Welcome to the official web site of “The Cow Palace Inn,” a landmark hotel of Lamar, Colorado since 1972. It has mounds of tradition, a number of eating establishments; for breakfast, lunch and dinner; as well as all the amenities of your traditional hotel establishment. We’re a proud partner of Rodeway Inn and look forward to your stay with us.
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The Rodeway Inn Cow Palace has the space you need with approximately 100 rooms available to rent. Boasting a an assortment of amenities, we’re able to cater to the needs of individual travelers or large groups. These include three restaurants, a lounge, meeting rooms, a large banquet room, a swimming pool, hot tub and wireless Internet. Thud providing for those planning dinners, birthday parties, meetings, weddings, and special functions including Christmas parties.
The Rodeway Inn Cow Palace is located at 1301 N Main Street in Lamar. Please call for additional information at 719-336-7753, or, fax 719-336-9598.
Our family was traveling cross country and stumbled upon Lamar CO, which in itself is a pretty small town. We were attracted to the Cow Palace Inn by it’s great lighting. (It was dark) The parking lot was well lit and quite large.
The lobby was a throwback the the old west which was very classy and well thought out. I loved that the theme was throughout the common areas. We were all starving and couldn’t wait to eat. We were seated in the restaurant and waited on quickly. We LOVED the salsa!! (I know my salsa and this is homemade) I thought they would ask us to please stop asking for more, but the salsa is bottomless for sure. We all ordered something different on the menu and it was all cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious!!
After our meal we were ready to call it a night and I could not believe that they offered Posturepedic beds! What?? At a hotel? We have one at home and are pretty accustomed to sore backs after sleeping in hotels (Even when they claim to have nice beds) but not at the Palace, we slept like babies and woke up without back pain. If you have one of your own, you know what it’s like to be spoiled while sleeping, there is nothing like it. Thank you Cow Palace for the great night’s sleep. 🙂
Last but certainly not least, when we were leaving we had the great pleasure of meeting the owners of the hotel, Doug and Lee, they personally thanked us for staying and asked us if there was anything else they could do for us to make our stay any better. We said no and thanked them again. Doug asked if we had tried the ice cream parlor and we said that we had not. He showed us where it was and we all enjoyed the BEST ice cream we have ever had! Would I return to the Cow Palace? 100%, no question!!
Thank You Cow Palace!!
We have stayed here on and off over the years. We had stopped because it was not being taken care of yet still pricey.
I read about the redo. So we booked a room. It’s nice. The mattress is a newer very comfortable pillow top. There is a 40″ flat screen. Unfortunately it does not have HD channels. There was new bathroom shower insert and toilet. The down side was the very old and worn out carpet from the eighties. It was clean.
The pool area looked good as well as the physical appearance of the exterior. Lots of work there. So if you like it in the day it’s ready again.
Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
– SH1304 (Oklahoma)
The glory years of this property are back. Clean as can be and very nicely remodeled, with a very nice pool and hot tub and a restaurant that is as good as any in the area. The rooms were clean with new mattresses and furnishings. The owner, Doug Thrall and his crew should be proud of how they have turned this property around back to its glory days of the 70’s and 80’s.
Stayed February 2015, traveled with family
– AutoWorldLA (Colorado)
This is a great place to stay. The courtyard gives it a uniqueness that very few hotels have. Beds are very comfortable. The free breakfast is from a menu and cooked to order. We stay here occasionally and everytime we do, it gets better. Looking forward to the next time we are through Lamar, co.
– Andrew D (New Mexico)
We have written reviews before about the Cow Palace. We stayed in this place when the previous owner had let it go to shambles. But since the new owner, this place just keeps getting better and better. The difference from about 6 – 7 years ago till now is remarkable. My family and I stay here about every 6 months or so and we are so happy to stay here. The hotel just keeps getting better. The kids get excited to see what has changed from our previous visit. It is a fun place. The staff is very friendly. The free breakfast is actually cooked to order from a breakfast menu that you pick the items. Wonderful pancakes, bacon, hash browns, oatmeal, etc… all of it is good. The owner actually cares what kind of experience you have. We will return.
– Incredible_place (New Mexico)
Great name for a place in Lamar, Colorado. The beds were really nice, and so were the rooms. Big TV, and kind of unique inner part of the hotel with the pool and huge area it was in. Has a lounge, and restaurant too. Would recommend.
– whitelobster (United States)
My family and I stayed at the cow palace and had a good experience. With young kids the heated pool was a big plus! Having a restaurant on site made it convenient. The service at the front desk was helpful. We will definitely stay again when passing through Lamar.
I grew up in Southeastern Colorado and my parents still live there. Recently my Mom celebrated her 90th Birthday and I made sure my family and all of my grow children and spouses we able to be there. Because of the number of us, I booked us all into The Cow Palace Inn in Lamar, Colorado. It was a great experience in small town USA from the time we checked in to the time we checked out three days later. The front office staff was very courteous and accomodating and we were set up with three adjoining rooms. They were all clean, spacious and comfortable. The free breakfast was a real country breakfast not just a muffin and coffee. The wait staff was very professional and service was excellent. If you are looking for a beer at the end of the day try the “Man Beer” in the lounge and you will not be dissapointed. My five year old grandson loved the indoor pool. So if you are passing through Southeastern Colorado and want a great place to stay with friendly people and atmosphere The Cow Palace Inn is a great choice.
– Craig K (Colorado)
Did not stay there, but we did have two meals and a familiar gathering place – the Courtyard – for our 50 year (class of 64) reunion……..The assistance given us by the new owner showed us he really wanted our business – and hopes to earn yours. The Food far exceed my expectations – and The breakfast buffet was one of the best I’ve had in years ! Everything tasted so good – And the service was very good and quite friendly…… and – the breakfast bonus – at the end of the buffet line – the best green chili I have had in 25 years – at least – If you’re planning an event – give them a shot at your event!
– Paul W (Michigan)
We have a 50th Class Reunion at the Cow Palace. The rooms were great, clean and comfortable. The accommodations for the reunion were excellent as well as the food. I highly recommend the Cow Palace Inn.
– Lawrence B (Colorado)
Very Beautiful place. Food was great! Wonderful Service! What else can you say except I would stay there over and over again. This place might have had some problems in the past but being there for 3 days at all different Times on Friday aft, Sat evening and back on Sunday Morning for a delicious breakfast. Wow great Job Doug Thrall and Staff. The Class of 1964 appreciates you!
– Norma J (Colorado)
Dear Mrs. Callaham,
This letter is to let you know that myself & John J. Heil, enjoyed our stay with your Inn very much and we thank you both for an excellent team and a very clean room and place!
The staff were professional and knowledgeable and very caring, indeed.
We look forward to staying at the Inn if ever we are in the area again.
Thanking you in advance for your most kind time, and, have a great day.
Dr. Kenneth B. Thibodeau
Post 5 Chaplain
Letter from Dr. Kenneth B. Thibodeau
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I stayed at the Cow Palace Inn from May 12th through the 14th along with my husband and three children. The service was great, front desk staff was very helpful and friendly. The rooms were clean with comfortable beds and were rented at a really great price. The children loved the heated pool and tge hot tub was just what we needed after traveling. The restaurant had very friendly waitstaff and the food was great. Next time we drive through Lamar, CO. we will absolutely be staying at the Cow Palace Inn.
– Vipuente86 (Fort Worth, Texas)
My wife, Ashley and I held our wedding at the Cow Palace on June 7. The staff was very courteous, very knowledgeable, and very hard working. I would recommend them to anyone, anytime.
The food is delicious whether you stay for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or host an event to be catered by their food service. Because of their willingness to help, our wedding was as stress free as possible and ran extremely smoothly.
– David Armstrong
This place just keeps getting better everytime we stay. The room was clean. the beds were soooo comfortable. The courtyard is so wonderful with the tropical plants. The staff is so friendly and kind. It was great. The Owner, management and staff are to be commended on what they have done to this hotel. It just keeps getting better since the new ownership took over a few years ago.
– Incredible_Place (Albequerque, New Mexico)
We stay here every chance we get. The people here are very friendly and the courtyard is awesome. They have been doing a lot of upgrades and renovation over the last year or so and the hotel looks better everytime we go. The rooms are nice and are very clean and smell good. Plus the price is very reasonable. The dining area and restaurant are very nice and clean. I would recommend this to any travellers.
– Storme D (Aztec, New Mexico)
I travel across country on a regular basis, and I have stayed here numerous times. Always a clean room and friendly staff as well as good food for breakfast and dinner at a reasonable price. The hotel offers a $3.00 voucher for breakfast which is nice…. Most hotels with continental “breakfast” are a joke- you end up stopping 1 hr later to eat anyway. Stayed full to Greeley off mine. It is an older hotel, but they keep it up very well- worth the stop. Also, I had trouble getting my vehicle started this morning- didn’t even have to ask. The manager was out with jumper cables in the snow with a smile- its in the details.
– James E (Greeley, Colorado)
I am from Denver, Co and all of my children, grandchildren and other family members live in Lamar,Co. I stay at the Cow Palace Inn every time I go to Lamar. Each time I go it seems like they have improved with what they have to offer. They have the restaurant, bar, Latte bar and Ice Cream Parlor all in the same place so I don’t have to venture out very far. They have a pool and hot tub so I just invite the kiddos and the fun begins. Very convenient for what I need. I have to compliment the staff for their kind hospitality. They make you fell right at home. So thanks to Doug Thrall and his partners and staff for a job well done.
– Cary J (Commerce City, Colorado)
The in house restaurant was a life saver after a long day of driving and before another. We managed to find an excellent salad among a meat heavy menu, the pool and hot tub were completely empty before bed and again in the morning which was great for us, and they were happy to host my dog for ten bucks extra. I would stay there again.
– Nicole J (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
Nice clean rooms reasonably priced. The only reason there were not 5’s all the way down was that the air in our room really never did cool down the room & it was turned down as low as it would go. We did not complain because we thought it would eventually cool down & just didn’t want to mess with moving our stuff, but I am sure if we had we would have been moved. The air worked perfectly in the room of our other family members next door. The front desk girls were very friendly and made us feel welcome. The place was clean & had a restaurant on site as well as a small sports bar area and an area where you could get ice cream or speciality coffees. There is no free breakfast but you do get discount off coupons for each guest that can be used in their restaurant. They offered a buffet or you could order from the menu which we did. You won’t be disappointed by the breakfast, each one was huge and not only delicious but i don’t think any were over $10 before using your coupon of $3. There was a nice indoor pool with plants to make it have a little of a tropical feel however we did not have time to enjoy it. If ever in the area again we would make sure to stay here.
We stayed last night! The beds were very comfy and the pool was amazing…..actually was deep enough for adults to swim 9ft crazy!! Hot tub needed cleaned but in the area its in with clinate understandable! The rooma were clean but the ones by the pool were very moist bedding and such was damp but understandable. Only complaint was when I called to book the girl answered and I asked if she had rooms avaliable I understand being full full and not knowing but we came up on it while I was on hold so stopped in they were not close to full. I was on hold long enough for it to ring back and then it still rang forever…..so I went in and she looked it right up. Thr front desk could be a bit more friendly night girl wasnt bad but the morning girl was to busy carring on a conversation on the phone. Personal from the conversation.I heard. Still yet very nice hotel and pool beds were amazing. Shower was nice n clean….Nice set up in rooms also. The outside dont look fancy but dont pass it up its very nice I promise!!! You can tell they have been trying to remodel….loved the brands on the floor as you walk in the doors also. If your a country person you will love it!
6 motorcyclists piled in after a hot day coming from Lubbock; owner let us park the bikes inside overnight at his request! Food and drinks were just as good-as was the pool and ice cream. I would stop again in a heartbeat.
– Tom H (Pierre, South Dakota)
Great place to stay! Wonderful beds, friendly / helpful staff and very reasonably priced. We had a handicap room and it was easily large enough for a wheelchair in both the room & the roll-in shower. Impressive banquet area near the beautiful pool. Very nice restaurant for smaller groups, too. We enjoyed our stay.
Worth the stop has everything you want. Very nice restaurant, they have a new coffee and ice cream parlor, nice club area and the rooms area comfortable . and Friday nights is their Mexican buffet night – yummy.
– Ruth C (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
This hotel is not a five star affair, but it is a reasonably priced hotel with a nice bar and restaurant and a great indoor pool, hot tub and garden area. Sherry, our front desk clerk helped us solve a minor problem with our room, and made sure we were getting the lowest rate (even lower than originally booked on the corporate website). She put us in a room adjacent to the pool. We would definitely stay there again. It may not seem possible, but there is a lot to see and do in and around Lamar, expecially for history buffs.
– Rick Aurora
We travel often between Kansas and New Mexico, and finding a nice place to stay can often be a little difficult in some of the smaller towns. After staying here, we will make this one of our for sure stops. No, this isn’t a brand new Holiday Inn Express, but we found the rooms comfortable, clean, and the amenities nice. In fact we rather enjoyed the hotel not being part of a bigger chain. There are some nice restaurants a few mins away downtown, and this location on the western end of town is the perfect spot to drive from the next day. My kids enjoyed the stay as well, and that’s saying something. Save some money and stay here.
– William B (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
Can’t disagree more with past reviews. Very respectful staff and the food was very good! Slept well and appreciated the cleanliness. (The military can do that for you.) Very patriotic with American flags flying, made me feel right at home. Thank you for the military discount! Glad I saw it for myself!
– James R (Charleston, South Carolina)
I don’t know what the negative reviews are talking about!?1? We were completely happy with our experience at the Cow Palace. This hotel has been renovated and updated and it is a delight. The pool and atrium are gorgeous. It has a nice restaurant and all of the staff we encountered were very helpful and polite. I’d stay here again in a heartbeat! Ignore the negative reviews I honestly think they must have been meant for another location or something. The Cow Palace in Lamar is great! By the way, the person who said the pictures aren’t accurate is wrong too. That is exactly how it looked when we stayed in 2013! 🙂
– Jill M (Dallas, Texas)
I did not expect much from a fairly old motel; however was pleasantly surprised. the atrium is such a nice feature, plus a clean pool and large hot tub. The restaurant was also very reasonable for dinner. Staff was friendly. We come through Lamar at least three times per year and have found a new stopping place!
– Chuck T
My husband and I took a cross country road trip recently and stayed in several different hotels…this is the only review I felt compelled to write. When I googled hotels near our current location Cow Palace Inn was an option. I programmed the GPS and we headed that way. I read some of the reviews for the Palace and I must say, I wasn’t expecting much.
BOY, WAS I WRONG!!!!! Or should I say, these negative reviews are WAY OFF!!!
On our way there, we did smell the packing plant…It was pretty gross, but what would I expect being in cow country? I didn’t get even a whiff once we were there. They had ample parking, lots of lights, and it felt very secure. (some hotels went to, I worried about our safety) We were greeted by two very nice young ladies at the front desk who were very helpful. I asked about the kitchen being open and they said “we usually close at eight, but we can take care of you.” It was 5 minutes or less to close and they served us anyway. 🙂 I have to say that the food prepared by the chef is honestly some of the best food we have ever eaten. Not one ingredient was out of a can or frozen!! I couldn’t believe it! We were beyond satisfied with our meals, the ambiance was cozy and our server was great!!
After dinner we wanted to spend some time in the hot tub, (2,000 miles of driving does a number on your back) the tub and deck looked brand new! They have the hot tub and pool in this huge atrium full of live plants and rocks and paths…It’s awesome!! Then we were off to bed! Up to this point, at the other places we stayed, we didn’t get a great night’s sleep. Probably our fault though because we have a tempur pedic bed at home and NOTHING comes close, especially in hotels. That is unless your staying at the palace….The have the most comfy beds we have ever slept on away from home! (I read in one of the other reviews that they have brand new euro pedic beds in all the rooms.)
Well, I could go on and on…. I didn’t mention the ice cream parlor (creamiest ice cream I have ever tasted!!) or the bar or all of the cool history on the walls, but I did feel I owed it to the staff of the Palace to write a truthful review. I have no idea where the people with negative reviews stayed, but it wasn’t at the Cow Palace we stayed in, that’s for sure!!!!