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Beautiful Breckenridge is Colorado’s second-most-visited ski resort town, trailing only sister resort Vail in annual visitors. Breck, once a hub for a regional gold rush, oozes Wild West charm and Victorian grandeur. Skiers and snowboarders of all levels have plenty of choices on the mountain, from the fun beginner runs on Peak 9 to the double-black diamond Imperial Ridge. Off the mountain, visitors can enjoy spas, a variety of dining choices and a historic downtown stretch packed with quirky galleries and boutique shopping.
Breckenridge’s lodging options are as diverse as its terrain. Whether you’re looking for sheer luxury, affordable but cozy, or anything in between, Breckenridge has you covered.
Best Overall: Grand Lodge on Peak 7
With ski-in/ski-out convenience, a family-friendly restaurant, a top-rated on-site spa, outdoor hot tubs, a library, movie theaters, dedicated children’s activities and large, comfy rooms, the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 ticks every box for both family and child-free travelers. Choose any of the master residences (with one to four bedrooms each) and you’ll be spending your trip in a handsome, well-appointed suite that includes a full kitchen, a living room with a large fireplace, a private balcony, and a huge soaking tub in which to defrost after a day on the slopes.
When you’re ready to ski, you only need to take a few steps out the door and you’ll find the Independence Superchair lift, which will take you up Peak Seven, as well as the Breck Connect Gondola, which takes you both to the base of Peak Eight and down into the Breckenridge Village. Grand Lodge also provides a shuttle service into town and to the grocery store, so you can make use of your en-suite kitchen, or perhaps pick up some marshmallows to roast on your fireplace.
Best Budget: Breck Inn
If you don’t mind a bit of schlepping, you can save quite a bit of money without compromising comfort or quality by staying at the cozy Breck Inn, located on Main Street, just a bit to the north of the downtown business district. A shuttle will take you into town for shopping or directly to the base of the lifts.
The Inn itself is lovely but no-frills, with simple, modern rooms that feature two Queen or one king-sized bed and a private bathroom with a bath/shower combo. Continental breakfast (featuring fresh donuts) is included, and guests who need a deep soak can enjoy the large, spotless outdoor hot tub. Hot beverages are always available in the lobby area — a small but necessary luxury when coming in from the cold.
Best Luxury: One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort
One Ski Hill Place offers pure elegance at the foot of Peak 8, perhaps the best location in town. As if ski-in/ski-out access to four different lift chairs and the BreckConnect Gondola didn’t offer you enough ways to fill your day, perhaps you’d like to take a dip in one of two indoor pools? Or get a massage and facial at the Rejuvenation Mini Spa? Or a nice long lunch at the gourmet Living Room restaurant? Or even a round of bowling at the onsite lanes? If you can tear yourself away from these and many more activities and make it onto the mountain (as if anyone could resist the pull of that gorgeous mountain), you can end your day at Breck’s coolest après-ski spot, the T-Bar.
Guest rooms, which range from studios to multi-bedroom condos, are all sleekly appointed with a modern twist on a rustic lodge aesthetic: think rich earth-toned fabrics, exposed wood, stone fireplaces, and framed prints of local landscapes and wildlife. The luxe linens and fluffy bedspread are the perfect places to rest and warm your weary bones for another day on the mountain.
Best Ski-in/Ski-out: BlueSky Breckenridge
Roll out of bed, get dressed, have a quick breakfast, stop at the on-site lift ticket office, head to the on-site ski lockers or equipment rental shop, get booted up, and step out the back door and onto the mountain. About 100 feet in front of you, the Snowflake Chairlift sits, ready to sweep you up Peak 9 for your day’s first run. For true ski-in/ski-out convenience (alongside other ski amenities), BlueSky really is your best bet.
This is a condo-style resort in the Wyndham family of properties, and each unit, which ranges from one bedroom to four, is uniquely decorated, typically in some variation on the Rocky Mountain contemporary style, but always with impeccable quality. There is no restaurant on the premises and the bar has only minimal hours, so expect to spend your après-ski time either in your condo’s own living space or take the shuttle to any of the town’s great bars or restaurants. There is an on-site spa, though, and indoor and outdoor hot tubs, so your aching muscles are fully provided for.
Best for Families: Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center
Beaver Run Resort is a massive, sprawling property at the base of Peak 9, just steps from the Beaver Run Superchair. It offers a huge variety of room sizes and configurations, so no matter how many kids and adults you’re bringing, you can make it work. Room décor is rustic and cozy, and many rooms have fireplaces and balconies.
Kids will love the on-site arcade, as well as the heated outdoor pool and multiple hot tubs. Adults will enjoy the spa, multiple on-site restaurants, and a lively après-ski scene. Everyone will enjoy the easy access to both the slopes and to Breckenridge Village.
Best Romance: Mountain Thunder Lodge
Despite being just a short walk from the base of the BreckConnect Gondola, the Mountain Thunder Lodge is nestled into the side of a hill in a way that makes it feel private and romantic before you even enter the doors. And it only gets better from there. You and your sweetie can sprawl out in front of a crackling fireplace in your tastefully rustic room and will have no trouble getting so comfortable that you might even forget about skiing… at least for awhile.
You’ll find a year-round pool and hot tubs on site, as well as exercise facilities. As a guest at Mountain Thunder Lodge, you’ll also have access to the expanded facilities at One Ski Hill Place, which include a bowling alley, movie lounges, and a game room. There is no restaurant on site, but the village is a short walk away, and all units have a full kitchen — stock up and stay in!
Best Condos: Wedgewood Lodge
This family-owned property offers a wide variety of studios, lofts, and suites, all of which include a full kitchen and, during the ski season, housekeeping services. The condos are spacious, and guests rave about the sheer comfort and quality of the lodgings, as well as the rates, which are among the best value in town. The super-convenient location, just across the street from the Snowflake Chairlift, is also a major selling point.
There is no restaurant or bar on site, but the Wedgewood is within walking distance of downtown Breckenridge and several other properties. There are hot tubs both indoors and outdoors, and a dry sauna for relaxing and detoxing. Guests can also enjoy a large shared balcony with a gorgeous view — a great place for DIY après-ski.
Best Views: The Lodge at Breckenridge
The Lodge at Breckenridge is located on the far side of Main Street from the mountain itself, which makes it less convenient for skiing (there’s a shuttle, so it’s very much do-able, but definitely not ski-in/ski-out), but what it lacks in convenience, it makes up for with spectacular panoramic views of the mountains in every direction — by far the best in town. (And it’s a town of pretty dang great views!)
The rooms are classy and well-appointed in a modern style with mountain-chic decorative touches and beautiful exposed wooden beams. Many rooms have fireplaces, and all have mini-fridges and Keurig coffeemakers. The on-site Traverse restaurant and bar offers up world-class dining accompanied by the Lodge’s signature views (worth noting even for those who choose to stay at a different property).
Best Hostel: Bivvi Hostel
You don’t necessarily expect to find a hostel in a luxurious resort setting, but Bivvi isn’t just any hostel. It’s a boutique mountain lodge, complete with outdoor hot tub and fire pit, a complimentary hot breakfast and a crackling fireplace in a luxe common room. So, yes, the beds are bunks and the bathrooms are shared (private, but shared), but you won’t hear any complaints about comfort here. It’s right on the shuttle bus line that takes you to the base of Peak 9, so while it’s not ski-in/ski-out, it’s pretty convenient. All-in-all, this is the sort of hostel that spoils you for all other hostels.