The Lodge underwent a renovation about a year ago and brought in Knerr. She wakes up at 3 a.m. every morning to prepare breakfast (just as we're about to call it a night). As you can see in the photos, they did a nice job of making it feel like an inn of only a few rooms, like you're sitting down in someone's house for a home-cooked meal. And yes, breakfast is included in your rate, just like at a regular B&B.
Another cool feature is every window is subtly tinted to reduce glare, each looking out onto the Rockies, providing a backdrop for room. To preserve the history of the building, the decor includes sepia-toned photos, historical maps from the 1900s, Navajo rugs and prints, and old-west wood furnishings.
We consider the Lodge a nice alternative to the Stanley for those looking for less "hoopla" and a more relaxed experience. The Stanley is a great hotel, but it can draw a lot of attention to itself in the form of tours and day-trippers, so it's not always the best spot to kick back on the porch with a cup of coffee on a clear mountain morning.
The Lodge might not be a traditional B&B due to its size, but we're impressed by its efforts to make such a large operation feel so small. For what it's worth, it's listed on bedandbreakfast.com and is a member of the Select Registry. Rates start at $199 per night.
[Photo: The Stanley Hotel]