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Murphy’s River Lodge in Estes Park, CO

Murphy’s River Lodge in Estes Park, CO


The finest hotel property in the Estes Park area. Come enjoy the Rockies at Murphy's River Lodge. We're only 4 miles from The Rocky Mountain National Park.


Established in 2010.

Murphy's River Lodge is located 2 blocks from downtown Estes Park and backs to the Fall River. Murphy's was remodeled in 2011 and has a reputation of having the friendliest staff in town. Your stay at Murphy's comes with free wifi, free breakfast, indoor heated pool and hot tub, 20 River front rooms, 6 pet friendly rooms and several value rooms for our friends on a tighter budget.


Company Info:

Rating: 4.50

Address: 481 W Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO, 80517
  • Mon: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sun: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Hotels in Estes Park, CO



Comments (24):

1. Katie L.
Try has some valid points below.

08/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Mary B.
We were looking for a place in Estes that we would return to often, unfortunately this is not it.  Room was small, bathroom very small, deck small.  Our rate came with a complimentary bottle of wine that I had to ask for three times before they gave it to us, each time apologizing that they had not noticed that when we checked in.  Breakfast is ok.  Staff was ok.

12/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
3. Wally S.
I can't stress the value you get here enough.   My wife, myself and our two kids wanted to go to Glenwood Springs.   We live in Denver, and there was bad weather moving in.  We checked out places at Estes Park and decided to give Murphy's a try.   Estes Park is well less than half the drive Glenwood is for us.  What a great find.  The whole complex is clean and well kept.  The room was comfortable, clean and had great heating/cooling.   What blew us away was the pool and hot tub.  Pool had to be above 90 degrees.  The building was immaculate.   The wifi in the room was fast and flawless.  Nice big tv in the room.   We were very pleased with our stay, and plan on coming back.

08/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Laura O.
Clean and basic. I liked to good enough to stay again if I was back in the area. The rooms were clean and the beds comfortable. They had wi-fi, but not consistently which was annoying for a couple members of our group that had a bit of work to do. The location close to downtown was great.

I would recommend it, but it's nothing special.

12/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
5. Tracie C.
Since the moment I called Murphy River Lodge, I was thoroughly impressed.  The front desk accommodated my stay, (3 day required but let me stay 2).  When arrived, the front desk was so friendly and gave us suggestions on where to hike and eat (gluten-free suggestions). Also a great horse excursion ( Gateway Stables A++).  My kids were offered free DVD's to bring back to the room.

Excellent location. Walking distance along the river to downtown Estes Park and outdoor concert area.  We got lucky and watched a free acapella show there.  

They also upgraded our room (didn't even ask) for no additional charge. The room was spacious and very clean.  Love the decor too.  The fridge was perfect to keep our purchased case of water (you need to hydrate there with the hikes).  We used the pool and hot tub and the facility was very clean.

We enjoyed the continental breakfast. The staff was so friendly and welcoming as soon as we walked in the dining room. Great selection of cereal, breads, muffins, fruit and beverages (and hard boiled eggs). They actually had a few gluten-free options (they weren't aware of), but i still brought my own.  The staff also showed my kids "The Snack Drawer" to take on their hikes.

We will defiantly recommend to friends and hope to return back to Estes Park!! Thank you MRL for making our stay amazing.

21/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Charlie F.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Murphy river lodge. It was in a great location (short pretty walk by the river to the main street). The staff were all friendly and the room was great! Comfortable bed, spacious yet cozy room and perfectly neat and clean! It was decorated nicely, had a nice warm homely feel and great amenities. Our room also had a big balcony with a nice view. Will definitely stay here again. Thank you!

13/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. BT M.
Just returned home from a terrific stay here!
The staff was phenomenal. Extremely friendly and helpful at all times.
The room was updated and clean and the bed was comfortable.
We stayed in a pet friendly room and it was clean with no odors from previous residents. The staff worked to move us a riverfront room the day after our arrival, as soon as one became available.  So we actually were in 2 different rooms and both were equally clean and nice. The location if perfect! Easy to get into town, but right on the river as well.
The wifi worked well at all times.
We had no complaints and will be staying here again.

02/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Tori L.
Stayed here for five nights and had a lovely experience last week. We stayed in the "Blue Spruce" room. It's definitely "cozy", as the website says. The room is quite small, but we were aware of that. Just something to note if you are considering that room. We definitely had room for all of our stuff and were able to relax in there in the evenings, though.

Nice breakfast (included in the room charge), very friendly staff, and a perfect location! You can easily walk downtown to all the shops and restaurants. It's so nice to not have to worry about parking downtown and not having to go far after a day of hiking.

Bonus points for an awesome indoor hot tub, pool, and DVD selection. (DVD players are in the rooms.)

Wi-fi didn't work for longer than 10 mins but I don't think many people come to RMNP to sit on the computer.

07/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Lisa C.
We got here last minute without a reservation. Rate of $119 seemed pretty good for a standard 2 queen room in a resort town. It is very clean, quiet and tastefully decorated. Our room did not have river view or balcony so be sure to ask for this if you make a reservation. WiFi worked great. Management was friendly and made good restaurant recs. I would definitely stay here again.

11/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Kelley S.
We spent 5 nights here and loved it!  Clean, right on the river (so you can listen to the rushing sound of the water all night), and a great location within walking distance of downtown shops and restaurants!

The bed was comfortable, and overall the hotel rooms and property are very well maintained.

The free wi-fi worked great!  We also enjoyed the free continental breakfast (it would be even better though if you put in a waffle iron!).

There was a decent TV in the room as well as a nice microwave and mini-fridge!

We'll definitely be back!  It was clean and basic (but not too basic), and the location, price, and staff were terrific!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay - you will too!

11/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Troy W.
Excellent, excellent, excellent!

This place was just our speed for a vintage lodge-like motel.  The whole family visited summer 2011.  It is close enough to easily walk (for most folks) to all the shops and restaurants downtown, but because it's not directly in the middle of it all, the rates are a little more reasonable.

It's an older place that has recently been updated.  The guest rooms have been updated with carpet, tile, curtains, and bedding that will surround you with the modern earth-tones most of us expect today.

The "lodge" is laid out with a two-story guest room structure that wraps around, in a square fashion, the parking lot while the office building is in the middle.  All the buildings have been  updated as well with fresh paint in shades of brown.  Though updated, we personally enjoyed the sound of walking around on the wood balconies... somewhat creaked a little.  Some of the railings were worn smooth.  We love an older place.  The more history a place can get under its belt, the more character and charm it seems to have.

The property backs up to a creek roaring right out of the mountains.  Very nice.  Get a room at the back of the "square" to have a balcony or patio if you'd like to take advantage of the relaxing sights and sounds.

The staff was very nice.  We felt like we were staying with friends.

They have a great continental breakfast with cereal, danishes, fruit, bagels, juice, coffee, etc.  The set up is cool, too.  On the second level, sort of a loft above the pool, the breakfast is in a kitchen area with lots of tables, a fireplace, a TV, microwave, sink, and a small selection of books and board games.

Cautions:  In the updated, guest room bathroom, there was only a single, round, extension wall mirror.  I thought it was cool, but any women who rely on larger mirrors may not like it.  The breakfast area is on the second level which is not a big deal for most, but anyone who does not like to or cannot climb stairs will not like this arrangement.  Parking is tight--If you are traveling with two cars, there may not be a space for both.  With this known, it's not enough to keep me away.

In the end, it was just right.  I hope to stay again.

08/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Stan D.
We really enjoyed our stay.  The Lodge is within walking distance of town, and we really loved waking up to Elk snacking on grass in the field across the street.  

The rooms are clean, the staff is courteous, and the service is impeccable.  I mention the service because they offer free DVD movies for loan in the lobby, there are coupons to a variety of restaurants and attractions in town, and, up in the dining area, they have books and games either to borrow or enjoy right there.  

We went up on a Groupon, so I don't know how affordable the Lodge is otherwise, but I'm sure that prices vary throughout the year.  Going during the slower months definitely has its benefits.  If you go during the winter, however, you may not want to pay the extra upgrade price to be on the river.  We did, and it was too cold to enjoy the deck we paid for.  The river was running, and we could see it from our room, but it was mostly under ice, and not really that romantic.  

I will caution you that the bathrooms are just as small as reviewed.  The tubs are really, really tiny, and there is not enough room for more than one person to be in the bathroom at a time.  So, if someone is brushing teeth or putting on make-up. everyone else has to wait.  Other than that, the room was ample size, and the bed comfortable.  Just note that there may be feathers in some of the pillows, and, if you are allergic, you will want to have those removed.

17/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
13. Margaret A.
Really nice lodge, inexpensive and you get some nice perks. They have a good continental breakfast with pastries, cereals, teas, oatmeal and fruit.  They also have a wide variety of DVDs you can rent for free.  

I travelled with my dogs and the pet friendly room I stayed in was spacious and clean.  They have a heated pool, and hot tub.  In the summer it will be great to hang out at one of the picnic tables along the river.  Just a couple drawbacks- I think they control the heat, I couldn't find a thermostat in the room and the wall unit only blew cold air.  It was ok, but I would have made the room warmer.  Also the shower was unpredictable.  When I showered in the morning the hot water came in and out, and it was difficult to find the right spot on the dial that wasn't too hot or too cold.

The lodge is very close to shops and within blocks of the shops downtown.  The staff should get 5 stars for their kindness and hospitality.  I highly recommend staying here in the Spring or Summer, and could see myself coming back and staying here again during that time of year.

10/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Jan L.
We had a 2 night reservation but once we saw it we asked for one more night.  Annette the manager on site was wonderful, showing us what room we could have for 3 nights.  Loved it, very clean, right on the river.
Indoor pool and hot tub, feels great after a day at the RMNP!

23/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. Richard R.
Outstanding value for the area. We had excellent and informative service when checking in. Very friendly and helpful. We even got to meet the adorable pug that lives there. The grounds are well maintained. The room was much nicer than expected. Clean and comfortable. Coffee/tea in room and all other expected ammenities. They have a huge collection of DVDs in lobby. Free to use in DVD player in room. Free breakfast in a very clean, nice room with eggs, pastries, fruit, yogurt, etc.   We ate lots of good food before backpacking. Awesome place. I will stay there every time if they have a vacancy

17/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Amy R.
The rooms here were really big - we stayed one night in a king room on the creek side. The bed was super comfy and everything was clean. The bathroom was small but you had a huge desk and mirror in the room to spread out if you needed to.

Had a fridge, coffee station, and a sweet TV too. We will be back!

14/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Tina M.
Beds are very comfortable, small room but we didn't spend a lot if time in it. Staff was friendly and very helpful when looking for a good place to eat. Continental breakfast was a good size as had a good selection of foods. Maid staff was fast as efficient. Renovations were underway so room selection was limited.

Only real complaint was our door had a whistle (very loud and not fixable) with the winds that pick up over night.

31/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Mandi S.
This lodge was awesome!

*Great Service & Guest Services
*Very Clean Rooms
* Updated & Cozy

Every time I'm in Estes Park I will Hands Down Stay Here! Thank You for the Great Service & We Will Be Back!!!!!!!!

16/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Kristen F.
We spent an awesome weekend in Estes and Murphy's was the perfect place to stay! Very family friendly, the kids loved the pool and hanging out by the river. Our room was perfect- very clean and spacious with extra comfy beds! The continental breakfast filled us up both days and the entire staff was extremely helpful and friendly during our entire stay! We will definitely be back! It's the best place that we've stayed while in Estes Park!

09/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Brian B.
Extremely nice staff, very clean, great view. Nice continental breakfast.

Pool and hot tub well maintained.

Spacious rooms.

Definitely will return!

28/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Erin M.
Loved Murphy's River Lodge! We stayed in a king river room and it was spacious with a sitting area, a fireplace, a kitchen and a bedroom area. The view outside the room was also gorgeous (mountains, the river, though just slightly off the road). The bed was comfy and I got my first 9 hour night of sleep I've gotten in awhile here. The staff was also friendly and the variety at breakfast was decent.

A few quick notes:
The pet policy is pretty strict; you're not supposed to leave Fido in the room unattended.
If you're cheesy like we are, take a picture in the big rocking chair.

Loved Murphy's and will be back!

02/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Holden M.
It's a 3 minute drive to busy Elkhorn St.  I really thought it was so cool that we could rent DVDs from the front office for free.  The room was modern and had all the amenities - even an iron / ironing board.  Tranquil creek runs through the back.  Breakfast was continental, and included in our stay!  Lastly, the manager took our picture on the enormous rocking chair, and gave us a printed photo to keep.  Amazing service.

02/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Michael M.
Very nice people. Clean recently renovated rooms. Stayed in lower river condo. Fireplace is a nice touch. Would stay here again for sure! Only drawback is that TV is in living area, so you can't watch from bed. It would be an easy fix for one to be added to bedroom. Major plus to be on the river and to have elk walking by the window.

04/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
24. Stephanie W.
We had to cancel last minute, day of our reservation due to weather and they couldn't of been more helpful and understanding. I am very appreciative of this. Thank you so much! I will be sending people your way!

16/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0