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“Fun and Funky” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Discovery Lodge
Ranked #10 of 29 Hotels in Estes Park
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Evergreen
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fun and Funky”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

We stayed at the Discovery Lodge for 2 nights in December. They are open all year round! We had a room on the end of the upstairs main lodge. It had a king size bed, all log furniture, a small fridge, tv of course, dresser, closet, small bay window with two comfy chairs and a table overlooking a part of Lake Estes. It had a small balcony with two chairs, but too cold for us to use that....would be extremely pleasant in the spring, summer or fall. Rebecca was delightful and very helpful. Teddy the dog is also a delight - he will fetch tennis balls and bring them back to you, all in the reception area. He can hold two at once in his mouth! The reception area has games, books, a rocking chair, comfy sofas. A wonderfully welcoming place. There is a play area down from the reception building and more rooms which are open in the main seasons. Also a horseshoe area and gazebo, and a fishing pond which is stocked. We had a great time and will definitely go back.

Room Tip: Loved the room on the upper floor for its views.
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  • Stayed December 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Michele O
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Discovery_Staff, Front Desk Operator at Discovery Lodge, responded to this review, January 19, 2013
Aw! Thanks for writing us such a nice review! Maybe next time you come out it will be spring or summer and you can take advantage of the balcony. I'm so happy to know that I was of some help to you all! Teddy sure had a good time with you! :D
It took him a while to teach himself how to get 2 of those tennis balls in his mouth at the same time, but he was determind and sure enough, he now can. haha!
Glad to hear you all had such a great time here staying with us. Let us know when you'll be coming back! Look forward to it and thanks again! Take care!
Rebecca
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

We have stayed at this hotel several times. This is the first time we have had a poor experience. The front desk staff are very friendly but not able to help with the problems we encountered. Our room, 301, had a sleeper sofa which turned out to be so uncomfortable sleeping in the floor was preferable. Additionally, the heat in the room did not work and it was very cold outside. A space heater was provided for our use and it kept the room from being freezing, barely.
At no time were we offered the opportunity to switch rooms.
I understand renovations are to be done soon and I hope the heating system is upgraded.
I will consider staying here again but will thoroughly check the room to make sure everything works before settling in.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MtnTwin
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Discovery_Staff, Front Desk Operator at Discovery Lodge, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
Thanks for your business and taking the time to write us a review. I do aplogize for the heater not working as well as it should. We had recently had it worked on, so it should not have been having any issues. I am also sorry the pull out was not up to your standards. We are more than happy to provide any extra bedding you may need at anytime. I understand your concerns and I am very sorry that we did not have an open room that would have been accodmidating for you and your family. We just want everyone to have a great experience in Estes Park, whether be with us or not. Thank you so much again for taking the time to write us this review. Take care!
Rebecca
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Evergreen, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012

I have stayed at the Discovery Lodge twice and will again next week. It is a clean and comfortable establishment with a very friendly staff that are very helpful - I have had the pleasure of visiting with David, Rebecca and Jessica who have helped me with various requests.
Additionally, this is a very competitively priced hotel for the area, so if you happen to be on a budget this is definitely the place for you.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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3 Thank TravellingCzech
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Discovery_Staff, Front Desk Operator at Discovery Lodge, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
Thanks so much for the review! Everyone here says hello and thanks too! I'm sure we will see you again. We really appreciate you coming back everytime. Take care and see you next time!
Rebecca
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Ozark, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

Stayed there this fall and absolutely loved it. There is no better location in town then the Discovery Lodge. The wildlife and views are amazing. We love staff and how kind they always are to us. This is such a great getaway place!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank LUVCORMNP
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Discovery_Staff, Front Desk Operator at Discovery Lodge, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
Thanks for making us your get away spot! That's so nice of you to take the time to write us a such a nice review. We really appreciate your business! Hopefully we will see you all again very soon. Glad you enjoy the views...we do too :)
Thanks again and take care!
Rebecca
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Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

Booked this place last minute because it was the most affordable, had a hot tub, and was close to town. Rebecca, the manager, was awesome! She was extremely friendly offering tidbits on the local hot spots and restaurants (including discounts). Additionally, it was a slow night so she took the liberty of upgrading us to a room with a huge balcony, fire place, and when we asked where the hot tub was she said she would make sure we were staying right next to it.

The place wasn't empty, by any means, as we saw others going into their rooms - so I think it's more than just a slow night that they do this.

The pond is cool and there's wildlife everywhere in Estes so that was fun. The room had a nice flat screen tv on a swivel on the wall hooked to a DVD player. So it was nice to be able to watch a movie in front of a fire while sitting on the in room futon. Then climb into bed and see the tv from there.

Accomodations, amenities, and staff made this a great stay. Since I'm from Denver I'll be making this a perfect runaway for me.

Room Tip: The fireplace was very nice, particularly with the ambiance of the mountains. So request that.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank JFoShizzle
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Discovery_Staff, Front Desk Operator at Discovery Lodge, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
Thanks so much for writing us such a nice review! Glad you enjoyed the upgrade! I had a feeling you guys would enjoy it. We were not that busy that night actually so it was no problem at all. 312 is my personal favorite too. We hope to see you again, we will be here! Feel free to request 312 next time too. We have other suites that you can try too. Thanks again for the review and take care!
Rebecca
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Campton, New Hampshire
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111 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

I stayed at Discovery Lodge for $49 per night in early November and thoroughly enjoyed the off season quiet of Estes Park and the RMNP. My room 202 had a large shared balcony with a table a chairs. The view of the pond was barely obstructed by a few trees but I was able to see the elk swimming one afternoon at sunset and got some great pictures. It looks like they are doing some remodeling of rooms in the 300 building across the parking lot. I sat on the balcony and enjoyed the quiet and sun of unusually warm week after my early morning trips into the park. The office opens at 8am to serve coffee during the winter season. Within walking distance to town along a well marked walking/bike path.

Room Tip: Rooms 202 and 203 have AC and share a large balcony- shower only-queen bed and very quiet.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tish's Travels
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Discovery_Staff, Front Desk Operator at Discovery Lodge, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
We really appreciate you taking the time to let us know how your stay was. 202 and 203 are very popular. They do have a shared balcony that is perfect for couples or familys that want to stay close, but then have their own privacy. Glad you enjoyed it and were able to catch the elk! They seem to love it here too. :)
Thanks again for your business and this nice review. We hope to see you again in the future!
Take care!
Rebecca
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Wichita
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50 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

My husband and I have stayed at Discovery Lodge a total of three times now. As I mentioned in my last review, we were very pleased with the politeness of the staff and we planned to vist again. Well, we did and it was even better! They had done some remodeling since we were last there so we were excited to see the changes. The room we had was very spacious and nicely decorated. Just enough knotty pine to be quaint but not so much that you feel like you're living inside of a tree ; ) The bathroom had been remodeled and was very nice as well. We used the hot tub again and it was just as good as we remembered it. Highly recommend for the location, the value and the NICENESS of the staff!

Room Tip: We stayed on the lower level, just below the office. Can't remember the room number but it was f...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Katherine F
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Discovery_Staff, Front Desk Operator at Discovery Lodge, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
Thanks for coming back 3 times in a row! We are glad to have you!!! Also, thanks for taking the time to write us these reviews. Glad to know you enjoyed your stay ... again! We love repeating guests! We do remodeling every winter. So when you come back, look for something new I'm sure! :)
Thanks again and we hope to see you again soon! Take care!
Rebecca
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Property: Discovery Lodge
Address: 800 Big Thompson Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517
Location: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Estes Park
#11 Romantic Hotel in Estes Park
#12 Family Hotel in Estes Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Discovery Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Discovery Lodge. We are within walking distance of downtown Estes Park Colorado. Although we are located near downtown, the views of the Rocky Mountains are clearly visible and some of the best. Here at the Discovery Lodge you are located just 10 minutes from the Rocky Mountain National Park. ... more   less 
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