Whether you’re looking for a romantic chalet-style guesthouse, a rustic inn hidden by pines or a resort with all the trimmings, there’s a Steamboat Springs hotel to suit your style. Here are the best of the bunch.
Between the pine-clad Colorado mountains, Steamboat Springs is a pretty town with a buzzing center. In the winter months, the gondola ferries people up the mountainside to the ski runs, while in summer, the hillside hiking trails come to life with wildflowers and woodland critters.
You can’t miss the neon pink sign for Rabbit Ears Motel in the center of Steamboat Springs. Once you’ve pulled in, you’ll find simple motel-style rooms, but with a touch of luxury in the form of soft comforters and flat-screen TVs. Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors open onto slim balconies where the Yampa River rushes below. Downtown is on your doorstep, and the hot springs are just across the road. It’s also easy on the wallet.
This cozy mountain inn oozes charm. As well as being close to the ski runs, it has a hot tub and deck amid the towering pines and a rumpus room with a pool table on the upper floor. You can see the gondola from the dining table, where a home-cooked breakfast is served every morning. Rooms are decorated with an understated charm. The owner makes sure you want for nothing, and the service has a personal touch.
This premium resort is ideal for the traveler who wants independence without forgoing hotel-style amenities. Studios and villas come with kitchens, but there’s always the option of room service. However, when you want some privacy, escape to your mountain-view balcony or huddle around the fireplace. Nearby chairlifts and gondolas make this a ski-in, ski-out resort in winter, and a concierge and a resort-style pool complete the package.
There’s no mistaking that you’re in the mountains when you see the wood-beamed and stone porte cochère at the entrance of the Steamboat Grand. Inside, there are various accommodation options, with the most luxurious having fireplaces, rustic wood accents and mountain views. The condos and penthouses have kitchens, with polished granite countertops adding a bit of luxury. It also houses a bar, shops, restaurants, a spa and a swimming pool.
This mid-range hotel has all the charm of a mountain chalet, outside and inside. Comfortable rooms either come with a view of the Yampa River wetlands or the dramatic mountains. With a timber-beamed high ceiling and stone fireplace, the breakfast room doubles as a lounge in the evening, and there’s a seasonal jacuzzi tub on the outside deck.
Set in a grand historic house, the Bristol Hotel is in the heart of Steamboat Springs, near shops, bars and restaurants. The exterior may be charmingly rustic, but underneath, it’s all stylish touches and modern conveniences. Chic rooms have natural, stone-gray accents or colorful Apache blankets and vintage rotary phones. After a day on the slopes, you can unwind in the basement hot tub.
The Victorian, set on a hill amid ski lodges and restaurants, stands underneath the gondola to the ski slopes. Big bay windows and a gabled roof give a feeling of old-world class. Before you tackle the slopes, enjoy a breakfast of delicious home-baked treats, pancakes or eggs. Afterward, soak in the warm hot tub on the deck, or unwind with a game of pool or a movie in the home cinema.
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In the historic Old Town, this cozy B&B only has a few rooms, making the service feel personal. Enjoy mountain views from the comfort of your room or the bubbling hot tub on the terrace. Wake to fresh coffee and a home-cooked breakfast served by the hosts, who are always ready to give you advice on hiking and biking in the area. The bars and restaurants of downtown Steamboat Springs are just a 10-minute walk away.
From the home-cooked breakfast made with locally sourced produce to the timber beams created from local wood, Mariposa Lodge is a homage to the bounty of Steamboat Springs. The hosts have lived in the area since the 1970s, and when they’re not rustling up a hearty breakfast, they’re happy to share their local knowledge. With just four rooms, the service is friendly and personal. The biggest suite comes with a roaring fire, and each ensuite room has rustic touches, such as carved headboards and handmade quilts.
Everything about the Antlers has been designed around the ski slopes. Ski-in, ski-out access means you waste no time before hitting the snow, and a spacious boot room provides a place to store equipment and clip into your ski boots. The heated pool and hot tub create a warm place to unwind or a cooling respite after a hike in summer. The property offers three-, four- and five-bedroom condos with kitchens, living rooms with open fireplaces and barbecues on the terrace.