Where to Stay in Telluride, Colorado, for a Local Experience

Soak up the small-town charm of Telluride, Colorado, with a stay at a top hotel, lodge or inn
Soak up the small-town charm of Telluride, Colorado, with a stay at a top hotel, lodge or inn | © RooM the Agency / Alamy Stock Photo
Amanda Ogle

Surrounded by towering peaks, Telluride sits in a box canyon and is a historic mining community beloved by outdoor enthusiasts. With just 2,500 residents, this Colorado destination exudes small-town charm and visitors often feel like locals themselves. If you’re looking for where to stay in Telluride, these top spots, bookable with Culture Trip, will give you access to local insight, tips and tricks.

1. Dunton Town House


Cozy bedroom with gas fireplace, green bed linens, simple furnishings and soft tan carpet at Dunton Town House, Telluride
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In the late 1800s, more than 23,000 immigrants left Trentino-Tyrol for America. Many arrived in Colorado’s mining districts and created their own small communities. Dunton Town House dates from this period and its renovation was inspired by the Tyrolean history of the area, and the owner’s personal connection to Tyrol. You’ll find a delightful mix of custom furnishings, Tyrolean antiques and fabrics and Austrian ceramics throughout this quaint house situated moments away from the Telluride & Mountain Gondola and Main Street.

2. Inn at Lost Creek


Exterior of multi-story lodge-style Inn at Lost Creek in Telluride lit up at sunset with mountains in the background
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With ski-in/ski-out access, you can easily immerse yourself in the outdoors at Inn at Lost Creek. During the summer, scenic hikes and bike rides are on your doorstep, since the inn is next to one of Telluride’s world-class trails. Golfers also love the inn for its direct access to the Telluride Golf Club.

3. Victorian Inn


Bright suite in white and light blue hues, with gas fireplace, kitchen area and brown armchair at Victorian Inn, Telluride
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A stay here means you’re a block away from the the gondola, which offers easy access to shopping and adventure. Ask a staff member about skiing along the Nordic trails or for directions to Bridal Veil Falls, Colorado’s longest free-falling waterfall. The inn has a variety of rooms and suites, plus the private Cozy Cottage.

4. Bear Creek Lodge Telluride


Western-style living room with fireplace, leather seating, rustic wood furniture and cowboy rug at Bear Creek Lodge, Telluride
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Take advantage of the staff at the Bear Creek Lodge, who can help with tours, rentals, reservations, and experiences. Want to know the favorite ski runs or cocktail spots? Just ask and the team will have you on your way. Bear Creek Lodge also has a local guide that provides insight into outdoor adventures from fat-biking to snowmobiling.

5. Timber Ridge Lodge

Budget Hotel

Double room with steel-blue accent wall, eclectic artwork and tan carpet at Timber Ridge Lodge, Telluride
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At Timber Ridge Lodge you can end your day like a Telluride local: sat next to a fire pit, eating a complimentary s’more and gazing up at the stars as they sparkle against an obsidian sky. The team at the lodge can assist with every piece of your itinerary and can coordinate hikes, gear rentals, dinner plans, trips to alpine lakes or waterfalls, and a trip to the nearby Ouray Hot Springs and Pools.

6. Madeline Hotel & Residences


Steam rises from outdoor pool and jacuzzi at night, flanked by fire pit and lounge chairs at Madeline Hotel and Residences, Telluride
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Just steps away from off-the-map hiking trails and rugged backcountry hiking, Madeline is a great option if you’re looking for where to stay in Telluride for mountain adventure. Ask the concierge for some tips on finding the less-frequented trails that locals love, or hang around and see if you can chat with other hikers heading out themselves. If you’re extra friendly, you just might get some clues to finding Little Hawaii — a local spot where rock formations create cascading waterfalls amid towering trees.

7. Lumière with Inspirato


Spacious luxury living-dining space with exposed beams, fireplace and mountain views at Lumière With Inspirato, Telluride
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Lumière’s luxurious boutique residences allow you to be independent like a local. Cook your own meals, come and go as you please and summon hotel services when you need them. Want dinner now? Lumière has hand-picked chefs for that. Call the front desk and book an in-residence spa treatment, or take advantage of the Black Tie ski-in/ski-out services, which fits you with gear from the comfort of your room and has you immersed in Telluride’s slopeside scene in seconds.

8. Franz Klammer Lodge

Hotel, Lodge

Grand living room with cathedral ceilings, fireplace and wood furnishings at Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge, Telluride
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At Franz Klammer Lodge’s two- and three-bedroom residences, there’s a personalized service available as soon as you walk through the door. Take advantage of the pre-arrival vacation planning with the concierge team to know exactly where you’re going upon arrival. The lodge will even take care of pre-arrival grocery shopping for you and have your kitchen stocked, allowing you more time on the ground to mix and mingle.

9. Camel's Garden Hotel


Modern lodge-style apartment in pale woods with cathedral ceilings, large dining table and loft at Camels Garden Hotel, Telluride
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Steps from the Telluride gondola, Camel’s Garden is a hub for locals and visitors coming off the mountain looking for a place to unwind and relax. Their restaurant, Oak, is loved for its outdoor patio for apres-ski, and serves brews from Telluride Brewing Co, microbrews, wine, and stick-to-your-ribs dishes like gumbo, mac and cheese, and pulled pork sliders. In winter for apres-ski, they also serve complimentary wine and cheese.

10. New Sheridan Hotel


Red exterior with green awnings and trim of historic New Sheridan Hotel on Main Street in Telluride, with mountains behind it
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For more than a century, the Historic Bar at the New Sheridan Hotel on Main Street has been a favorite watering hole for locals and visitors alike in Telluride. Its mahogany bar with beveled and lead glass panels and brass chandeliers – dating from 1895 – create a cozy ambience that makes the perfect place to grab a cheap Jack Daniels or hear live music. The Historic Bar has the only commercial wood-burning fireplace in Telluride, and remains a staple for anyone planning mountain adventures.

Inspired to see more? Read our rundown of the best hotels in Telluride, bookable through Culture Trip.

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