Grand Lake Lodge – Best Hotel in Grand Lake, CO

If you’re looking for the best place to stay in Grand Lake, Colorado in Summer, check out Grand Lake Lodge! It is a beautiful, historic hotel right at the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park and has the most incredible views of the Rockies and Grand Lake down below. It’s typically open from May until October. Read on for my full review of staying at Grand Lake Lodge!

Grand Lake Lodge Review

Grand Lake Lodge Entrance Sign

Grand Lake Lodge Amenities

Lobby + Main Lodge

The lobby and main lodge area is a beautiful log cabin with a very rustic feel inside. 

Main Lodge at Grand Lake Lodge

It has a giant fireplace pit in the center of the lobby with plenty of seating around. It really is a beautiful building inside and out!

Grand Lake Lodge Lobby Fire Pit

The Pool + Hot Tub

This was my favorite part of the property… the view from the pool and deck! There is also a hot tub available for use.

During COVID, they are requiring guests to make reservations for the pool to limit capacity. Check their website for the most up to date info. 

Grand Lake Lodge pool
Pool overlook at Grand lake lodge

Photo from the Grand Lake Lodge website.

Deer Deck

Like the pool, the Deer Deck overlooks all of Grand Lake below.

Grand Lake Lodge Deer Deck

We were fortunate enough to catch an amazing sunset. I highly recommend grabbing a drink from the Lodge Bar and taking it out there to enjoy on a nice evening!

Viewing Deck

There is another great viewing deck that looks over the lake a little further down.

Viewing Deck at Grand Lake Lodge

There is another great viewing deck that looks over the lake a little further down. Weddings are often helped here or at their Nuptial Knoll:

Grand Lake Lodge Boutique

Inside the main building is the Grand Lake Lodge gift store. It has lots of great souvenirs to take home!

Cabins + Lodging

Spruce Cabins

We stayed in the Spruce Half Cabin Queen room at the Grand Lake Lodge, and to be honest, it was pretty basic. So basic, that I forgot to even take a photo… #badblogger. The photo below (and all photos of the rooms) are from their website, though our room was quite a bit smaller and more dated:

The room and bathroom were both pretty small. It had a TV, but we didn’t really use it. The linens on the bed were fine. Our cabin was located near the main lodge and we could hear a lot of outside noise. Below is more along the lines of what ours looked like, minus the couch. Again, very simple and basic, which is fine.

They do offer king beds, larger cabins, and full suites, they just weren’t available when we were there:

Our shower was tiny, but these are much bigger and look more updated:

Ford Cabin

Grand Lake Lodge also has two larger guest cabins that can sleep more people. The Ford Cabin has 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms and can sleep up to 12 people! It is named after Henry Ford when he stayed there in 1927!

Grand Lake Lodge Ford Cabin

Click here for more info on the Ford Cabin + see more photos.

Elk Lodge

The Elk Lodge is the largest cabin at The Grand Lake Lodge and sleeps up to 25 people!

Grand Lake Lodge - Elk Lodge

It is 2 stories, has 8 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a screened in porch with a gorgeous view!

Elk Lodge Porch at Grand Lake Lodge

Click here for more info on the Elk Lodge + see more photos.

Grand Lake Lodge Food + Beverage

Even if you don’t stay here, I highly recommend having dinner at Huntington House Tavern and booking the porch seating! Just look at that incredible view!!

Huntington House Tavern at Grand Lake Lodge

The prefix dinner is $49 per person and was delicious! The menu is pictured below and had great choices. Reservations are required and it’s highly recommended you book far in advance. 

Pre Fixe Menu Huntington House Tavern

Lodge Bar

The Lodge Bar is located in the main lobby area and has a pretty good selection of beers and cocktails. I had the Old Fashioned and it was great!

Grand Lake Lodge Bar
cocktail at grand lake lodge

In-Room Dining

When we stayed, the only in-room dining available was breakfast. We didn’t end up ordering it, but it looked like a reasonable amount of food for the price:

breakfast at grand lake lodge

The only in-room dining available was breakfast. I was kind of disappointed there wasn’t a coffee machine in the room either. You had to walk to the main lodge to get a cup of coffee, and the only thing offered was regular brewed coffee.

Overall Recommendation

Overall, I would definitely recommend staying at Grand Lake Lodge. The rooms are not necessarily the most luxurious, but they are clean and nice. The views are absolutely incredible and the food delicious was too! I look forward to staying here again in the future!

View of Grand Lake Lodge at Sunset

I hope this review of Grand Lake Lodge was helpful! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment below or DM me on Instagram

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xx Chels

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