St. Regis Aspen Resort
315 E Dean St., Aspen
Even among Aspen’s supply of extravagant hotels, the St. Regis stands out. It hits you when you walk through the doors and see the giant stone fireplace in the lobby, which has that rustic-yet-polished feeling you get at the best ski resorts in the world. The guest rooms are outfitted with custom leather bed frames and faux-fur throws, and some have marble fireplaces (be sure to request a room with one—it makes a huge difference). And the fifteen-treatment-room Remède Spa is a super decadent spot to recharge after a day on the slopes—or after a day doing anything, really. We’re partial to the Rocky Mountain Ritual, which moisturizes wind-whipped skin.
333 East Wonderview Avenue, Estes Park
Built in 1909, The Stanley was famously the inspiration for The Shining, and the hotel plays right into its reputation, offering a “night spirit tour” that features dark corners of the property where paranormal activity has been recorded. If you can get past the haunted element, it really is by far the nicest place to stay in Estes Park, especially if travelling with kids. Plus, it’s only a few miles from the park entrance, and a partnership with Kent Mountain Adventure Center means you can actually book guided hikes and other park activities along with your room. For the littles (and the grown-ups), there’s snowshoeing, back-country and cross country skiing in winter, while in the summer the hiking and wildlife viewing is just out of this world.
The St. Julien
900 Walnut St., Boulder
Incredibly well-situated with views of downtown Boulder and the mountains, St. Julien is the best of both worlds one typically comes to Denver for: the great outdoors and luxuriously cozy accommodations. On offer are both outdoor adventure packages and ski escapes (thanks to a partnership with Eldora Mountain), full-service on-site spa, and afternoon tea in The Onyx Room—a stunningly gorgeous, private dining room—of the hotel’s modern, organic-and-sustainable-centric restaurant and bistro, Jill’s. In addition to the spa, a lap pool, whirlpool, and fitness center are available to guests; and (if you feel compelled to leave this has-it-all haven) it’s just a five-minute walk to the Pearl Street Mall.
1701 Wynkoop St., LoDo
One of Denver’s most historic hotels, The Crawford is located within Union Station (built 1881), aesthetically an impressive combination of opulent luxury and old-world charm. From ornately carved wood furnishings to plush, luxe linens, the accommodations here are top of the line, and from here you’ve got direct access to several highly recommended eateries, cafés, and bars—try the coffee at Pigtrain in the morning, and pop into their bar, The Cooper Lounge, for a proper cocktail. Guests have access to their fitness center, spa, and salon, the Oxford Club, for indulgent massages, decadent body treatments, and a full-blown cut-and-color by their in-house experts. Aside from its status as a historical landmark, its central location—and the main hall’s popularity as “Denver’s living room”—makes this glorious institution a must-see, even if you aren’t staying as a guest (and if you come into town via The Train to the Plane, you’ll likely pass it by on your way in and out of town).
Four Seasons Denver
1111 14th St., LoDo
Opened in 2010, the Four Seasons is one of downtown Denver's tallest buildings, with 24 floors of hotel space at the base and several floors of condos at the top—it's important to ask for a West-facing room here, because you'll be all but guaranteed gorgeous views of the mountains in the distance (and an excellent show if you happen to be around at sunset). The luxe accommodations offer everything you'd expect from any Four Seasons, but what really sets this location apart is the spa, decorated with stones and sleek wood and inarguably one of Denver's best places for treatments. There's also a fully outfitted gym that overlooks a rooftop pool—and since Denver gets 300 days of sun a year, you'll be able to use it more often than you'd imagine.
1100 14th St., Downtown
Hotel Teatro, so-named for its location around the corner from the Buell Theatre (Denver's major performance venue), is located in one of LoDo's oldest buildings. Key architectural details from the building's original construction as a mansion for the Evans family, like pink and green marble flooring and marble wainscoting, are fully intact. Though the original upgrade was in 1997, the 110 rooms, plus the lobby and bar, enjoyed an update a few years ago, and though the rooms run a bit on the small side—we recommend Teatro for couples and singles more than families—they're well turned out with marble bathrooms, leather headboards, and crisp white linens. The downstairs restaurant, the Nickel, is a great place to grab a drink before seeing a show.
1600 Wewatta St., LoDo
The Born Hotel, which officially opens its doors in late spring, is owned by long-time Denverites (and, coincidentally, the parents of a goop staffer) who recognized the city's lack of hotels that offered good design. With mountain-inspired interiors that aren't at all kitschy—think plaid throw pillows; mid-century furniture and light fixtures; and custom millwork for the walls and beds—the Born is a pretty elegant solution. The hotel itself is a block from the restaurants and buzz of Union Station and the city's recently opened fast-track rail line to the airport, and in the halls, you'll find artwork from local Denver artists curated by Adam Lerner, the director of nearby MCA Denver. While the hotel is a major win for out-of-towners, locals are most excited about Tavernetta, the first-floor restaurant from Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson of the beloved Frasca Food & Wine (only their second fine dining restaurant, and their first in Denver).
Dunton Hot Springs
52068 Rd. 38, Dolores
Occupying a long-abandoned ghost town in the Colorado Rockies, this luxe spin on a dude ranch offers everything you'd expect from a trip to the mountains. You can go on long trail rides, fly fish in the Dolores, or hike, mountain bike, or mountain climb (for those truly vertically inclined). They also offer white water rafting and archeological day trips to the desert. All the activity is met with welcoming luxury back home in camp, whether you're staying in a log cabin, a perma-tent, or a tipi. You'll find cozy beds outfitted with high-thread count sheets and Pendleton blankets, fireplaces, and a well-appointed spa. Obviously, there's a saloon, and plenty of barbecue, too.
130 Wood Rd., Snowmass
Nestled at the base of family-friendly Snowmass (and conveniently ski-in-ski-out), the Viceroy is probably one of Aspen's best options for those traveling with kids in tow. Amenities like complementary ski valet and plenty of suite options with multiple bedrooms, full kitchens, and in-room washer/dryers make the arduous process of getting the littles dressed, sun-screened, and out to ski school. If that weren't enough, there's also full-time daycare service in the hotel and a heated outdoor pool that's open year-round. Once kids are out the door, head to the poolside NEST Public House for a miles-long craft beer list and a more grown-up vibe.
315 E. Dean St., Aspen
Just steps from the gondola, this St. Regis offers the same level of service you'd find in any of their properties, with a décor palate that's rustic-meets-modern. You'll find custom leather bed frames, faux fur throws, and marble fireplaces. Incidentally, the St. Regis is also a favorite for foodies. Their signature in-house Chefs Club, a partnership with Food & Wine, brings in the country's best up-and-coming chefs as consultants for a menu that is endlessly changing in style and scope. P.S. The spa here is the bomb, too.
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