This being the first time I had stayed in a US hotel I decided to play safe and go with a hotel group and being a member of Intercontinental Hotel's Priority Club searched their site to see what came up.
Looking for a full service hotel with internet access, the Holiday Inn Rocky Mountain Park seemed ideal, especially as the rate was just under $72 and the location in town perfect for our visit to the National Park the following day.
Definitely not disappointed!
On check-in I was informed that unfortunately they did not have a standard smoking room as I had requested, but would an upgrade to a suite be acceptable? Hey, don't ask me twice!
As expected from Holiday Inn the room was spacious, spotlessly clean and well-appointed, even though I did get a little confused by the tiny television in the main living area - but that's another story! The only complaint I had was that we were only staying for one night, especially as I was offered a rate of $49 if we wanted to extend our stay.
Unique Quality: The hotel itself is modern with a decent sized swimming pool, restaurant, bar and comfortable lounge areas, though I gave the pool a miss, preferring to concentrate on the Bar!
Included in the room rate was a complimentary drink for both of us which seemed a shame to pass up, and of course the ploy worked - the complimentary drink turning into half-a-dozen and a bite to eat. A small unexpected bonus were the guitar duo playing a reasonable mix of easy listening rock classics and country which made for quite a pleasant evening.
Directions: Coming from the south the hotel is on the left just before the main set of lights.
333 Wonderview, Estes Park
1260 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park
1650 Big Thompson Highway, Estes Park
1240 Big Thompson Ave, (formerly Days Inn), Estes Park
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Address: 101 South St. Vrain Avenue, PO Box 1468, Estes Park, Colorado, 80517, United States