The Best Resorts to Book in Colorado

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch enjoys a prime location in heart of Colorado's famous nature
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch enjoys a prime location in heart of Colorado's famous nature | Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch / Expedia
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10 December 2021
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Colorado is a chameleon of a state. Its landscape changes dramatically as you pass through – from deserts to river canyons, to forests and the Rocky Mountains. Whatever you come here to see, though, you can count on being able to bed down in a first-class hotel. From the plains to the peaks, here are a few of the best resorts to book with Culture Trip.

The St. Regis Aspen Resort, for a hot tub with a view

The St Regis Aspen Resort circular outdoor pool with sun loungers and plants
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This Colorado resort lays claim to one of the best addresses in the state. It’s set at the foot of Mount Aspen; you can see the mountain’s slopes from the windows of some of the rooms. When they’re not hiking or skiing, guests at this hotel can enjoy a heated outdoor pool, three mountain-view hot tubs, a plush spa with an oxygen lounge and an après ski bar where the bartenders make a mean Bloody Mary.

The Broadmoor, for a century-old classic

The peach buildings and grounds of the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, with many trees and a mountain backdrop
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The architects of this resort in Colorado Springs were commissioned to build The Grande Dame of the Rockies. That was over a century ago; the hotel has only gone from strength to strength since. Today, it’s home to a golf club, a spa, an infinity pool, a zipline circuit and a bowling alley, to name just a few of the facilities. There’s a world tour’s worth of restaurants, too, including a British pub and an Italian trattoria.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, for endless dining options

Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch lounge area in a a suite with antler lamp and outdoor terrace
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Every room at this central Colorado resort comes with a view of either Beaver Creek Mountain or Vail Valley; the hotel is ringed by ski slopes and hiking trails. It doesn’t have to be all go when you stay here, though: the hotel rewards weary visitors with a 1,950sqm (21,000sqft) spa and eight different places to eat and drink including an alfresco barbecue place that’s heated by open fires in winter.

The Sebastian - Vail, for an Alpine feel

The Sebastian Vail lobby lounge area with bare stone walls and hanging lights.
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You’ll find this Colorado resort in the center of Vail, at the foot of Vail Mountain with all its skiing and hiking opportunities. The whole hotel has a lodge-like look to it. There’s wood and stone everywhere, and a cozy, Alpine-style fireside seating area in the lobby. Outside, meanwhile, you’ll find a mountain-view pool. Flanked by four hot tubs, it features in-water benches and water fountains and is heated all year round.

The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort, for lodge-like living

The lobby lounge at the Arrabelle at Vail Square with chandeliers, vaulted ceilings and a bronze bear sculpture
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A three-minute walk from the Lionshead area of Vail, The Arrabelle has been designed to look like a traditional mountain lodge, but with a few eccentricities – like life-sized bear sculptures and antler candle holders – thrown in. There are two hubs to this hotel: the first is the outdoor lap pool that looks out over the ski slopes. The second is the tavern, which serves comfort food like Angus beef burgers and truffle fries.

Four Seasons Resort Vail, for a fantastic location

The outdoor pool at Four Seasons Resort Vail with lounge chairs and a fireplace backed by green mountains
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Set in the heart of the Vail resort in Colorado, the Four Seasons has ski slopes, hiking trails, dog-sledding circuits and snowshoe routes right outside its door. There’s plenty to keep you at the hotel, though: the year-round heated outdoor pool with its fireside loungers; the cozy Flame steakhouse; and the Remedy cocktail bar, where the signature drink is an old fashioned made with bourbon, cherry, orange and bitters.

Vail Residences at Cascade Village, a Destination by Hyatt Residence, for a home from home

The swanky condos at Residences at Cascade Village have a huge lounge, sleek kitchen and dining room with stairs up to rooms
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This Colorado resort cozies up to Gore Creek towards the eastern side of Vail; there’s a chair lift onsite that will zip you up to the top of Vail Mountain in minutes. The accommodation takes the form of holiday homes with full kitchens, living areas, and often a fireplace. Make use of the facilities at the Grand Hyatt Vail when you stay here, including the Gessner restaurant, the fireside lounge and the spa.

The Lodge at Flying Horse, for balcony or terrace views

The beautiful, Tuscan-inspired Lodge at Flying Horse, overlooking a rolling landscape of fields
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The Lodge is located on the 1,500-acre (607ha) Flying Horse resort, a 10-minute drive from downtown Colorado Springs. Each room and suite is slightly different – some have fireplaces while others have love seats, for example. No matter which one you choose, you’ll get a balcony or terrace with views of the resort’s golfing greens or the Rocky Mountains. You’ll also be able to use the hotel’s lap pool, its spa and the steak house when you stay here.

The Peaks Resort and Spa, for local delicacies

The Arrabelle at Vail Square outdoor pool with view to mountains beyond
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You get mountain views from every room at this resort in Colorado. It’s located at the foot of the Telluride ski slopes in Mountain Village, and you can ski in and out of the place in winter. When you’re not on the pistes, you can unwind in the hotel’s 3,900sqm (42,000sqft) spa or relax over a meal in Altezza – the menu showcases regional ingredients like Colorado beef and local farmstead cheeses.

Looking for more? If you’re headed to the slopes, book into one of the best ski resorts in Colorado, or, for a wellness break, opt for the best spa retreats in the centennial state. If you’re looking for an unforgettable five-star stay, discover Colorado’s most luxurious hotels and book today with Culture Trip. Heading to Telluride? See our guide on where to stay for a local experience.

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