DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge
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... long since we’d seen them.
Sandra suggested the Best Western just a walk away from the amphitheater and we enthusiastically trotted over, following her suggestion to meet for breakfast in the morning as a warmer alternative.
I don’t know if it was two days of cold, rainy weather, or being tired, or being tired of driving, but for the first time, as we settled into the hotel room, there were conversations of ...
... two lane dead end road that culminated at our hotel The Arrabelle. After my ten point turn, I finally got the RV turned around at the side of the hotel entrance. Then we all popped out of the RV like Cousin Eddy and family – frazzled and disoriented from all of the squeaking and banging during four hours in the RV, not well dressed to put it mildly and not especially clean. The bell staff took the whole scene in stride ...
... Navaho style:
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MY LITTLE CIRCLES
My little circles,
circle the big circle.
Through little circles,
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... down the mountain before we reached our goal. Still, it was breathtaking. We walked through fields of wildflowers. We noticed a few camping spots near this remote lake....maybe an adventure for next time? I need to upload photos from my camera from today. Just trying to log a summary of the day for our vacation ...
... steepness and we steadily climbed to an altitude of around 12000 feet, only halting occasionally to take in wonderful views of the valley that lay below.
View of the valley from around 12000 feet
Getting a better view!
At this height, we were well above the tree line and what stood in front of us was an ascent to the peak which had ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsDoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge
Bom, como o Beaver Run não tinha vaga, ficamos nesse, mas ele também ficava do lado da pista e do lift, e foi uma boa estadia.
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Historical Traveler Reviews DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge
I arrived at the Great Divide Lodge on Sunday the 7th of March. Upon first glance it looks like every other hotel in the area, but it isn't.
Upon walking in the door I noticed an enormous fireplace with sitting areas placed on each of its three sides. In it's main sitting area there were snacks such as granola bars for anyone to eat, and the bar was located about 20 feet away; easily accessable for a quick drink.
When I arrived at my room on the third floor I walked out on the balcony and was taken away by the beautiful view. On the 3rd day my friends and I had discovered that we had left the do not disturb sign on the door, so we had no towels. I called the front desk and a kind voiced young lady answered the phone. I made my request for towels and they were brought up at that very moment, there was no waiting as there is in other hotels that I have stayed at in the past. There was also a ski storage area, a parking garage, a small game room, and a ski rental shop in this hotel. However, there was one thing that impressed me very much about this hotel. If you are over 25 years old, they will let you drive their house cars around town free of charge. You may be wondering what their cars are, right. They are BMW 330i's, BMW X3's, and some BMW wagon's. If you decide to take a trip to Breckenrige, you have to check this place out, it is well priced and convenietly loacated.
Premium Price for Below Premium Service
Before reading keep in mind that all the below were charges incurred once we arrived. They were not disclosed to us. First, they charge you to park in their undersize garage. If you drive a compact car it's fine. But majority of people going to the high country have SUV's and ski racks. It made for a really tight squeeze and the price to park was $12 per night! Second, you are charged $.75 for every local call you make. Which you tend to make alot because you need to order dinner after a long day of skiing or for a quick lunch. You may ask, "Why not order room service?" Well, that leads me to my third qualm. You dial room service and sit on hold for 5 minutes, call the front desk to make sure they are open, sit on hold for another 5 minutes then place your order and wonder if something is going to be wrong with your food because you had to really push someone to make an order. Also, count on your room service tray staying in the hall for at least 24 hours!
Finally, If you want to stay someplace where you can enjoy a nice large hot tub that's made for more than 3 people we recommend Beaver Run. We thought we would try someplace new this year but we will return to Beaver Run next year. They offer the only TRUE ski in/ski out access!
Convenient but dingy
We have just returned from a weekend at the Great Divide Lodge where we celebrated our first wedding anniversary. We had a fantastic time in Breckenridge but would not stay at this hotel again. Although the staff were very pleasant and the location very convenient for the slopes, the rather scruffy interiors were not what we were led to expect from the hotel's own website. Our room on the tenth floor was small, stale-smelling, and, in parts, dirty. The bathroom was dark and outdated and using it was not very pleasant. Okay for a cheap weekend of skiing but certainly not the place to go for a special occasion.
It's appropriate for skiing....but...
The reviews listed prior to my visiting the Great Divide Hotel were overrated. The hotel is "just o.k.". I really would have been disappointed if I had to spend any quality time there. But since we were gone most of the time, it was adequate. Also, regarding the hot tubs/pools, only do it IF you want to swim with 1,000 kids in tow.
Conclusion: a high-class Holiday Inn....
The Great Divide was a great hotel. The location was very convenient to the slopes. We had a huge room with 2 king beds (even though they said they would be queen). We had an awesome view of the slopes with a wet bar and refrigerator. The decor was nice and so was the staff. They have a shuttle that is available on demand - be prepared to wait a while if you use this service. I would definitely stay there again!
Will check out other places
I stayed here this past Jan. (04) and wasn't real impressed. Though it is convenient to get to the lifts and you can rent your skis right there at the premise, I guess my expectations might have been too high.
I went with a senior high youth group that was very well behaved. The staff must have had some problems in the past with other groups as they were very hard on us about being in our rooms by 10:00 p.m. Other groups staying there were in the halls yelling and screaming and were extremely rude. They told us their curfew was at 11:00 p.m. So we had to listen to lots of nice late in the night because of thin walls. Our waiter in the restaurant was rude, it took over 1 and 1/2 hrs. to get food, and it was just an all-around depressing stay. I only say this so you'll be aware of what it is like.
It is very convenient to local restaurants and shops, so you can walk.
I just have to believe better exists out there. We went there because that's where our church always goes. There was food and trash under our beds left from previous visitors. I understand that they recently changed management. So, maybe it'll get better??? Hope so.
Huge rooms and great location
Friendly staff. Everything was easy - on one main floor. I might come back here next spring or summer for my company's meeting. Our room was big, clean and had the bonus of a frig plus a wetbar. We walked to town. We had room service for breakfast one day and it was good also.
We visited Breckenridge for four (4) days at the end of July, 2003.
Before booking a hotel, we had looked at the reviews of previous travelers to the area. We decided that the Great Divide looked like it would meet our needs, and we weren't disappointed.
Although one of the reviews we read had said that overall lighting was poor, and we found that to be true, it was a very minor problem. Our room was huge and well appointed. We had expected a couple of queen-size beds but were pleasantly surprised to find two, very-comfortable, king beds. The rest oif the furniture in the room was oversized and made it very easy to stow away our things.
We were surprised to find that the room was not airconditioned, but the hotel did provide a couple of box fans, and the room was only slightly stuffy for a few hours in the late afternoon. Temperatures cooled off nicely at night and we slept comfortably.
The restaurant in the hotel was very good. Breakfast was delicious, and the pizza we had for dinner one night was huge and bubbling-hot.
The only real complaints we had iwere that the selection of TV channels was very limited and not kid-friendly enough for our son and the functioning of the ice machines located near the elevators can best be described as hit-or-miss.
Overall, a very nice hotel at a very good price.
Completely acceptable, with a few faults
Get a room on the 7th floor or BELOW to avoid a very annoying elevator change. Parking is an additional $12/night. On-premise ski check is nice (and free). Rooms are well-appointed, but not particularly noise-proof. Ours had a comfy king bed and refrigerator. About a 5 minute walk to the lifts, location is good -- and if you can get a web-discount as we did it's very reasonably priced. We paid $260 for two nights and that INCLUDED a two-day lift ticket. There was a problem with the reservation originally, but the front desk staff was very, very helpful and happily fixed something that was not their fault. This speaks volumes for the guy, and hopefully the whole staff is like this.
Here's my review of the Great Divide:
1. I was really psyched when we checked in because the place looks awesome. Huge fireplace in the lobby, lots of people around, great atmosphere. However, I was told to park my car in the garage, take the elevator from the garage to the 7th floor and then change to an elevator to get to the 9th floor. The only problem was the elevator in the garage was out of service so we would have had to carry all of our bags up 7 flights or stairs to get to the next elevator. No way. We went back to the front desk and they gave us another room in the South tower without a problem. The problem was, we were now in a smoking room when we asked for a non-smoking room. The towels, comforter, sheets, pillows, everything smelled like smoke.
2. The layout of this place is horrible. That elevator change is awful. The 2 elevators are probably 20 - 30 yards apart (with luggage it seems like 100 yards). If you stay here, try to get a room on floors 1 - 6.
3. The hallways are very narrow and the lighting is dim. I really didn't feel all that safe staying there.
4. The pool, the outdoor and indoor jacuzzi's, the workout room, the sauna are all AWESOME!!
5. The staff at the Breck Pub was very helpful. I ordered coffee and bagels to-go coffee one morning and they were happy to help me out (considering it's not really a take out place). I was also able to get a bottle of wine to-go one night for the room without a problem as well. He even gave us wine glasses!!
6. The location is GREAT! It's right across the street from the lift. It's basically ski-in, ski-out.
7. I would recommend renting ski's from the rental place in the hotel (...), the staff is very helpful, they have decent skis, the prices are reasonable and you can't beat the convenience.
8. The walls and ceilings in the rooms are paper thin. You can easily hear the "action" next door. I'm not kidding either, my girlfriend was dead asleep and was woken up by the screaming of "the girl next door". Actually, the guy was screaming too. It was the first time I've ever heard that.
You can also hear the people walking across the floor above you. This was a huge bummer for us because we live in a condo and we CONSTANTLY hear our neighbors banging around upstairs. That was the last thing I wanted to deal with on vacation.
Aside from that, the room was awesome. It was huge, nicely decorated, clean carpet, windows that you could open, a separate bar area, nice chair with ottoman, nice table w/chairs.
9. What the??? A box fan AND a humidifier in the room!!! AWESOME!! I'm a huge fan...ahhhm....er..."fan" so I was psyched to see that. I only wish we found the humidifer before our last day there. You definitely want to crank that thing up, the air is extremely dry.
10. $12 for overnight parking. Yikes. I thought that should have been included in the room fee.
11. The guys at the concierge were extremely helpful. They helped us pick a restaurant in village and they even drove us there in the van!! They also offered to pick us up so we could let loose a little.
12. Not hotel related but...if you are traveling during the winter, I highly recommend getting a 4X4 for your rental car. We had a 4 cylinder Focus which wasn't the best car for driving though the mountains. The inclines are steep, the roads are winding and if you hit snow, you'll be glad you paid the extra for the 4X4.
I guess that's it. I took the time to write this because reviews like this are invaluable when you're looking for a place to stay in a town that you have never been to. Please take the time and submit your review after your trip!!