.
Note - speed limits are enforced we saw someone stopped by some form of law enforcement.
The lodge was mostly as expected from previous reviews and the park website. The views are wonderful with private balcony. They have all the facilities you would expect (Good Wi-Fi, fridge, coffee maker, table and chairs in a picture window with view , shower, separate sink alcove, ice available from reception when machines disconnected) but al packed into a very small space. The room blocks are well passed their best, every movement in any room creaks and moves the whole block, it is like being on a wooden sailing ship, they really need to invest in new room units and retire the existing ones.
With that in mind it is still worth a 1 or 2 night stay for the location, it beats staying in Cortez .
For food there is an expensive on site restaurant which we didn't try but other guests said the food was very good. Half a mile away is a less up-market café which serves dinner to 20:00.
There is also another daytime café in the museum area and pine lodge trail head.
The ranger tours of the parks highlights of Cliff Palace and Balcony house are fantastic, both unique sites for North America, nowhere else will you find archaeological building sites ranking with some found in Europe. The rangers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Both tours are fairly energetic and involve climbing, heights and crawling, take heed of the ranger's warnings.
There are other self-guided tours, a great 2 hour hike to a large petroglyph panel and an 18 mile scenic drive to view a number of other sites.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York, NY
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

The Lodge is a good place to stay as it is in the middle of the Park and makes for a convenient departure point to explore the ruins. We arrived in the evening after a long drive and headed straight to the restaurant to take in the view before the sun set. Fortunately, they weren't too busy and we were seated without any wait, and we were able to cajole the hostess into letting the two of us take a table for four (otherwise only one of us would have been able to see the view given the way the dining room was laid out to maximize table count at the expense of maximizing the patrons' views of the landscape). Checked in after dinner. We overheard another couple booking a 1/2 day guided tour. When it was out turn to check in, our clerk failed to mention the tour, so we asked about it and booked one for the next morning (@ $48pp). (Well worth it - the guide was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun). We then drove a few minutes to our room (the rooms are grouped in a number of clusters of 8-10 rooms, each room facing more or less to the south overlooking a vast rustic landscape). The room itself was pretty forgettable and had a lot of mileage on it. Two full size beds, tiny bathroom, in-room vanity. Furnishings were somewhat worn. Best thing about the room was the Starbucks coffee. Wifi worked fine. No cell service or TV, but not a problem for us....

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Creede, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed May 12, 2013

This weekend we drove over to Mesa Verde for a nice weekend. We booked at the Far View Lodge since it was basically the only close place to stay, it is within the National Park. The Lodge was built in the 60's and whoever now owns it has done utterly nothing to upgrade it from the 60's. The walls are paper thin, the AC unit sounds like a jet engine firing up when it starts, either heating or cooling. There was only a shower, no tub and no TV. The folks in the room next to ours made noise moving stuff around and talking, was not really their fault it was the paper thin walls. They kept up awake until about midnight then the AC unit kicking on kept us awake the rest of the night.
I will say all the employees were very nice and helpful, that was certainly the best thing about our stay. To the owners, upgrade the facilities!!!!

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We arrived in time to take the Classic Pueblo Tour before we checked in. It is a very good tour, but be prepared if you have a tendency to Altitude Sickness. When we returned, from the tour, my friend had to go to bed and was unable to go to dinner. We had no idea that she was susceptible to this problem. But she enjoyed the tour and was able to recover. The Lodge is great for watching wildlife right out your window and from your balcony. It is very comfortable, not luxurious by any means but quite nice. Great for families.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

This lodge is in Mesa Verde National Park and is the perfect place to stop and rest after a day of cimbing and viewing the Pueblo Cliff Dwellings. The room was quiet, well furnished, and restful. We could look out the window and see the beautiful views. The lodge staff were wonderful and the Metate Room resturant served delicious food with great service.

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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
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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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
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Only lodging within the park; it is open April through October. ... more   less 
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