The St. Nicholas was built as a Catholic hospital in 1893 and sometime after the 1970s was refurbished and converted into a hotel. These conversions are never smooth, which showed in our room, which was oddly shaped, resulting in some tight spots. On the other hand, it was clean and appropriately furnished. The bed was not quite as hard as we like and the bathroom mirror is terrible for shaving. There is coffee in the room and continental breakfast, but no fridges or hair dryers. The hotel is just two blocks from Main Street, with its line of casinos, but when you are returning the two blocks are straight up! The St. Nicholas is managed by a fun couple. Don runs a small, convivial bar, with unbelievably low prices (e.g., two gin and tonics and two beers for $15), but be forewarned--he will inflict bad jokes on you whether you want them or not.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the historic Hotel St. Nicholas and enjoy an elegant and romantic 1898 mountain inn. Originally built as Cripple Creek’s first hospital, the hotel experienced a rich history serving the miners and gold kings who led the 1890’s gold rush. The restored hotel, quietly located just two blocks from gaming, features 15 individually decorated rooms, a rooftop Jacuzzi, a dry-sauna, the on-site Boiler Room Tavern, a full-service events room, and a full continental breakfast. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel St Nicholas