Very Good Experience A review of Grand Lodge Crested Butte
I read somewhat mixed reviews about the Grand Lodge, so I was wary of what to expect (all I really cared about was the fact that it was a 2 minute walk from the lifts). I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The hotel has just been renovated, so our room's furnishing were in very good condition (carpet, paint, etc). The room was larger than I expected, with 2 king size beds. Fortunately, we only needed 1 bed, which was in decent shape and comfortable enough, but I was surprised to find that the second bed's mattress was old and completely collasped around the edge, especially next to the phone (of course). I can't understand why a hotel would renovate and not replace all the mattresses. To me, the mattress is the most important thing a hotel has to offer. Good thing we didn't travel with another couple because we would have fought over the beds.
But I disgress. Aside from the collasped second bed, the overall experience was excellent and value was unbeatable. I reserved the room through an air/room/lift ticket package deal. I broke the prices out and figured I paid about $120/night in mid-January. You'd be hard-pressed to find a "nearly" ski-in/ski-out room like ours anywhere in Colorado resorts at that price (believe me, I searched long and hard for a better deal with no luck).
Most all the rooms have great views of the mountain. All regular rooms have fridges (but no microwaves, another small negative, but then again, most full-service hotels don't even have fridges!). The lobby was cozy. The indoor/outpool pool and spa were beautiful. Staff was mostly very good. We never ate at the hotel's restaurant (way too pricey for me) but right next to the lifts is the Avalanche restaurant with great food all day long at reasonable prices. Be sure to hit the nightly specials, especially Prime Rib night (you won't find a better deal anywhere in the town). Even the locals highly recommend the place.
One last thing-- Don't forget to store your boards/skis at the ski rental shop next to the lifts. The bell hop gave us a sticker for a free hot wax but didn't explain that we could leave our boards there overnight during the whole trip (and not have to lug them in/out of the hotel). Unfortunately, this wasn't explained to us until our last day there.