Located just outside of the downtown corridor, The Crest Motel is within walking distance of the municipal square, where the Works Progress Administration-built courthouse still stands tall. Snatch up a mint-chocolate-chip cone from Simkins Parlour and go on a walking tour of the biggest city on the plains before checking in. While the hotel’s old-school sign out front says, “Color TV” and “Direct Dial Phones,” this place is much more modern with glass-bowl sinks, gray-slate-tile shower stalls, wood floors, contemporary chandeliers and the occasional round chair (think Austin Powers meets hip IKEA).
What makes it special?
Take a seat under a bright-red umbrella in the idyllic courtyard with a cold beverage in hand and listen to the bubbling fountain. The birds will chirp, the trees will rustle and maybe you’ll make small talk with your neighbors.
The most “Colorado” thing about this place
The Crest Motel is situated in a preciously charming neighborhood. Put your walking shoes on and set foot on the well-kept sidewalks to see historic homes, green gardens and friendly faces. The striking red brick St. Anthony Catholic Church makes for an awesome photo against a Colorado plain’s blue sky.
Our favorite traveler review
“I was in Sterling last weekend for a photography trip and, after researching all of the options, chose the Crest Motel. I'm so glad I chose it over the chains on I-76. It's unique, charming, updated and very comfortable. And it's located on a pretty street with gorgeous historic homes. The gardens in the little courtyard and outdoor seating areas are lovely. Staying there gave me a taste of quintessential Sterling, and added to a very enjoyable trip. I recommend this boutique motel (the word "motel" doesn't do it justice, but "boutique" definitely does.) I will stay there again.” — Zoe, Tripadvisor
What you’ll find nearby
Make your way to Pawnee Buttes (a 1.5-hour drive), where the prominent layered rocks stand out among the relatively flat landscape. Back in the city, learn about the history of Sterling and the Overland Trail — a pathway for pioneers making their way west at the Overland Trail Museum. It was likely the most heavily traveled path in the U.S. between 1862–1869.
Grab a hazy IPA at Parts and Labor Brewing Company, housed in a former Cadillac garage, before checking out the Sterling Creatives Artist Co-Op and Bradford Rhea’s wood carvings, which are dotted around town. Boat, swim and fish at North Sterling State Park or hike at Chimney Canyon, where 250-foot chalk cliffs are commonplace.
Photos courtesy of The Crest Motel