Great Divide Lodge
550 Village Road, Breckenridge, Colorado, 80424, United States
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Was good when it was the Hilton
Had a great two weeks here back in 92. It has since been puchased by Vail resort and refurbished. Would expect it to still be a first class hotel, the rooms were very spacious and the position just off the slopes was great.
Directions: To the right of the main slopes
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We were a group of 11 and had a great time staying at the Great Divide Lodge. Town (with pubs and restaurants a plenty) is a very short (free) ride from the hotel. Who needs a car in Breckenridge?
Our rooms were on the 5th floor, so we had no problem with the lifts. The location is great and for the price, we cannot fault this place.
Like somebody else posted: Chill out - you're on vacation! And if you want the Ritz, pay the moola.
We will stay at the GDL again. It was clean & comfortable, our rooms were very spacious and the service was great.
Pay Through the Nose
The Great Divide Lodge offers a convenient location off of the Peak 9 chair but that is the best it has to offer. They charge you to park while you're a guest at their hotel...$12 a day for that. To use the internet downstairs, they charge $5.00 for a 1/2 hour...more if you need it longer. The rooms boast high speed internet connections, but hey guess what? They charge even more for internet access there too. The ski shop in the building was also double what the other ski rental shops charged just a block away.
The hotel does not offer complimentary breakfast either (which most of the local competitors do)...I felt fortunate to get a daily filter pack of coffee for the room's 4 cup coffeemaker. The satellite/cable system offered a whopping 12 channels; due to heavy snow it was offline/out for 2 of the four days I stayed there. The facilities (hot tubs/pool) were filthy. I will never stay there again--even if they offered me a free stay.
Misgivings about the number of stars!
We spent 10 nights in February / March 05 at the GDL for a skiing holiday.
The positives: ideal location for access to the mountain particularly the Quicksilver chair (Peak 9) or the Beaver Run Superchair. The hotel has its own ski rental shop if you need it. Free ski storage is also provided. It has the pool, hot tubs etc, internet access, and offers a decent enough breakfast and variety. Service is always pleasant and hardworking. Bedrooms are spacious and beds are very comfortable. Rooms can be quiet even when next to elevators.
The negatives: don't expect portering in the lobby, you need to ask. The lobby can be overpoweringly hot and unwelcoming because of it. The elevator arrangements for a hotel of this size is bizarre and would be funny but for the amount of trekking from one side of the building to another and having to change elevators just to climb seven floors. After 10 nights it gets quite tiresome! This hotels is not dirty but it is showing its age and shabbiness. For example, in one elevator there is a glossy framed photo of the dining room behind a smashed glass frame. It stayed like this for the duration of the holiday and was symptomatic of lack of care and attention to how the GDL presents itself. Rooms don't provide enough storage/hooks for wet ski gear and clothing and also are somewhat dated. Shower arrangement was unsatisfactory with no power shower and when having to use the shower curtain, it blocked out the bathroom light completely! In general, these bathrooms need more light. Noise wise, I would not say this is a noisy hotel but spring break students & kids seem to favour this hotel and so this can change very rapidly. Lots of unsupervised kids can make for problems in hallways and particularly the availability of the bizarre elevators. Staff are helpful and pleasant but like everything else with the GDL it lacks proactive thought and signs of any management 'snagging'... you always have to ask for information (from the Conciege), it is not freely or readily available. We had to ask about transport to Vail (by which time there was problems with availability) and Beaver Creek, and only then did leaflets and schedules appear from drawers.
If these criticisms appear petty, they don't mean to be, they are simply faults not expected or seen in other hotels that hold up four stars.
Breckenridge is a decent sized ski town and recommended restaurants include "Steak and Ribs" and particularly, the "Kenosha Steakhouse."
It is recommended that you spend at least a days skiing (up to four days is available on the ski pass) at both Vail and Beaver Creek for variety and the excellent quality of the skiing. It also offers some relief from the altitude of Breckenridge that takes some getting use to. Summit County buses are also free and it is relatively easy to get to the rambling outlet shopping at Silverthorne which is only two busses and thirty or so minutes from Breckenridge.
Good decision not to return
After several previous stays at the GDL we decided to go elsewhere this year and booked the Mountain Thunder condos.. Why did we change? When our boys were younger we wanted to be very close to the ski lifts but now that they can carry their own eqiupment this was not such a high priorirty. Over several previous stays we had found the hotels character changing..lots of kids, breakfast service hit and miss, hotel showing its age, change of ownership did not seem to make much difference,pool and hot tubs in side, very noisy and poor changing rooms. In a resort where there are any number of quality condos we wouldnt return...ironical as the Mountain Thunder is under the same ownership!
Stayed on the 8th floor. Typically took 10 minutes to get from the lobby to our room. Two elevator trips with a single elevator servicing both sections of the the lodge really slows one down. Although it is typically pretty cool in Breck this time of year - temps can get up into the low 80's. The single window in the room faced west and by the time late afternoon rolled around - it felt more like Phoenix. Turn on the air - you say. There is none. Well how bout the window? Tried that too - but a suicide stop on the window frame only allowed a not so generous 2 1/2 inches of fresh air. There was actually a sign on the thermostat that said : "Due to the alpine environment, there is no cooling system in the room. For maximum cooling, open the window ( ya right). and turn on the fan located in the closet".
The service staff works hard - but that's not enough to make return customers out of us.
What are you nay-sayers talking about????
I thought this hotel was great, and I have stayed in some very nice hotels/condos. The elevator system is a bit odd, but I understand this is a renovated (?) older hotel. Your on vacation, chill out! Extremely friendly staff, very clean rooms that were large enough to comfortably fit my family of 4. Was far more than I expected, especially after reading the other reviews.
A bit of a disappointment
We were looking for a nice getaway location for ourselves and two teen daughters. The suite itself was very large, but the bathroom was extremely confining. The indoor pool was under repair (I hope, because the water was so cloudy you couldn't see the bottom step), wireless internet took several calls to desk to get up and running. I didn't realize when booking that there was no air conditioning -- a big downside. Even though a fan was provided, it was about 2 a.m. with a window and a screenless patio door open before it cooled to a "sleepable" level. Underground parking was advertised on website as $6, were told it was $8 at checkin (we did get the $6 price after showing it on our computer confirmation). There wasn't any one BIG problem, just lots of little things that will have us booked elsewhere in the future.
Needs a lot of TLC
Won't return. Not a ski-in property like I was led to believe. Employees were OK, but my room and the hotel were mediocre. Visited other hotels while I was in Breckenridge and will definitely be staying either at Beaver Run or rent a ski in/out condo when I come back next February.
If you are looking for somewhere to just get your head down
An unusually configured hotel. I would have to agree with some previous reviewers of this hotel, the architect definitely needs shooting. The worst thing about this hotel is the fact that the upper floors of the hotel are split in to 2 towers and the lift from the lobby (3rd floor) only goes up to the 6th floor where you then have to walk a hundred yards to the lift servicing the upper half of the hotel. We were on the 9th so this was a nuisance, but I would prefer this inconvenience over having people traipsing past your room at all hours which is what those on the 6th floor had to put up with. The rooms themselves were spacious and fairly well equipped (iron, coffee making facilities, hair dryer, TV, CD Player/Radio, Wi-Fi Internet Access etc) as well as being well maintained and cleaned by the housekeeping staff (although the timing of their arrival was never particularly consistent). The kitchen is quite small and struggles at busy times during breakfast and the menu for evening meals was particularly unspectacular (although rumour has it that a reasonable amount of capital is to be invested by the owners soon to improve this situation). On the food front the menu is far surpassed by neighbouring hotels and the dozens of great restaurants in town so there is really no need for you to eat in the hotel. Literally across the road from the slopes so the Quicksilver chair can be accessed without having to catch a shuttle or walking too far but make sure you are out before ski school starts at 10ish because Quicksilver gets large queues at this time. The hotel is about a 5-10 minute walk from Main Street (down hill to town and obviously up hill on the way back, not too strenuous but a little treacherous when there is a lot of ice and snow about) so pretty well positioned. If you are looking for a cheaper option than the big slope side resort properties like the Village, Liftside & Beaver Run and are just looking for a clean hotel with a comfortable bed to get some sleep between hard day on the slopes, then you could do worse. All in all the small probs with the hotel didn’t detract from an awesome week skiing in a great resort town. It wouldn’t be my first choice on an unlimited budget, but all things considered not a bad option on price and location.
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Great Divide Lodge
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Address: 550 Village Road, Breckenridge, Colorado, 80424, United States