I brought my family to Canon City for a ride on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. We come from Denver so it's not really a day trip...possible, but not practical.
Last time we stayed at this location was 4 years ago. This time, it just didn't have that vibe we once had.
I do understand they are a bit short staffed these days. It took about 10 minutes after we arrived to actually have someone from the front desk show up to the front desk. No sign, nothing on the desk actually saying they had stepped out. Still should have at least one other staff-member manning the front desk at all times, or at least a sign.
We had rooms at the far east side of the building. Walking the hall brought some interesting smells including marijuana and possibly cigarette smoke. This is a non-smoking hotel. But, since it now resembles the quality of a Super 8, this type of thing didn't surprise me.
They have a pretty nice pool area with a hot tub. Water was clean, temperature of the pool could have used a few more degrees, and they even have a sauna; one of the last few hotel saunas in the free world.
I was glad they had plenty of extra linens and pillows available. Sometimes hotels run short of those but they had plenty available and we definitely needed plenty.
The rooms are quite small and BW is very strict on the number of people staying in a room. Even if you have an infant, that counts toward the total person count. So if you are a family of 5, even the website won't let you book until you can get it down to 4. Hint: If you book a two-queen room, there is just enough space for a twin size air mattress between the bathroom wall and the bed.
Given how run-down this property appears to be, I think we will be considering the new place being built next door or the competition 1/4 mile west. Not only is it very tight, and really against the rules, for a family of 5 in these rooms (they still cap out the number of guests in their largest room at 4 even though there is plenty of space for way more than 5), but security also was a bit of an issue too. The exterior doors were unlocked the whole time and not secured at night requiring a key-card.
So if you're a couple or a family of 4, and not picky about accommodations, this place can be for you for just a night. Otherwise, I'd recommend choosing another property in town...especially after the new one opens. less