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The Evergreens on Fall River
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

The Evergreens on Fall River was a great place to stay for our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. It is only two miles in one direction to the restaurants, groceries, shopping, churches, and other attractions in the quaint town of Estes Park. In the other direction, it is only one mile to the entrance to RMNP.

We rented a one bedroom cabin and, like other reviews had warned us, it was actually half of a duplex. The only time it being a duplex was an issue was late one night when we were having trouble sleeping on the spongy-soft bed; we could actually hear the gentleman in the other half of the duplex snoring. The following night, we chose to sleep on the fold-out sofa bed, which was more comfortable.

All in all though, it was a nice cabin. The kitchen was well-equipped, the bathroom and dressing area were adequate, and the bedroom and living room were fair-sized. But the things we REALLY liked about the place were:
* the instant-light gas fireplace
* the location close to the park and to the town
* the back porch overlooking the beautiful river (babbling brook) approx. 50 feet away
* spending time on the river bank
* relaxing in the hot tub
* both front-desk managers we spoke with were very friendly, very helpful
* surprisingly good Internet connectivity
* the trickling sound of the river at night
With all these nice features, we were more than willing to compromise on the quality of the mattress mentioned earlier.

Recommended dining options in Estes Park include: Pura Vida (Costa Rican restaurant), Nepal's (Asian restaurant), and Safeway (prepared salads and meals to go)

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 2, 2010

Our first thought when we arrived was that we didn't like the duplexes. We really wanted an individual cabin. But after walking into our cabin and staying there for 5 nights, we really liked it and it was very quiet and we never heard any noises anywhere.
We had our 10 year old grandson with us, he really enjoyed it also.
The highlight of our stay was when we first arrived there was an elk right in front of the office eating off of the tree. Got lots of pictures with our grandson right next to the elk.
We even fished right in back of our cabin and caught quite a few trout. Wasn't easy fishing but at least we could get our fishing time in. Great location!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 26, 2010

We found The Evergreens on Fall River thru their web site. We were nervous to book because web sites can be deceiving. However, we were thrilled when we arrived and found that the web site did not do the place justice! It was absolutely beautiful and better than we could have imagined. The place was very clean and the staff was wonderfully accommodating. These cabins are comfortable and have a warm mountain decor that makes you feel right at home in the mountains. Our 5 day stay was fun and restful and all too short. Thank you for the lovely stay!
-Judy and Paul Smithens

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 24, 2010

The Evergreens is roughly a mile from the Fall River entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park on route 34. About 20 plus cottages border the pretty 40 ft wide Fall River. Family owned and operated, The Evergreens is nestled beneath beautiful mountains but it's not unusual to view elk in the meadow on the other side of its property. After driving thousands of miles crisscrossing the U.S., my wife and I were very pleased to discover The Evergreens because it was slightly removed from the busyness and congestion of Estes Park, CO which has a year round population of 7,000 but summer crowds of 55,000. The sheer size of the park allows you to get away from all those people however. Evergreen's cottages are quiet, well equipped, clean, cozy and comfortable. Some are more private than others. All appear to have decks. There is an outdoor hot tub. Some have indoor spa's for a slightly higher price. Customer service from the family was outstanding with sons and daughter and wife all helping to keep customers satisfied and the grounds pristine. Even the family pets - Archie the bulldog and Tiffany the terrier - add to the ambiance. We enjoyed it so much we stayed 5 nights. Prices are competitive although you can save if you go before the peak season begins about the third week in June. My wife and I are highly selective about where we stay and this property and family stood out as exceptional during our 6000 mile trip. Thanks Craig, Allie, Cole and the rest of the family for a great experience.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 6, 2010

When looking for a room, this hotel's website sold us. We thought $169/night for two nights was good deal for a cabin-style hotel w/full kitchen and views of the river. After staying there, I wouldn't go back. It wasn't the worst stay, but several things made us uncomfortable. Before I mention those, I'll talk about the pros of this hotel and why it might be for you.

Pros: It's located just a few minutes from one of the park entrances and about 10 minutes away from another. This is perfect if you're looking to hike RMNP. It's also close enough to the restaurants and shops but far enough away from all of the tourists. It also provides a peaceful setting right along the river. This is perfect if you want to open your bedroom window or the sliding back door and listen to nature.

Cons: This hotel takes a step back in time with uncomfortable, dated furniture (rocking chair, recliner from the 70's...think furniture you wouldn't want to buy on craig's list). I'm not that picky when it comes to hotels but I didn't feel comfortable sitting on the couch, even after 6 hours of hiking. The screen door had a busted screen, the window shades on the back door wouldn't close, one of the remotes was broken, etc. The room also didn't come equipped with a hair dryer, iron, ironing board -- all no-brainers at any other hotel...so we had to ask for them at the front desk.

We wanted to get out and experience Estes Park so we went out for dinner each night -- so the kitchen wasn't a big draw for us. We would have been fine with a mini fridge to keep some bottled water cold. We saw other hotels along fall river that seemed nicer (from the outside) but we're not sure how much those rooms are. Without having anything to compare against, I'm not sure how the value of this rooms stacks up against others. Saying that, I'd think $119/night (not $169/night) would be fair for this place

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 2, 2010

As another reviewer wrote, we also did not know that these were duplexes. The web site did not indicate this as they kept calling the accommodations 'cabins' nor did the owners when we called on the phone. We asked the owners about the location as we would like to be as far away from other cabins as possible. They said they would put us in the cabin at the end of the property. That sounded great.

What we found upon arrival was that we shared half of a duplex - that in itself did not make our location very remote. Plus, although we were indeed in the last duplex on the property, what we discovered was that we were right next to the cabins in another complex adjacent to Evergreens. So we were sharing a cabin/duplex with another couple plus there was a family in a cabin right next to us owned by another company.
Also because we were in the end unit, we had to walk quite a ways to the door of the duplex. There was only one community parking area - we could not park in front of our unit.

The accommodations were clean and fairly new. There were somethings we didn't like. The bathroom was in the middle of the unit and had no window. It was very dark and kind of creepy as it only had one small light. The TV was located above the fireplace. That is normally fine. But the living room was not very large. To sit in the chair or couch in the living room and watch TV resulted in a sore neck. We brought in a chair from the deck and put in actually in the bedroom so that the distance between the living room TV and where we sat was comfortable. The pillows all had a very uncomfortable rubber cover on them. Thank goodness, they had a zipper on them and we could take them off.

Evergreens was just OK. But even though it was located on Fall River, there were steep banks on each side. It was not very easy or convenient to get down the river bank to the river bed. We would not stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2009

Nowhere on the website did I read that the Evergreens at Fall River were a set of duplexes - very nice duplexes - but definitely not cabins. I booked this specifically because I wanted a "secluded cabin" as the website stated. The floor plans indicated these were free-standing cabins. The photos on the website looked liked single cabins. However, when we arrived we discovered we were in a duplex, with all the other duplexes. The website was very misleading! All that being said, the duplex was very nice, clean, and located next to the river. The bathroom facilities felt too small for 2-bedroom accommodations, with a single small sink in the middle with no privacy door. Also seemed like there should be nicer towels and toilet paper for the price!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Address: 1500 Fish Hatchery Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517-9207
Location: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
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Ranked #13 of 78 Specialty Lodging in Estes Park
Price Range: $168 - $358 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Evergreens on Fall River 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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