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Estes Park resides in Rocky Mountain National Park—the little town sits amongst a refuge for animals, and an overall striking landscape of mountains and tundras. Downtown is vibrant with delis, taverns and other delicious places to dine, while the small town ambiance can be felt through the locally run shops. No doubt, Estes Park is one of those towns that manages to blend seamlessly with nature. Estes Park Aerial Tramway takes you from the town to the top of Prospect Mountain for some of the best glimpses of the area. If you are coming to explore the great Rocky Mountains, then bunk up at one of the cozy inns or hotels in this serene part of the United States.
Blue Door Inn
The backdrop to this location is gorgeous, with clear, unobstructed mountain views. Walking to downtown is easy and enjoyable, with wildlife sightings being quite regular. Simple yet immaculate, the motel style rooms with views of the mountains outside your window are more than adequate, and the homemade bread at breakfast is just the cherry on top. When lit up at night, the Blue Door Inn is breathtaking, so try to sneak a peak.
The Ridgeline Hotel
Modern rustic is the typical style found at many establishments in Estes Park, and it’s fittingly wonderful. Highlights include a high ceiling indoor pool area with stone accents, a jacuzzi, and regular movies so you can swim and watch. S’mores kits are provided for nighttime campfires, and the restaurant nails killer burgers and fantastic cocktails. Not the only hotel in the park to lack an elevator, it’s a good opportunity to work those leg muscles. Should you need help with luggage, just ask.
Deer Crest Resort
An intimate riverside resort with lawn Adirondack chairs for relaxing outdoors, this resort is very warm and welcoming. Divided sleeping and lounge areas, fireplaces and kitchens are featured in the suites—wood planked ceilings with exposed beams and quilt bedding add a more personal touch. Popcorn, hot chocolate, movies and games are just some of the complimentary offerings, and the trolley stops right outside to take guests downtown.
Murphy's River Lodge
This log cabin lodge has wonderful river views—you couldn’t get much closer without actually being in the water. The skylit pool area also has an inviting hot tub, and simple, snuggly suites often feature balconies and fireplaces. Proximal to downtown, you can opt to enjoy a convenient, tasty free breakfast, or head to one of the quaint eateries in town.
The pool deck has excellent views of the mountains and is definitely the hotspot during warmer months. Overall the hotel is warm, rustic and an overall great deal in Estes Park.
Crafted with a Swiss alpine style, this place is simply precious. Guests gather by the fire pit at night to roast S’mores, which is one of the many lovely details of the inn. Employees even go the extra mile by packing snacks for guests to take on their daily journeys.
Silver Moon Inn
With a mountain rustic feel and a touch of Bavarian style, cozy fire pit nooks are nestled by the water with lounging swings and a playground for the kids. Warmly decorated bathrooms and bedrooms make for a comfy stay, and a small pool is accompanied by a large rock wall with trickling waterfall. The smell of free popcorn regularly wafts from the lobby and makes for a great hiking snack. Downtown is within walking distance, and an above average continental breakfast awaits daily.
Alpine Trail Ridge Inn
Unique touches have been added to every room, from wood floors, beamed ceilings to appropriately fitting wall paneling. We love that the pool is heated and that there is an on-site restaurant. Alpine Trail Ridge Inn is a stone’s throw from many key hiking points, and wildlife is often seen on site. Stay on a higher level for the best views!
Family owned charm, interesting architecture, yet classic rooms bring Maxwell a tad above your basic hotel. Stone accents and lots of cozy wood touches make the place simply beautiful. Walk along the riverside to downtown—this takes about 10 minutes. There’s handmade furniture and heated floors in the gorgeously tiled bathrooms—biscotti, coffee and a simple breakfast are also a part of your stay.
StoneBrook Resort on Fall River
StoneBrook Resort on Fall River is known for having multifunctional suites, private cabins and a sleek-yet-cozy aesthetic. Perfect for those wanting a little more seclusion than your average hotel, the prices come in pretty reasonable.
Maybe you’ve heard of a little book called The Shining? Or the movie perhaps? Well, this historic hotel inspired Stephen King to write the story. While the events of the book are totally fictional, the Stanley Hotel embraces their notoriety. Parties and ghost tours are hosted through the year, making this a cool, unusual place to stay in Estes Park.