DENVER, CO — Need a break from the day-to-day grind and just want to be treated like royalty for the night? You’re in luck. U.S. News & World Report has released its rankings of the best hotels across the country and within Colorado.
The report looked at more than 24,000 luxury hotels to come up with the rankings. Hotels that received a gold badge were in the top 10 percent of ranked hotels. Hawaii’s Four Seasons Resort Lanai ranked first, followed by The Peninsula Chicago at No. 2 and The Langham, Chicago at No. 3.
If those don’t fit your fancy, don’t fret: There are plenty of great hotels in Colorado, too. Colorado Springs’s The Broadmoor was rated No. 1, while three hotels each in Vail and Denver made the list, as well as two in Aspen.
Here are the best luxury hotels in Colorado for those looking for a night or two away from the kids.
Home to tennis courts, a spa and three championship golf courses, this massive resort features just about everything you could need for an exciting Colorado Springs vacation. Located on the southwestern edge of town, The Broadmoor earns praise from travelers for its large rooms, which are outfitted in classic, Old World-style decor. Recent guests also had high praise for the friendly and accommodating staff. If you have kids in tow, let them burn off some energy on the waterslides or participate in special activities through the childrens program. When it’s time for dinner, sit down at one of multiple on-site eateries. The cuisine at La Taverne was a big a hit for recent guests, as were drinks at the Pool Café: Visitors loved sipping their cocktails poolside while enjoying views of the Rockies and Cheyenne Lake.
Sitting at the base of Aspen Mountain on the southern edge of town, The Little Nell caters to snow junkies with on-site services such as a Ski Concierge team (who can secure everything from lift tickets to ski rentals) and an equipment storage center. However, guests say that the hotel’s proximity to powder isn’t the only reason to book. The Little Nell’s two in-house restaurants – element47 and Ajax Tavern – earn high praise for their artfully prepared plates, and the hotel spa is ideal for post-skiing relaxation. Although you won’t be spending much time indoors, you can look forward to resting up in a spacious and inviting guest room, surrounded by warm, soothing cream-colored hues, a gas fireplace, a well-stocked minibar and an LCD TV. And, like they do at The Little Nell’s sister property, the Ojai Valley Inn in California, recent guests give the customer service two thumbs up, saying that the hotel’s employees were some of the nicest they’d ever met.
Sitting in the heart of Aspen, the Hotel Jerome evokes a sense of true ski lodge luxury with ornate stone fireplaces, plush furnishings and a blend of rustic and contemporary decor. Recent guests rave about the spacious yet cozy guest rooms at this Aubergeproperty, which come complete flat-screen TVs and bathrooms with separate tubs and walk-in showers. Meanwhile, the on-site Auberge Spa at Hotel Jerome provides a full menu of services geared toward helping you unwind after a day on the slopes. And the American bistro dishes served at Prospect and the tasty drinks and light fare at J-Bar are sure to satisfy your appetite. But according to guest reviews, it’s the Hotel Jerome’s warm, friendly staff that makes a stay at this property truly memorable. Travelers say that Hotel Jerome’s employees were quick to handle service requests and offer suggestions for things to do or places to eat.
The Sebastian – Vail has makes a good impression among boutique hotel fans, with many recent guests saying that the customer service is some of the best they’ve ever experienced. While this Preferred LVX hotel strives to maintain the ambiance of a classic ski lodge, recent visitors love the trendy atmosphere found in the Leonora restaurant and Frost, the hotel bar. Many visitors compliment The Sebastian on its common areas, like the outdoor fire pit and the library, as well as its updated rooms. Accommodations house all the luxury amenities you’ll need, including a flat-panel TV and 400 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. Travelers in need of a little more space should book one of the residential suites, each of which is equipped with a full kitchen, a dining area and a gas fireplace. And if you’re in need of some extra pampering, you can make an appointment at Bloom Spa, which offers a full menu of massages and skin treatments.
Situated in Denver’s Theatre District, this member of the Four Seasons hotel family draws luxury-seekers with the promise of sumptuous amenities and high-end service. Decked out in simple yet sleek decor, rooms at Four Seasons Hotel Denver features hardwood floors and creamy hues, not to mention amenities like plasma-screen TVs and Wii gaming systems (upon request). Meanwhile, on-site amenities like the full-service spa and the AAA Four Diamond EDGE Restaurant are considered added bonuses. But what visitors seem to love the most is the Four Seasons’ hospitality; many previous visitors praise the hotel’s staff for its consistently friendly attitude and helpful demeanor. But be warned: You’ll be shelling out a pretty penny to lay your head in the lap of luxury.
Towering over central Vail, this chalet-style resort doesn’t skimp on coziness. With sweeping vistas of either the Vail Village or Gore Creek, each guest room features Rocky Mountain touches like custom-made Bavarian furniture, gas fireplaces and heated floors. The traditional lodge design carries over into the resort’s four dining areas, each boasting wood furnishings and a rustic ambiance. Sonnenalp caters primarily to skiers, and visitors found both the resort’s location and the complimentary ski concierge service to be extremely convenient. Even if you don’t plan on tackling the slopes, you shouldn’t rule out this resort; Sonnenalp offers a variety of ways to stay active that don’t involve snow. The championship Sonnenalp Golf Club, for example, features 7,100 yards of rolling fairways and pesky sand traps. Meanwhile, the outdoor pool and cozy Sonnenalp Spa both provide a fantastic setting for rest and relaxation. Yet despite all its offerings, guests point to the hotel staff as the main reason to book here. Recent visitors say they were made to feel special by the hotel employees and were even greeted by name upon re-entering the premises What’s more, Leaders Club members get perks like room upgrades and complimentary breakfast at this hotel.
Renovated in 2017 and sitting in downtown Denver, The Ritz-Carlton is surrounded by some of the city’s top things to do. Recent guests love that it’s just a short walk to Coors Field, the 16th Street Mall and Larimer Square, meaning it’s a great jumping-off point for leisure travelers. And the hotel itself isn’t lacking, either. To rest up and look your best for a day (or night) on the town, you can splurge on a massage or a skin treatment at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Denver. Or, if you’re looking for a more low-key evening, plan on digging in to a hearty steak at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, ELWAY’S Downtown. When it is time to call it a night, recent guests describe the rooms as spacious and inviting, thanks to 400-thread-count linens, five-fixture bathrooms, flat-panel TVs and cappuccino makers.
Nestled at the base of the Telluride Ski Resort in Mountain Village, Lumière Telluride makes a great home base for both winter and summer visitors. The boutique property’s stunning stone façade houses simple-yet-elegant interiors, characterized by hardwood floors, leather upholstery and cozy fireplaces. Many of the rooms feature kitchens and mountain views, plus LATHER bath products, free Wi-Fi as well as washers and dryers. Guests love the hotel’s relaxing atmosphere, as well as its proximity to the slopes. And in true Colorado fashion, Lumière proudly offers ski valet and storage services alongside complimentary après-ski cookies and cakes. Although you may not have access to certain perks during the summer months, the hotel’s on-site pool and easy access to Telluride’s hiking paths and mountain shops make a warm weather visit worth considering.
The Four Seasons Resort Vail has earned a reputation as one of the city’s premier lodging options. And it’s easy to see why: The location of this Four Seasons
property in central Vail allows easy access to the slopes, while those who opt for a day of rest and relaxation have access to a full-service spa and an outdoor pool. Plus, the resort’s in-house restaurant, Flame, is a classic American steakhouse serving all kinds of hearty, meaty dishes. Recent visitors enjoy the guest rooms, which come outfitted with stone-trimmed fireplaces, private balconies and flat-screen TVs. Be warned that some guests say that the amount of money you spend here may take your breath away; however visitors say that the experience is worth the expense.
This massive Ritz-Carlton resort near the Beaver Creek Ski Resort looks as though it’s bursting from the mountainside. Guests love the traditional ski chalet feel, from the exposed wood beams and stone walls of the lobby to the cozy fireplaces found in many of the guest rooms. For skiers, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch features an in-house ski and snowboard outfitter and a ski concierge, and the $50 resort fee covers high-speed Internet access, shuttle transportation to Beaver Creek Village and access to the resort fitness classes and sauna, among other services. If the slopes aren’t calling your name, spend a day rejuvenating at the 21,000-square-foot Bachelor Gulch Spa while your children participate in one of the resort’s kids programs. Then, regroup for dinner; there are three dining options to choose from. The one downside, according to recent visitors, is that things here can get very pricey very quickly.
If you’re looking out-of-state, California and New York had the most gold badge winners with 38 and 26 gold badge hotels, respectively. There were also 24 in Florida.
Among cities, New York City ranked highest in the number of gold badge hotels with 24 — more than double that of Las Vegas and Los Angeles, which tied for second with 11. Washington, D.C. and Chicago had 1o and eight gold badge hotels, respectively.
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