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Surprise, Arizona
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3 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was one of the most beautiful lodges I have stayed at in a long time. The amenities were great! The rooms were clean and equipped with a refrigerator and microwave. The continental breakfast was more than I expected. I will definitely stay here again.

Thank joyous1123
MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know you loved our Lodge. Thank you for the compliments we appreciate it. We hope to see you again at Murphy'r River Lodge. More 

Monument, Colorado
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218 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

clean, safe, continental breakfast, good size room, queen size bed, comfy, baseboard heat, so you will be warm and cozy. We had a room on the second floor, overlooking the creek, so I could leave the door open a bit, and hear the soft creek sounds. It was cold, for sure, in November, saw two herds of elk, the little... More 

Thank Paula U
MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review

We are glad to hear you had a great time at our Lodge. It's great you heard the sounds and nature and also enjoyed seeing the Elk. Thanks for mentioning our great location. We hope to see you again at Murphy's River Lodge. More 

Seward, Nebraska
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed at Murphy's River Lodge because of it's convenient location to downtown Estes Park, you can easily walk to the downtown area - only 2 blocks away! Loved the stream out the back patio doors for having coffee in the morning or a drink in the evening! We didn't take our pet, but they do allow pets in certain rooms.... More 

Thank iluv2vacation
MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know you liked your time at our Lodge. We are glad you enjoyed. We are happy you had a great experience. We hope to see you again at Murphy's River Lodge. More 

Highlands Ranch, Colorado
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So we went for two nights with my two boys. 9 years old and 6 years old. They are not kid friendly even a little bit. Signs posted every two inches on never leaving your children un attended outside or around the property. When I checked in I was asked if I brought any dogs and if I was lying... More 

Thank Jennifer M
MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review

We are not a creepy place. The signs are posted to help our guests. We are often sold out and we have a wide range of guests and have found it's easier for our guests to read a sign then to call or walk to the front desk to ask a question. The signs regarding never leaving child unattended is... More 

Fort Collins
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23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful place. Everyone was so helpful and accommodating. Unique little treats like DVDs to watch accompanied by their popcorn. Elk were everywhere! The sound of the river was so peaceful. A swinging bench seat, picnic area, pet area, BBQs, they have it all. In spite of the fact that we were in the end room (right next to the... More 

Thank Dani K
MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know you had a wonderful experience. We are happy you enjoyed the scenery and the great outdoors. We are glad your pups enjoyed their stay too. It's great you had a great time. We hope to see you again at Murphy's River Lodge. More 

San Antonio, Texas
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222 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed 5 nights and loved the convenient location to RMNP and the town of Estes Park. We walked to most places in Estes Park. Traffic was heavy as there was a festival in the Park. Hotel staff gave great recommendations. Our room overlooked the creek and we enjoyed morning and evening relaxation on the Lanai.

Thank stefhim
MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know you had a great experience. We are happy you had relaxation. We are lucky to be close to downtown, it's great to have a short walk to get there. We hope to see you again at Murphy's River Lodge. More 

Crystal Lake, Illinois
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Very clean and has excellent staff. We stayed only one night but was surprised how clean the room was. There was a large gap and the bottom and top of the door which opened to the outside that caused a small draft. This didn't effect us because it was nice out the night we stayed there. The room also smelled... More 

Thank Melissa R
MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review

It's great you loved our location. We will be checking on all rooms for any repairs that need to be made. Thanks for the heads up on that. Thank you for complimenting our staff, they are excellent. We hope to see you again a Murphy's River Lodge. More 

Cornell, Wisconsin
1 review
Reviewed 24 October 2016

This resort is a must-stay if visiting Estes Park, CO and vicinity. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left we were treated like a member of the family by the always friendly staff. The atmosphere of the resort was so pleasant and our accommodations were incredible! Fireplace, full kitchen, comfortable beds, view of the river- everything at... More 

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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the compliments and recommendations. We are happy that you were happy at Murphy's. Our location is a great one. We have the best staff ever and we appreciate you complimenting them. We hope to see you again. More 

Washougal, Washington
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58 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Nice room overlooking small river at this time, pool and hot tub there, Cont. breakfast while having something to eat I stepped out and saw 3 bears across the road in the woods and loved it, not everywhere you get that chance. Had a great stay....

Thank William D
MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review

We are so glad you were able to see the bears. We love that you had a great stay at our Lodge. We hope you can stay with us again and stay a little longer. More 

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9 reviews
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This looked like a great place online but we were disappointed. When we walked in, we were overwhelmed by the smell of Clorox. The Clorox was there to cover the musty odor coming from the air conditioner. The continental breakfast was less than average. We were excited to get into the pool but had to get out after 10 minutes... More 

Thank Ashley H
MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear you had problems. We always check with our managers to see how problems can be resolved. We are unsure why you smelled a clorox smell. We do not use clorox to clean. We use Eco lab products. We also do not use products to cover up smells we always try to get rid of the... More 

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  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Free Internet
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Murphy's River Lodge

Address: 481 West Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517
Region: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Price Range: RM465 - RM849 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Murphy's River Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 37
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Also Known As:
Murphy`s River Hotel Estes Park
American Wilderness Hotel
American Wilderness Lodge
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Estes Park
#3 Business Hotel in Estes Park
#5 Romantic Hotel in Estes Park
#5 Family Hotel in Estes Park
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“I had a room on the side by the road but never heard a thing!”
 of 5 bubbles joyous1123, 26 Nov 2016 | Read review
“over-looking the creek!”
 of 5 bubbles 84paulau, 25 Nov 2016 | Read review
“I think all rooms would be good!”
 of 5 bubbles iluv2vacation, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“If you have a pet, rooms on the end, near the pet area, are ideal.”
 of 5 bubbles danik294, 7 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Travelers noisy as they walk upstairs wooden walkway (talking, dragging suitcases). Loved the creek overview.”
 of 5 bubbles stefhim, 31 Oct 2016 | Read review
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