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Far View Lodge
JennCMorris from: Texas, United States
Published Date: Jul, 9, 2020 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2020 Rating: 3
I am not holding back on my review ....
The views were amazing and lots of wildlife tracks everywhere. However be aware of what you are signing up for.
The Far View Lodge are very OLD. We asked for "Dlx Kiva View 2 Queen". There was NOTHING deluxe about this room.
They have newer furniture but the building has remained unchanged for years!! These means the walls are paper thin. The man next door sneezed and BOTH my kids said Bless You and HE ACTUALLY replied THANK YOU; that's how thin the walls are.
Being in wildlife we opened our balcony door and mice were everywhere. Cute until they get into your room and you have to chase them out.
The BIGGEST pit fall for us at this location was how dirty the room was! IT WAS HAIRY!!! Hair in the sheets, on the pillows and on the floor. The nightstand has NEVER been pulled away from the wall so it was GROSS when we need to use an outlet.
The biggest plus was at night you could see EVERY SINGLE STAR GOD has made! The view at night was worth it!
There is limited WIFI in the restaurant and book store, but NONE in the lodge itself.
You pay to go in the park whether you have reservations or not so be mindful or that!!
The book store is highly over priced BUT does have limited items you might need while traveling and lots of knickknacks.
Masks are required.
Reservation is 100% non-refundable if changed or cancelled.
I booked in Nov 2019 for June 2020.
Be aware they do have guided tours to see the ruins but they are booked two weeks out in advance for EXTRA FEES. Other wise know that all the ruins are CLOSED and you can ONLY view them from the road. You will NOT get up and personal with the ruins.
Also, this is a park and wildfires happen. You have to leave within one hour of them telling you a fire is on its way so keep you room neat and packed up for ease. They care about your safety.
The key to the room is REAL key - DO NOT LOSE IT!
No microwave, small refrigerator in the room.
I will tell you the BEST thing about he lodge itself is the water pressure in the shower was AMAZING!!!!
- Sleep Quality: 1
- Location: 3
- Service: 3
Didimomma from: Freeburg, Missouri
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jul, 5, 2020 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020 Rating: 3
Thankful for the view
There was an error in booking that allowed me to book a double bed online when there were only one king bed rooms available. It was disappointing but the host apologized and did what she could. The room wasn’t as clean as I’d like and there wasn’t that many towels but the bed was comfortable, the park was peaceful & quiet, and the views were absolutely amazing.
Fearless587703 from: Carthage, Missouri
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jul, 5, 2020 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
These rooms are nice and being in the park is the only way to truly enjoy it!! All the rooms have nice views so don’t bother doing the super deluxe room. I reserved it and it was just like all the other rooms. There are a couple areas that may have slightly better view but I didn’t get one of those. I am working with the lodge on a refund since I canceled an extra night a couple weeks prior to check in. I will keep you updated on the customer satisfaction of that issue. Most of the tours were canceled but we did do the Soda Canyon guided tour. Very much worth it! You get a good idea of the park and can explore on your own easier after the tour! This is an excellent adventure!
Joe P from: Fullerton, California
Published Date: Jul, 2, 2020 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
We really enjoyed our stay. The room was a good balance of location, comfort and simplicity. Each feature alone may not get as high rating but it all works together. Great view and, after a hot day, nice to sit on the deck as the sun goes down and the cooling breeze picks up. The bathroom is a bit cramped but one can get past that. Also, shortage of hot water; went cold after a few minutes, likely due to several guests checking into the building near the same time after a day in the elements. Lodge restaurant was very good, food and service.
- Value: 4
- Location: 4
- Service: 4
Denverdebby1 from: Denver, Colorado
Published Date: Jun, 25, 2020 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Go Kiva Deluxe!
If you want to see Mesa Verde, this is the way to go. 20 miles inside the park and close to the cliff dwellings and hiking trails. Beat the crowds and the heat by staying way inside the Park.
While it is called a lodge, it is actually many long flat buildings scattered on a hillside. Each has 4 to 20 units and are 1 to 2 stories. The 2 story buildings have ramps - not stairs. All are elevated with views.
BUT - spend the extra $ 10 per night to get a Kiva DELUXE.
I had booked a regular Kiva. This was a very small room. It contained a King bed, a desk, 2 uncomfortable cloth covered wooden chairs, and a good size wardrobe. A very mini fridge was directly inside the door. No freezer compartment. Next to it was a sink with minimal counter space. The bathroom had a toilet and bath tub/ shower. There was a small deck with a round table and 2 chairs, too narrow to get to 2nd chair. Some view but mostly overlooked another building/parking lot.
I had driven 8 + hours straight and was exhausted. I unpacked, ate a snack, reviewed park map, caught up on e-mail and was ready to shower. Small tub with orangeish grout. Turned handle and no water. Able to get some water by pulling on handle but not enough pressure to activate shower. Called front desk, no maintenance. Would have to change rooms.
So got dressed again, repacked, and emptied mini fridge. Loaded car. Drove back down to reservation desk. Not happy. Mean to clerk.
But, very nice clerk upgraded me to Kiva Deluxe. World of difference! Larger room! Mini fridge bigger with small freezer compartment. Desk with 2 comfortable leather chairs. Same wardrobe. Sink with counter space. Bath room with walk in shower. Larger deck with round table and 2 chairs ( and you can get to both). The kicker? Gorgeous unobstructed view! For a $10 more per night. So, so worth it folks.
Over all, highly recommend. Few observations: have to get ice from restaurant. No coffee makers in room as advertised. Covid changes? Maybe. Coffee available at restaurant/ reservation building though. Nice restaurant with view. Lounge was closed but is above restaurant and looks lovely. Open rooftop patio.
Loud but effective AC unit. Perfect white noise to me. WiFi gets real slow in evening. No TVs (yea!). You may want to download some entertainment for evening as streaming is impossible, especially if you have kids. I was happy on deck watching birds, enjoying view and reading a book.
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5