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A charming, historic ski town, Telluride feels like the Old West come to life. Not as flashy or in your face as towns like Aspen or Vail, Telluride still maintains a chic atmosphere and benefits from close proximity to the slopes. Here, you'll find many of the hotels — particularly in the Mountain Village area — are ski-in/ski-out. Located on the banks of the San Miguel River in southwestern Colorado, the city — in the valley of a box canyon, with only one way in and out — may be small, but it’s packed with bars, restaurants, shopping, and of course, hotels. Below, the best places to stay for a variety of travelers, including families, singles and those on a budget.
Best Overall: Madeline Hotel and Residences
A luxurious ski-in/ski-out hotel located in the heart of Mountain Village Hotel Madeline has something for everybody. A member of the chic Auberge Resorts Collection, the 83-room and 71-residence hotel offers rustic Alpine design with high-end touches. Bathrooms feature double vanities and separate shower and soaking tubs, and suites boast gas fireplaces, powder rooms for additional guests and heated floors. The hotel also offers one to four bedroom residences for rent, with homey comforts like full kitchens, washer/dryers, steam showers, dining areas, private balconies and nightly turn-down. As you’d expect, the ski facilities are top notch, with a ski valet and boot dryers mere feet from the lift, and the hotel itself is both kid- and dog-friendly, with sitting available for both. There’s a spa, salon and outdoor pool with heated deck (so your feet stay warm, naturally), and family-friendly restaurant Black Iron Kitchen and Bar, complete with outdoor tables for après-ski and people watching over cocktails.
Best Budget: Mountainside Inn
Located on the banks of the San Miguel River, mere feet from Telluride lift #7 and two blocks from the Gondola, Mountainside Inn is known as one of Telluride’s best value stays. What it lacks in luxury it makes up for in rustic charm and comfort. The inn offers 80 units, some with kitchenettes, as well as one-bedroom suites with full kitchens, plus three-bedroom condos complete with riverfront decks. The property offers guests free Wi-Fi and boasts a hot tub with mountain views, although it’s closed part of the year. The General Manager goes out of the way to ensure a lovely stay, including personalized notes and baked goods. While breakfast isn’t included, there are numerous options nearby, and both parking and laundry are available.
Best Boutique: Lumière Hotel
The Lumière Hotel — a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner — is a small four-star boutique with only 11 hotel rooms and 18 one- to five-bedroom residences. Located slopeside in Mountain Village with ski-in/ski-out facilities, it’s the little things at the Lumière: the ski valet with boot warmers, the extremely personalized service, the valets who remember your face and greet you by name. An enhanced continental breakfast with items like quiche and eggs is included, as is free Wi-Fi, and travelers can enjoy bites and cocktails at The Little Bar. Even the smaller residences include full kitchens, as well as steam shower and private laundry facilities, and many rooms include balconies with beautiful views of Telluride.
Best for Families: Inn at Lost Creek
A spacious option for those seeking roomy accommodations with all the comforts of home, The Inn at Lost Creek features 32 rooms — all with kitchenettes, balconies, in-room washer/dryers, jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces and steam showers. Located directly next to the gondola on Sunset Plaza in Mountain Village and close to a children’s playground, the property is steps from a myriad of dining options, although free hot breakfast for two is included, with options such as smoked salmon, eggs, steel cut oatmeal and fruit and pastries. (If you’re staying in a two-bedroom condo, it’s breakfast for four.) The property offers concierge, ski valet, and, in summer, can arrange activities including golf, bike rentals, stand-up paddle boarding, horseback riding, family hikes and river tubing. Décor is typical for Telluride: all stone and wood, with a masculine, cozy feel, plus handmade furnishings and bathrooms with Aveda toiletries. There’s also free airport transportation, and a private hot tub on the roof.
Best for Romance: Hotel Telluride
A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, The Hotel Telluride is located in downtown Telluride, steps from the town's shops, restaurants and bar scene. Offering parking and free Wi-Fi, the four-star hotel provides guests with a chic stay and exceedingly helpful staff. Breakfast includes both a buffet and hot options, although it’s not complimentary, while The West End Bistro serves casual American cuisine for dinner. The hotel bills itself as having the most comfortable bed in town, with custom-made linens and 800-fill down pillows, and rooms feature balconies or decks, premium cable and HBO, kitchenettes, and L’Occitane bath amenities. A free shuttle allows for easy access around town.
Best Luxury: Auberge Residences at Element 52
Set slopeside in downtown Telluride, Auberge Residences at Element 52 offers 48 sublime one- to five-bedroom luxury residences. One of downtown’s few ski-in/ski-out properties, guests have access to incredible amenities such as a private ski lift, year-round concierge, the largest resort fitness center in town, and two outdoor heated pools. There’s even a heated parking garage, complete with private elevators to the Tesla Supercharging Station. In the gorgeous residences themselves, guests enjoy floor to ceiling windows, full kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances, fireplaces, heated floors, two outdoor heated soaking pools and a private club room. While there is no restaurant, there’s a spa, 24-hour gym, ski lounge, as well as easy access to downtown Telluride’s many options.
Best Nightlife: New Sheridan Hotel
The New Sheridan Hotel is located in the heart of Telluride on its main street, Colorado Avenue, only two blocks from the Gondola, Lift 8 and the San Miguel River Trail. Along with a rich history, the hotel — which is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner — offers 26 rooms and suites, each uniquely decorated by Nina Campbell Designs in a Victorian style. Its steakhouse Chop House is considered the best fine dining in Telluride and features a massive wine list, while the Historic Bar dates from 1895 with original mahogany paneling and filigree light fixtures, offering one of the city’s most enjoyable bar experiences with live music and a wood-burning fireplace. There’s also a tapas and cocktail bar The Roof, open in summer with 360 views.
Best View: Fairmont Heritage Place Franz Klammer Lodge
A private residence club located in Mountain Village just a stone's throw from the Gondola, Fairmont Heritage Place Franz Klammer Lodge offers spacious two- and three-bedroom residences. Each residence is built to impress, with living and dining rooms — complete with a stone fireplace — two master baths with spa tubs and a steam shower, fully equipped kitchens and a private balcony. Two- and three-bedroom residences also offer washer and dryers, and each master bedroom has a king-sized bed. While there is no restaurant on-site, the hotel is close to numerous dining options, and also offers access to the luxurious Himmel Spa and free underground valet parking.
Best for Business: Peaks Resort and Spa
For business travelers, a stylish option in Telluride’s Mountain Village is the slopeside Peaks Resort and Spa. A ski-in/ski-out resort only a five-minute walk from the Gondola down to Telluride, the four-star hotel offers guests free Wi-Fi, a fitness center complete with pool and a destination spa perfect for unwinding after a day of meetings or skiing (or both). Rooms feature elegant yet rustic decor, while penthouses include fully-equipped kitchens, private home décor and stunning views—particularly the four-bedroom, three-story Tip Top penthouse with 270-degree views of the San Juan Mountains. Although breakfast is not free, it features a myriad of offerings, including scrambles, omelets, an express buffet and fresh-pressed juice, and lunch and dinner are also served at Altezza, a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner with killer views.