Just got back from our wonderful stay at the BEAUTIFUL El Portal. I cannot praise it enough! It was everything we wanted. From spacious, gorgeous and super clean (a rarity these days) rooms, to the cozy fire pit that had a fire going first thing every morning to enjoy your coffee by, and first thing every night to enjoy your s’mores. The lighting in the courtyard just instantly draws you in and makes you want to quickly grab a blanket (which they have stacks to offer), pull up an Adirondack, get your spot next to the fire and chat with the other hotel guests coming and going. There were even people who had the GENIUS idea to work remotely at this beautiful inn. If being outside isn’t for you, don’t worry! There is a fire burning in the lobby, which really feels less like a lobby and more like home. There is fresh coffee made every morning and an array of breakfast goodies and snackies that you can help yourself to, at no extra charge (another rarity) . They also have small refrigerators stocked with various fun local beers, ciders and wine for you to try – charge it to my room, please!
The conversation, the warm cozy feeling, the comfort of knowing you’re not being glared at for bringing your family’s most loyal companion (your pup), the ease of check in and check out, THE GORGEOUS ROOMS!!!! They even have a sweet little basket made up for your pup with treats to make them feel right at home.
The owners, Steve and Connie, really think of all the fine details to make your stay extra comfy and special. That’s what stood out to me the most. You don’t feel like you’re staying at some generic hotel. El Portal feels like you’re staying with a friend; couldn’t be more comfortable. I am definitely making my way back out to this diamond in the rough!
-October 26, 2023