I have traveled through Colorado for the past five summers. I have stayed in multiple big chain motels and hotels not worth writing about. However, I do have to mention Gateway Lodge because of the great and friendly service provided by the owners Anna and Marcin. I feel bad because I should have left this review 5 years ago, but better late than never. When I first stopped by there 5 years ago, I found the rooms to be very clean and updated. Over the years, I have only seen improvements. It used to be called the Winchester Motel, but the new name and the improvements are even a greater positive. From the outside the motel does not look like the most glamorous place you could stay at, as it is an older building. However, the rooms (what really is important) are as nice and clean as at many much more expensive places. I am attaching couple of pictures of the room I stayed at most recently. The room was big and clean. You can smell the freshly laundered sheets. The continental breakfast has a great selection of bagels, muffins, cookies, fresh fruit, cereals,and juices. The owners are extremely friendly and accommodating. One time I had hard time connecting to the free wireless due to my crappy tablet, and they suggested moving me to a new room at no extra charge just to make sure I was happy. You do not get such a service at the chain hotels. I was very impressed that coming back the second year, the owners remembered me by name and even gave me the same room. Since then, they always make sure I am happy with my accommodations, but speaking with other guests, even the first timers, they get the same feeling. The motel is past few chain motels, but it is worth driving the five minutes extra. It is closer to the historical downtown area where you will find many great restaurants (see my reviews for the restaurants I dined at, including now famous Shooters). There is also a nice farmer's market (on specific days), a movie theater, and a park where on some days there are free concerts.
With our economy the way it is, I strongly believe it is important to stay and support the local businesses which without our support would not exist. So in conclusion, if you want to have a great service and a clean room at a great price, please stay there. If you do stay there and do not agree with my assessment, feel free to let me know, since I would be very surprised.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gateway Lodge located in the heart of Rifle's historic Downtown area features clean, comfortable rooms at affordable rates. Close to shopping, restaurants, cocktail lounges, and a convenience store across the street. Gateway Lodge puts you at the hub of area attractions. Plus you'll enjoy the quality rooms and great service. ... more less
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