Glenwood Springs nestles amid red rock canyons, through which the Colorado River flows. It’s also ringed by the immensely popular White River National Forest with natural attractions appealing to hikers, mountain bikers, white-water rafters and anglers – as well as skiers and snowboarders, who can hit the powder at nearby Sunlight, Aspen and Snowmass ski resorts without the hefty hotel price tag. The town’s natural thermal springs feed an array of hot pools and spas. Catering to the adventure-minded, the best hotels in Glenwood Springs combine rustic Colorado charm and history with a slew of contemporary amenities – bookable on Culture Trip.
Since 1893, this historic hotel has hosted famous figures including Theodore Roosevelt – and is the legendary site of the first Teddy Bear – William Taft and the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown. It also served as a temporary White House and provided respite for World War II soldiers. There’s plenty of charm to the individually-styled suites here, with original features such as four-poster beds and a spiral staircase in the Bell Tower Suite – while King and Queen rooms boast crimson statement walls and floral-patterned beds. Legends Coffee & Gift Shop stocks grab-and-go options for travelers on the move – don’t miss the chance to slow down with a cacao negroni or cranberry margarita at the Coppertop Bar in the courtyard.
Old-world hospitality meets modern amenities at the Hotel Denver, built in 1915 with art deco flourishes. Rooms are individually appointed with four-poster or wrought-iron bed frames, homey quilts and chandeliers – all come with hardwood floors and exposed brick walls – while large windows drink in views of nearby mountains. Dining-wise, sip locally roasted coffee at River Blend Coffee House or go for a pint of Crooked Stave Sour Rose and a stacked burger at the multiple-award-winning Glenwood Canyon Brewpub.
The Glenwood Suites offers spacious rooms decked out in warm tones, right in the Roaring Fork Valley. Some include kitchens for those who prefer cooking to dining out – but all provide a fine base for exploring nearby Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Iron Mountain Hot Springs, or the subterranean gloom of Vapor Caves. Fill in any gaps in your packing at the sundry shop on-site. Prep for your day with complimentary hot breakfast – before engaging in some shopping therapy at the Glenwood Springs Mall across the street.
Chic, contemporary décor in rooms and suites – equipped with white linens, bold prints on accent pillows and abstract modern art – welcome you to the Courtyard by Marriott. Sofas in every room convert into twin beds for that extra guest – while there’s more contemporary art on display at the on-site Bistro, which pours coffee by day and cocktails by night, in addition to serving signature breakfast sandwiches and pizza and burgers for dinner. Traveling with a newshound or sports fan in the mix? Alcove seating the bistro is equipped with personal TVs and the lobby lounge is a good place for watching the game on the big screen.
This all-suite hotel in Glenwood Springs is a good choice for longer-term stays – with fully equipped kitchens, spacious living areas decked out in creams and navy blues and even fireplaces in some one-bedroom suites. A 24-hour fitness center can keep your fitness streak on track – if the plentiful hiking, biking and skiing options nearby don’t cover your cardio needs. There’s no restaurant on-site, but Zheng Asian Bistro is a five-minute walk away.
Bold, contemporary design greets you at this hotel in Glenwood Springs. Rooms – some with full kitchens and separate living areas – come with purple accent walls and bold black-and-white patterned carpets and bed runners, along with prints of stunning Rocky Mountain scenery reminding you why you’ve come to this town. The complimentary Bright Side Breakfast includes both continental and hot dish options – you’re a five-minute walk from the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, too.
This well-appointed hotel welcomes vacationers with spacious rooms – decked out in classic creams and browns – a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast and a slew of amenities, including a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool. Proximity to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park – it’s right across the street – is a boon for families and you’re less than a 10-minute walk from downtown, its dining options and opportunities for a sundowner soak in the hot springs. Wake up to a newspaper at your door and a quick breakfast before your next adventure.
The kids may never want to go home again after a few days at the Hotel Glenwood Springs – which is not only steps from the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s thrill rides and cave tours but includes its own indoor water park. The centerpiece two-story water slide sits among a suite of water features that include a deck for sunning and a hot tub for those seeking more leisurely water-based activity. Spacious rooms can stretch to accommodate one more with roll-away beds at the ready.
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