If you’re a travel freak like me, you’ve stayed in all kinds of hotels, motels, inns, cabins, bed and breakfasts, and hostels. Not many, though, have the Colorado feel like the Hotel Colorado and the Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs. What do I mean by “the Colorado feel”?
For starters, it doesn’t get much more Colorado than Glenwood. You’re surrounded by beautiful mountain in every direction you look and you’re in close range of some of the best ski resorts and hot springs you’ll ever find.
But what gives a hotel the Colorado feel? First, let’s talk about the Hotel Colorado. It was built in the late 1800’s for no other reason than for total for some of the most elite Colorado and beyond had to offer. It has been a favorite destination for everyone from President Roosevelt to the Unsinkable Molly Brown and Doc Holliday. It was a symbol of elegance during an exciting time in the history of not only our nation, but of Colorado itself.
Keeping this history and purpose for the hotel in mind, stepping into the Hotel Colorado is like stepping back in time. Every room was designed to reflect the style of 19th century Italy, from the hand-picked artwork to the furniture and imported wall paper. You almost feel as if you’re walking among some of the most important figures of our time.
When it’s time to dine or sit and enjoy a good bottle of wine, you’re definitely in the right place at the Hotel Colorado. On site, you will find Baron’s Restaurant serving up some of the finest cuisines imaginable. This historic hotel is the perfect setting for an evening of fine dining and special company. You’re guaranteed to thoroughly enjoy this culinary experience.
The Hotel Denver shares the same sense of history and adventure as the Hotel Colorado with very unique and luxurious accommodations. The location of the hotel, now 7th Street but once called Riverfront, was once the home of many bars and even a red light district before the prohibition. It’s quite a different scene today, but every bit as artistic and beautiful.
A favorite aspect of the Hotel Denver is the selection of so many unique styles of elegant accommodations. The Cupola is the largest room the hotel has to offer, but that’s not the only reason it’s special. It also has a private rooftop hot tub! It doesn’t get much more rock star than that. Other unique rooms in the hotel include the Penthouse with a private deck and hot tub with an unbeatable view of the town, and six other varieties of accommodations including a simple Value Room with only the bare essentials, but still very cozy and welcoming.
Both of these world class hotels are within close proximity to the hot springs pool, hiking trails, the Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company, white water rafting, shopping, fine dining, and some of the best skiing and snowboarding Colorado has to offer.
So where are you planning your next getaway? Glenwood Springs is only 157 miles from Denver and even closer to most towns on the western slope. Chances are, the lodging alone is enough to keep you coming back year after year.