The Elizabeth Hotel
Fort Collins is known as the Craft Beer Capital of Colorado, but there’s so much more to this lively town. Tube the Cache la Poudre River in summer. Shop the enchanting streets of Old Town. Explore the city’s many art and history museums. And at the end of the day, have sweet, melodic dreams at The Elizabeth Hotel.
The Elizabeth Hotel is one of the crown jewels of lodging in Fort Collins’ Old Town Historic District. The architectural delight houses numerous stylish rooms, three restaurants (two of which offer live music) and a 24/7 fitness room. Details like ornate molding on the ceilings and a winding grand staircase add to the atmosphere. If you’re the type of person whose ideal vacation involves not leaving the hotel, this is your little slice of heaven on Earth.
What makes it special?
This luxe, pet-friendly hotel is music themed — from the herringbone-patterned wood floor to the rooftop bar. At the sky-high, open-air Sunset Lounge, you’ll find live jazz music Wednesday through Saturday along with panoramic views of vibrant Old Town. And if you’re looking for some late-night action, the Magic Rat is known for its outstanding acts. It features local and nationally known performers, as well as cocktails, Thursday through Saturday.
The most “Colorado” thing about this place
The Elizabeth features a curated collection of art that channels Fort Collins’ eclectic personality. Among the works that adorn the hotel’s common areas, rooms and outdoor spaces, you’ll find many pieces created by local artists or inspired by Colorado landscapes. The large-scale painting of an animal picnic that greets you at the lobby desk is just one of many examples.
Each room boasts its own record player. Didn’t bring your vinyl collection with you? No worries. The hotel has a swank collection, and you’re welcome to borrow a few records at no cost. Wish you could jam out with the music? Head straight to The Instrument Lending Library to check out the rotating collection of stringed beauts, like Martin guitars, Fender bass and even ukuleles and banjos.
Our favorite traveler review
“An absolute gem in Old Town Fort Collins! The location is prime with so many cafes, restaurants and entertainment in walking distance! The hotel is charming, the staff is kind and attentive, and the rooms are modern and comfortable. You can rent bikes, grab a complimentary record to play in your room (each room has a record player), or grab a drink and food at The Emporium. The terrace is gorgeous and offers great views from the balcony! I highly recommend The Elizabeth for your next trip or staycation in Fort Collins, Colorado!” — Nikki S., Google
Things to do nearby
One of the many perks of The Elizabeth is that you’re within walking distance of a wealth of restaurants, bars, breweries and museums. Take a 15-minute walk to Odell Brewing Company for seasonally rotating taps that’ll make you think you’ve never tasted a real beer before. Meanwhile, a five-minute stroll places you at Ginger and Baker, where you can sign up for a cooking class or enjoy a slice of pie that someone else made.
Photos courtesy of The Elizabeth Hotel