Marriott's Mountain Valley Lodge at Breckenridge
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The day started with a trip to the Butterhorn Bakery for the girls and I. Amazing breakfasts!!! Brian had to get "back to work" after two days off. The kids and I explored a few parks in town. We took a ride to Loveland Pass and ended up walking around the outlets before crashing. A great, restful ...
... gorgeous white cloud formations and sun, sun, sun. It's about 85 degrees... perfect really. Once we checked into our beautiful hotel (the Tivoli), we parked the car for free at the local free parking lot in town and walked back to our hotel. WE have a grand room that faces the mountains. A little kitchennette, 2 queen beds, a huge bathroom, tv, etc.... just lovely. After washing up a bit, we headed ...
After leaving Scott's Bluff we headed North West back into Wyoming headed for Fort Laramie. All the way I could hear the tune of F Troop playing in my head. We crossed the Platte river seeing the historic Platte river bridge that opened up new avenues for the early settlers.
Around the corner we entered Ft Laramie, it was a lot bigger than we expected and it was not the wooden structure depicted in the TV series (funny that) Ft Laramie played a vital role ...
... a nature preserve behind them. From one of their decks you could also see the Gondola ride. This home has 4 levels and the garage is on the third. Our private suite was on the fourth and the main living ares on the second. Our hosts had just arrived from their larger Houston home yesterday so they were still checking out renovations made during the past 6 months. They expanded the kitchen and added a wine cellar. Fred is a collector and now has over ...
... hill on a set of skis!). Our log house, The River House, was gorgeous. Plenty of room for everyone - 3 floors (a whole floor for parents), a fab kitchen (never been in a rental with a Kitchenaid mixer and Le Cruset cookware) and a hot tub! Which played music! And massaged aching muscles! And was very hot! And was great with a glass of wine! Anyway, I want one :) Interestingly, it cost less than an apartment at Thredbo! Back to the skiing. Day ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Marriott's Mountain Valley Lodge at Breckenridge
Had a great time
We just got back from a week at Breckenridge. We couldn't have asked for better weather. We took the Colorado Mountain Express from the airport to the resort. It was a little over a 2 hour drive. Our check in was very quick and easy. We were pleasantly suprised at the size of our studio room with queen size bed, pull out couch and full kitchen. The room temp was fine, but the air was dry, so we rented a humidifier for $20/week. It was a must. Unfortunately, the mattress wasn't very comfortable, and sort of sank in the middle. Also, we like to sleep in a super dark room with black out shades, and the wooden blinds didn't allow for sleeping in. The location of the hotel is perfect. You could walk right to the ski lift in just a few minutes. The town shuttles made it really easy to get to the city market, which we bought groceries. Sign up for a city market card and get the immediate discounts on all the groceries. We enjoyed the restaurants in town, especially the pizza at Erics. We went on the snowshoe tour one of the days, which was a lot of fun as well as a great work out. We also did the country boy gold mine tour one day and that was really interesting too. Of course we hit the slopes and had a blast. The staff at the marriott was really friendly and helpful. We didn't have children, but those families that did, the kids seemed to have a blast doing activities like making smores and indoor snowmen. I'd recommend the Marriott Mountain Valley Lodge for your Breckenridge vacation.
Visted MMVL for a weekend of skiing and it was a perfect spot. Arrived the first week of December for four days. I had read the reviews and all seemd to be right on cue. The resort is in a perfect location. After riding the ski lift to the top, which is a two minute walk from our room, I skied from the slope right to the ski storage locker. I was given a free lock from the front desk to store my skis. The pond that the resort overlooks is where the city does the fireworks for the Lighting of Breckenridge. We could have sat in one of the four outdoor hottubs and watched the fireworks. The weather was very cold but luckly you can store your car in the undergound parking to keep it warm and out of the snow. Its just a short walk to Main Street and the center of town. We did not have time to take part in the provided activites but there seem to be plenty provided. This is a great place to stay in Breckenridge.
Visited this condo/hotel in late Fall - no snow but cold. Had a suite overlooking the stream and pond with a full kitchen. Everything worked. A short and scenic walk to 'downtown' which was well stocked with restaurants and gift shops. On the north side of the town (need a car or bike) is a fullservice food market and gas station. For a snack try Subway for sandwiches - about a block away. Swimming pool was large and well heated (outdoor).
My purpose in selecting Breckenride was its central location to many of the sights of Colorado and the Rockies. In several days I was able to cover most sites although it entailed a lot of driving up and down hills/mountains. I'd return to this lodge.
Wonderful Place to Stay
My wife and I travel frequently both in and out of the country. We decieded to escape the heat of summer and spent a week at this delightful Resort. It measures up to Marriott standards in every way and then some. The hotel is clean, the staff friendly and willing to do what it takes to make your visit a pleasure. We had a studio suite on the 7th floor and the view of the mountains was breathtaking. The blue river, really a mountain stream, was below us so you could hear the clear mountain stream all night, very comforting. The hotel sits right on Maggies Pond which is surrounded by shops and various places to eat. The town is delightful, old Victorian and all the stores and places to eat are within easy walking distance, in fact your right by them. No fast food places here, just lovely homes converted into shops and places to eat. The town is one of the nicest places I have ever visited. I would (and will) return again and stay at the Marriott. The outdoor pool is heated and was a pleasure in August, but I'm not sure about winter. I really cannot say enough good things about this resort. Do remember that not all rooms have mountain views so if thats important, ask for one. Otherwise, come and enjoy this lovely place. Oh, if you ski, the Super6 lift to the top on Peak 9 is right next to the resort!
Great Location, Bad Beds
We love Marriott Hotels and stay at them quite often. Mountain Valley Lodge has great location, fantastic views and easy access to main street shops and restaurants. Their staff is so friendly and courteous, they truly are commendable. So why the average rating, their beds are horrible! We had a choice of sleeping on a bed, sofa bed or a trendle bed. Basically, it was pick your poison. I often spend the night on the sofa, since I have a bad back and it was the softest. My husband slept on either the bed or trendle and woke up sore every morning. Come on Marriott! You have a fantastic hotel whose ratings are ruined by your beds. All three options (bed, sofa, trendle) need to be replaced!
Marriott was great, excellent location
We stayed at the Marriott for two weeks in January 2004 and had a great time. The studio room was clean, well appointed and very comfortable. The staff couldnt be better, as we found them always extremely helpful and knowledgable. The only downside was the rather long walk through the garage to the pool and hottubs, but this wouldnt stop us from staying there again. The location is premium, just walk over the footbridge across the pond and you are at the ski lift. Was also very convienant to downtown and mainstreet. We had a great time and would recommend the Marriot to our friends.
Best location in Breckenridge
This is an great condo at the base of the quicksilver lift. We have visited 3 times in summer and will be going for our first ski trip soon. Service is the standard at Marriott, and this place is no exception. My wife loves the location because she can walk 1 block and be in the middle of town. Lots of nearby restaurants, shops etc.
Breckenridge is incredibly beautiful and a great place to escape for a week or two.
The resort was very nice and the people working their were very accommodating.
We enjoyed our visit
Great location, Nice place to stay
This was our first trip to Breckenridge, CO and our second skiing trip. The Marriott Mountain Valley Lodge is in an excellent location (one of the reason's we booked this hotel) great views, the staff was very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the convenience of the ski storage and the short walk to the lifts and slopes and town. There are plenty of restaurants available within walking distance to the hotel. One in particular is the Quandry Grill, great food just beyond the swimming pool across from the fire pit. The one drawback we encountered is the bed in our room. The bed was very uncomfortable, at first we thought it was just the altitude that kept us awake the first night, but it came to the point that my husband had to sleep on the couch to get any sleep at all. The night before we left we noticed that there was a sheet on plywood between the mattress and box springs! I did complain to the manager and was told that they were in the process of remodeling rooms and this one had not been done yet. So before you spend your $200.00 a night on a room make sure you get one with new bedding! Overall it was a great trip - if you plan on doing any snowmobiling go to Tiger Run Tours and ask for Kevin to be you guide!
Over all a great experience
The location is great - right in front of Maggie Pond and a very short walk to the lift. The walk to the village is about 7-8 minutes out the back door, (very slippery to walk out the front door on the road). Take it easy the first few days - at 9,000 feet this is one of the highest base villages in the US. The top of the mountain is 12,000 feet, so you'd better be in good shape! First day ills often include headaches, shortness of breath and a light headed feeling. We visited the "O2 Lounge" oxygen bar which made a big difference for us, and we're in pretty good shape! You hang out there and breathe in pure oxygen laced with an aroma therapy of your choice. Highly recommended. We found the studio room we had tastefully furnished and the staff went out of their way to give us the top floor that had a cathedral ceiling and made the room feel larger than it was. I understand there are two sizes of studio rooms, so ask before you book. We were in the "downhill" building, which is closer to the ski locker but a few steps further to get to the pool and town. Since you'll be in a damp garage with wet hair after swimming, I'd ask for the other building, especially if you have children. The front desk staff was unbelievably knowledgeable, friendly and courteous. In fact they displayed a sign for having won an award for this aspect of their improvement. They allowed me to look at an empty one bedroom unit which I'm considering for my next trip. This was a good deal in that it cost just $30 or so more than the studio and comfortably sleeps 6 with 2 full bathrooms. In the living room there is both a pull out couch and a trundle daybed, which is the reason 6 can comfortably (though not privately) sleep. Good for a family. One comment is that the garage needs serious refurbishing! Usually I wouldn't care about the garage since I don't rent a car at ski resorts, but as it turns out this is main thoroughfare to everything and you will be there many times during an average day! It's the way to the ski locker, the swimming pool and the back way in to town. One other comment is that the maid staff, most of whom don't speak English, should be advised not to ram their big cleaning carts into the small elevator during "rush hours" like the morning ski time/check-out time. More than once this happened to me and it forces the guests to retreat into the corner of the elevator since carts can only fit in diagonally. This makes getting on-off a big hassle, not to mention the maid who kept pushing the cart hard when it wouln't budge and ran over my ski bag and foot! I mentioned this in the e-mail guest satisfaction survey the hotel sent me after my stay, so hopefully they'll correct this. Overall though, I must say this was a very enjoyable hotel experience, and I would return. Hope this helps anyone who is considering a visit!