Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Madeline Telluride
If old west miners had 4.5-star accommodations like Hotel Madeline Telluride, they would have forgot about the silver and gold that brought them to Colorado in the first place. The sloping roofs and castle-like exterior of the seven-story hotel sit in a canyon of the Rocky Mountains’ San Juan range. With access to Telluride’s four 14,000-foot peaks, the hotel gives you the options of exploring the spectacular terrain or staying inside for yoga or a hot-stone massage.
- Onsite food: Craft beers and fresh mountain produce or BBQ chicken flatbreads to share around outdoor fire tables at Black Iron Kitchen & Bar.
- Relax at the spa during a hot-stone massage, or have one of the hotel’s bath baristas draw in-room baths with custom salts and oils.
- Artistic decor: There are more than 80 original paintings on display in the hotel.
- Things to do: Telluride in the summer means fly fishing for trout, biking, and hiking until you find a scenic spot to watch the sunset.
- Work up a sweat during yoga in Madeline Studio.
- For younger visitors: Hotel attendants supervise 20 Below Hangout, where kids play ping pong and other activities.
- Press shout-out: The hotel ranked 3rd in Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best Hotels in the West: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014.” Fodor’s says, that “attentive service and minimalist, contemporary decor give this Mountain Village hotel a well-deserved air of luxury.”
- Resort fee includes: Fitness center access, steam room, heated swimming pool and hot tub, business center, 20 Below (kid’s hangout), yoga and pilates studio, wireless Internet, in-room coffee and teas, local and 800 number phone calls, nightly turndown service as requested, in-room mineral water replenished daily, Mountain Village dial-a-ride transportation, and round-trip transfers from Telluride Airport (TEX).
Telluride, Colorado: Charming Mountain Town with Wild West Roots
In the second half of the 19th century, the mountains around Telluride drew prospectors from all over in search of zinc, copper, silver, and gold. Though Telluride has transformed into an upscale vacation destination since then, traces of the past remain in its Victorian architecture, wooden storefronts, and swinging-door saloons.
Skiing and snowboarding are the principal attractions nowadays, but there’s still plenty to do during all seasons: mountain biking, hiking, live-music festivals, and farmers’ markets are popular options. The 14,000-foot peaks of the San Juan Mountains provide countless hours of outdoor adventure, and dozens of trails lead to striking natural features such as the 365-foot Bridal Veil Falls. The San Miguel River, meanwhile, offers an enticing challenge for whitewater rafters.