Located in southwest Colorado, Retro Inn at Mesa Verde is a blast from the past. The Cortez, Colorado motel is situated at the end of the Rocky Mountain range at 6,191 feet elevation. While you’ll bliss out on the Cortez mountain views, you’ll be tripping out on the themed room decorations that will have you remembering the 1960’s and 70’s. This Retro Inn at Mesa Verde hotel review will give you a first-hand look at this 2-star Cortez motel.
What makes Retro Inn at Mesa Verde hotel special?
Built in the 1940’s, this independently-owned inn reminds me of a trip to the desert in Palm Springs, California with its bright color scheme. In fact, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you check into Retro Inn at Mesa Verde. My 1960’s themed hotel room featured framed pictures from the Rowan & Martin television comedy show Laugh-In.
Hotel near Mesa Verde National Park & Canyon of the Ancients
Fifteen minutes from Mesa Verde National Park and 7.2 miles from Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, the 39-room Cortez hotel is a throw back to a simpler time. Fortunately, this hotel offers high speed internet and televisions in the room. While you won’t be staying in a hotel in Mesa Verde National Park, you are only minutes away from exploring Mesa Verde Country.
Location is key at this motel. You’ll park in front of your motel room and relax on your open patio.
What amenities are included at Retro Inn at Mesa Verde?
While high speed internet in included with your stay, relaxing and reconnecting is possible at this Cortez, Colorado inn. You’ll spot the giant chess board, ping pong table and lawn games in the courtyard. There’s a gas barbeque for guest to “grill and chill” on the communal patio by the lawn area.
A guest club house with pool table, foosball and retro video games is in the works. As is a guest laundry room at this Mesa Verde motel.
Complimentary breakfast at Cortez motel
Complimentary breakfast burritos, tamales, bagels, pastries, cereal, fruit and juice are included with your Retro Inn Mesa Verde stay. Additionally, there is a Keurig coffee maker in your motel room.
Room types at Retro Inn
Of the 39 Cortez hotel rooms, 17 are dog-friendly with an additional pet fee per night. My room #1971 was a double room with 2 double beds. The single-story inn offers king beds and queen beds – all non-smoking hotel rooms.
Soon, 2 themed suites will be added to the motel room collection. Look for the Great Gatsby and Woodstock themed rooms.
Things to do in Cortez, Colorado
Cortez, Colorado is your base camp for adventure. From horseback riding in Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, to mountain biking and hiking in Mesa Verde Country, there’s plenty of ways to get physical in Colorado.
If shopping for authentic Native American artwork is of interest, Notah Dineh Trading Company specializes in locally made Navajo rugs, silversmith jewelry and pottery.
Room rates at Retro Inn at Mesa Verde in Cortez range from $85.99 to $130 per night, plus tax. The Retro Inn is open year-round. Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is 11:00 a.m.
Retro Inn at Mesa Verde (970) 565-3738
2040 East Main Street
Cortez, Colorado 81321
Retro Inn at Mesa Verde hotel review, YouTube video and all photography by travel writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Mesa Verde Country while researching articles for other publications. For everything you need to plan your Mesa Verde adventure click here. As always, all opinions are my own.