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... and had an enormous burrito while enjoying listening to a hilarious conversation between two local cowboys. After lunch we headed for Grand Lake, and after being hailed on and rained on for the last 50 miles we were ready to stop. This is rather a tourist summer town, so we were not impressed to start with, but the rain and threat of more hail stopped us. We put the bike to bed safe and sound, dried out and went for a walk down town. The town is full ...
... foot tall peaks and the headwaters of the mighty Colorado River. Barb and I took a quick hike up a trail along the small stream which is the humble beginnings of the Colorado. The Park is practically empty, we pass just a few cars along the roads, and the trail was our own. Over the three mile hike we finally saw one gentlemen hiking in as we were hiking back out. In the summertime this area is packed with thousands of visitors..
... class. He continues to gaze out at the lake for a minute before trekking across the lake to get home. “Wow,” I say between giggles. “I just saw you at seventy-five.”
HANGING WITH ERIK
Just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park, we hit 2,000 miles for the trip, 80,000 total on the car.
We arrive in Dillon at Erik’s folks condo around 10:30 p.m. and hung with Erik for a while, catching up with our ...
... was really great. I highly and strongly recommend attending some when you visit any national park. Apparently, they have twice as many elk in the park as they should because there are no predators. Years ago, the wolves and bears were hunted to extinction in the area and the Indians who used the elk for a food source were also removed. More examples of humans upsetting the balance of nature – I think we’re finally starting to understand things now. ...
... us around a bend to some picnic tables near the lake and there I saw a big crowd of people, a lot of food and some balloons and flowers – our family and friends were waiting for us to celebrate this wonderful day! Having them there made what had already felt like a perfect day even more special. My dad had flown up from Florida, Jason’s brother and aunt and uncle were up from Texas – we had over 15 loved ones there to share the joy. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Gateway Inn Grand Lake
Customer service at the Gateway Inn was excellent. The rooms were beautiful. We love the log and antique furnishings giving this hotel a wonderful atmosphere. The food was good also.
Beautiful Room and Inn
The room was beautifully decorated, spacious and very comfortable. Staying at the Gateway Inn over the 4th of July was very fun. The view from the Inn's balcony was perfect for watching the renowned Grand Lake's 4th of July Firework's display . The inn was within walking distance to main street - for access to many different activities such as horseback riding, shopping, and boating. Would definitely recommend staying at the Gateway Inn.
My wife and I spent our 10th wedding anniversary at the Gateway Inn this last August. I feared there would be problems with our stay almost immediately when the person manning the front desk couldn't find our reservations for a frustrating period of time until he finally went and got someone who knew what they were doing. We soon discovered that the coffee maker in our room still had coffee in it left over from the previous party that stayed in our room. Later we experienced a shower head that was barely working, followed by a toilet that immediately stopped up without even putting any paper in it prior to flushing. When I went down to report these problems to the owener/manager he acted "put out" that he had to listen to me, which made me quite indignent. The problems were fixed. However, the next morning we discovered that houskeeping had not left any of the customery toiletries in our room ( shampoo, etc. ). The coffee for the room coffee maker tasted very mediocre no matter how we tweeked the measurements. The beautiful view of Shadow Mountain Lake is over a busy highway, through power lines, and over a mix of light commercial and municipal service buildings. Not the unspoined view that we were hoping for. On the positive side, the king size bed was very comfortable and the room was attractive enough. However, the Gateway Inn isn't close to being worth the price you have to pay. Go stay in a rustic cabin - Your money will probably be better spent and quite likely you'll have a better time.
We booked the Gateway Inn after viewing their website, and realized once we got there that we should have paid more attention, because although it is fairly accurately represented there, it was not what we were looking for. The homey "Come hibernate with us" motto with a sleeping bear was not a good indication of what the place was really like.
O.K. but not great
We travel to Grand Lake every year and throught we would try Gateway as it is new. A nice place filled with stuffed animals, very clean, but not close enough to the town or the lakes to walk anywhere. Our "premium" room, at a $140 per night (+$30 a night tax) had a partial view of the lake from a balcony that was tight for two chairs and was right above the kitchen fan which ran most of the night. Some road noise from the main street going into town which is right below the hotel. Room was O.K. but only had sheets and a heavy coverlet, needed a light blanket. Staff was busy talking to locals and offered little help. Did not use restaurant/bar as there was no separation between smokers and non and there were a lot of smokers. Overall O.K. but not worth the price.
Spent one night at the Inn on the way to the Rocky National Park - which is only about a 15 minute drive down the road. Grand Lake is a small resort- type town, probably busy in the summer but VERY quiet when we were there in mid May. Many shops and restaurants still closed prior to the summer season. We were allocated the Cowboy room - very quaintly done out in Western theme. The room was large, very clean with a nice bathroom and bathroom fittings/toiletries/towels etc. The bed was comfortable, but was 'noisy' when I turned over. Thought there might have been some sort of protective cover over the mattress. The room had a corner fireplace (very nice because it started snowing during the evening, so this made it very cosy) and a small fridge. We did not eat at the hotel so cannot comment on the food. My only gripe was that, although all the rooms are non-smoking, they did allow smoking in other areas - including the bar and reception area. Since the bar is adjacent to the dining/breakfast area I thought this might lead to a smokey dining room - which would not be pleasant. Apart from this one issue, I enjoyed my stay here and would come back again.
We stayed at Gateway Inn a couple of weeks ago and had a great time!
The hotel was new with the most comforable beds. The lounge and restaurant provided great service. Very clean. Grand Lake was much more enjoyable to us this time around. Thanks Gateway!
The Gateway Inn was a great place to stay. I have stayed in other hotels in Grand Lake and the Gateway Inn is my favorite. It is built to resemble a log cabin and exquisite log furniture is used throughout the hotel. Although it the decor looks and feels like a log cabin the hotel is modern. It was built a few years ago and has a long list of amenities that are usually found in much larger hotels. The staff was very friendly and went out of their way to make our stay pleasant. I cannot say enough about this hotel. If you are looking for a great place to stay in Grand Lake that will treat you excellent, I recommend the Gateway Inn.
We LOVED this hotel! We stayed in 9 hotels on our Colorado trip, and this was our favorite!
Clean and modern lodge in a quaint mountain town
If you're looking for a rustic mountain lodge experience but also want spacious and very clean rooms with modern amenities the Gateway Inn is for you. My husband loved the bar and lounge area. It was a little too smoky for the kids and me, but we had a great time playing board games (provided by the lodge) on the large back deck overlooking the mountains and lake instead. The kids also enjoyed the bunk beds in our room and even though we were right next to the bar/lounge we didn't have any problems with noise. The lodge is within easy walking distance to the town of Grand Lake and a short drive to the Rocky Mountain National Park. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Gateway Inn!