We stayed at Brynwood on the River in cabin #24 Zimmer Frei from July 18-July 23, 2011. Family of 4- Myself, Husband, Daughter (age 12), and son (age 8).
Office Staff - very helpful and friendly throughout our stay. We arrived very late on the 18th, after the office was closed, but our key was left for us on the office door so that was no problem. One outside deck light was burned out when we arrived, when I checked in the next morning and mentioned it to the owner, it was replaced within 15 minutes. Also very helpful about restaurant suggestions, directions to our horseback riding excursion, and helping me locate a laundry (right down the road towards the park on the left). On checkout they printed our boarding passes for our flight and gave us excellent directions back to DIA.
The Location/ property- well kept, the Big Thompson river runs right on the edge of the property, there is a small swimming pool at the front of the property (we didn't use it so I can't comment on water temp) that is well maintained, situated in an excellent location on Hwy 36 just minutes from the Beaver Meadows entrance of RMNP (no having to go through traffic in town) or in the other direction from Elkhrn Ave and Downtown. There is a small grocery store/liquer store/gas station/laundry complex just a couple of blocks down the road toward the park, Coffee on the Rocks (excellent coffee and blended coffee beverages) is just a short distance toward town, The Sundecker Restaurant (excellent trout, the "fruits of the Forest" pie is awesome) and The Other Side restaurant are also very close by. There are a few shops, outfitters, and fishing suppliers right on 36 as well. We did see several mule deer and rabbits on the property. The river was running VERY high so I did not let the children get too close alone, but there were some seating areas down by the river.
The Cabin- our cabin had plenty of room for the 4 of us. It is decorated in a German Chalet theme. The living room had a fold out couch, television/dvd player (plenty of cable tv channels), and the wi-fi signal was strong enough for us to use the internet on our laptop with no problems. There was a large window over the couch that has a mountain view and you can also see the hot tub on he deck from his window.The kitchen area had adequate amounts of dishes, cups, utensils, pots/pans, silverware, etc. Housekepping changed the garbage bags daily. There was a 4 seater table and chair in the kitchen area with a large window that looked out over the deck and river. There are 2 bedrooms, 1 with 2 queen beds and 1 with 1 queen beds, both have nightstands, large closets with 5 or 6 hangers and chests with 4 drawers. Beds were firm but comfortable, pleanty of bedding available for the pull out in the living room. The bathroom is small but clean, the toilet and tub are separated from sink and mirror by a door, which helps with dressing. There were travel size ameneties and clean towels left daily.The deck is very large, has a side view of the mountains and a great view of the river. There is a picnic table with benches and a couple of chairs. The hot tub was very clean and easy to operate. I really like the lifter for the top so you don't have to struggle with getting the cover off, even my 8 year old could do it with no problem. There are extra large towels in the office that you can pick up for after the pool or hot tub.
There is no AC, but if you open the window and blinds and leave the ceiling fans running the cabin cooled off by nightfall, it was unusually hot for Estes while we were there, but there was always a breeze coming in from the river.
Overall- excellent cabin for a family of four, great location, well kept, housekeeping was excellent, loved the river and mountain views, LOVED the hot tub, and the owners/office staff were very friendly and helpful. I would reccomend Brynwood to anyone!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brynwood has theme cabins, motel and vacation homes at the mouth of Rocky Mountain National Park, one mile from Estes Park. Some cabins are right on the Big Thompson River, have fireplaces and private hot tubs. We have a heated pool, hot tub and wading pool area. We offer cleanliness, a home away from home atmosphere with free Wi-Fi. ... more less
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