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What’s not to like about Colorado? It’s no wonder that the Rocky Mountain state has achieved its current status as one of the US’s high-growth centres – its state capital Denver has added an astonishing 10% to its population within the last five years. Once very much part of the rough old Wild West, Colorado’s supreme sophistication and style has been a given for decades now, and as our selection of the best places to stay in Colorado will reveal, this scenically stunning Western vacation hotspot prides itself on surpassing visitors expectations
Because Colorado has it all. Even those who only know the state through the legendary Westerns made here (The Searchers, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, True Grit) will have a sense of the spectacular landscape of mountains, forests, high plains, mesas (those flat-topped rock formations), canyons, plateaus, rivers, and deserts. But a booming high-tech economy and a thriving metropolitan cultural scene have made it a magnet for new business start-ups as well as for hipsters and sophisticates looking for a lifestyle make-over, or just a glorious, liberating space in which to raise young families.
What’s on offer?
But you would be missing out if you didn’t sample the state’s fabulous museums, zoos, and shopping experiences as well as the winter sports.
And we still haven’t mentioned the food. Colorado has a well-deserved reputation as a foodies’ paradise, with the city of Boulder recently featuring as “America's Foodiest Town”, thanks to a range of top-tier restaurants (many of them specialising in Mexcican food) and farmers' markets.
The Food & Wine Classic is held annually each June in Aspen, which has a reputation as the culinary capital of the Rocky Mountain region, and there are wineries and breweries to explore by the dozen.
So much for the background, where are the best places to stay in Colorado that show the state at its best? We’ve investigated, and this is our experts’ top selection:
Colorado is the place to come to get right away from the hassles of city life, and to reconnect with the West as it used to be. But the search to reconnect with America’s roots doesn’t mean you have to rough it…
A wonderful, authentic dude ranch with a stunning setting between the Elk River Valley and Rocky Mountains. The million-acre property is a hiking, riding, fishing, and sport-lovers paradise in both summer & winter. The rooms and cabins ooze comfort & rustic charm. There is even a gourmet restaurant!
Colorado Springs (Colorado)
In the shadows of Pike Peaks is a Victorian architecture boutique older than Colorado. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with modern bathrooms. The Red Mountain Bar and Grill open on Friday and Saturday. Location to Downtown Manitou Springs is fantastic. A magical back-in-time stay.
Designer hotel in the Colorado Rockies with easy access to 91 trails and 3000 acres of Alpine terrain. The stylish rooms are tastefully furnished, the restaurant divine, the luxury spa expansive with a heated infinity pool. Skiing, hiking, biking, sledding, ballooning - activities to please everyone
Contemporary home-from-home self-catered apartments or rooms offer prime location for the mountains, an outdoor pool and walking distance to town. Large rooms with bathrooms and all mod-cons. The Lounge has happy hour served with a seasonal inspired menu. Great choice for family adventures.
Colorado Springs (Colorado)
Within Cheyenne Mountain foothills rests this 1918 luxury hotel with golf course, tennis court, three pools and spa. Large, luxurious rooms with all mod-cons. The top-notch services are throughout especially in the onsite restaurants and bars. Endless activities and adventures for all the family.
This stylish boutique is great for business and leisure guests. Rooms are modern and large with Californian-style bathtubs. The Nickel restaurant is a popular local affair. Denver is on the doorstep as is the local history, restaurants, bars and the great out doors. Brilliant weekend break for all.
This luxury resort showcases city views, rooftop pool and spa. Large, contemporary rooms flaunt floor-to-ceiling windows and marble bathrooms. Edge offers locally sourced ingredients and renowned steaks, or the bar for signature cocktails and tapas. Great spot in the theatre district.
Beaver Creek (Colorado)
Rural scenic location with pool, spa and ample opportunity for mountain-based activities come snow or sunshine. Large, comfortable rooms with views, rustic in decor but with mod-cons and private bathrooms. Mirador serves regional seasonal fare with Rocky Mountains views. Truly fantastic spot for all
Stylish and youthful hotel in prime location in Vail Mountain Village, with a luxurious spa and outdoor pool with spectacular views and fantastic skiing on your doorstep. The rooms combine Vail-chic features with a more contemporary twist, and the bar and restaurant are charming and spirited.
This owner run Tyrolean style property is in the centre of Vail, known for summer adventures and its winter slopes. The large, modern rooms have mountain views, complimentary afternoon tea during ski season and just a block from gondola and chairlifts. Activities and adventures for all the family.
Telluride (568 Mountain Village Blvd)
San Juan Mountains luxury meets adventure. Spacious rooms with wood furnishings and marble bathrooms. Black Iron Kitchen and Bar offer an all-American dining experience. Skiing by winter, mountain bound activities by summer and a kids club all year around. Do not miss time to relax at the spa.
You’ve found luxury in the scenic mountains. Plush rooms offer fireplaces and marble bathrooms. Flame is an all-American steak house, Fireside Lounge known for cocktails and fine wine. Explore the mountains: sun or snow, relax by the pool or at the all-treatments spa. Luxury and adventure in one!
Elegant hotel in the heart of Aspen, with Old West-inspired atmosphere and decor combined with contemporary features. The comfortable rooms are furnished with rich fabrics, and the communal spaces are elaborately and authentically decorated. The restaurant, bar and spa are all popular and sleek.
Intimate luxury in the Rocky Mountains with stunning views. Modern but cozy rooms with fireplaces and living areas. Winter months offer skiing, snow boot treks and crispy stunning views. Summer is lake based activities, mountain trails and activity galore. Explore or stay on site at the pool or spa.
This classic contemporary hotel is in canyon territory at the Utah border. The vast rooms have fireplaces, private balconies and modern bathrooms. Cantina is poolside dining, Paradox Grille for Southwest cuisine and Entrada for local dishes. Outdoor activities for all the family.
At the heart of Vail Mountain with a golf course, tennis courts and much more than your traditional luxury hotel. The large rooms have fireplaces and stunning views. Spoiled for choice with three restaurants and a bar. Outdoor pool and adventures on the slopes: snow or sun, relax at the spa and gym.
Stunning views, luxury features in the heart of Aspen - a winter and summer nature haven. Large modern rooms, notably comfortable with fireplace and mountain or city views. Element 47 offers farm fresh Italian cuisine with a fine wine list. Relax at the spa, by the pool or explore the mountains.
Formerly gold miners cabins, this renovated ghost town by the Dolores river is unique, luxurious, the true meaning of relax mode. Natural hot springs, with spa treatments in a stunning setting with log fires and wooden, private cabins. Each with a library, porch and hot spring.Organic meals for all.
Year-round adventure heaven in the San Juan Mountains. The large, modern rooms have stone fireplaces and stunning views of the mountains. Restaurants close by via a short gondola ride. Winter offers snow, and summer the great outdoors. Stay by the pool and spa, use the gym, hot tub and sauna.
Owner managed, stunning location in 520 acres of working ranch land with outdoor pool, games room and activities galore. Cosy, comfortable rooms show off some stunning scenic views. Family dining, riverside lunches, steak outs and BBQs - hearty and local dishes. Nature activities for all the family.
Sleeping, off the beaten track in Gunnison National Forest lies this all-inclusive ranch. Cosy cabins vary but all are comfortable, home away from home and with stunning views. Self-sufficient inspired dishes are served at the restaurant, a wine cellar with over 400 types. Activity heaven!