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“Elkhorn made our wedding a blast!”

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Elkhorn Lodge and Guest Ranch
Denver
1 review
“Elkhorn made our wedding a blast!”
Reviewed October 14, 2009

My husband and I got married this past July at the Elkhorn, and most of our friends and family stayed here as well for the weekend. Rich and his family, who managed the Elkhorn, bent over backward to make everything special for us. Yes, there are some rooms that are quite rustic-- and yet over and over our guests praised our choice of venue as being the most relaxed, fun place they could imagine. Stay here if you want to hear ghost stories and other town lore around the glow of campfire in the evenings, walk on the premises and see Elk, (we even saw a bear!), and still be 5 minutes walking to the center of town! The charm is in the history, and the warm people running this lodge.

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Reviewed August 30, 2009

My husband and sis and brother-in-law stumbled onto this place by accident while looking for directions. Intrigued, we went back and took a look at the room in one of the cabins. It was what we were expecting. A rustic place for sure and clean and the price was very reasonable. We stayed and had a really great time. It was a nice, easy walk to downtown. My husband and his sister went for a horse back ride. The evening campfires where all of the visitors could gather were fun. Free beer! The new managers who took over this year were very nice people. The history of the place is quite amazing. We really enjoyed our stay and hope to get back there next year.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
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dorthy1493
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Reviewed June 26, 2007

was verry run down and and not verry nice..... i dont stay at luxuray hotels but this was a dump

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — everything was horribull
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 18, 2006

The lodge is older than the town so expect rustic and wonderful and real antique furnishings. Think about traveling back in history the way the first vacationers saw and stayed in Estes Park. Realize the Stanley's stayed at the Elkhorn while they built the "Stanley." Mrs. Stanley played the part of a fortune teller at fall parties at the Elkhorn.
Imagine waltzing with Teddy Roosevelt in the great room. There are no TV's, micro waves, or built in hair dryers but there is pure history for those who appreciate the real thing. There are ghost too.

  • Liked — I only stay in historic hotels. This place is on the National Registar.
  • Disliked — It might close.
  • Tips/Secrets — Be ready for real old timey style stay.
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 2, 2005

I used to work at the hotel for about 2 years and yes I agree with some of the reviews but som are from people who are used to five star acomodations. what people dont understand is that the place is as old as the town itself and yea its rustic but thats what the charm of the place is! and as for poor conditions of the horses! thats #%$#^ I personaly saw how they were taken care of, the staff(wranglers)care more about those horses than the owner. Some things you might think of is almost all those horses are saved from auctions in that if not bought they will die. so if some look bad its not elkhorns fault, but give those folks down there at the stables some time. I peronaly remember a horse that was over 40 years old.
All in all Elkhorn Is the best relaxing and comfortable place for people to stay in estes, ive been told this by over 90% of the guests. But the best time to be at the ranch is in the summer months because and due to the fact it is a old historic place and when you have historic you have old time heat, (fire place in the main lodge) so if you plan on staying in the winter bring your blanket and a camera!
sincerely
Dan Mitchell

  • Stayed April 1999, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 16, 2005

we were at elkhorn for about 2 hours a couple of years ago. it was horrible-my wife wouldnt stay there-luckily we found an alternative. much of what they advertised was unusable-playground was overgrown and full of horse stuff, pool was green. pretty awful. the web site is now at least more indicative of what you will get. this is rustic with a capital "R". the problem is you can stay somewhere better for the same price. i wouldnt have posted this but i saw that it rated 12 out of 20 b and b's in estes and didnt think that was fair. of course my experience was two years ago and maybe its really improved since then.

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Reviewed September 22, 2004

Arriving late on a Saturday evening w/o a reservation anywhere in Estes Park, we found Elkhorn at the west edge of town. Coincidentally, a large wedding reception was taking place in the main hall as we rented our cabin. Owners daughter, Val, said they would never turn anyone away; they would pull out a couch before they told anyone they had no room.

Rented a 1 room cabin described as "rustic". Accurate description. Mattress's in earlier review have been replaced. Very comfortable and woodsy. A little pricey for a camping atmosphere, but what can I say, we showed up in town without a reservation and they had a place for us to sleep.

Owners are friendly and conversational; gave us local advice and directions.

  • Stayed September 2004
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Property: Elkhorn Lodge and Guest Ranch
Address: 600 W Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517-9139
Location: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #73 of 78 Specialty Lodging in Estes Park
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Elkhorn Lodge is the oldest continuous operating lodge in the Rocky Mountain region and is the most historical property in Estes park. Dating to 1874 when Reverend McCreary from Ft. Collins built a small summer cabin on what was to become the Elkhorn property, to today's struggles to save and restore this jewel of the West, the Elkhorn Lodge has been and continues to be a major part of Estes Park. With a fully functioning main lodge, cabins galore, and several spacious buildings for large parties, there's accommodations for any and all at the Elkhorn Lodge and Ranch. And Don't forget about the horseback riding! ... more   less 
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