Where to Stay
Shortly after the turn of the twentieth century, hotelier Spencer Penrose built a resort at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain that would match the magnificence of the grand European hotels. Constant reinvestment in his vision has led to an endless string of five-star ratings and a parade of celebrity guests. The Broadmoor’s spa ranks among the finest in North America, as do its tennis facilities and dining.
1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs; 800-634-7711, broadmoor.com. Rooms: $405-$550. Suites: $625-$3,340.
Brown Palace Hotel
This grand dame of downtown Denver has all the regal trappings befitting its age (the hotel opened in 1892). Most impressive is the eight-story atrium that’s ringed by wrought-iron railings and rises to a stained-glass ceiling. The cushy rooms and suites each bear distinctive designs and appointments.
321 17th Street, Denver; 800-321-2599, brown palace.com. Rooms: $185-$450. Suites: $515-$1,700.
Doubletree Hotel Grand Junction
Grand Junction’s dry and, by Colorado standards, mild climate has long made it a destination for retirees rather than vacationers, so upscale lodgings don’t yet exist around here. The 273-room Doubletree, twenty minutes from Redlands Mesa and forty-five from Devil’s Thumb, comes the closest to passing the bar of luxury.
743 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction; 970-241-8888, doubletree.com. Rooms: $84-$169.
Generations of Hollywood stars have bedded down at this classic downtown Aspen hotel. Opened at the height of the silver rush in 1889, the red-brick Jerome was purchased two years ago and will be closed for renovation from early April until mid-December. Its saloonlike J Bar, home of the Aspen Crud—a vanilla milk shake blended with three shots of bourbon—will be left largely intact.
330 East Main Street, Aspen; 800-331-7213, hoteljerome.com. Rooms and Suites: tbd.
The Little Nell
A Relais & Chateaux property tucked into the base of Aspen Mountain, the Little Nell is more intimate than it is grand, but it still has all the requisite appointments of a high-class mountain retreat: sumptuous guest rooms, a choice of appealing restaurants and a relaxing pool and spa.
675 East Durant Avenue, Aspen; 970-920-4600, thelittlenell.com. Rooms: $315-$770. Suites: $360-$4,900.
Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
Nearly every one of the 180 rooms at this refreshingly laid-back resort offers panoramic views of Beaver Creek Mountain. Remington’s, its flagship restaurant, turns out sophisticated plates of Western game. There’s also an excellent spa, highlighted by an intimate grotto with a soothing hot tub. Resort guests can tee it up at Red Sky Golf Club and Beaver Creek Golf Club, both nearby.
0130 Daybreak Ridge, Avon; 970-748-6200, ritzcarlton.com. Rooms: $195-$375. Suites: $500-$950.