You’ll come to Glenwood Springs for a restorative, mineral-water soak, but there’s so much more to this charming Rocky Mountain town. Stay to explore the serpentine Glenwood Canyon by raft, shop in the vibrant downtown and devour mouthwatering meals. Then, snooze away in elegance at the Hotel Colorado. Steeped in Centennial State history, this grand resort once welcomed good ol’ President Teddy Roosevelt!
When Glenwood Springs silver baron Walter Devereux opened the Hotel Colorado’s doors in 1893, distinguished guests descended in droves — by private railcars, of course — and reveled in European-styled opulence. It was described at the time as a “marvel of the ages.”
Now, you can lounge in impeccably designed courtyards with outdoor gas firepits, roasting s’mores in Adirondack chairs; snuggle into plush guest rooms that ooze style from another time; and dine at the hotel’s two on-site restaurants — the chic Coppertop Bar and Indoor Lounge and the stylish indoor/outdoor Hotel Colorado Restaurant and Bar.
Got a furry friend? Just bring him or her along. You’ll be offered comfy dog beds, water and food bowls, tasty treats and a Hotel Colorado toy to keep at check-in.
What makes it special?
It’s the high ceilings, white-oak floors, rich wood embellishments, sun-soaked hallways, sumptuous fireplaces, grand carpeted staircases, stately turrets — and all the historical character. Indeed, this hotel was modeled after a 16th-century Italian Renaissance castle in Tuscany. Devereux is said to have designed it so his guests felt like royalty. Signature suites are even named for Devereux, as well as famous guests like Roosevelt and Colorado icon Molly Brown, who survived the sinking of the Titanic.
The most “Colorado” thing about this place
You’ll love the easy access to Colorado adventures made even easier by two on-site outfitters: Canyon Bikes and Blue Sky Adventures. Canyon Bikes offers rentals, along with a handy shuttle service for guests. And Blue Sky will give guests the hookup on rafting adventures along the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers.
Quirkiest thing to expect
The Hotel Colorado takes its holiday celebrations very, very seriously. Each winter, visitors make annual trips to revel in the resort’s thousands of sparkling lights and 50 tastefully decorated Christmas trees.
Most unexpected amenity
This grand hotel doubles as a historical site (and possibly even a museum). Visitors can wander among seven stories of old photographs and antiques, many displayed with name plates and background information.
Room with the best view
It’s not a room per se, but the view from the Bell Tower’s balconies is pretty awe-mazing, especially when fall colors are ablaze in tones of crimson and shimmering gold.
Our favorite traveler review
“This hotel is pure historic grandeur and, in my opinion, a visit to Glenwood Springs is not complete without a visit. The hotel welcomes visitors as well as guests but do consider a stay at Hotel Colorado. The atmosphere, well-appointed rooms and attentive staff will make for a memory not soon forgotten. If you are visiting Glenwood Springs during the winter season, you are in for a real treat. I make at least one pilgrimage per year to soak in the tasteful holiday decorations, warmly lit grand lobby and the Old-World charm of the open-hearth fireplaces. There is a magnificent outdoor light display creating a winter wonderland for the kiddos and adults alike and blazing outdoor firepits to warm your hands. I’m not sure what could rival a winter holiday getaway than a stay at the Hotel Colorado ... just please leave one room open for my return.” — Deborah P., Tripadvisor
Things to see & do nearby
Glenwood Springs is all about its relaxing, geothermal gems. Glenwood Hot Springs Resort and Iron Mountain Hot Springs both offer soaking pools that’ll make you warm and toasty. Or head to Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves for an underground natural sauna. Soar up to the mountaintop Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park via gondola for cave tours and thrilling, family-friendly rides. Make the trek to Hanging Lake for cascading waterfall views after a lung-busting hike straight up. If you’re a winter lover, add skiing or snowboarding at nearby Sunlight Mountain Resort to your list. Plan your trip with this three-day Glenwood Springs itinerary >>
Photos courtesy of Hotel Colorado