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Presidents Day may have come and gone, but ski season is far from over, at least out west. Telluride, for example, has more than five feet on the ground—and two hotels are offering 50 percent off a second room to encourage group ski trips.
First up, the Hotel Madeline, the former Capella Telluride property that was handed over to West Paces Hotel Group earlier this season. (Service, at least per TripAdvisor, hasn't suffered.) The 84 guest rooms start at $250 a night, and a second room is free if you book at least two nights. Split the cost over a foursome, and you're looking at 50 percent off.
The deal also extends to the Inn at Lost Creek, a 32-suite boutique next door, where rooms have fireplaces, kitchens, balconies, jetted tubs and washer/dryers. Again, the second room is free when you book at least two nights. The "Spring Ski Fling" offer is good for stays through June 1.
[Photo: Inn at Lost Creek/Facebook]
If you're heading out to Colorado for skiing this year, at least swing by and check out Telluride's historic New Sheridan Hotel, which originally opened back in 1891 and is slated to reopen on December 20th after a $7 million renovation. Yeah, we know: $7 million doesn't sound like a ridiculous makeover compared to some hotels' billion-dollar revamps, but this hotel has less than 30 rooms to work with.
Lumière Telluride is one very confident hotel. Set to open Thanksgiving weekend, the new ski resort has balked at the idea of offering up its fancy new suites at discounted opening prices. Despite the fact that the economy has prompted most of its competitors to do so, Lumière hopes to launch its exclusive reputation from the start.
Its owners argue the hotel is in a unique position, situated on one of the last remaining ski-in/ski-out sites in Mountain Village. They also say its one of the few high-end hotels in Telluride to service what is clearly a high-end-seeking clientele.
The accommodations give vacationing families plenty of room to spread out so you should be getting more bang for your buck. At the highest end of the 30-room hotel is a 3,000-plus, four-bedroom suite stacked with a hot tub, fitness room, three decks, fireplace, steam shower, and flat-panel TVs. And just in case the Brangelina clan books a stay, there’s an adjacent private home for rent that dwarfs this behemoth. Regular rooms start at $289.
With President's Week coming up, people are planning (or have already booked) their vacations to either a sunny isle or a ski resort. Since we seem to have the warmer climate hotels covered, we thought you would appreciate a look at some of the finest ski hotels around the world.
The Telluride Hotel is listed as #2 on TripAdvisor for Telluride hotels. Number one being the Inn at Lost Creek which was voted one of the 100 Best Hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveler and is probably the place where TomKat would stay if they didn't already own a Scientology compound there. Rates for the all-suite hotel start at around $600 a night.
The Telluride is much cheaper with rooms starting at around $270 a night. There are only 59 rooms so it's also a smaller hotel but each room has a refrigerator, overstuffed chairs, private balconies or patios and wireless internet throughout. The hotel is also featuring something called "The Incredible Bed" (to compete with the Westin's Heavenly Bed and other plush hotel bedding we presume) that includes feather bedding, down comforters and tons of pillows.
Overall the Telluride Hotel is what you would expect from a luxury hotel in the mountains. A little bit of ski lodge (stone floors and fireplaces and antler chandeliers) combined with leather sofas, antique furnishings and thick terry cloth robes in the bathrooms.
Or as the hotel web site describes it:
If Robert Redford met Ralph Lauren, it would be The Hotel Telluride. The decor combines colors and textures of the wide open American West with the style and comfort of a fine European Hotel.
There are a few downsides to this place. There's a tiny spa but an in-room masseuse is on hand to workout any of the kinks you acquired on the slopes. Reviewers complain about the hotel's location too close to the street thus the noise. Also missing is a hotel restaurant (aside from a daily breakfast service) and there is no room service.
And unfortunately, you will have to wait until late March to even get a peek inside this hotel as February is booked.
· Hotel Telluride reviews [TripAdvisor]
If you value your sleep, maybe the county jail would be a better place. If you value your sleep avoid this joint at all costs! If you want to make a sot of yourself and annoy hotel guests with your drunken shouts into the wee hours of the morning . . . then secure a reservation at your leisure--this is the place for you!
Let me explain. My wife and I made reservations for a one night stay at the New Sheridan. We arrived, parked in the center lane to check in and began to struggle with our heavy luggage. A Sheridan hotel employee observed my struggle and decided not to come to my aid.