At the east entrance of Rocky Mountains National Park and home to its headquarters, you’ll never be short of an impressive view or two in Estes Park in Colorado. Here are the best hotels in town, bookable on Culture Trip, where you can relax and take in the beauty of the natural landscape.
There’s no doubt you will feel welcome wherever you choose to stay in Estes Park, and the fresh air will make you sleep like a baby. Located 7,522ft (2,292m) above sea level, it is the basecamp for all kinds of adventures – whether you like to hike, rock climb, fish or ski, the mountains are on your doorstep. This colorful community is surrounded by the great outdoors, providing year-round visitors with a range of accommodation ranging from luxury hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts.
4 Seasons Inn on Fall River
Hotel, Inn, Independent Hotel
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Situated directly on the riverfront, the 4 Seasons Inn on Fall River is an intimate owner-managed lodge with chalets, set in the midst of nature with the sound of the babbling river and views of the Rocky Mountains. Spacious rooms are simply styled with rustic pine wood-paneled walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and modern bathrooms. This is the ideal spot for a great night’s sleep, as it is away from the hustle and bustle of the town; instead of partying the night away, guests can chill out in their own private hot tub.
Although only a short walk to downtown Estes Park, the Silver Moon Inn’s forest surroundings will transport you to a magical land. With the gentle murmur of the Fall River in the background, the vibe is laid-back with homey wooden furniture and porch swings that appeal to romantics as much as to families. The focus is on the outdoors, and there is plenty of communal seating, a fire pit, two hot tubs, a pool and patio heaters to keep guests cozy, while there’s a kitchenette corner of the lobby offering a free continental breakfast that’ll set you up for a day of exploring.
The Boulder Brook on Fall River provides 20 charming rooms for guests on the banks of the Fall River. Romantics love the spa suites with private riverfront decks, vaulted ceilings, jetted tubs (for two) and cozy fireplaces, while the more adventurous have access to fishing poles and kayaks. Situated a short drive from the town of Estes Park and the ruggedly breathtaking Rocky Mountain National Park, this is a great base for a secluded, luxury getaway.
The Estes Park Resort is a stunning lodge located on the shores of Lake Estes and is framed by panoramic views of the Rockies. With a choice of 54 guest rooms and suites, there is bound to be something to fit your requirements – don’t worry, all rooms come with a view. The Italian restaurant Dunraven is the perfect place to savor some authentic Mediterranean food and, if the weather is playing ball, dine al fresco on the terrace, where your belly and eyes will have a feast.
Right in the heart of nature, where elks roam free, the Fall River Cabins have rustic charm and luxury vibes. Accommodation ranges from cozy doubles to indulgent suites with in-room fireplaces and private whirlpool tubs. Each unit is named after local wildlife – some of which you may be lucky enough to come face to face with during your stay – and you can enjoy a sunset drink while listening to the murmuring river at the end of your private terrace.
Tucked behind the pine forests in Estes Park is Streamside on Fall River – traditional wooden lodges and cabins that will appeal to those seeking a serene and remote location. If wildlife watching is your thing, this is the perfect setting to see elk and deer roam freely in the woodland or feed the chipmunks that scamper around the grounds. Alternatively, the plentiful hammocks invite you to relax with a book, or you can relieve some tension in one of the two outdoor hot tubs.
The Landing at Estes Park – Riverside Retreat
Hotel, Boutique Hotel
4.8/5 (306 Reviews)
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Filled with family history, the Landing at Estes Park – Riverside Retreat was once home to a couple who had lived in the property for 45 years. It was sold in 2015, and out of respect for former resident Joyce and her husband, the new owners opened it up as a guesthouse in order to share the stunning location and breathtaking views. The property still contains many of the original details such as the handcrafted stonework, cozy fireplaces, exposed beams, brass lion heads on doors, hickory furniture and early American artwork, and you’ll be treated like part of the family.
Guests are welcomed to Murphy’s River Lodge by a giant rocking chair on the front lawn, which sets the scene for the laid-back vibe inside. The original motel opened in 1983 and was renovated in 2011 to create timeless, classic log cabins, which are homey and authentic. A picnic area along the water’s edge has fire pits, grills and visiting elk, while many rooms have balconies overlooking the river. Families love this budget-friendly spot that’s within walking distance of downtown but still has mountain views and a communal vibe.