Greer Lodge Resort & Cabins
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Early Motorcycle Destination
The wife and I had some unexpected time off at Spring Break this year so we decided to add a night at Greer in the Greer Lodge to the end of a long weekend in Tombstone and riding to the Chiricahua mountains. Had a great ride up highway 191 (the road was virtually empty) and the 60 miles of curves from Morenci to Alpine was amazing with the light traffic load.
We stayed at the Lodge in the main building, second floor in the Elk Pass room. We had a good dinner (a little pricey) and then enjoyed some of the best sleep we had had in many nights in the absolute quite and stillness. We were here when many were up skiing at the ski resort, so we did draw some attention on the big Harley cruiser. But we have weather gear and heated seats and handlegrips, so it was not unbearably cold. We waited till nearly noon to leave town (no problem with a late checkout) so the sun was high in the sky and rode past the ski resort on our way to Showlow. What a kick!
Overall an excellent location, but make sure you know what you are getting before you arrive. They own a half dozen properties and some are NOT the quality of the main lodge.
Ruined New Year's Eve
After spending many months researching the best place to bring in the New Year for a group of 4 families, we decided on Greer Lodge and Spa. Beautiful pictures and descriptions of a family friendly New Year's Eve sold us on the place. Unfortunately, the true picture wasn't place on their website.
I will start with the cabins. We all rented one of their rustic cabins, which was formally Big Ten Cabins. They are very old and small and they all had very dirty carpet but overall the beds were fine and served our purpose. One thing that was not mentioned when we made our reservations was that not all cabins have a TV, while others have Direct TV. Unfortunately, the one cabin without TV was the cabin with an older couple that just wanted to watch football while everyone else went skiing.
Now the worst part....the restaurant. When we made our reservations and again when we checked in we asked if there was going to be a kid's menu for the New Year's Eve dinner, and both times we were told that there would be one. Only to discover when we arrive for our 7:00 reservation that "No, there was not a children's menu." There were only 5 entrees and they started at $28.00. Of course, since Greer is a very small town, we had no choice but to stay. Well, we should have run when we could. From the minute we started ordering we were told they were running low on their entrees. (Mind you, this was a 7:00 reservation...NOT late!) Our first course was soup, which was suppose to be Lobster BIsque, but ended up being Cream of Mushroom soup because they had already run out of Lobster BIsque. (Our waitress told us many times that we had Lobster Bisque and they just cook it different. Yeah.) Next were the salads...which they didn't ruin. Now our entrees, oh my gosh, the prime rib ($38) all came to our table as a raw, thin, fatty piece of meat. (The general manager couldn't even recognize what it was!) The beef wellington ($48) had dough around it....not a "flaky crust". The only edible meal was the salmon, which we had the last of, and the chicken. Most of us didn't even eat dinner because all they would do is put the meat in the microwave to try and cook it. Finally, the general manager, who was busy fielding many more complaints for other tables, gave us a discount. This really didn't help when our New Year's dinner was ruined. (Oh..the final course, dessert, well, you guessed it, they ran out!)
I wouldn't expect this time of meal at Denny's much less a "quality" resort that charged very high prices.
So, if you are eating in Greer, go to Molly Butler's. We went there the night before and the service and food was WONDERFUL and reasonable in prices.
Good News and Bad News
We were looking forward to a quiet, back to nature getaway in luxury surroundings, based on talking with the reservations staff in advance prior to our arrival. And the pictures on the web site looked fantastic, so it had to be true, right???
The Bad News: First, there was construction noise right below our room, since they were building additional cabins next to the main lodge. That's OK, but just tell me first on the phone prior to my arrival, so I can make a choice if I will still book the room. If you offer me a discount, and I take it, knowing that there will be noise, that's my choice. Omitting the info from prospective customers will not make them happy after they drive all that distance to get there. Then we were lied to by the receptionist about the length of time the noise would continue. "They stop work at about 3 p.m. " is a lie when they keep working till after 6 p.m. We asked for another room, but there were none available, except right next door, facing the same way. Not to worry! There is an air conditioner for the room, so we don't have to keep the window open. (Room was very hot and stuffy upon arrival). The small A/C unit was, as promised, noisy enough to drown out the construction noise, but was inefficient in cooling the room until about 3 a.m. As a matter of fact, the temperature in the room kept increasing all evening. And we did have the window open to assist the A/C in cooling the room down. It was very cool outside, just not in our room. So there we were in the middle of an alpine paradise, but we were sweating it out in our room on the 3d floor the majority of the time. We are not picky folks, nor are we accustomed to going to 5 star resorts. But the prices here indicated a level of hotel quality that would at least have adequate cooling of rooms. I think the lodge's pricing is too high for what you get. Dining on-site was convenient, but over priced. Food was ok, not great. (We're also not picky eaters either. ) Back in the room, I saw what I thought was a toy of some sort in a basket near the window, but it turns out that is was a very narrow metal ladder to fling out the window in case of a fire. No smoke detectors were observed in the room, which was totally constructed of knotty pine. The steps leading up to the 3d floor are very narrow and steep, which make hauling up suitcases quite an adventure, and can't imagine evacuation in that old, wooden building down those steps during a fire. The room itself was spacious, but there were 2 large posts (floor to ceiling) in the middle of the room near the beds. We had to use our cell phones as night lights, so we wouldn't bang into those posts if we got up in the middle of the night. They were located right in the walk area between the beds and the bathroom! And the bathroom had a huge step(not a normal step) down from the bedroom area, so again, the cell phones' light helped to avert a potential disaster.
The Good News: The setting of the lodge is beautiful, with wild life nearby. At least a dozen deer showed up near the property, which were visible from the lodge's back deck. There are hiking trails near the lodge, as well as large chairs to just take in the scenery. The historic lodge (building) itself is beautiful and the first floor interior is well appointed. The rooms also are well furnished and clean. Beds are the Westin Heavenly Beds, so are very plush. There is a Bose stereo to listen to with CD's provided. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the people are friendly.
Recommendations: 1. Ask about construction and noise when you call to make a reservation, since there is potential for more future buildings on the grounds. 2. During the hot summer months, ask for a room on the first (ground) floor if possible, not just for convenience, and for more comfortable,cooler temps, but also for fire safety. The whole place is made of knotty pine. Where are the smoke detectors? And on the 3d floor, the only emergency exit is out your window! (My brother has been in a hotel fire, so I am not being paranoid--they happen more than you know, and there should be fire codes in place. ) 3. Try to get some dinner recommendations for reservations at some other places in Greer. We took the easy way out, by eating right at the lodge, and we paid the price. The whole experience for us was very pricey, and we didn't even get a good nights' sleep. So much for the heavenly beds when it's 90 degrees in your room! I think you can get more value for your money elsewhere, such as the Red Setter Inn, which is off the main road. Also I think there are more convenient, closer-in locations than Greer, that can offer you similar alpine getaways. Driving an hour or 2 less distance from Phoenix or other AZ cities means more vacation time, less driving time. Check the web and do more research than we obviously did.
Historic Lodge Just So So
We stayed in one of the brand new units. Spacious but not remarkable. The area has trout fishing and hiking but beware of mosquitoes. We did not like the restaurant food; it was average at best.
Awsome lodge-great people
My wife and I stayed there last Christmas time and the lodge was absoutly stunning. The decorations in the loby were wonderful. We ate breadfast and dinner and the food was excellant along with the service. We had a room on the lower level that had a 2 person spa, great bed and plenty of room. No phone, TV but a great little Bose stero and nice selection of CDs. We are going back in July to escape the summer Phoenix heat and can't wait. Thanks to the staff for a great time.
Oh my Gosh!!
What a beautiful place! It was like Heaven on Earth!! We stayed in the Mountain Desire room and wanted to take it home with us. The staff was very, very friendly and extremely helpful with information about the area. The restuarant was awesome. We had the bacon wrapped filet and it just melted in our mouths. If you want to get away, you have to go to this place!! Plus they had live music which was great. The only negative was our third floor room didn't have a hydro tub like the first floor rooms.
Wife and I stayed there last weekend - the hotel and the furnishing are beautiful as is the scenery. We stayed in one of the rooms on the top floor - "Mountain Delight' I believe it was and the room was very tastefully decorated and very roomy - we fell in love with the 'Heavenly Bed' and are planning on buying one. The staff is wonderful - Megan was a delight. We had massages at the spa and they were well worth the money. The resturant was excellent, breakfast was scrumptous and dinner was super! Absolutely no complaints - we even brought our own shampoo. From talking to Hauk (I know I'm not spelling his name right and I apologize) he mentioned he and Doug (the owner) were looking at arranging a deal with Sunrise to offer room / ski packages this winter. Regardless, the wife and I will be back - anytime of the year, it's well worth the 3.5 hour drive from Phoenix to this wonderful hotel.
Nice but some issues
Greer Lodge is newly renovated and gorgeous. The scenery is amazing. The lodge rooms have wonderful beds and some nice amenities like a couch and recliner. No TV (great), no phones in the rooms, no coffee maker, iron/ironing boards, no closets. We got great shower gel but no shampoo. It's an old lodge and not soundproof. People above us paced all night long for two nights so sleep was not good. Service was wonderful - staff helpful and friendly. Nice restaurant - food decent (avoid the pizza) and the music was great. Will go back to Greer and rent a cabin. Beautiful country. Make sure to see Hawley Lake.
After attending a wedding in Arizona, my wife and I had a FAN! TAS! TIC! time at Greer Lodge in Greer. The scenery was beautiful! This is something you will not find any where else.
A wonderful place to stay!
We had a wonderful time at The Greer Lodge this past weekend. We stayed in the Pony Ridge! The accommodations were the most comfortable we have ever experienced. The staff were all very nice. When we were escorted to our room after arriving from a long drive from Glendale, AZ, we were so surprised to have such a warm welcome and discover the amenities that were in our room. A beautiful bed ensemble with gorgeous pillows, and what comfort that bed was! I never slept in a bed that comfortable with lots of plump lush pillows, a Bose Stereo with CD's to listen to. The bathroom was clean, and the fixtures were beautiful as well. Thanks again for a great time!
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Travel Blogs from Greer
I enjoyed the scenery as we drove Highway 60 from Phoenix and Springerville. With our 60 ft. in length truck & RV. The highway goes through some mountains with great switchbacks. We had checked out the road on Google maps street level before deciding on the route. We had to make sure the curves weren't too tight & that Chuck could maneuver our rig around them.
There was one section of road, see picture, that ...
We left Santa Fe in the morning and headed towards the
Petrified Forest National Park. Went
along some of the old Route 66 where it was still in existence and passed
through some of the small towns that had been bypassed. Unfortunately there are no camping ...
... get into the cabin at midday to clean it for the next guests. We were all a sad to leave, Charles wanted another day to fish and Oliver would happily spend his time doing archery or BB guns.
Abi & Oli took one last opportunity to do archery and BB guns whilst Charles and I packed the car then took a carriage ride around the ranch with Bonnie and Tom (a very large horse but not quite as big as a shire horse).
At 1pm we all had a BBQ lunch before ...
... new horses. Oliver was with Dusty and I had Pacos. From very early on we worked out there was some sort of grudge between Boots and Dusty as Abigail tried to overtake Oliver Dusty would take a nip at Boots or just push his way I front, whilst Oliver sat on top and tried his best to gain some control. Rose took her place up front with Dean, our guide, on Bullseye. Pacos and I slotted in wherever there was a gap. We rode up into higher meadows amongst pine trees and across meadows of ...
... took photos and video and then our time was up. We all agreed to take the lunch rideout the next day with Charles on Rosie, Abi on Boots and Oliver on Fudge. I will try another horse, possibly Rosie's mum.
We had a short break to book activities for the next day and go back to our cabin to wash and get a drink before Chuck collected us for fly fishing.
Chuck drove us out to the lake to teach us how to ...