by Amanda Geronikos
It’s inexpensive to vacation in Estes Park, Colorado — especially if you stay at Hotel Estes. The cozy motel, located just outside of downtown, offers simple, yet modern accommodations, including designated family rooms; a seasonal outdoor swimming pool; playground; free continental breakfast; and free Wi-Fi — all just 5 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park.
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- Affordable guestrooms
- Seasonal outdoor pool
- Complimentary breakfast
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
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Rooms are a mix of rustic and modern, with wooden furniture throughout. Each one features a flat-screen TV, mini-fridge, microwave, and coffeemaker, plus a shower/tub combination in the bathroom. In most guestrooms, the sink area is separated from the tub and toilet, allowing several people to get ready for the day (or night) at one time.
Rollaway beds and cribs are available upon request.
Family Room With Two Queen Beds and Bunk Beds
This room has two queen beds and a bunk bed, sleeping up to six guests. All beds are situated in the same area.
Family Room With 3 Queen Beds
This room also sleeps six in three queen beds, all situated in the same area.
Oversized Room with 2 Queen Beds
This room has two queen beds and extra space that could fit a rollaway bed or crib.
Standard With Two Queens
This room also has two queen beds, but is slightly less spacious; it's best for a family of four.
This room has one king bed, with enough room to add a rollaway bed or crib for a baby or child.
The front desk folks were very friendly and professional. It's an older motel, typical of the area, but the property is very clean an well kept. Rooms were large, clean and comfortable. Plenty of towels available at the pool. Was nice to have a laundry facility available. Breakfast was basic, but plentiful.
The hotel rooms are quaint and homey. The biggest complaint we had was this: There was apparently a lumbering herd of elk in the room above us. All night long, nothing but stomping, squeaking, stomping, and it was loud banging. We tried to call the front desk around 1am to complain. No one was there to answer the phones. The recording said the office was CLOSED! NO help.
We tried knocking on the ceiling several times. Nothing. We finally had to turn on our fan to try to drown out the noise. Nothing worked. We finally went to sleep around 4am out of exhaustion. Not crazy about No one being in the office to help you..If it was a life and death situation, you would be on your own.
Pool and Hot Tub
Hotel Estes has an outdoor pool that's open seasonally. There's also a hot tub that's open year-round.
The hotel has a swing set that includes a slide and acts as a nice diversion for kids when it's time for a break from sightseeing.
Complimentary Breakfast and Snacks
The hotel offers complimentary, continental breakfast each morning, which includes cereal, bagels and fruit. You'll also find free packaged snacks in the lobby.
While there isn't a restaurant onsite, you'll find plenty of places to eat nearby. See Estes Park Restaurants for our recommendations.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi; the signal is fairly strong given Estes Park's location in the mountains.
Pets are welcome at the hotel.
Guests can check-in from 3 to 8 p.m.; if arriving at 8, notify the hotel to make other arrangements. Check-out is at 11 a.m.
The Art of Smart Timing
The most popular season to visit Estes Park, Colorado is the summer, though winter is a wonderful time to explore the area, and you'll find slightly cheaper hotel rates at this time.
Hotel Estes is about 1.5 hours from Denver, and you'll want your own vehicle to get there -- especially so you can make stops for scenic photos in Roosevelt National Forest, a beautifully desolate area that leads to Estes Park. Note that you will likely service for a brief period of time, but don't worry -- there's only one road that leads to Estes Park.
You'll also want your own car to explore the area, and free parking is available at the hotel. While you can also utilize the free Estes Park Shuttles, they don't stop at Hotel Estes.