More about Grand Lodge Crested Butte Hotel And Sutes
Terrific staff, great hiking, beware of construction
We were reserved for 2 nights on a seasonal rate of $149 for a deluxe king suite with a mountain view as per their own web site. Our arrival proved uncertain as we could not even enter the front driveway due to a multi-story (8?) construction of an addition across the driveway. Noise, trucks, dirt, cranes, welding sparks all combined to make us a little nervous at arrival. However, despite all this the front desk staff went out of their way to make us feel welcomed and comfortable during our entire stay. We traded our first room to a quiet side, no mountain view, but no construction workers looking in my window. Since we lost our mountain view and had a few other concerns, the front desk manager discounted our room rate, which helped even more. The Concierge helped us with the right hike to take. The shuttle bus was on-time, free and safe. The restaurants we ate at in town were friendly and inexpensive (Last Steep and Bacchanale). The breakfast buffet is inexpensive for all the food (Starbucks coffee) you get, which you will need when you climb those mountains! The Grille staff, as well as the Deli staff were friendly and helpful. The pool and jacuzzi were unusable we decided since they were directly under the construction site, no privacy and remember those welding sparks. The hiking is the best ever (wear bug repellant) in the mountains and the aspen forests, among the wildflowers and pine trees. Crested Butte is growing too fast so hurry and enjoy it before it becomes another commercial ski town! It is a piece of heaven just the way it is.
Nice, but yes there's construction between you and mtn
We had a good room, facing away from the construction, with a nice amount of space. Acutally a suite. Can only park in small lot behind hotel, and it gets crowded. Front entrance is blocked off by construction between front of hotel and ski mountain. Pool was clean and nice, with nice hot tub at one end and we had it to ourselves. Except the crane overhead... still a nice swim. Such a great town, and so many nice things to do, we didn't stay in room much.
Bed was comfortable and clean. We'd go again.
Attention all those contemplating a visit to Crested Butte! This is a city exploding with condo fever. Grand Lodge's once wonderful view of the mountain is totally blocked by their own building under construction across a very narrow driveway fronting the hotel. From 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. expect to hear the hammer and beeps of machinery. If watching metal girders fascinates you, then by all means stay here! Though the hotel does offer rooms that face away from the construction, they were, of course, full when we checked in. The staff, who failed to warn of the construction when we booked, gave us a substantial discount on the room. The counter help was slowwww to even help us check in and the lobby was full of construction workers staying the night. We overheard complaints about no hot water in some of the buildings. The icemaker on our floor was broken. The room itself was a strange mix of a granite countered kitchenette with top appliances to a hard, springy, motel-type bed with rough, cheap towels and sheets. We left town the next day! Keep in mind many other resorts in the area are also affected by this large construction of rooms for sale. Personally, I would avoid the area until winter, maybe beyond. (we stayed 7/30/06). FYI: All with GPS, the Pearl pass shown as a shortcut is not cut through from Aspen to Crested Butte! Take the long way around instead lest you too end up driving over boulders and dead-ending into a running riverbed! Though this turns a short, 2 hr drive into a 4 hr drive, it was one of the most beautiful drives I’ve taken! The Keebler pass, home of the largest grove of Aspen trees in the world, was breathtaking! Beware of cows lounging in the roadway! Maybe you too will get to see a REAL cowboy herding them away!
We stayed at the lodge for a week in July. We were disappointed to find a huge construction project right outside our fourth story room. It was so warm in the rooms that we had to have the window open the whole time since there is no air conditioning. The noise from the construction project was an issue since your window is open. They start at 6am banging stuff around and quit anytime from 6-10 pm. There are very few accommodations in town with a pool so we used it. Spa was closed because it was under construction. The room is fair enough and the size is nice.
Bed seemed good.
We tried to stay busy in town or the mountains to avoid the room except for sleeping so we didn't use the staff very much. There was plenty of dust from large trucks covering our car and everything else. This construction project will go on for years as they will develop the lot on the north side of the building when this is done. Winter shouldn’t be so bad. The hotel has a fence for your bikes but no cover.
The restaurants in town were great and the mountains were beautiful but bring cover to avoid the deerflies. Flowers were great. We paid about $150 a nite after $25 worth of taxes and fees each nite.
Worst Mtn. Resort Experience Ever!
We booked rooms at the Grand Lodge based on the advertisement that it was as a ski-in/ski-out hotel. When we arrived we found that it was no longer ski-in/ski-out and was approx. 300 yd. walk through a construction site to the lifts. There are no ski storage lockers at the hotel, therefore everything must be stored off-site.
Our scheduled check in time was 4:00 p.m., but when we arrived they told us that they were overbooked and that the rooms we booked were not available. We did not get into a room until 6:00 p.m.
This hotel has been renovated recently and appears to be very nice upon first glance. However, many features of the rooms have obviously not been thought out. Most of the rooms feature a kitchenette with a electric burner, microwave, sink, dishwasher, etc. We found that there wasn't proper ventalation in the rooms and guests were setting of the fire alarms in the building 2 to 3 times daily. Once it was set off @ 12:30 a.m. In all I counted 7 times that the fire alarm was set off in the 5 days we stayed there. Everyone had to evacuate to the lobby twice. We were told that the fire trucks were coming to this hotel 3 times a week on average.
The matresses on the trundle beds are terrible. There are not enough pillows, blankets, sheets etc. You have to call the front desk for everything. There is one trash can in each room, which is approx. 3 to 4 gallons (the size of a small bathroom trashcan). You only have enough room to throw about 5 12oz. cups away. It is obvious that they cut corners (or ran out of money) and the guests are paying the price.
This place has some serious problems and I would not reccommend staying here if you have another option. Hope this review helps!
Good Experience at the Grand Lodge
We stayed at the Grand Lodge January 24-28th, 2007 and had a good experience. We (family of 4) stayed in the Whetstone condo (room #503) which had small kitchen (with one burner, frig, microwave, sink and dishwasher), living room (with queen size murphy bed and flat screen TV), one bedroom (with 2 queen beds and flat screen TV) and 2 full baths. Our unit was quiet and we had no bad experiences. The staff was polite and helpful and the unit was clean and recently updated. I requested that the condo be available for early arrival (11AM) and late departure (1PM) and they accomodated us both times.
I was also under the initial impression that it was a ski in/out location and was surprised to find out it was not when I read the previous review. Yes, you do have to walk about 300 yards to the ski slope which was not a problem for 2 adults and 2 teens. The Grand Lodge provided us with passes to store our skis and poles (not boots) right at the slope in a secure location. So everyday we would either wear our ski boots to walk to the slope or wear our snow boots and carry our ski boots to the slope. There are lockers ($1) at the slope where you can keep your snow boots.
We ate one morning at the restaurant in the hotel but thought it was pricey for what you got. We did get take out breakfast from the little store in the hotel two mornings which was a little more reasonable. On the walk between the hotel and the slope there is a restaurant called the Avalanche that we thought was good and somewhat reasonable for breakfast. We also enjoyed lunch there one day.
Another place we had lunch two on the days was at the top of the first lift. The place is called Camp 4 Coffee and they grill a great cheeseburger etc. outside. We had awesome weather so sitting outside to eat lunch was very enjoyable.
We took the shuttle to town every night for dinner. The shuttle is VERY convienient when staying at the Grand Lodge. We ate at the Slogar (only offer all you can eat steak or chicken dinner with all the fixins), Wooden Nickle (steak) and ....something Noodle (Italian). Our favorite was Slogar for the fried chicken. There are lots of cute shops in the town and everyone is very friendly. Overall we had a great experience and would do it all again the exact same way for the most part.
I always research trip advisor before I make plans to go on any trips. I was a little nervous when not much info was available for Crested Butte. Hopefully my review will help someone else.
Fantastic Stay at the Grand Lodge
I have to say I worry about some of the people who leave reviews here. 300 yds to the ski lift wooo that's so far. I guess it is if you're a fat american, but for the rest of us it's ski in ski out.
The hotel is also great, a warm reception greets you and the staff were very friendly and efficient, in fact my only gripe is that they were too efficient. There is no need to change my soap everyday with a fresh one, as me and the girlfriend were the only one using it we know where it's been so it's ok to use one for the whole week, save the planet and all that!!
The room was over large (by European standards) warm, and comfortable with a nice LCD screen on the wall, the bed was comfy and there was also a pull down bed if you needed it and a small kitchenette.
Breakfast was good value too for the buffet, but if you're here for the week check out some of the local places both in the mountain and down in the town for some good food.
Over all the whole place was good, the pistes were perfectly prepared, the people friendly, the food good and excellent value and the nightlife was also a laugh.
If you're looking for a quiet alternative from the main European and US resorts, like Vail or Val D'Isere, then come here it's pretty and friendly
Excellent Service from start to finish!
After reading some of the earlier reviews, we were a bit worried that the planned trip would not be a wonderful experience. We were quite pleasantly surprised! From the moment we arrived, we were whisked through the check-in, had all the luggage brought quickly to our room, the staff treated us so well and were helpfulaand knowledgeable ablut the hotel and the resort.
We were told where we could conveniently store our skis at the base of the mountain.
The walk to the mountain itself was near construction, but was very protected.
We met with the concierge who helped us plan all of our dinners which included 2 special birthday dinners. He took care of all of our reservations. The dinner places in town we enjoyed were The Timberline, Harry's, Soupcon, Lil's Marichitelli's Gourmet Noodle and Pita in Paradise. Getting to town on the shuttle busses was a snap. We also had some lunches in town at Teocali Grill and the Last Steep. We enjoyed Butte 66 and the Avalanche at the base of the mountain and the Ice Bar on the slopes.
Our suite had a kitchen so we were able to have some homemade breakfasts and the excellent Camp4 coffee the hotel provided every day.
All in all, it was a wonderful vacation. We'd love to go back! Think snow!
We found everyone, everywhere to be really nice and friendly, making for a totally enjoyable week of skiing and relaxing.
Surprisingly this was supposed to be a fab hotel in Crested Butte. Let's see, where should I begin... the heated pool was closed for 3 days during our stay, the hotel restaurant was understaffed (it was prime holiday season mind you), the food was overcooked and tasteless, our room had plaster dust on the floors and there was a fan in our bedroom wall that sounded like a cow giving birth. When we asked for one of their "engineers" to take a look at it, the front desk person said, "I see that you don't like white noise." Was she serious?! We're from NYC people and we can handle lots of "white noise". The concierge was useless. I could go on and on. Bottom line; book your stay at another hotel.
Top place to stay
We stayed at the Grand Lodge 14th to 21st February and had a great time. Like other people who have stayed here i was concerned by some of the reviews that talked about construction, fire alarms going off etc. Before travelling I requested a room away from the construction but shouldn't have bothered - the building in question is almost complete and i barely saw a construction worker in 7 days. Maybe if you're the type of person who likes to spend their entire holiday in the hotel it may be more of a problem.
The location is one of the best things about the GL - around 3 minutes walk from the slopes and a 30second walk to the bus stop that takes you into town. The fire alarms didn't go off once in 7 days. The staff were friendly and efficient. The rooms were large, clean and modern. The bed was comfortable although pillows were like small inflatables! The pool was lovely, especially when it's snowing - like a hot bath, although to be fair it was only luke warm on a couple of days. The steam room is also a good way to wind down at the end of the day.
I can't comment on the food as we ate all meals out - the restaurants in Crested Butte are fantastic and very reasonably priced. If you like spicy food The Chicken Kadai in the Ginger Cafe is right up there with one of the best restaurant meals i've had! the Avalanche restaurant a couple of minutes walk away also does good food and was our favourite breakfast destination.
If you're staying in this hotel in the next few months don't be put off by previous negative comments, these people were either very unlucky, have extremely high standards, or just aren't happy unless they're moaning about something..!