We stayed at the Coyote Mountain Lodge this Memorial Day weekend plus a couple extra nights. We were looking for a clean, safe, and quiet place to stay at the best rate we could find, and it definitely fit the bill. Ownership is in the process of remodeling the entire hotel, a couple rooms at a time (hopefully they won't raise rates when they're done - the hotel is a great value, but even the remodeled rooms are still very basic and pretty small).
We stayed in one of the two-queen rooms that had been remodeled a year or two ago (not one of their "vintage" rooms that haven't been touched yet, but also not one of their most recently remodeled rooms).
A few observations about our stay:
The room was very small, but clean.
The water temperature in the bathroom was VERY irregular. The shower would stay warm for 5 minutes, and then all of a sudden get freezing for 30 seconds, scalding for 30 seconds, and then go back to warm. Annoying, obviously.
There was a window air conditioner mounted in the exterior wall of the room, which was nice to cool the room off after getting back from a day of hiking in RMNP.
We didn't use it because it was late May, but the in-wall gas heater looked ancient, and the pilot light and controls were accessible in the room by simply opening a door on the heater. I'm very glad my 3 and 5 year old kids never had an urge to mess around with it.
The mattresses were about as basic as you'll see - very firm and you could definitely feel the springs when you woke up in the morning.
The bedroom and bath were both clean, and housekeeping did a nice job of light cleaning each day while we were out.
The front desk staff staff was very friendly, and gave us several good tips about places to eat.
The pool was not open. We were a little disappointed, as this was not conveyed to us when we made reservations in March.
Our room had a mini fridge and microwave in it, and picnic table outside, which was nice for having a quick meal in if neccessary.
Free coffee made fresh every morning, as well as granola bars, were available at the front desk. Bottled water (and soda, I think?) was also available to purchase.
The bottom line is, it was far from a stay at a Hilton (or even a Best Western, for that matter), but for the price, we obviously didn't expect that. Overall, we were happy with our stay, and would probably stay here again, provided the price doesn't go up once they're done with the remodeling.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- UPDATE: Thank you all for your feedback! We have recently completely overhauled and replaced our WiFi system with institutional-grade WiFi. It works amazing - come check it out! --------------------------------------- VOTED BEST BUDGET MOTEL IN ESTES PARK! If you're looking for the right place to stay in Estes Park that offers clean and comfortable rooms while not breaking the bank, then you've come to the right place. We are quite often priced at 50% below the price of our neighboring motels while still offering air conditioning, heated pool, hot tub and free Wi-Fi. If you're looking for the best lodging value in Estes Park then look no further and book early. We keep our prices low by selling-out quickly. We hope to see you soon and have you as our guest! --------------------------------------- Imagine resting and relaxing on your special vacation, enjoying the majestic peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park in the background. Coyote Mountain Lodge is the place to be enjoying the cool mountain breeze as you unwind from that day of hiking in the park. We are located on the north side of Lake Estes. We have 39 hotel rooms, hot tub, heated swimming pool, playground, grills, picnic tables, free wireless internet access and we offer complimentary coffee and other hot beverages in the morning for our guests. Coyote Mountain Lodge accepts pets and is a non-smoking facility. Upgraded rooms have microwaves and refrigerators. We have a banquet/reunion room that can hold up to 120 people. There is a large deck that overlooks the peaks of the National Park. Catering is available. Coyote Mountain Lodge is surrounded by activities for our guests to enjoy. Activities include boating and fishing on Lake Estes, golf, horseback riding, hiking, shopping, dining, putt putt golf, go carts, rafting, and visiting Rocky Mountain National Park with its 400 miles of hiking trails and awesome drives to the tundra on the top of the continental divide. When visiting Estes Park you will find that your visit is never long enough. We would love to have you stay with us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bighorn Mountain Hotel Estes Park
- Bighorn Mountain Motel