I love marketing and advertising. The right description and a couple of favorable photos and you have a gorgeous travel destination with a super high asking price. Estes Park itself is fantastic. A precious little mountain village surrounded by snowcapped mountain peaks, it offers lots to do and charming shops and restaurants. But this condo was an expensive, noisy, uncomfortably hot disappointment.
Unit 4 is a contemporary condo with typical California design. What could have been a fun, flirty upbeat modern urban designed was turned tragic by poor interior design choices. As an interior designer, I was especially sensitive to the bad combination of Knotty pine ceilings, cabinets and trim with hip dark stained hardwood floors. Apparently the idea was to create cabin chic, but the result is an aesthetically impaired mess. Horrible pink window shades, stained carpet and area rugs and a complete disregard for size to space furniture picks and framed prints completed the decorating faux pas.
There are only 2 windows that open outward: one up and one down. The rest are decorative only except for kitchen/living area which open at the floor only. Because the rear of the unit has no windows at all, there is no airflow. There is also no AC so the unit is unbearably hot and stuffy on hot summer days and into the night.
The unit faces a super busy street, so noise is a huge issue. It does offer mountain views, but one must first look past the packed Riverside parking lot directly across the street. Which raises another problem with this unit: no parking. There are 3 spaces onsite; otherwise a guest must jockey for a parking space across the street - in a lot where vehicles are already packed like lemmings. Rare that a space is actually available = big problem.
This was not the best choice for accommodation in Estes Park, and not worth the huge per night price tag. Next time we will plan further ahead to avoid having to settle for 'what's left over.'
There was one endearing quality to this overpriced accommodation.