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Murphy's River Lodge
Ranked #5 of 29 Hotels in Estes Park
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Evergreen, Colorado
1 review
“We will return to this destination, for sure!”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

My husband and six year old son and I spent the weekend in Estes Park, lodging in one of the creekside condo units at Murphy's River Lodge. Our accomodations were comfortable and charming. The full kitchen was well equipped and allowed us to enjoy the comforts of "dining in" with our little boy who still finds eating at restaurants more tedious than entertaining. The creek was lovely right outside our door and the walking path across the creek provided a scenic five minute walk into town. Every employee we interracted with, including the manager was pleasant and helpful and friendly. With a young child, we are compelled to swim, regardless of weather conditions, wherever we stay, so having an indoor pool was a nice thing to have on a cold and windy October weekend. This is a lovely lodging choice in a convenient location in charming Estes Park.

Room Tip: Creekside condo room was wonderful!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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MurphysLodge, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Thanks for your feedback !! We keep our pool warm so that the kids can really enjoy it.
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

We stayed at Murphy's the last weekend of October and had a great trip! It was a cold, snowy weekend in Estes Park so we called last minute and upgraded to a room with a fireplace without any troubles. The staff was very polite and our room was clean and ready when we arrived. We had a great stay, zero complaints. The town of Estes Park is great and Murphy's location is perfect. We hope to return on our next trip to Colorado. Very romantic setting!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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MurphysLodge, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Thanks for staying with us !!!! We always appreciate the positive feedback.
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

We stayed a week at Murphy's River Lodge the last week of September with our dog. This lodge exceeded our expectations. We decided to vacation with our black lab and were concerned about the cleanliness of the hotels that accepted dogs. However, the staff was VERY friendly and helpful over the phone while booking- probably the most I've ever talked to someone while booking a hotel room. When we arrived, our dog turned out to be too large for the crate they offer; they were more than accommodating, making sure that we knew it wasn't our fault and that they wanted us to enjoy our time there. Our room was very clean and comfortable! We were welcomed at breakfast each morning by Bruce. He remembered us each by name and was always interested in our plans for the day. He even invited us to Monday night football at the lodge! The lodge is convinently located within walking distance to downtown, which makes it easy with a dog. The walls may be a little thin, although I'm a VERY light sleeper; my fiance (and my dog) were never woken up. Definitely not any reason to turn this place down.

When we're able to return, we'll be staying at Murphy's!

Room Tip: River view rooms are worth it!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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MurphysLodge, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, October 28, 2012
Bruce does a great job with our free continential breakfast. He really enjoys visiting with people and is great at giving directions to all of the best places in Estes Park. Come back soon !!!
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

We purchased a living social deal to stay at Murphy's River Lodge for a few days and loved it! First, the room with the jacuzzi and the river view was excellent in the colder weather and provided an amazing view. We could run around Estes all day and come back to a luxurious soak! The location was also very close to town, less than a three-minute walk, which was incredibly convenient. The customer service was stellar; they let us extend our stay by another night at the last minute and took care of everything! We also enjoyed the free DVD rental that they had: they have a whole selection for people to borrow during their stay! Finally, we loved the huge Murphy's River Lodge rocking chair, we got a great picture on it, free of charge. Overall, I would recommend this location, especially considering all it offers and the higher prices of other hotels nearby.

Room Tip: Go for the river-view rooms, get the King jacuzzi room if you can!
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MurphysLodge, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, October 28, 2012
Thanks for the great review. Our location and staff are hard to beat! We really appreciate you taking the time to review us.
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Parker, Colorado
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

we stayed at the murphy's river lodge in mid oct for 2 nights in a "condo" with a full kitchen and king bed (very comfortable). it also had a sofa bed (not comfortable). service was good, they had a nice big community breakfast room with a large selection and big screen tv. their pool and hot tub were enjoyed! our condo was a bit cramped and outdated but cozy and functional. the kitchen appliances were very new and in good working order. only a very small table was provided so only 2 of us could eat at it. our family of 4 would probably return in the future, although we had used a dealchicken coupon so we ended up paying about $100 per night. normal pricing for that room is around $200 (not worth it).

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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MurphysLodge, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us. I did want to point out to you that the table actually has a door on the side of it that holds 2 more chairs so 4 people can sit down together. Thank you for your comment on our bed. We purchased the mattresses in 2011 from Sealy and paid extra to obtain a high quality bed for our guests.
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Gahanna, OH
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

I really enjoyed my stay at Murphy's River Lodge. I had a room with two double beds, which was spacious, nicely decorated and very clean. Bathroom was small, but I didn't mind. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was lacking, and I did not use the pool or any other amenities.

Best of all was the location. Just a few miles from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park one way, and downtown Estes Park the other way.

Loved all of the hummingbird feeders hanging around the property. I saw my very first Rufous Hummingbird there!

My TomTom GPS claimed to have found this property, but it took us to a totally wrong place. Luckily, google maps on my phone got us there.

Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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MurphysLodge, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Thanks for reviewing our Lodge. Your right about our location being so ideal and we appreciate you pointing it out. I feel that we have a excellent continential breakfast and I think we need to do a better job of making the public understand the difference between a Continential Breakfast and a Breakfast served by a Restaurant that can customize your order. Our regular continential breakfast is composed of Danish Rolls, Bagels, Muffins,Toast, Yogurt, 4 kinds of Cereral,Oatmeal, 2% Milk, Skim Milk, Soy Milk, Apple and Orange Juice, Coffee, Apple Cider and Fresh Fruit .
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Perrysburg, Ohio
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

This place is by far one of the best come backs in lodging! Newly remodled you couldn't ask for more. The employees make you feel welcomed and treat you as famly. The rooms have comfortable beds with a refrig and microwave. Being next to the river was an added plus. Close to town too!

Room Tip: I would advise spending a few extra dollars and getting a bigger room. We stayed in Rm 209. It was...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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MurphysLodge, Manager at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Thank you for noticing all of our improvements and my staff appreciates your kind words.
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Property: Murphy's River Lodge
Address: 481 West Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517
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Location: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Estes Park
#3 Business Hotel in Estes Park
#5 Romantic Hotel in Estes Park
#5 Family Hotel in Estes Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Murphy's River Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Murphy's River Lodge is located 2 blocks from downtown Estes Park and backs to the Fall River. Murphy's was remodeled in 2011 and has a reputation of having the friendliest staff in town. Your stay at Murphy's comes with free wifi,free breakfast,indoor heated pool and hot tub,20 River front rooms ,6 pet friendly rooms and several value rooms for our friends on a tighter budget. ... more   less 
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Murphy`s River Hotel Estes Park
American Wilderness Hotel
American Wilderness Lodge

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