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Far View Lodge
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Look at the website the day before you drive all that way!
User: mjh13 from: Buffalo, NY
Published Date: Jul, 25, 2020
Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020
Rating: 1
First, some advice in the time of COVID - we rented a room at Far View for 3 nights in mid-July. I checked the Mesa Verde website a few days before we were due to arrive. The cliff dwellings were closed, but we were ok with that, since there are many lovely hiking/walking trails with great views. However, by the time we got there & checked in for the first night, things had changed drastically. Half the park was entirely shut (no access to the road) and the trails in the rest of the park were closed due to fire hazard (?). We got up the first morning, hiked the quarter of a trail that was open, walked around the Far View area, and were ready to check out by 10am. Aramark (the company that runs Far View Lodge) had already charged us for the next two nights. The front desk clerk couldn't refund that charge, but suggested that I contact Vivian Siewert, the Front Desk Manager. I emailed Ms. Siewert, but she didn't give me the courtesy of a response. So we were out the money for 3 nights lodging in return for about 3 hours of wandering around Mesa Verde. Ouch! Now for the general information about the lodge. This was the second time we'd stayed here; the first was about 5 years ago. Things have deteriorated badly since then. The room was reasonably clean, but it and the grounds were in poor repair. The toilet seat was loose, the sink had no water pressure (and hot/cold were hooked up backwards), the filthy blinds in the small window over the front door didn't block the light from the outdoor fixture that shown like the sun into the room all night long. This brightness was in contrast to the lights along the path to the cafeteria - most of them were smashed & left lying on the ground. The soap & shampoo were in shareable containers attached to the walls. That would've been fine if they actually worked. Quite a bit of effort was enough to get about half a teaspoon (500ul) of soap/lotion/whatever. There was half a roll of toilet paper, but no spares. I suppose if I'd gone to the front desk, they might have had one they could give me. But since we left after one night, it wasn't an issue (whew). Be aware that the cafeteria is only open from 7am until 2. There is a fridge in the room, but no way to heat anything. We brought a kettle & a toaster (and bread) so that we could have breakfast. There is no coffee in the room, but I was told the main lodge had coffee (for a fee? not sure) as of 6:30am. There is a restaurant that opens in the evening, but there is only indoor seating, which is something I am not enthused with right now. In addition, recent reviews of the restaurant were so bad that I wasn't even willing to try the food as take-out. We were lucky that we had some snacks that we could use as supper, so we didn't have to drive 40 minutes back into town. This was a miserable trip. However, although we're certainly never going back, if Mesa Verde opens back up and you want to go, I still encourage you to stay at Far View. That's because it's a full 40 min drive, mostly on 2-lane winding roads to get from Cortez to Mesa Verde. As long as you consider Far View more like camping (bring your own toilet paper, shampoo, soap, food/drink/coffee & consider carrying a kettle & toaster or toaster-oven) & don't expect anything more than a dry and reasonably clean room, avoiding that drive is really worthwhile, especially if you are staying for multiple days. The few employees I talked to were very nice. And it is entirely lovely to be able to get up in the morning & wander out in the quiet sunshine. Not so lovely at night, though, since once you're away from the blazing lights of the lodge (surprising that they don't use full cut-off lighting), it's pitch dark & since the lights along the pathways are smashed, walking is an adventure. Add a good flashlight to your list of things to bring, though, and it would be fine.
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Not worth it, inspect room first ...
User: massief2020 from: El Paso, Texas
Published Date: Jul, 25, 2020
Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020
Rating: 2
We stayed here whilst visiting the park after a long day in Moab. Our room looked nothing like the photos, the phone in the room wasn't even connected (it was on top of the closet) and the bathroom was dirty. Upon notifying the front desk we were offered another room but being tired and as I had already cleaned the bathroom with our own wipes we declined. However, I wish we had! The room was small, sparse, and upon further inspection/use there was popcorn and cheerios on the floor and something sticky by the ac unit (which was right up against the bed). We could hear the next-door neighbors as well. My daughter wasn't feeling well so we wound up checking out in the middle of the night and going to Durango as there are no medical facilities in the park. She was feeling better in the morning so we were able to return to the park. When I popped in and spoke to the manager about the condition of the room and asked for at least a partial refund she was not helpful in the least nor did she ask after my daughter. She fussed at me for removing my mask even though I did so to make sure she could hear me on my way out the door and I was well over 6 feet away, plus the young lady at the desk working with her wasn't wearing one and there was no one else about. I have written to Aramark and have received no response. Even not during a pandemic the state of the room would have been unacceptable but doubly so right now not to mention the fact that it was small and ugly. Do yourself a favor and stay elsewhere - in Cortez or Durango. If you are looking to stay in a Ntl. Park just for fun consider the El Tovar at the Grand Canyon or Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone. ps - I have been on trip advisor for years but they seem to have lost my stuff, this is not my first review.
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Always Exceptional
User: sarahcD4542OX from: Cathedral City, California
Published Date: Jul, 24, 2020
Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020
Rating: 5
We stayed three nights at the Far View Lodge. This was a third stay, each visit separated by 10 years or so - we return because it has always been exceptional for service, peacefulness, wildlife and variety of activities . . . not to mention the lodge dining menu always offering creative selections. Given the "restrictions" in place due to Covid, the room was exceptionally clean and if anything was needed, it was immediately provided. Compliance for distancing, masking and personal contact were enforced without being overbearing. This is one of our most favorite national parks to visit because of the staff, services and tours available from Far View Lodge.
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So Peaceful!
User: Erin B from: Austin, Texas
Published Date: Jul, 24, 2020
Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020
Rating: 5
Loved this National Park Lodge! Not a fancy resort but on top of the mesa and not crowded at all. Could have been because so many of the guided tours were closed and the traffic was down but it was so quiet and peaceful. It was also really affordable so we ended up getting tow rooms for our family. The balconies looked out over vast expanses of nothing-ness. No TVS which was just fine with me. We had my sons telescope and did some amazing star-watching. The rooms were nice and clean nothing fancy. Would definitely stay there again because it's such easy access to the park. Connectivity was not great which was to be expected.
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The view at night is amazing
User: Bill G from: Duplessis, Louisiana
Published Date: Jul, 18, 2020
Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020
Rating: 5
This is a national park lodge. If you are staying here, it is because of the location. You don't choose to stay in a NP lodge because of the 5 star luxury. This lodge was very clean and had everything we needed. The highlight of it was the balcony that had views for miles and miles and zero light pollution at night. My boys were so excited to see 3 shooting stars in the hour we spent sitting out there before bed. Numerous satellites and all sorts of interesting night sky features. One of them was a true fireball with a fiery tail falling down to earth.
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