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What Our Guests Have to Say About the Mountain Motel

“Wow, coming home to Colorado!”

I stayed at Mountain Motel in August 2012, and I’m writing this at the end of December 2012. I doubt that even a few days have gone by without my thinking about my wonderful stay there. And, yes, Colorado used to be my home and is still my “heart” home. Irene is one of those rare, remarkable, caring and engaging individuals. The motel really reflects her and her heart and style. I was so happy to be there and in Salida that I stayed twice as long as I intended to, and will, for sure, return as soon as I can. She is making the motel a very, very special place. I stayed in Room 1. It was so authentically “mountain” without being overdone. The room was so comfortable. The service was wonderful. I loved sitting outside and talking with Irene and others. It was an experience I’ve never had with any other lodging. A very, very special place!
Room Tip: Just ask Irene. She’ll help you know what’s best for you, once she knows what you want.

Em H   

December 20, 2012   

“Nice cozy hotel”

We stayed in cabin 9 for one night as we was just passing through, but overall it was a very nice little cozy place to stay. I love old rustic cabins fit in just right. The owner talked to us over the phone and gave us great directions then left the cabin unlocked and turned on the heat because we were arriving late. Although the price when checking out was higher then she quoted me over the phone a month before I didn’t make a big deal because we had such a pleasnant experience. If you travel to salida I would definetly stay here as oppossed to any other chain hotel.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple

B. D.   

January 3, 2013   

“Traveling prospector’s mountain treasure”

Prospecting the cyber sites for a place for a place to get in out of the cold and bed down, I happened upon the site of Mountain Motel in Salida. It caught my interest–nothing big and fancy like corporate hotels–but warm, cozy, and comfortable and maybe friendly. Calling on the land line to the registration desk, I talked to the proprietor Irene about the location and amenities. I decided to stake a claim for five nights. Costs of the claim was real reasonable–did not need a swimming pool or a hot tub–a hot shower would work just great. Talking to Irene was like striking up a conversation with an ol’e friend. She helped me with info and things to make to trip work which was skiing our buns off with my son at Monarch Ski Resort.
We stayed in the newer efficient room with new queen beds. Quiet, clean, remodeled with frig, micro, and flat TV. There are cabin rooms that gives a feeling of real mountain cabin. These cabins are authentic older nothing fake cabins. They are very clean, warm and cozy. I plan on staying in a cabin the next ski or motorcycle excursion to Salida. I have stayed in corporate hotels which do the job providing a place to stay, however, hotels miss the ability to extend the individual attention that a individual owner can. Individual attention is what Irene is about. This is her home in Salida. She wants the guests to feel at home at Mountain Motel while prospecting the area mountains.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family

Don S.   

January 13, 2013   

“Quirky and cute”

This was a last-minute stop as we didn’t want to venture Monarch Pass in the dark and snow. At the end of a strip of chain motels and gas stations, the Mountain Motel is a gem. Irene, the proprietor, is friendly, chatty, accommodating and incredibly helpful. She is in the process of remodeling the rooms to offer charm and and a quirky Western aesthetic as well as comfort and convenience. This little motel is well on its way to becoming a boutique find.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family

Bronna R.   

February 8, 2013   

Drop by here check it out and you will stay

Every couple of years my buddy and I meet up to go motorcycle riding for a couple of weeks, as we went through Salida the fresh, clean, look of your motel caught my eye. I prefer to stay in locally owned, not chain hotels. The attention to details on the exterior told me the the place belonged to an attentive on site owner. The staff and the unique interiors lived up to the outside promise. The linens were not the standard prison white, the coffee set up was great, as was the room interior. I really enjoyed the patio in the morning. Motorcycle riders and rodders, the owner is a gearhead who enjoys talking about it, bonus!.


September 14, 2013   

See you again soon!

After visiting Salida for years and staying at several other locations in the area I have found the only place I want to recommend to visitors to our mountains. As a Colorado native serving visitors in many capacities this is the first location that has the given ability to care for guests. If you’re interested in cruising the highways and byways of our state this is a centrally located town (Salida) with a number of enjoyable pleasures from sitting on the bank of the river watching kayaks to hiking, biking and grabbing a camera for photos of the wildlife. This charming motel is located on Highway 50 East heading toward Royal Gorge. Though located on the highway I found the night traffic sounds were not intrusive of my sleep – as I keep my window open all night. Irene is a gracious hostess as the Owner/Operator of this unique motel. If you pass it by with a “vacancy” sign light on then you are missing the only chance to know mountain hospitality at its best. See you again soon!


May 12, 2013   

“Great Value, Friendly Owner”

I went on a little get-away with my girlfriend, and this place was great. It is much cheaper than some of the other places in town, and they just refurbished and re-did much of the motel, so the new part is very nice, very clean, and very rustic. The beds were in very good shape, the kitchen part was furnished with the necessary accessories to help you get by, it’s just a gem of a little place for a good value when normally you’re either breaking the bank or staying somewhere cheap. Irene the owner was very friendly and gave us great advice about where to eat in town and what to go see. All of her recommendations were spot on, and she even offered to help us get a two for one deal at Monarch Mountain the next day.
It helped me save a lot over some of the bed and breakfast places in town, and there are good places to eat in town like Ferraro’s (check the marsala and alfredo, made right).
If you’re on a little bit of a budget, this place is ideal, and even if not, it’s worth considering, the new rooms feel like you are in a cabin.

Will T   

March 30, 2013   

“Woof Woof”

Thank you for allowing me to stay at your motel, as one of your dog guests, because after miles of trails with my Owner I was anxiously awaiting a restful night that turned into two. Irene thank you for the gentle caress as it made me know I was truly welcomed.


May 15, 2013   

Just make sure you save our room.

We have been visiting the Mountain Motel for years as our job travels bring us to the area. It is a comfortable place to stay and it is exciting to see the new changes that are happening to The Hitchin’ Post. The new owners are enthusiastic and are adding a real western flare. It is a step back to the old West with the comforts of home. The motel is on the main drag but off the beaten path. You can be social or you can be quiet and to yourself. It is up to you. It is within walking distance to downtown Salida and quaint shops with lots of great eating places. There is plenty to do within the area. If you are looking for a great Colorado vacation with lots of God’s country at your fingertips and a comfortable place to stay with great rates then The Hitchin’ Post is the place for you. Just make sure you save our room. After all, we were there first, lol.

Betty C   

April 11, 2012   

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