The 9 Best Colorado Vacation Rentals of 2019

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Best View: Book Old Colorado City Apartment at Airbnb "The scenic balcony offers sweeping views all the way to the Cheyenne Mountains."

Most Unique: Book Rocky Mountain Treehouse at Airbnb "In a beautiful, natural setting, but it's also a 15-minute drive to Glenwood Springs."

Best Cabin: Book Holloway Cabin on Creek at Airbnb "The highlight is the private hot spring with an infinity-edge."

Best City Stay: Book Central Denver Oasis at Airbnb "A good option for guests looking to explore the local nightlife."

Best Yurt: Book Yurt & Yetis Hideaway at Mt. Sherman at Airbnb "These isolated yurts are an outdoor lover’s dream."

Best for Relaxation: Book The Hygge Chalet and Sauna at Airbnb "Provides a tranquil setting for guests to relax and unwind."

Best for Romance: Book Private Idledale Guest House at Airbnb "A rustic, yet luxurious vibe that complements the natural landscape of its gardens."

Best for Large Groups: Book Winter Park Rustic Home at Airbnb "Gives off a quaint rustic feel, but is full of modern amenities and comforts."

Best Apartment: Book Sunny Penthouse in Capitol Hill at Airbnb "There are many large windows for letting in sunlight to create an open, airy atmosphere."

Our Top Picks

01 of 09

Best View: Old Colorado City Apartment

Old Colorado City Apartment

Airbnb

Bedrooms (2)

  • 4 guests

  • 1 Queen bed

  • 1 Double bed

Amenities

  • Heating

  • Kitchen

  • TV

  • Wi-Fi

Located in downtown Colorado Springs, this charming second-floor apartment is just two blocks from the shops, cafes, and restaurants lining Colorado Avenue. What's more, the property is accessible to the natural attractions of the Pikes Peak range, including the soaring towers and precariously balanced boulders of the Garden of the Gods park. The park's forests and peaks can be seen from the apartment's scenic balcony, which offers sweeping views all the way to the Cheyenne Mountains. Inside, you'll find a clean and modern set-up, with a full kitchen, dining table, and lounge area in the main room. There are two bathrooms — one with a walk-in shower and the other with a jetted bathtub. Plus, all rooms receive lots of natural lighting through generous windows. Books and toys for children and a pet-friendly policy make this a good choice for families as well.

02 of 09

Most Unique: Rocky Mountain Treehouse

Rocky Mountain Treehouse

Airbnb

Bedrooms (1)

  • 6 guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Double bed

Amenities

  • Heating

  • Hot tub

  • Kitchen

  • TV

Situated between four mature spruce trees in the Rocky Mountains, this famous and unique lodging has a beautiful, natural setting but it's also a 15-minute drive to Glenwood Springs — a resort city known for its large, hot spring complex and shops, restaurants, and other services. The house makes for a great stay year-round, with nearby activities including hiking, horseback riding, and fishing in the summer, plus skiing in the winter at Aspen Snowmass, which is less than an hour drive away. The house is built in a rustic style and is also complete with a kitchen, lounge area, and bathroom, all kept toasty with a pot-bellied stove. With incredible views of the surrounding forests, the two large verandas have couches, armchairs, and hammocks, along with another wood-burning stove for warmth on chilly evenings. There's also a hot tub for a relaxing soak after a busy day. In front of the property, a small lawn has a picnic table set next to a gently flowing creek.

03 of 09

Best Cabin: Holloway Cabin on Creek

Holloway Cabin on Creek

Airbnb

Bedrooms (Studio)

  • 6 guests

  • 2 Queen beds

  • 1 Sofa bed

Amenities

  • Heating

  • Hot tub

  • Fireplace

  • TV

Set in the woods next to a rushing mountain stream, this secluded log cabin is built in a traditional, yet quirky, artistic style with brightly painted timbers. The cabin is small but comes with a full kitchen, a bathroom with a granite-lined shower, and a living space with a wood-burning stove. The queen beds are set upstairs in a loft space, and the front deck has a barbecue grill for outdoor cuisine. The highlight is the private hot spring with an infinity-edge, which has been crafted using natural boulders to blend in with the landscape. The surrounding countryside has endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, including canoeing and fishing on the nearby Cottonwood Lake and hiking, riding, and cross-country ski trails in the mountains. Nearby, there are also historic mining towns, golf courses, other hot springs, and several breweries and distilleries. 

04 of 09

Best City Stay: Central Denver Oasis

Central Denver Oasis

Airbnb

Bedrooms (3)

  • 9 guests

  • 1 King bed

  • 2 Queen beds

  • 2 Sofa beds

Amenities

  • Air conditioning

  • Kitchen

  • Hot tub

  • Cable TV

  • Wi-Fi

In the heart of Denver’s Capitol Hill district, this stylish apartment is a good option for guests looking to explore the local nightlife. The main living room is a blend of traditional and modern styles, with hardwood floors, crystal chandeliers, and a decorative fireplace mixed with zebra-print rugs and chairs. Bedrooms are furnished in a simple, minimalist fashion. The small kitchen has a chromed fridge, stove and microwave, and the tiled bathroom has a shower/tub combo. Plus, a second bathroom has a glass-enclosed shower. Attached to the house is a spacious outdoor terrace, shaded by a wooden trellis draped in leafy vines. This area is a perfect outdoor entertainment area, with hammocks, hanging tables, coffee tables with a fire pit, daybeds, and other seating. A barbecue grill and an outdoor Jacuzzi complete the relaxing atmosphere. 

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05 of 09

Best Yurt: Yurt & Yetis Hideaway at Mt. Sherman

Yurt & Yetis Hideaway at Mt. Sherman

Airbnb 

Bedrooms (Studio)

  • 6 guests

  • 1 Double bed

  • 2 Single beds

  • 2 Sofa beds

Ameninities

  • Heating

  • Kitchen

  • Barbecue grill

  • Indoor fireplace

Just below the tree line on Mt. Sherman, these isolated yurts are an outdoor lover’s dream, providing an excellent base camp for adventures in the backcountry mountains. In winter, the yurt offers ski-in, ski-out access to plenty of exciting ski slopes, and in summer, guests can explore the surrounding mountains with hiking opportunities and wildlife including elk, deer, and bears. For a relatively small space, the yurt accommodates lots of furnishings without feeling cramped or cluttered. In addition to beds, there are couches and a coffee table, a kitchenette area with a stovetop, a wood-burning stove, and a small writing desk. There's also an outhouse with toilet facilities, as well as a deck with 360-degree views and a gas heater and barbecue grill. Note that guests should come well provisioned, including a sturdy vehicle to navigate the roads. A comprehensive list of suggested equipment is provided by the owner on the webpage.

06 of 09

Best for Relaxation: The Hygge Chalet and Sauna

The Hygge Chalet and Sauna

Airbnb

Bedrooms (2)

  • 4 guests

  • 2 Queen beds

Amenities

  • Heating

  • Indoor fireplace

  • TV

  • Wi-Fi

Set amid 3.5 acres of spruce forests in the Rocky Mountains, this Danish-style chalet provides a tranquil setting for guests to relax and unwind. The property has been designed to offer the ultimate relaxation experience, with scenic decks furnished with comfortable chairs and free-standing hammocks. There's also a barbecue grill and outdoor dining set for taking in the surrounding nature. The chalet comes with a spacious kitchen with polished granite countertops, a dining table, and a living area with leather couches and a wood-burning fireplace. Just outside, a Finnish steam sauna has been installed. For activities, there are plenty of hiking trails in the nearby mountains. Indoors, there are books, board games, and an iPad for movies and music, along with a Bluetooth speaker to enhance the experience.

07 of 09

Best for Romance: Private Idledale Guest House

Private Idledale Guest House

Airbnb

Bedrooms (1)

  • 2 guests

  • 1 Queen bed

Amenities

  • Heating

  • Hot tub

  • TV

  • Wi-Fi

Built entirely from shaped stone and reclaimed timbers, this property has a rustic, yet luxurious vibe that complements the natural landscape of its gardens. Set on top of a hill, there are spectacular views of the surrounding countryside from all over the property. The front courtyard has a sunken fire pit with stone seating and faces east, making it a great spot to enjoy an early morning sunrise. At the back, a smaller fire pit and infinity-edge hot tub are set on west-facing terraces for sunset viewing. There are several other patios, including one with a barbecue grill, and a sheltered outdoor lounge area. The guest apartment comes with a kitchenette and a small bathroom with shower. The queen bed has been converted from an antique leather couch and faces onto a stone-lined fireplace. Although it's just a 25-minute drive from downtown Denver, there are also several shops, restaurants, and bars within a 10-minute drive.

08 of 09

Best for Large Groups: Winter Park Rustic Home

Winter Park Rustic Home

Airbnb

Bedrooms (4)

  • 16 + guests

  • 1 King bed

  • 1 Queen bed

  • 1 Single bed

  • 1 Bunk bed

Amenities

  • Cable TV

  • Kitchen TV

  • Wi-Fi

  • Hot tub

Surrounding the small town of Fraser, this two-story lodge is found in a quiet, rural area of forests and hills with easy access to shops, restaurants, and other amenities. The property is also just a 10-minute drive to the ski slopes of Winter Park. The house is constructed entirely from local timber, lending a quaint rustic feel, but is full of modern amenities and comforts such as a full kitchen, laundry machines, and bathrooms with showers, baths, and double vanities. There's also an L-shape lounge facing a widescreen TV with an Xbox 360 and a selection of movies. Even more, a wraparound deck has a barbecue grill and an outdoor dining set. The hot tub is just outside of the main house, with a heated walkway for easy access — even during winter. There is a spacious garage for two vehicles and benches for unloading ski equipment.

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09 of 09

Best Apartment: Sunny Penthouse in Capitol Hill

Sunny Penthouse in Capitol Hill

Airbnb

Bedrooms (2)

  • 6 guests

  • 2 Queen beds

  • 1 Sofa bed

Amenities

  • Air conditioning

  • Kitchen

  • Cable TV

  • Wi-Fi

This urban penthouse apartment is located in the Capitol Hill district of Denver, a popular and busy part of the city with theatres, cafes, restaurants, and bars. The area is also convenient for accessing the Denver Botanic Gardens to the south-east, Denver Zoo to the east, and museums such as the Denver Art Museum to the west. The apartment is styled in a tasteful modern theme, with natural wood tones from the ceiling beams and hardwood floors complemented by a soft cream color scheme. There are many large windows for letting in sunlight to create an open, airy atmosphere, including French doors that open onto a small alfresco terrace. Downstairs, there is a full kitchen, a lounge with white leather couches, and a sunny reading alcove. The master bedroom contains a luxurious bed with padded headboards and velvet quilts, and a bathroom has a shower/tub combo and a granite vanity counter.

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