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800 Big Thompson Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517
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#17 of 28 hotels in Estes Park
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Welcome to Discovery Lodge in Estes Park, Colorado! We are a very spacious four-acre lodge located only a short walk to downtown Estes Park. Although we are located so near to downtown, the views of the Rocky Mountains are clearly visible and some of the best in the area. Here at the Discovery Lodge, enjoy updated rooms with mini-fridges, microwaves, free Wi-Fi, and more. In 2020, to further support the sustainability of Rocky Mountain National Park, we installed the largest solar array in Estes Park, and now generate our own electricity – one of only two lodges in Estes Park doing so (the second is our sister property, Coyote Mountain Lodge). Discovery Lodge accepts pets and is a non-smoking establishment. Activities include fishing in our stocked pond, golf and elk viewing at the adjacent Lake Estes 9-hole golf course, biking and hiking, nearby horseback riding; and of course, you are only 10-minutes away from Rocky Mountain National Park, with its 400 miles of hiking trails and awesome drives to the tundra at the top of the Continental Divide. We look forward to your visit soon!
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800 Big Thompson Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517
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Rob wrote a review Aug 2021
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We booked Discovery Lodge for a wedding and it worked out great! Nice views, central location and dog friendly! Complimentary breakfast was nice too and check in with Abby was very quick and easy. Finishes in the bathroom we’re nice and parking right out front was a treat and made packing/unpacking super easy.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Leslie Peng, General Manager at Discovery Lodge
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for staying with us!
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Susan W wrote a review Aug 2020
Leander, Texas36 contributions3 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
This is such a nice lodge! Close enough to Estes Park it is walkable to the downtown area. José was the attendant on duty who checked us in. Very professional and hospitable. He’s lived in Estes his whole life! We talked about all the changes since we’ve visited-probably 7-8 years ago. He advised that the last 4-6 years have brought more population and more shops and stores. Downtown has had little change in terms of all the shops and dining -I’m sure I could spend multiple days here. He graduated from Estes High School a couple of years ago. His graduating class consisted of 64 students, he says this past year it was 130+. We were only able to secure our room for 2 nights. I’m going to see if we can get on a waitlist as we’d like to extend our stay. The room is very nice. Lots of dresser drawer space, nice flat screen TV ( in case of rain I guess)! Mini fridge and microwave- mini Mr Coffee-(we are missing the pot), coffee and creamer-sugar sweetener packs. We think it’s a Queen size mattress -we are used to a King so hard to gage. It is comfortable. The furniture is designed from wood and looks great- like furnishings in a lodge should look. The shower is huge, The rest of the bathroom is pretty snug but manageable. Love the fact that they have dispensers near the wall on the sink and in the shower for body soap and shampoo. Currently they are not doing daily room cleaning due to Covid which is pretty much status quo of everywhere we’ve been over the past month. The bedding is upscale and really comfortable! Nice crisp white sheets, white comforter and duvet cover. We did not need another blanket but if there is a need they have one available in the closet for you. The closet is nice size and has a little luggage holder along with plenty of space for hanging and or storing belongings. We have a screened in back door that goes out onto a large deck. The lodging we have is a duplex style. At this point we don’t have anyone next-door but I am expecting that to change. The deck is plenty for two families or couples or whomever. I’ll add pictures of many of these items I am mentioning so you can see for yourself how comfortable these accommodations are. Most all the rooms face the pond where you can fish and the mountains which are just beautiful to look at. Estes Park is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Last night we took José’s suggestion and ordered takeout barbecue from a place just a couple miles away. I’ll be writing that up separately. The barbecue was fantastic. Best I’ve had in a very long time. I hope to see him today to thank him for that suggestion! We may go into town today to do a little shopping and maybe pick up lunch or supper,however,we are both just tired. If we decide not to go into town this is certainly the perfect place to relax. We’ve been coming to Estes Park for many years on and off and have always enjoyed it but we will definitely plan to book our forthcoming visits at Discovery Lodge in the future! This trip was a “Spur of the moment adventure”-if you plan to stay here it would be a really good idea to book ahead. I am certain it fills up quite often. Last but not least this large is dog friendly and the pet fee is $15 per night which is the average that we have found during our travels this past month. I really just can’t say enough good things about this place! Come check it out for yourself!!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Leslie Peng, General Manager at Discovery Lodge
Responded 11 Aug 2020
Thank you very much for staying with us! It was great talking to you and being able to share thoughts on how Estes has grown throughout the last couple of years. By far my favorite place in town to have dinner. Those big ribs are indeed my favorite plate! Thank you again for coming to The Discovery lodge and again thank you for your being amazing guest! Jose
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kpbangert wrote a review Jul 2021
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We found Discovery Lodge last minute and we’re so glad they had a room and allowed pets! All the staff were very helpful and Abby was easy to talk to and accommodating. Looks can be deceiving when you drive up as they are currently working on renovating the area, but our room was perfect for our family with a pull-out couch and trundle. It was also one of the newly remodeled rooms. The view off the deck was great and watching the Elk walk around right below was a bonus. There is a golf course right next door. Breakfast and the common area is great! Also-the fire pits and large outdoor play space (including a fishing pond) is wonderful! Will definitely look forward to returning and seeing the improvements!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Leslie Peng, General Manager at Discovery Lodge
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your review!
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Brett Z wrote a review Jul 2021
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We had a great stay at the Discovery Lodge. It was the perfect location and ideal with our dog. The room was recently renovated, spacious, and clean. The staff was super friendly and Abby at the front desk was particularly nice and helpful. We will definitely be back for another stay in the future. Thank you!
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Date of stay: July 2021
Response from Leslie Peng, General Manager at Discovery Lodge
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your review! I will make sure to let her know!
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Broncofan1015 wrote a review Jul 2021
2 contributions
Had a wonderful stay Abby was my concierge she made check in and check out smooth and double checked to make sure I was happy with my room she made sure my stay was comfortable and gave me 2 great recommendations to eat and buy liquor. Thanks Abby for making me comfortable!!!!!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from Leslie Peng, General Manager at Discovery Lodge
Responded 4 weeks ago
We will make sure to let her know of this review!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Discovery Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Discovery Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Brownfield's (0.8 km), Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures (0.9 km), and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Discovery Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a hot tub.
Which room amenities are available at Discovery Lodge?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Discovery Lodge?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Discovery Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Discovery Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kind Coffee, The Egg Of Estes, and SEASONED-An American Bistro.
Is Discovery Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Estes Park.
Are pets allowed at Discovery Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Discovery Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, German, Chinese, Czech, and Slovak.
Does Discovery Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Discovery Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.