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White Eagle Inn & Family Lodge in Cortez, CO

White Eagle Inn & Family Lodge in Cortez, CO


Ultra-clean and quiet with great views, great character, and great reviews.


Established in 1958.

Only three owners in 56 years.


Company Info:

Rating: 4.33

Address: 2110 S Broadway, Cortez, CO, 81321
  • Mon: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sun: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

Hotels in Cortez, CO



Comments (12):

1. Allison B.
Clean rooms, a little outdated (retro), but very comfortable. The staff was very friendly!

18/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
2. Don V.
Not very often that I get a basic, large, thoughtfully laid-out, super clean, comfortable motel room at an incredibly reasonable price.  I found that here at the White Eagle Inn.

What's good about it:
1) Large room for the price, with a larger-than-average bathroom
2) Thoughtfully laid out, with plenty of counter space in bathroom, power strip attached to desk for all your rechargers and hair dryer
3) Super, super clean.  No dust, no dirt, no bugs.
4) In-room mini fridge and coffee maker (no microwave)
5) Quiet, single floor motel.  You can park the car right in front of your room.  I didn't hear any noise from the neighbors or street.
6) Friendly family business.  They said "American-owned", I am not sure why they would say that.  But the people were very friendly.
7) A/C worked well.  Plenty of cool air and quiet (not always a given at this price range).
8) Free wi-fi.  Not very fast, but it worked.
9) Comfortable beds, sheets and pillows.  Slept well.
10) Plenty of counter/desk space in the room.
11) They had plenty of clothes hangers, which is something you can never have enough of while traveling as a family.

What's not good about it:
1) Shower is old-style.  Hard to get the right combination of hot/cold water temperature.
2) Located on the outskirt of town.  It takes 5-10 minutes driving to get to downtown Cortez.
3) Small, CRT TV hanging off the wall.  Not flat screen.
4) Ice maker didn't work so we couldn't get any ice while we were there.
5) A no-frill motel.  Furniture is dated, no decoration to speak of, no hair dryer, very basic toiletries (bring your own), and no fancy lobby or attached restaurant.

In summary, White Eagle Inn is a great motel at an unheard of price.

24/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
3. Harlan B.
Clean dependable, large and friendly people.  West of town on the main drag.  Stayed there for stays
They noticed that I had a flat tire and called my room at 8:30 and brough a  pump over to my room. They also have great views.  My parents, Rollie and Carol Becker went and stayed in the best room they have and said the innkeepers are fine folks and the stay good

29/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Carmen C.
Cute little retro motel. This place is family owned and very clean. The family that owns it is very friendly and helpful.

In general, Cortez is a very friendly little town. We were here on Christmas day and all restaurants were closed. The only open place was closing as we were about to enter and they let us in anyway so we wouldn't have to go hungry on Chritmas night. We were not rushed or anything and could take our time to eat.

In the morning, we went to a small gas station to buy an ice scraper and a really nice girl that was just leaving the store and must have overheard my husband asking the clerk where to find one, just gave me hers to keep!!! Incredibly nice! :)

23/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
5. Stephen M.
This is a motel in the old-fashioned meaning of the word.  Nothing fancy and no waffle-laden breakfast, either.  But the family running this place are friendly, courteous and very helpful with all the places to visit in the area. The rooms are spacious (at least, ours was!) clean and very well kept up and maintained.  Our bed was comfortable and the bathroom and shower were very well maintained.  A very reasonable price means that this was a nice value for staying in the Cortez area.  As a caveat, we use the room as a place to come back to, not as a place to spend our time, so if you are interested in entertaining guests you might want to look for a larger place or a more 'commercial' venture, but for us?  We will come back again, and I recommend you do likewise!

12/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Rinky N.
Very very decent motel.  Don't be put off by the plain exterior.  The outside is very unglitzy but the interior was very clean and comfy.  I checked out the very reliable
tripadvisor.com and decided on the White Eagle.

The inn is located about two miles from town but the  payoff is that it is quiet and away from the hustle and bustle.

We had a room with a king bed which had a shelf headboard instead of night stands,
The mattress was firm and the bedding was ultra clean and fresh.  The bathroom was sparkling clean.  We also had a mini-fridge and coffee maker.  Plus wi-fi that worked

Also working A/C.  The owners are genuinely warm and friendly.  

The tv is old style CRT and hung from the wall on my side of the bed.  
No problem for even my stumpy, zoftig body.  I was able to nimbly get by.

The price is so reasonable (around $65-ish) which is up to 1/2 the other motels in town.

Cortez is about 20 ? miles from Mesa Verde Park's entrance.

We would definitely stay here again.

13/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Dirk C.
1964 can be fun if you don't stay too long.

The White Eagle Inn in Cortez, Colorado is a "refurbished" sixties-style hotel. Staying there is a lot like driving around in a cherry 1968 Camaro convertible in many ways. First off, you'd absolutely love to go cruising in that car with the top down and the engine roaring. Drive it for a few days, though, and you'd start to notice the lack of air conditioning, power steering, satellite radio and the 12 mpg.

We thoroughly enjoyed our night there. The staff was very pleasant and the view of the mountains behind the motel is fabulous. They're designer colors: evergreen with a horizontal ecru stripe near the top. The room had everything we needed except an iron and board, but the staff brought one over the minute we asked.

Even after one day, though, you notice that the bathroom is lit by a single bulb in a sixties-era glass fixture over the mirror. The air conditioning unit is effective but loud. The TV is an analog job, enormous by today's standards, and it sticks out from the wall at least three feet. I was scared to death I'd get up in the night and crash my head into it.

In other words, there are good reasons today's hotel rooms are very different from those in 1960.

Still, if you're in Cortez, you're likely there to visit Mesa Verde. The alternatives in a small town like this are chains like Holiday Inn Express. If you're only staying a night or two, it can be fun to spend them in 1964.

24/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Barb M.
Awesome hotel that takes you back in time. The room is clean and well kept. If your kids think it's not cool enough, tell them it was in Cars!

09/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Phil G.
I do a half-marathon in Shiprock every year at this time, but when I tried to book the "official" motel in Farmington as usual, it was full. I searched on the web and found the White Eagle inn, a few miles farther from Shiprock but at a bit over half the rate of the Farmington fancy hotel, I took this one and booked it for two nights.
I am extremely happy i did, and had I known about this place I would have been doing it the last five years.
The proprietors/staff were helpful and friendly. The room was much more than adequate, and I always like being able to park outside the front door (parking spots are reserved by room number.) Although on the outskirts of town in a somewhat industrial setting, the nights were quiet and the view to the back was of Mesa Verde.
They've also turned a small open space into something of a recreation area, including a one-hole miniature golf course. The pool was empty.

-The wifi worked well.
-The power strip by desk was ugly but functional and handy.
-The fridge was unplugged when I got there but cooled off quickly
-There is a full-sized coffee maker; if you bring your own filter and coffee you can make a full pot.
-It's on the outskirts of town, no noise at night. (The was actually a plus for me as it's on the Shiprock side of town.)
-Standard def tv worked.

The only criticism I might have is the lack of room between the bed and the desk. I kept stumbling on the bedspread when I passed between them. Not a big deal, but something one might want to consider if dealing with a rambunctious family.

This place is a great value for the location.

11/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Jonathan T.
Stayed a night in Cortez on a business trip. Anguished over where to stay, mostly because I am of a Marriott mold that needs to be broken when I come to these far-out places in the country; I expect new and sleek and breakfast and a pool. But when I come out here, I find my preferences change. I like simplicity, serenity and beauty and proximity to the rich exploration opportunities out here. The White Eagle Inn is just the place for all of that.  I have no doubt I stayed at the right place overnight. Love the cleanliness, kindness of the owners, the half-century old theme of the room. I appreciate the fridge in the room, good internet connection and close availability of the fridge. The owner purposely gave me a room close to the main office so I could be assured of the good internet connection. Lastly, the price is unreal: less than 70$ for an experience like this!? What a bargain!! Would come here again.

17/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Tony N.
Just as previous reviews indicate. The room was very clean but dated. We slept great and the new owner is very nice. She made arrangements for our late arrival, no problems. I would stay here again.

15/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. Earline A.
We stayed here one night when we were in Cortez on our way to Mesa Verde National Park.  We chose the White Eagle Inn on the strength of others' Yelp reviews and my followup telephone conversation with the owner.  Very nice guy.  They went out of their way to accommodate us when we told them we might arrive later in the evening. (We didn't, as it turned out, but I was impressed and moved by the proprietor's friendliness.)  Disclosure:  as others have pointed out, the place isn't fancy.  The rooms are small, and they're straight out of 1961.  Who cares??  We didn't.  Our room was scrupulously clean and the bed was comfortable.   We slept with the window open a couple of inches, which obviated the need for the a/c.  Four pillows, and nice ones--yes!  Thank you!  The bathroom has a tub and a great shower, and they've included rags for wiping your shoes and cloths for removing your makeup.  Smart move for them and a nice accommodation for the guests.

Comfortable.  Clean.  Quiet.  Friendly.  Under $60.  These are the kind of folks I want to give my business to, and we will do so next time we're in Cortez.

26/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0