The Hotel Telluride: An Intimate Mountain Base Camp

 

The Hotel Telluride LobbyThe Hotel Telluride offers everything one would expect from a property located in a world-class ski resort. An upscale ski lodge, its rustic charm catches your eye when you first walk in the lobby. But arrive at the right time of day and it’s the smell of warm cookies that makes you especially happy about your chosen home away from home. It’s just one of the ways the boutique hotel makes guest feel welcome.

The Hotel Telluride guestroom

All of the 59 rooms at The Hotel Telluride have a balcony or patio with views of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. They also offer mini kitchens that include an over-sized mini-fridge, microwave/toaster oven, dishes, flatware, mugs and glasses. The hotel offers a convenient grocery shopping service that will stock your room before arrival and during your stay.

warm cookies The Hotel TellrideThe Hotel Telluride is located on the edge of downtown Telluride in a residential area, but it’s walking distance to everywhere you’ll want to go including restaurants, shopping and The Telluride Ski Resort.  You can also catch a ride on the hotel’s complimentary shuttle.

Complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate is available 24 hours a day in the lobby. There’s also always a couple selections of fruit infused water. The hotel’s on-site restaurant, The Nook, is open for breakfast and dinner. Those warm cookies I mentioned earlier appear at 4pm daily, just about the time most folks are coming off the mountain.

The area may be best known for skiing and snowboarding, but there are plenty of other winter adventures to choose from including snowshoeing, snowmobiling and biking along snow-packed trails.

Telluride Brewing Company

The Hotel Telluride offers a “Snow, Bike & Brew” package that includes a fat tire bike tour guided by local outdoor shop, Telluride Bootdoctors. Riders roll three mostly flat miles through the snow-covered valley floor before pedaling up to the bar at the Telluride Distilling Company, to taste hand-crafted whiskey and vodka distilled on-site. Pacing is key, because the next stop is nearby Telluride Brewing Company. The brewery boasts a number of awards and the Tripel in Stillwater ale has a reputation for converting non-beer drinkers. After the tastings, riders are shuttled back to the hotel.

The Hotel Telluride’s two outdoor hot tubs, located off the fitness center, are popular post-ride resting spots, so be sure to pack a swimsuit.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and laundry facilities are located on the garage level.

Outside The Hotel Telluride

Telluride is about a 90 minute drive from Montrose Airport. You don’t need a car in town, so if you don’t want to hassle with snow covered roads, Telluride Express offers shuttle service to the airport. The drive from Denver to Telluride is seven hours or so, depending on weather.

I stayed in a King Select – Elite View room on the third floor that was spacious and well-equipped. Rates range from $199 to $309 depending on the season. You can book through the hotel website or compare rates at Expedia, Hotels.com or one of the many other booking sites.

Review and photos by Dana Rebmann. Her stay was hosted by The Hotel Telluride, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.

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