The Best Hotels and Lodges to Book in Keystone, Colorado

Rocky Mountains views abound in Keystone, from the slopes to the skies
Rocky Mountains views abound in Keystone, from the slopes to the skies | © Steve Boice / Alamy Stock Photo
Paul Stafford

Between Denver and the ski resort of Aspen, there are many excellent winter sports destinations in view of the Rocky Mountains. One example is Keystone, Colorado, where you’ll find 131 ski trails, more than half of which are black diamond or double black diamond pistes. The self-contained resort is packed with lodge and hotel options – here are the best, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. 3 Peaks Lodge


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Chances are, if you’re visiting Keystone to spend time in the great outdoors, you won’t be be in your hotel for long. So understandably, 3 Peaks Lodge offer simple rooms designed with comfort in mind, but there’s also a sauna and hot tub for après-ski relaxation. The main lodge has ski storage facilities, and other activities can be booked through your hosts, including horseback riding and canoe trips.

2. Keystone Lodge & Spa


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At Keystone Lodge, the deer-antler chandeliers and Rocky Mountains views let you know you’re staying on the cusp of wilderness, but the luxury of the heated pool, steam room and outdoor hot tub serves as a nice juxtaposition. The lodge is rich with facilities, including a sports bar, cocktail lounge and grill restaurant. If you do make it outside, the free Gondola Express bus regularly shuttles guests to and from the slopes.

3. Lakeside Village Condominiums


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Stay right on the shore of Keystone Lake – which becomes an ice rink in winter – at Lakeside Village Condominiums. When the lake isn’t frozen, you can book activities such as paddleboarding and canoeing with the hotel. Rooms have large communal spaces and beds with plush duvets to stave off the cold weather, while the restaurant serves big plates of comfort food.

5. Buffalo Lodge


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In River Run Village, Buffalo Lodge is a great option for those looking for quick and easy access to the slopes of the Keystone Resort. The main gondola is less than five minutes’ walk away, offering access to dozens of pistes for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. The rooms are designed in a crisp, modern blend of pine and cream tones, with access to the main bars and restaurants of the resort on the doorstep.

6. Gateway Mountain Lodge


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Self-contained and ideal for visitors wishing to take care of their own dining needs is the accommodation at Gateway Mountain Lodge. Options range from studio apartments for couples to larger condos with up to four bedrooms. Each contains a fridge and microwave, with fully equipped kitchens making cooking for the whole group easy and efficient. The restaurants and cafes of River Run Village are only half a mile (800m) away.

For more excellently located stays in Colorado, see the best hotels near Beaver Creek and the best hotels near Rocky Mountain National Park, bookable through Culture Trip. To explore deeper in the Centennial State, see an adventure seeker’s guide to Estes Park.

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