Columbine Inn

Address: 2501 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, Colorado, 80452, United States | Hotel
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This hotel, located on 2501 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs, is near Phoenix Gold Mine, Echo Mountain Park, Van Eden Ranch & Retreat, and Steve Canyon Statue.
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      TravelPod Member ReviewsColumbine Inn Idaho Springs

      Reviewed by ducatisti

      Nice Place, Crazy Owner

      Reviewed Sep 22, 2012
      by (1 review) , United States Flag of United States

      This small motel is very nice looking from the outside and appears to have decent clientele. The room we looked at was well cared for, with new fixtures in the bathroom and plenty of poster art and other fluff on the walls. Bed looked old, but sheets were nice. Towels were very nice.

      So, why a rating of terrible? The owner kicked us out because he could not get his wifi access to work.


      After arrival and unpacking, I fired up my laptop and was able to log on to their network using the supplied password. My computer showed it was connected to their network, but the network was not connected to the internet. I've seen this before a hundred times (I do IT for the little company I work for, design and implement our company website, and also deal with anything computer related at home) and usually a router reset will solve the problem.

      I went to the front desk with my laptop and spoke to the owner's wife, who was unsure how to reset the router, her daughter knew a bit more and checked my laptop but also could not get connected. I asked if there was any way they could find out how to reset the router, and they went and asked the owner who came out and seemed to be happy to oblige.

      After waiting awhile in the office with still no internet access on my laptop, my husband arrived and stayed in the office talking to the owner's daugher while I returned to our room to get my smartphone. I figured I'd be able to trouble shoot the problem to see if it was my laptop or their system.

      I arrived back in the office to find the owner red-faced and yelling at my husband, saying there is nothing wrong with their internet service, that I didn't know how to run a computer, and that he did not want us staying in his hotel. I was shocked, as was my husband. The owner went on to say that my husband had been rude to the owner's wife (my husband had not even been in the office when the wife was there) and that was why he was kicking us out.

      We received a refund on our credit card, packed up, and left. Both completely stunned and embarrassed by this turn of events.

      A week later, after discussing the situation with each other and friends, we still couldn't figure out what we did wrong. Now, reading other reviews here and elsewhere, at least I realize it wasn't our fault, the owner is simply crazy and does things like this often.

      If there was any way to stay here but avoid the owner completely then it would be a 3.5 star location, but since there's no way to know what could set him off and get you kicked out, I'd avoid this place at all costs.

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

      Reviewed by feedtheneed

      NIce, cozy room

      Reviewed May 12, 2012
      by (17 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

      Sam greeted me today as I came in the office, knew who I was and was friendly and very helpful. The room was clean and very comfortable for the 3 of us.....Would recommend it highly and a good price.

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

      TripAdvisor Reviews Columbine Inn Idaho Springs

      4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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