Hotels in Colorado
Colorado is home to some of the world’s most beautiful mountain hotels and ski resorts. But while ski resorts have become synonymous with Colorado hotels, the Centennial State offers plenty of other accommodations to suit the tastes and budgets of the diverse group of travelers who visit each year. Whether you’re staying at an all-inclusive ski resort, a charming B&B or a small rented ski lodge, you’ll start to feel that legendary Rocky Mountain High within minutes of checking into a Colorado hotel.
As two of the state’s must-visit cities, Denver and Boulder offer an even greater number of hotel options for travelers, including luxury accommodations like the Ritz Carlton and the Four Season, and reliable, chains with flexible prices like the Hilton, the Marriott and Embassy Suites. Travelers on a budget will also find a number of midrange hotels in Colorado.
For a romantic ski getaway, the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs is the epitome of rustic luxury. Scattered across eight residential lodges, this Colorado hotel’s 316 guest rooms overlook some of the Centennial State’s most breathtaking mountain views, and you’ll find a number of activities right on the premises, including squash and tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course, a pool, and yoga classes. The Broadmoor Colorado Springs is another luxury resort that offers romantic accommodations, perfect for couples. In addition to five-star rooms, this sumptuous getaway has a 54-hole golf course, a spa, tennis courts, three swimming pools, and an onsite shopping mall, movie theater and fitness center.
Just a short walk from the ski lifts at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, this rustic-chic lodge is ideal for families and small groups. In the lobby, a mountain landscape painting hangs above a stone fireplace, surrounded by wood paneling and tan leather couches.
To be a standout for families and spa-goers may seem an odd combination, but this 190-room, native-stone-and-timber Park Hyatt at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain (just 200 feet from the peak’s ski school) pulls it off with luxury to boot.
Curl up by the lobby fireplace in this rustic, airy, sumptuous lodge with panoramic views of the ski area. All rooms have custom-crafted lodge furnishings and secluded private decks.
In the quiet part of town, three blocks from the Aspen Mountain ski lifts, the Gant consists of 120 privately owned condos with one, two, or three rustically styled bedrooms. A stay here may feel much like being at home, thanks to the well-appointed kitchens, dining rooms, and balconies.
This former bed-and-breakfast now serves as a rental house for families and groups on ski vacations. Built in the 1880’s, the red Victorian building is conveniently located just one block from Main Street, within walking distance of the Peak 9 ski lifts.
It’s hard to get much closer to the powdery slopes of Vail than at The Sebastian’s Base Camp ski center. And once you’re there, it’s easy to actually get going, thanks to the many valets who tend to everything from your car to your bags to your bikes in the summer months.
Surrounded by the 14,000-foot peaks of the San Juan Mountains and adjacent to more than 60,000 acres of national forest, Elk Mountain is like camp for grown-ups.
Located on the edge of Telluride village, the five-story, 32-suite Inn at Lost Creek has some of the characteristics of a lodge — fieldstone terraced outside, exposed beams, a stone-surrounded fireplace in the lobby, and onsite dining.
Renaissance Revival building filled with theater memorabilia, including a costume worn by Annette Bening in a Denver Center Theatre Company production.
Guests enjoy free use of the mineral pools; book a facial or massage in the serene spa before retiring to your room with its western landscape paintings and contemporary mountain-rustic décor.
The Altitude: 8,000 feet.
The Perch: The aptly named Far View Lodge sits in Mesa Verde National Park, on the same soaring bluff where Ancestral Pueblo Indians made their now ancient cliff dwellings.
A little more out-of-the way and a lot more down-to-earth than the bigger Colorado ski resorts, Powderhorn doesn't have a huge number of trails or an upscale lodge. It does, however, offer affordable family fun, shorter than average lift lines, and incredible views.
Since the Four Seasons Resort Vail opened in 2010, its peaked roofs have served as glittering beacons to skiers to the foot of Vail Mountain. All of the 121 rooms are spacious, and 20 are being converted to connecting rooms to accommodate families or large groups of friends.