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“Pleasant but average” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Dao House
Boulder, Colorado
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596 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“Pleasant but average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

We used a BoCo coupon deal for $89/night. We were assigned a downstairs room with walkout door. The owners of this property have a real challenge on their hands. Built in the days when people went to "get away from it all" with no TV, phones, etc, they are trying to upgrade. New TV with DISH was on the desk to the side with no comfortable way to view. Billed as a "conference center" there was NO CELLPHONE SERVICE!! Are you kidding me? Partially making up for that was free WiFi. The shower was very strange. The temperature would steadily almost rythmically fluxuate from just a little to hot to just a little too cool. Didn't matter where it was set the sine curve pattern continued.
All of the staff were very nice and anxious to please.
The webpage had several spelling errors and was not kept up to date. The menu on the webpage was the same as the restaurant, but the prices were several dollars lower.
Hot tub was old and had no adjustments.
Nice comfortable beds.
Paper thin walls left us waking up to a crying baby in the next room every two hours.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank David B
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  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Pensacola, Florida
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300 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Aspen Lodge was a beautiful place to stay for my girlfriend and I as we did some hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. We stayed during the week, so it was a bit barren, but I think that added to the serenity of the place. It's a bit old, but in a charming, Rocky Mountain Cabin kind of way. We stayed in the actual hotel, not one of the individual cabins. Wifi was fairly reliable. The showers were OK - not much space to them and the water seemed to be either scalding hot or fairly cold, sometimes interchanging mid-shower. They have horses for rides but we didn't do that; really we only used the place as a staging ground for hiking. It has great access to both the North and South entry points for the Eastern side of Rocky Mountain National Park. "Breakfast" was typically a few slices of some fruit, water, tea, maybe a bagel and butter and juice... very small. Service was friendly. However, I will say the place is largely helped by its location and surrounding natural beauty. Would be good for a romantic getaway for couples looking to get away.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Danma11
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Superior, Colorado
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

This place is really a gem, the grounds are beautiful. We've been here several times and have stayed in both the lodge and the cabins (cabins are better). It has new ownership this year and still needs some work, the seats were busted out of the pool chairs, the pool table is broken and they should have left the sun room as a lounge, I missed that. But the food is still great and it's so peaceful. I hope to get back soon when the spa is in place.

Room Tip: Cabins are rustic but charming, so much fun.
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Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Denver
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25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

The lodge looks amazing now! There are nice leather chairs in the common area and the lodge rooms have been updated. The bed was quite comfortable. The rooms have TVs now, but we never used it...too much gorgeous scenery to enjoy! There's an awesome view of Pikes Peak from the property and a great hiking trail on site.
The staff was very helpful and kind. We did not eat at the restaurant. The continental breakfast was simple, thankfully we brought snacks. It's a short and scenic drive to Estes Park which is where we had lunch.
There is a livery on site, so we decided to hit the trail by horseback. There are some awesome views along this trail.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ShelBelle86
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Westminster, Colorado
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

Can't beat the location and the price. Pristine wildness trials on the property, with trail
rides throughout the day. The huge lodge is the largest log structure I have seen.
We ate breakfast overlooking the lake and the Rockies. The restaurant has a large
deck overlooking the lake. Good food and friendly service made our stay more enjoyable.

Room Tip: All western views face onto longs peak.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank booboobear10569
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San Diego, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

Ambiance serene..rooms comfortable n cozy..restaurant good..service great..view fabulous..area activities fulfilled for families..Wide choice of rooms either couple room o family cabins..missed morning work out by pool n spa something to look forward to next visit!

Room Tip: Upstairs view was fabulous as clerk suggested! Thx!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lynore L
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Iowa City, Iowa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

We had been to the Lodge for their annual Halloween event --- the Haunted Forest ride. Our kids loved it, so we gave it a try this last summer and can't say enough great things! We stayed in the lodge and the room was great with beautiful mountain views. The on-site restaurant is fantastic, and the staff is warm and inviting. They're getting more horses and will be offering trail rides again in the near future.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank J G
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Additional Information about Dao House

Property: Dao House
Address: 6120 Highway 7, Estes Park, CO 80517 (Formerly Aspen Lodge Resort & Spa)
Location: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #63 of 77 Specialty Lodging in Estes Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Dao House 3*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful mountain lodge surrounded by Rocky Mountain National Park offering both lodge rooms and private cabins. Full service resort with year round activities including horseback riding, hiking, and biking. Restaurant and lounge on-site. Meeting space with conference services and on-site catering. Beautiful Mountain vistas combined with on-site lodging make this an ideal wedding venue! ... more   less 
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