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“Excellent friendly service” 5 of 5 bubbles
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River Spruce
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De Soto, Kansas
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Excellent friendly service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

Hospitality and delightfully friendly service. River Spruce cottages are quaint, family friendly, neat as a pin. Our family of 4 was comfortable in the studio cabin Lil' Twig. Wendye even brought extra sleeping mat for our son who didn't want to sleep in the bed. The breakfast muffins were awesome. River view is gorgeous. We plan on staying here again!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Pasadena, Texas
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

We stayed in Sunshine. Beyond beautiful outside. Interior of cottage was very nice.

Highest rating!

Room for improvement (did not impact rating) - There is A/C; however, it was controlled by someone who lives on the property. It was off most of the time which made the first night very difficult to sleep. River Spruce loaned us a fan which helped some. Recommendation - Ask to borrow a fan or bring your own. Next time, we will bring our own.

Room for improvement (did not impact rating) - The kids stayed in the cottage with us; however, had to go through our bedroom to use the bathroom. Did not really allow the parents any privacy during the trip. Plus, the bathroom door is missing completely. There is a door leading to the bathroom but with no lock.

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They served warm breakfast bread each morning and delivered a basket to our door. The cottage had a fully equipped kitchen. The river that flowed through was so relaxing and nice to watch and listen to.

Overall, the trip was great for the family.

I'd say that this would be perfect for couples without kids. Fine for families / friends. Just okay for business or solo (because you really need to share this time with someone.)

A hot tub is available at some but not all of the cabins.

BOOK EARLY! This is a popular destination and books up fast.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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 Scott B
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Kansas City, Missouri
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

We spent 2 nights here during spring break. One night was spent in TomTom and the other in the big 3 room cabin. We enjoyed both, but the big cabin was chilly after the sun went down, it being March. But Wendye & Shelly came over with space heaters which helped alot. TomTom was the better cabin, with a wood burning stove and hot tub on the river. The places were clean with well stocked kitchens right on the river. My only complaint: they don't allow dogs, which is why we haven't been able to return here, as much as we'd like.

Room Tip: Tom-Tom is the best, but also books up quickest
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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41 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

Wow folks, I just can't say enough about how Shelly and Wendey have made the most amazingly restful place by a river so irresistible to be at. The hot tubs are just perfect for each cabin. I love the Dreamcatcher cabin. Private, quiet, peaceful and oh man, the wild turkeys and wild game wandering around was so unreal! I have to say, the best place for couples or even family to be at. Very close to everything in Estes Park. Very sweet when you wake up stretch out on the porch and find a fresh batch of sweet bread in a basket each morning. A must stay place for sure!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Thank justusone
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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32 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

Your stay here will be well worth it!! We stayed in the Tom-Tom over Thanksgiving weekend and we loved it. We've stayed in other cabins and our 2 boys (13 & 11) said they liked this one A LOT better. "Cozy" was the word they used. Being right next to the river was great, the location is great, the grounds are very well maintained, owners are a wealth of info....there's just nothing bad to say about this place. I see others have commented that they thot the owners were 'overbearing' about the fire precautions. WELL, wouldn't you be if it were your property!! They talked to us and we were not at all offended! The fresh bread delivery each morning was the best thing of our morning. We waited impatiently to see Wendye walk our way! :-) The hot tub is in a very convenient place and we used it often. Trust me, you will NOT be disappointed to stay here. I hope to see them again next year. THANKS for a great time!!

Room Tip: The Tom-Tom is a very good choice for a family of 4 and if you like being right next to the river.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Evesham, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

We stayed here in June, just at the time the fires were raging! The cabins (Tom Tom & Dreamcatcher) were clean and comfortable as were the beds. They were well equipped with everything you need for a self catering stay. The cabins which appear attached are only by the bathrooms, the bedrooms being totally separate - we had a couple with a baby next to us and didn't hear a peep. But, you don't come to an area like this to sit in your cabin. And here's the biggest plus - the river is just outside your door with all the furniture is there to make it a wonderful experience. Estes itself was really busy so it was wonderful to drive a couple of miles up the road to this little haven.
During our stay we went to a Mountain Man talk just up the road at the YMCA - it was excellent. Another good trip was the Old River Road and on up to the mountain summit.
I can only repeat what others have said about Wendye and Shelley - they were wonderful hosts and were very concerned re our onward safety due to above fires. After leaving, we did see lots of damage on our tour around Colorado and passed through several fire areas, but managed our itinerary as planned. Thanks again to both of you.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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 Candice2205
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Merriam, Kansas
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

I can't say enough about River Spruce and the owners, Shelley & Wendye. This place is absolutely perfect! Right on the Big Thompson River, you can walk right out your door to your own picnic table, firepit, & adirondeck chairs right on the river. We stayed in the Thunderbird cabin and it has all of the amenities of home with the stocked kitchen. This is a great way to save some money and cook dinners in the cabin. Breakfast is taken care of when a happy knock on the door each morning signals a basket of freshly baked sweetness hanging right outside your cabin door. I don't know which one is the baker but she has some fabulous recipes and skill! The River Spruce is a perfect distance away from the Beaver Meadows entrance to the park and downtown Estes. There is also a great restaurant/tavern just down the street called the Rock Inn Mountain Tavern. I would definitely recommend River Spruce to anyone that asked and can't wait to book another trip so we can return and enjoy the warm hospitality and peace that River Spruce gave us.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: River Spruce
Address: 2334 State Highway 66, Estes Park, CO 80517-8330
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Location: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 77 Specialty Lodging in Estes Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Leave your cares behind and embark on an adventure in nature when you stay at River Spruce. You are treated to the best of both worlds: the oneness and beauty of the outdoors with all the comforts of home. Relax in your private hot tub by the river or roast a few marshmallows over the fire pit in front of your cabin. This is a place to truly relax, reflect, and renew your spirit. ... more   less 
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