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Far View Lodge
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Perfect Location
User: NJdudette from: Newton, New Jersey
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Dec, 30, 2022
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2022
Rating: 5
A little late posting this, my bad. We absolutely loved this place and wished we had stayed two nights versus only one night. The design of the hotel mimics the cliff dwellings and blends nicely into the landscape. It’s a long drive from the park entrance, so staying within the park and being close to many of the sites was a must for us. Our room appeared to be recently updated and was nicely decorated. Having a balcony was great and even though it was a little chilly, sitting out watching the sunset was relaxing. The hotel was winding down for the end of the season and I think they were due to shut down in 2-3 weeks so the front desk staff was a little light. I felt bad for them as they were doing their best to be professional and check people in and out. We had a great stay and I’d definitely would stay here again.
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Despite Deficiencies - Best Way to See the Park
User: Grover R from: Pensacola, Florida
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Nov, 13, 2022
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2022
Rating: 5
Many people have talked about the deficiencies and when compared to a hotel resort it has those. However, if you think about the hotel as an extension of the park it is great. What Mesa Verde has is sweeping views across vast expanse of plateau and Far View gives you both a great view over that expanse but more important a place where you don't have to double back and forth leaving the park. The highlight to lodging in this park is being in the park. The twisting road within the park saves you 45 minutes to an hour. This means it is easier to get a parking place at any of the cliff dwellings as well as being the first to hike Petroglyph Point Trail, which we did. We were really able to see most of this park in a day and a big reason why is staying here. Finally, a TV and other amenities are over rated when you have nature at your back and front door. You can see the sunset or the stars from viewpoints around the hotel. For me, this hotel was simply the best way to see the entire park.
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Beautiful views, good heat, but bad fridge and sink.
User: milliemc2018 from: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Published Date: Nov, 12, 2022
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2022
Rating: 3
eWe had wanted to go toMesa Verde for a long time and took the plunge this past October, 2022. Weather was great . Views were awesome. The balcony was perfect to sit out on and eat a snack or sip a beverage. The heating worked fabulously and quickly . BUT the refrigerator froze all of our food and exploded a can of carbonated water at 2am, potentially giving us heart attacks and requiring cleanup. (Yes, there is some humor in this.) I tried to call the front desk the next day, but the line did not connect. We also had problems with the lovely copper sink, which leaked water constantly on the floor, or on your clothes if you stood too close. The tub also drained the water out as you took your soak. The most disappointing thing though, was NO RESPONSE from management after I sent them a detailed critique on an e-mail when we got home---in response to their query on how things went. We cut our trip a bit short, leaving very early the next morning. Oh, also, the lighting around the main reception area interferes with sky watching at night.
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Location is Perfect! But, outdated facilities....
User: CDS5457 from: Yogyakarta Region, Indonesia
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 23, 2022
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2022
Rating: 4
The location of the lodge cannot be beat as it is in the middle of the park, near all of the ruins. The rooms were clean, and the beds were comfortable, and we had amazing views from the balcony of the stars and morning sunrise. However, this is a 1950’s-1960’s motel which is definitely in need of updating. The wifi in the rooms did not work as the routers were not functioning. That didn’t seem to bother the staff. There was only one place to eat within the park, the Metate Dining room and the lounge connected with it. The food was OK, but nothing great, and the staff were over-worked. That being said, I would stay there again, only because of the location.
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My Advice - Bring your own towels, cups, and pillows. Don't expect too much from the room but a great view.
User: MignonneAndTrusty from: Austin
Published Date: Oct, 23, 2022
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2022
Rating: 3
Let' be honest, the NPS vendors all do a pretty terrible job - you are really paying for the privlege of being inside the park (which was wonderful) so please do not expect the Hilton. We stayed at Far View Lodge, premium room with a view, for two nights. I think it was about $170/night with the taxes. The room: rustic, relatively clean (don't look too closely) with a great view. The beds were too soft, the pillows too flat. There is a mini-fridge (no microwave - the only one is in the 'recreation' room in the registration building). A small coffe maker. No cups were provided but luckily I always pack a mug to make tea. The bathroom was clean and had hot water. There is a small heating/A/C unit that worked well - and we enjoyed sleeping with the window open (there is a screen) and listening to the wind. I made the mistake of washing my face with one of their washcloths - using only water. They must use very harsh chemicals in their washing machines because my face had a rash afterwards and was tender for a couple of days. Hence, the recommendation to 'Bring your own towels!'. The balcony was tiny but we enjoyed sitting outside and looking at the hills. Some of the rooms had a slightly larger balcony. We packed our own food and only ate once at Far View Terrace (we both got sick - this was posted in a separate review). Next time we will pack more salads and entrees we can micrrowave. Would we go again - sure, - but we view it as modified camping where you need to pack everything - not really a hotel experience.
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