Retro Inn at Mesa Verde Hotel Review

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.

Retro Inn at Mesa Verde retro sign and vintage trailer in Cortez, Colorado. The 2-star motel is located in downtown Cortez in south western Colorado.

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.

Inside the retro vintage trailer at Retro Inn Mesa Verde in Cortez, Colorado. The baby blue interior, kitchen stove and drawers bring me back to the 1960's. Cute themed trailer parked at the motel.

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.

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A giant game of chess on the grassy lawn area for guests to play at the Retro Inn at Mesa Verde.

Breakfast room, with black and white checkerboard flooring at Retro Inn at Mesa Verde. The brightly colored benches at each breakfast table make the room pop with color.

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.

My double room with 2 double beds featured bright yellow and neon green painted walls. Photos of Daniel Rowan and Dick Martin, creators of the tv comedy Laugh-In, hung on the wall above the bed, along with framed pictures of Goldie Hawn, Lillie Tomlin and other television celebrities.

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.

Travel Writer and Equestrian Travel Expert Nancy D. Brown horseback riding in Canyon of the the Ancients National Monument in Cortez, Colorado.

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.