Travel back in time for your next Colorado vacation. Whether you live in the Centennial State or are coming from a distant locale, Nomad Colorado’s list of the best historic Colorado hotels is a great place to start planning your next journey away from home. We’ve detailed our 7 favorite historic hotels below and provided honorable mention to 13 more. So what are you waiting for? Make like Marty McFly and travel 100+ years into the past by booking a room in one of these incredible historic hotels in Colorado today!
7 Best Historic Colorado Hotels
Stanley Hotel (Estes Park)
The Stanley Hotel was built in 1909 and is one of the best hotels in Colorado (and probably one of the state’s most famous hotels). The Stanley possesses spectacular views in every direction – especially those of Rocky Mountain National Park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 140-guest room Stanley Hotel offers over 14,000 square feet of unique meeting and event space. The Stanley inspired horror novelist Stephen King to write The Shining. In 1974, King and his wife spent one night in Room 217 while on vacation during their short residency in Boulder, Colorado. Upon arrival, they discovered that they were the only overnight guests at the hotel. The Kings were served dinner in an empty dining room accompanied by canned orchestral music. Then they were shown to infamous Room 217. Room 217 of the Overlook Hotel features prominently in the The Shining, having been the room at the Stanley where King spent the night. In 1980, The Shining became the basis for a film adaptation directed by Stanley Kubrick. Discover more on the hotel’s website.
Strater Hotel (Durango)
Constructed in 1887, the historic Strater Hotel is one of the West’s most iconic buildings. It is located in downtown Durango, just two blocks north of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, one hour from Mesa Verde National Park, and deep in the heart of the rugged San Juan Mountains where natural hot springs abound. The Strater Hotel is adorned with beautiful handcrafted woodwork and has a large collection of American Victorian walnut antiques. Operated for three generations by the Barker family, the Strater Hotel invites you to experience the best that the Old West and Durango have to offer. Be certain to order a “Bill Clinton” when you saddle up to the bar at the Strater Hotel’s Diamond Belle Saloon – it’s a very dirty martini! Discover more on the hotel’s website.
Grand Imperial Hotel (Silverton)
Located on what was known as the Thomson Block, the Grand Hotel – as it was initially named – was commissioned in 1882 by W.S. Thomson, a perfume importer and mill owner from New York City. Completed in 1883, the massive granite structure became renowned for being the largest single standing structure south of Denver. Whether you’re in town to run an ultramarathon, ski some of the steepest slopes Colorado has to offer, or venture out into the depths of the Weminuche Wilderness (one of Colorado’s most remote areas to backpack), it’s inevitable that you’ll be looking for the perfect place to stay. The Grand Imperial Hotel is guaranteed to be everything you’re seeking and more! The Victorian Era decor and ambiance transports its guests and visitors back to the 1880’s. Discover more on the hotel’s website or by reading about our recent stay at the Grand Imperial.
Brown Palace Hotel (Denver)
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is a historic hotel in Denver, Colorado. It is easily one of best historic Colorado hotels and is the second-longest operating hotel in Denver. It was one of the first atrium-style hotels ever built. The hotel was built in 1892 of sandstone and red granite. It was named for its original owner, Henry C. Brown, who had originally homesteaded the Capitol Hill area, and was designed with its distinctive triangular shape by architect Frank Edbrooke, who also designed the Oxford Hotel (Denver’s longest operating hotel). The interior and exterior of the building are considered to be the finest examples of Edbrooke’s work. Definitely check out the Ship Tavern and Churchill Bar – both are classics among Denver cocktail establishments! Discover more on the hotel’s website.
Hotel Denver (Glenwood Springs)
Located right across the street from the Amtrak Train Station in the center of Glenwood Springs, the Hotel Denver is within a 10-minute walk of Glenwood Hot Springs, Glenwood Springs Center For The Arts, and Frontier Historical Museum. The hotel, originally named the Star Hotel, was built in 1915. It recently celebrated its centennial anniversary. The Hotel Denver has a restaurant, bar/lounge, and coffee shop/café. The restaurant, Glenwood Canyon Brewing, is located on the ground floor of the Hotel Denver and offers some excellent handcrafted brews! Every room in the hotel has a style of its own, taking the best qualities from the old and the new. Cozy quilts and antiques warm each guest room. Read Nomad Colorado’s recent hotel review or discover more on the hotel’s website.
Windsor Hotel (Del Norte)
The Windsor Hotel, located in the heart of the San Luis Valley, is a beautiful place to hang your hat for a night and grab a bite to eat. One of Colorado’s oldest hotels, the Windsor occupies nearly one half of a city block in the middle of Del Norte. Its construction began soon after the town was founded in 1871. The town prospered until the early 1970’s when its population declined and the deterioration Windsor Hotel soon followed. The hotel went into major disrepair and was nearly demolished. In 1993, a local benefactor stepped in and has been stabilizing and restoring it ever since. Today it has a “turn-of-the-century” parlor, dining rooms, and a living history interpretive area. The Windsor now has 20 completely renovated rooms that are beautifully adorned. Del Norte is going through a Renaissance and the revitalization of the Windsor Hotel has been instrumental to its revival. Insider’s tip: don’t forget to venture over to the nearby Three Barrel Brewery for one of Colorado’s best tasting beers! Discover more on the hotel’s website.
The Cliff House at Pikes Peak (Manitou Springs)
The Cliff House at Pikes Peak has 54 delightful hotel guest rooms and luxury suites. Each is uniquely decorated in the style of the late 1800’s. The Cliff House was initially constructed in the winter of 1873. The town of Manitou Springs grew up around the gold mines in the Pikes Peak area in the late 1850’s. The structure that became the 20-room boarding house known as “The Inn” originally was a stagecoach stop on the route from Colorado Springs to Leadville. A recent addition includes a full-service bar (Red Mountain Bar and Grill), spacious fitness room, a garden patio with a fire pit, and meeting room (Williams Canyon). Discover more on the hotel’s website.
Best Historic Colorado Hotels – Honorable Mention
- Hotel Jerome (Aspen)
- New Sheridan Hotel (Telluride)
- Oxford Hotel (Denver)
- General Palmer Hotel (Durango)
- The Hotel Colorado (Glenwood Springs)
- The Victor Hotel (Victor)
- Hotel Bristol (Steamboat Springs)
- Beaumont Hotel (Ouray)
- Como Eating House / South Park Hotel (Como)
- Armstrong Hotel (Fort Collins)
- Hotel Boulderado (Boulder)
- Delaware Hotel (Leadville)
- The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs)
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