Whether you seek the bustle of Denver or the wilderness of the Famous Fourteen, these hotels encourage you to explore the landscape in unconventional ways.
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OWith its appealing mix of cosmopolitan and nature, Colorado attracts a wide range of travelers. Accommodations in Denver and beyond match the state’s diversity, with extravagant resorts, boutique hotels, minimalist RVs, and even camping decks vying to be your sleeping quarters. Here are eight hotels that represent the best of Colorado, whether you’re enjoying the city or the mountains.
The Ramble Hotel
The Ramble Hotel’s prime location in the River North Arts District is reason enough to book it, but it’s also one of the city’s most stunning and quirky hotels. Its 50 rooms are inspired by 17th-century French salons, which translates to jewel-toned walls, velvet seating, chandeliers, and vanity mirrors.
While you’ll want to explore the shops, restaurants, and bars that pack RiNo, the hotel’s restaurant and bar rival anything you’ll find there. Guests will only have to walk a few steps to discover the pan-Latin dim sum restaurant of Dana Rodriguez, finalist of James Beard, Super Mega Bien, and Death & Co, the famous New York bar, is installed in the lobby. .
ART, a hotel
Recording in ART is a no-brainer for art geeks. Just steps from the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum, the hotel itself houses gallery-worthy pieces, with works by Edward Ruscha, Sol LeWitt, and Clark Richert. The creativity begins before you even step inside with its clean-lined, almost liquid building design and a 22,000-piece valet lighting installation by Leo Villareal.
Stop by reception to pick up a book detailing the hotel’s collection, and take a self-guided tour through art exhibits in the lobby, guest rooms, restaurants, and public areas. Just be sure to schedule yourself a detour for a drink in the hotel’s fourth-floor Fire Restaurant, which offers some of the best views of the city from its expansive patio.
- Region: Cherry Creek, Denver
- Book now: Halcyon
This Cherry Creek hotel knows you probably didn’t come all the way to Colorado just to stay indoors. Luckily, the luxury establishment makes it easy to get outside by letting you check out the gear in its Gear Garage. This gear garage offers a tempting alternative to hauling clunky gear on a plane, offering snowshoes, fly-fishing rods, hamboards (think roller-boards), GoPros, and even tandem bikes.
When the adventure is over, recuperate in one of its 154 rooms while spinning a record on your vinyl player and relaxing with Jonathan Adler bath products. Or head back to the shopping and dining district of Cherry Creek – Halcyon is right in the heart of it.
Saint-Julien Hotel & Spa
St. Julien makes a point of being good for both travelers and the planet, with an in-house sustainability director who looks after and consults with a group of dedicated employees to set and achieve environmental goals. This “Green Team” oversees up to 20,000 pounds of compost each month, maintains a rooftop bee colony, and strives to minimize waste throughout the property.
But the chic hotel doesn’t sacrifice comfort in its sustainability efforts. The 201 newly renovated rooms are located in the best location in town: right next to Pearl Street Mall with all its shops and restaurants, but close enough to the mountains to claim stunning views. Need a little sweetness? The 10,000-square-foot spa offers treatments using herbs from the hotel’s garden.
Landing of relatives
This newcomer to downtown Colorado Springs appeals to nearly every style of traveler. Looking to trim it down without really trimming it down? Pitch a tent on the camp terrace while having access to a private bathroom. Traveling with a no-frills crew? Book the group dormitory, with eight twin-bedded pods. Or go big in one of the property’s four king suites, complete with in-room tubs, electric fireplaces, and balconies.
If you are looking to make new friends, this is the place. The 25,000 square foot space is designed to foster conversation and connections with a bar and restaurant, event space, outdoor seating, and a team of locals ready to offer advice on where to go and what to do. Beyond its efforts to cultivate community by showcasing local ingredients, art and vendors, Kinship Landing has also been designed to be as sustainable as possible, using passive heating and cooling concepts and natural materials.
Spoken and Vine
This western Colorado town already had stunning vineyards, a top-notch restaurant at Pêche, and spectacular scenery. All this burgeoning wine country lacked was a cool place to stay, and it got it in 2019 with the opening of Spoke & Vine, a freshly renovated 1955 motel.
Bright, comfortable rooms emphasize utility over glamour, but you’re there for the wine, and Spoke & Vine makes it easy to sip. It starts with a glass of Grand Valley vino at check-in, continues in the locally-stocked motel bar, and really begins with on-site bike rentals – complete with baskets to hold your liquid purchases – so you can cruise around town from cellar to cellar.
Billed as “a community for the modern adventurer,” Gravity Haus is part design-driven hotel, part membership club, and part outdoor hijinks headquarters. Other outposts have sprouted up at Winter Park and Breckenridge, but Gravity Haus Vail has the best location, in the heart of Vail Village near Gondola One.
This small hotel has great amenities, like ski and board storage, outdoor and indoor hot tubs, a huge gym stocked with Peloton bikes, and a slightly chic bar and restaurant. Its 22 rooms are refreshingly urban in a city where they’re too often dripping with alpine swank, and they offer family-friendly setups via separate bunk rooms. And with eco-friendly, chemical-free sheets, blankets and mattresses, you can feel good where you lay your head.
The Little Nell may be madness, but almost everything in Aspen is madness. It’s the kind of hotel that heats your ski boots at night so they’re toasty warm in the morning. The 92-room boutique hotel offers ski-to-door access to Aspen Mountain — and when you’re this close, you know the views are going to be incredible.
The hygge-heavy rooms are also gorgeous, and all come with heated marble floors, gas fireplaces, minibars stocked with free snacks and soft drinks, and the kind of bedding and pillows you’d expect. you will want to bring home. Thirsty? Ajax Tavern, one of two restaurants at The Little Nell, is practically synonymous with après-ski thanks to its mountainside sun terrace.
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