12 Top-Rated Resorts in Colorado
Colorado has a wonderfully diverse resort scene, with properties for all types of travelers - from families to couples and the budget-conscious to the big spenders. Where you choose to stay will be partially determined by what you plan to do while in Colorado.
If you've come to experience the skiing and snowboarding, you'll want to head west to the mountains. Aspen, Vail, Beaver Creek, and Telluride are four top-rated Colorado ski destinations, with dozens of resort choices. And while these towns are known for their winter sports, they are truly year-round destinations, with activities like hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting, along with a host of cultural events and festivals in the summer months.
Colorado's largest cities, Denver and Colorado Springs, are also home to some stunning resort properties, like the world-famous Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs. And the state also boasts a number of dude ranches and destination resorts, like Dunton Hot Springs, where the resort itself, not the off-property activities, is the true experience. Find the best place to stay with this list of the top-rated resorts in Colorado:
1 Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
Right in the middle of Beaver Creek Village, the Park Hyatt is a true ski-in/ski-out luxury property just a few feet from the gondola. The recently renovated rooms and suites are elegantly done up with down comforters, marble baths, and flat-screen TVs. The suites are great for families, with plenty of space to spread out, and they come with kitchenettes, fireplaces, and whirlpool tubs for soothing, post-ski soaks. That said, this property also makes a great destination for a romantic getaway. There are also three restaurants, five hot tubs, and a year-round, heated outdoor pool among other on-site amenities. If your muscles are sore, book a treatment at Allegria Spa, which features its own "water sanctuary."
Accommodation: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
2 The Little Nell, Aspen
The five-star Little Nell is just a few steps from the gondola at the base of Aspen Mountain and features a ski concierge among its many high-end amenities. The chic property boasts modern rooms and suites that all feature quality linens on comfy beds, fireplaces, marble baths, and balconies with either city or mountain views. Rooms also come stocked with complimentary snacks. If you're craving a steam shower or want an in-room Jacuzzi, upgrade to a suite. Other perks include two restaurants, a spa, outdoor pool, and hot tub. The Little Nell is family friendly, and children's activities are also arranged. It's also known as one of Colorado's top dog-friendly properties.
Accommodation: The Little Nell
3 Dunton Hot Springs
Dunton Hot Springs is an all-inclusive hot springs destination resort in a remote former mining town in the San Juan National Forest, about 95 miles from Durango. The property is known for its hand-built cabins, some of which date back to the 1800s, that have been meticulously restored. Ranging from one to five bedrooms, they feature mountain rustic decor, wood-burning stoves, and decks, and some come with indoor or outdoor hot spring tubs. The main reason to visit is for the hot spring pools of which there are six located inside and outside. Other amenities and activities include a spa, fly fishing, and heli-skiing in winter. All meals are included, and the property is both family and pet-friendly.
Accommodation: Dunton Hot Springs
4 The Osprey at Beaver Creek, A RockResort
Located just 25 feet from the Strawberry Park Express chairlift, in the heart of Beaver Creek, The Osprey is a true ski-in/ski-out resort. The family friendly property has rustic, cozy rooms with comfortable beds and modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi throughout. Other amenities include a heated deck around the year-round heated pool and hot tub, so you don't freeze your feet getting in and out, as well as a friendly tapas lounge. There's also a fitness center with a steam room and sauna.
Accommodation: The Osprey at Beaver Creek, A RockResort
5 The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek
Designed in traditional ski chalet style, the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch features an impressive lobby, with walls of stone and exposed wood beams on the ceiling that was designed to resemble a national park grand lodge. Rooms and suites are posh modern with custom wood furnishings, high-end linens, feather beds and down comforters, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and iPod docking stations, among other amenities. Suites add separate living rooms, and some have full kitchens and dining spaces. The dog-friendly Ritz-Carlton also impresses with three restaurants, a sprawling spa, heated outdoor swimming pool, and an excellent kids' program.
Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
6 The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs
The Broadmoor is an opulent, old-world, European-style property set on a sparkling manmade lake at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs that never fails to wow. The five-star, five-diamond property features world-class service and elegant, luxe rooms that are beyond comfortable. The resort consists of numerous buildings, done up in old- and new-world styles, connected by walking paths. You'll also find three golf courses, three swimming pools, tennis courts, multiple restaurants, and boutique shops. The property works well for couples or families alike.
Accommodation: The Broadmoor
7 The St. Regis Aspen Resort
Just a three-minute walk from the Aspen Mountain gondola, the St. Regis Aspen is another top luxury resort choice right downtown. It boasts apartment-style rooms with elegant furnishings, comfortable beds with silky soft linens, and amenities like deep soaking tubs and Nespresso machines. Butler service is also included. The resort is family friendly, with special kid-focused activities. Other property amenities include an excellent Italian restaurant, a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, and live music in the cozy lobby area.
Accommodation: The St. Regis Aspen Resort
8 Sonnenalp Vail
This European chalet-style resort is in the heart of Vail and caters to skiers and snowboarders with a dedicated ski concierge. The mostly suites (there are 112 luxe suites and 15 rooms) feature a distinct Bavarian vibe thanks to the custom-made furniture, and they also boast heated floors in the bathrooms and gas-log fireplaces. Suites range in size from junior to two-bedrooms, making the Sonnenalp a great resort choice for families. They also have a dedicated kids' club, with structured activities for children between the ages of three and 12 years. There are also three restaurants, a spa, and a championship, links-style golf course here.
Accommodation: Sonnenalp Vail
9 Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail
What the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail lacks in direct mountain access, it more than makes up for in posh and spacious rooms. They all feature marble bathrooms with stand-alone soaking tubs, stone fireplaces, balconies, and Nespresso machines. The outdoor pool and Jacuzzi area is also a perk, as is the spa, which is considered one of Vail Valley's best. There is also a very good restaurant with a heated outdoor patio. The property doesn't offer ski-in/ski-out access, but you can hop on the short free shuttle to reach the slopes.
Accommodation: Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail
10 The Peaks Resort and Spa, Telluride
The Peaks Resort and Spa is a great year-round family destination in Telluride, whether you want to ski, golf, hike, or horseback ride. Perched above the Telluride Ski Resort, the rooms and suites are clean, spacious, and contemporary in their decor and feature mountain views. Amenities include an indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool with an indoor waterslide that kids love, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a spa, game room, and tennis courts. The super attentive staff can also arrange for all sorts of activities, from whitewater rafting to hot air balloon rides. There are two restaurants on-site, including Altezza Restaurant, which focuses on sustainably sourced meats and seafood and organic produce.
Accommodation: Peaks Resort & Spa
11 Four Seasons Resort Denver
In the heart of Denver's Theater District right downtown, this high-end property features elegant rooms with hardwood floors, comfortable beds, plasma-screen TVs, and even Wii gaming systems upon request. The hotel staff at this property is known for being super attentive and having a great attitude. Beyond the rooms, you'll find a full-service spa and the popular EDGE Restaurant, and in summer, a pool with a happening scene. It works well if you need to spend a night in Denver on your way to or from the mountains. It's also very child- and dog-friendly.
Accommodation: Four Seasons Resort Denver
12 Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge, Telluride
Located in the heart of Telluride Ski Resort's Mountain Village, Fairmont Heritage Place is another excellent family choice year-round. It features modern, mountain-style two- and three-bedroom apartments that are spacious and decorated with plenty of stone and wood accents. They also offer a host of amenities, from full kitchens to Jacuzzi tubs in the master baths and washer/dryers. While there is no restaurant on-site, there are many nearby. And the Fairmont Heritage Place does boast an outdoor pool and hot tubs, as well as a spa, sauna, steam room, and state-of-the-art gym. There's even a game room for the kids.
Accommodation: Franz Klammer Lodge