Set among some of the most spectacular peaks of the San Juan Mountains, Telluride is many things at once: it's one of the state's top ski resorts, a historic mining village, a scenic setting for festivals, an unmatched shopping destination, and a haven for outdoor recreation. Not bad for a little town that had its start in the mining boom at the end of the nineteenth century.
Because this is a community that prides itself on being unique, vacationers won't find familiar names on the list of Telluride hotels. No bother, the options for Telluride lodging are wide-ranging and welcoming. Whether vacations are looking for a cheap getaway or a pampered escape, they will find the fitting place to relax.
Telluride hotels are located in two different areas, both in the historic town at the base of the mountain and a short gondola ride up Mountain Village. Both of the towns offer a collection of mountain lodging that runs the gamut from thrifty to exclusive.
In the National Historic Landmark historic district nestled in the valley, Telluride lodging providers welcome guests in all seasons. The Hotel Telluride (pictured) was designed with comfort in mind, as evidenced by the down comforters, high thread count sheets, spa amenities, private patio and plush seating with every room. Guests also have access to complimentary full breakfasts, shuttle rides, and wireless Internet.
One of the smaller Telluride hotels, the Hotel Columbia is big on luxury. The 21-room boutique hotel is situated along the beautiful San Miguel River at the base of the mountain. Guests will enjoy the well-appointed suites, attentive service, and easy access to all of the attractions of this historic town.
Telluride luxury hotels can be found at the base of the mountain as well as 9,500 feet up. Mountain Village is home to the Fairmount Heritage Place Franz Klammer Lodge, Lumiere Hotel, and Bear Creek Lodge, which specialize in luxury travel.
Another elegant choice for Telluride lodging, the Inn at Lost Creek features 32 individually decorated suites, as well as a fitness center, rooftop hot tubs, and one of Colorado's most relaxing spas. Whether guests are coming to golf in the summer or ski in the winter, the attentive staff will ensure guests have just what they need to enjoy their recreational pursuits, such as a shuttle service to the golf course and a ski valet.
Those traveling on tight budgets still have many options for cheap hotels in Telluride. The Blue Jay Lodge and the Victorian Inn offer a fine combination of comfort and hospitality at a reasonable rate. Alpine Lodging is another option for cheap hotels in Telluride (that is cheap only in price, not in amenities.) The experts in local hospitality oversee a variety of properties, including the Manitou, the Aspen Street Inn, and the Mountainside Inn. Add that to a network of condo rentals and complimentary upgrades when available, and an affordable vacation is well within reach.
Those looking for cheap hotels in Telluride should consider the timing of the trip. The two main tourism seasons in the winter and summer have the most expensive rates, but bargains can be found in the spring and fall. Many of the hotels, even the expensive ones, drop their rates in the off-season and offer value-added packages.