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Shawn O'Connor

The 14 best hotels in Colorado

From the desert to the mountains, make the most of a truly diverse state with the 14 best hotels in Colorado

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Chiara Wilkinson
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Colorado is one of the US’s most unspoiled – and thereby most drop-dead gorgeous –  states. Within its hundreds of thousands of square miles (which, in fact, make it the 8th largest in the union), are cultures and environments aplenty. From the dramatic, towering Rockies to the southwest’s endless desert, Colorado is packed full of incredible landscapes and exciting, adventurous things to do.

Fittingly, the state also has no shortage of truly fantastic hotels. After all, once you’ve finished trekking or climbing, there’s nothing quite like putting your feet up in a deluxe pad. From bougie boutique hotels to rustic inns, all the way from Vail and Aspen to Denver, we’ve sorted the best establishments in Colorado for every kind of getaway.

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The 14 best hotels in Colorado

The Broadmoor
The Broadmoor, Colorado

1. The Broadmoor

The Broadmoor is just an hours drive away from Denver. It has not only a deluxe pool, but breath-taking views over the Cheyenne. But there’s also much more to the five-star resort, they have tons of wilderness experiences including fly fishing, rock climbing and ziplining. They also have bowling, golf and a spa for if you're looking for that bit of relaxation. 

2. Halcyon

Cherry Creek’s most recent arrival is in the former post office (but you’d never know it). Flanked by hip restaurants Quality Italian (order the Chicken Parmesan) and Departure (by Gregory Gourdet of Top Chef fame), the four-star luxury hotel offers stunning mountain views from the rooftop pool, and once the sun sets, you can head down to the basement speakeasy for a bespoke cocktail at Boys & Girls Club. Then repair to your modern and elegant room (one of 154) to spin some vintage vinyl on your very own turntable. Another highlight is the happy hour at neighbourhood eatery Local Jones, where you can grab cheap bites and sangria of the month for just $11. 

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3. The Brown Palace

As Denver’s first hotel, the four-star Brown Palace has hosted celebrities galore, from Thomas Edison to Taylor Swift via the Beatles and even, in 1997, a whole G8 Summit hosted by President Bill Clinton. And it’s still a cultural icon, with a spa (the entry used to be the grand fireplace), Ellyngton’s (serving the most lavish brunch in the city), the Palace Arms (yes, those are Napoleon’s dueling pistols on display), and Ship Tavern (live music on the weekends) all offering plenty of reasons to stay – elegant high tea in the lobby is another. And when you’ve exhausted the attractions on offer indoors and feel the need to venture beyond the historic, yet Insta-worthy decor of your comfortable room, local attractions are very close by. Check out the American Museum of Western Art, various quality bars and restaurants, and the many, many shopping options. You'll be spoilt for choice.  

The Ramble Hotel
The Ramble Hotel, Colorado

4. The Ramble Hotel

RiNo (River North Arts District) was once gritty and industrial but has blossomed into an artsy community of breweries, restaurants, and boutiques. The Ramble is RiNo’s newest addition, with 50 rooms inspired by 17th-century French salons – think dark walls, lush seating areas, and chandeliers reminiscent of Versailles. It boasts the first western outpost of iconic cocktail lounge Death & Co as well as Super Mega Bien, a pan-Latin dim sum concept from James Beard Foundation Award nominee Dana Rodriguez. Stroll outside to check out the neighborhood’s funky murals. 

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The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

5. The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch

This four-star ski-in ski-out lodge is synonymous with luxury, from high-thread count sheets to breathtaking views. If you're there for the slops, the plentiful snowfall and incredible terrain makes it a no-brainer destination. But even if you're not, you can still enjoy s’mores and live music by the fire pit or play board games by a roaring fire while snuggling with Scout, the hotel’s Bernese Mountain Dog. The seven bachelor miners that settled here would be surprised at the rustic elegance of the spa, fine dining options, and cigar bar, but if you want an unforgettable getaway no matter the season, this is the place. Nearby Beano’s Cabin is a fine dinner spot, and beguilingly accessible only by horse-drawn carriage. 

The Little Nell
Shawn O'Connor

6. The Little Nell

The Little Nell, a lodge at the base of the Silver Queen Gondola and an established stomping ground for the local elites, is an Aspen landmark in itself. But all things considered, it’s rather discreet. At The Nell, hospitality comes first: all rooms have a rustic-modernist design with pretty much every amenity you can imagine. Boasting ski-in, ski-out access (as do all truly fab Aspen hotels), an award-winning restaurant, an apres hotspot and the best wine cellar in town – The Little Nell is pretty much unbeatable.

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7. The Sebastian

Vail is the country’s most popular ski resort, so naturally it’s home to one of its most luxurious five-star hotels. The Sebastian’s pet-friendly suites offer sitting areas for relaxing and en suite baths with jetted tubs, but it’s the common areas that elevate the hotel beyond the already very high-standard competition. Enjoy morning coffee in the Library, spend the day poolside or apres ski in a hot tub. You can also take in the hotel’s unique art collection, check out games from the game room, enjoy the spa and fitness room, or just people watch at one of the hotel’s chic eateries, all steps from Vail Village’s pedestrian walkway. The surroundings themselves are stunning, with glorious mountain views and snowy peaks. 

The Sonnenalp
The Sonnenalp, Colorado

8. The Sonnenalp

In the heart of Vail Village is the historic Sonnenalp—a five-star classic known for its spa, which includes an oxygen bar, a joined indoor/outdoor pool space with a riverside view, poolside service, and plenty of relaxing lounge chairs. Each of the 112 rooms has an alpine theme that jives with the Swiss feel of the town, including mounted antlers and private fireplaces, luxurious jetted Roman tubs and plush robes. Bully Ranch, the Sonnenalp’s upscale Western-style eatery, is a well-known Vail burger destination. A quick glance at the menu shows a black angus beef sandwich with caramelized onions, a 15oz dry aged steak, jidori chicken flatbreads, and vegan meatballs. Delish. 

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Le Meridien
Le Méridien Denver Downtown

9. Le Meridien

In the heart of Denver, you'll find the four-star Le Meridien. It features an award-winning restaurant Corrine, fitness centre, a bar and shared lounge – bringing together business and leisure. A delicious à la carte breakfast is also available daily. And don't worry about getting bored here, don't fret, you can do hiking and cycling here. For those of you who don't like to sacrifice those gains on holiday, you'll also find a fully kitted out gym here.

10. ART Hotel

At 11th and Broadway in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District, the four-star ART Hotel features more than 50 works by internationally renowned artists such as Edward Ruscha, Sol LeWitt, Frank Gehry, Kiki Smith, Deborah Butterfield, and others. How about that for culture. The 165 rooms are all clean lines and modern elegance, with each floor adopting a theme based on an artwork, so it's super Instagrammable. All of this is just steps away from museums and attractions, but don’t miss happy hour on the rooftop lounge, FIRE, with individual fire pits at each booth—the perfect way to end a day of museum-going. 

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11. St Julien

One of the best thing about four-star hotel St Julien is that it's perfectly centrally located and in a great spot for guests keen to both stroll Pearl St for its shopping and world-class eats, and hike the nearby Flatirons. It's a truly luxury hotel; in the rooms, you'll find over-sized bathrooms featuring slate flooring and granite counters, as well as soothing textures and colors that create that calm and relaxation you might be craving. Choose between a mountain room, a city view room and a balcony room depending on what floats your boat. 

Ritz Carlton Denver
Ritz-Carlton Denver

12. Ritz Carlton Denver

The Ritz is a downtown Denver classic, with 202 rooms offering easy access to everything Denver has to offer. After being greeted by a stunning glass chandelier created by Robert Kuster (and reminiscent of his mentor, Dale Chihuly), relax at Elway’s steakhouse, where you can sip an exclusive from local Laws Whiskey House, as well as numerous local craft brews. Said brews are utilised in a most unusual spa treatment, the Microwbrew Ex’BEER’ience, where beer and its elements are used to treat the skin. The spa is right next door to the fitness centre – 24/7 facilities that offer state-of-the-art treadmills, elliptical machines, and of course, spin bikes. 

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Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center
Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center

13. Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center

Inspired perhaps by the area’s mountain scenery, Aurora’s newest hotel complex clearly likes to think big. Ten minutes from Denver International Airport, the mega-hotel boasts 1,501 rooms, four ballrooms, 81 meeting spaces, and five outdoor event spaces. Meant to double as a business and convention center, it also includes eight dining options (from Italian to Asian to Steakhouse), a spa salon, a fitness center, and shopping. Best of all perhaps, especially for anyone with kids in town, is the indoor/outdoor water park complete with a lazy river to float down. Fancy exploring the area? Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is only 30 minutes away, displaying iconic aircrafts, space vehicles, and other fascinating artifacts. 

14. The Strater

Visiting Durango, a former mining town, is like stepping into the Old West, particularly when staying at The Strater. Owned for three generations by the Barker family, the carved stone and brick 1887-era hotel is a perfectly restored model of the time. History lovers will love room features like hand-stenciled Victorian-style wallpaper and lavishly carved walnut antiques, and other attentions to detail make a stay at the Strater a unique experience for everyone. Don’t miss the Diamond Belle, a real live saloon complete with Western saloon girls and ragtime piano. 

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