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“Historic hotel with a fun staff.” 4 of 5 stars
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303 3rd Ave, P.O. Box 1459, Cripple Creek, CO 80813   |  
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Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Cripple Creek
Loveland, Colorado
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“Historic hotel with a fun staff.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

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.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

On a hilltop overlooking the town, we had a lovely night here in June. Outside the casino boundary, it is quaint, quiet and charming. No pool or restaurant (except continental breakfast), but a fine step back in time.

Room Tip: We had Room 8, with a private bathroom down the hall. Fine for us and a little less expensive, as w...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I stayed there last month to go visit a friend who was working in Cripple Creek. The place is very antique and scary looking, but it was nice. The only negative reviews I have on this hotel is that the house cleaning is bad. I was looking for my shoe and noticed that under the bed was completely full of dust! Made me sick to my stomach and a good thing I noticed it on the day I was checking out or I would have chosen another hotel. Who knows what else wasn't cleaned!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Arvada, Colorado
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Came down to Cripple Creek for a quick getaway. Room #7 was very nice with the attached sunroom overlooking the town. I had pre-ordered a wine & cheese plate which was very nice before we headed down the hill for some gambling.
Make sure you make time for a nightcap in the Boiler Room bar with Don the bartender in the basement of the hotel. Nice little place and he is a kick with plenty of funny stories.
We will certainly go back to this hotel on our next trip.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Breckenridge, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

The Hotel St. Nicholas was a marvelous place to stay! My girlfriend and I were recently there at the end of the Valentine's Day weekend and enjoyed our stay immensely. When we booked, there were still quite a few rooms remaining (for a Sunday night), however, by the time we had arrived they Sold Out! I believe that speaks to the caliber of this place and service. Cripple Creek is such an enjoyable, rich with history, town and an easy get away from Denver. Upon check-in we were delighted to stay in room #12- lovely corner room with a great view of town and comfortable furnishings! Rich with character and comfort. Susan the inn keeper was so nice and courteous, accommodating to any of our requests and offering some fun and lively conversation. If you visit you have to check out the Boiler Room Tavern- basement room bar that is just awesome. Originally it was going to be Closed, however, I think with the occupancy Susan decided to open it! We were very pleased. Enjoyable time before hitting the town. Met a couple who just stopped in for drinks and they were explaining to us how lucky we were to be staying at the Hotel St. Nicholas and they would have but had not reserved a room in time! They explained it is the only place they stay in Cripple Creek. Hear Don is a fun time in the Boiler Room but he was off that night.... Overall a great B&

Room Tip: We very much enjoyed #12- great view! Basic Queen, I believe, but felt like a Suite to us!!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Johns Island, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

In late October we spent a night at the unique and wonderful Hotel St Nicholas. This place is really cool --- every room is different and they're all extremely nice. Our room was beautiful and comfortable.There's a hot tub on the rooftop deck, a dry sauna on the second floor and a really cool little bar in the basement.

We enjoyed our time in Cripple Creek, an historic mining town, and took a short drive to Victor, another cool town with a lot of history. We would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: One of the rooms on the second floor has a sun porch overlooking downtown Cripple Creek --- very coo...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We went to Cripple Creek for our anniversary weekend and stayed at the St Nicholas for one night, wish we had stayed both nights here instead of the other place but we were already prebooked for the weekend.

We arrived around 4ish and were able to peek in on the other rooms before the rest of the guests arrived. All the rooms looked nice but I particularly liked room #7 because it had a nice sun porch. Unfortunately, we didn't get there early enough and someone else got lucky enough to switch to that room but we ended up in room #4, which was just as nice, plenty of windows and a nice quiet corner room.

The hotel is away from the main street casinos and sits atop of a hill which provides a nice view of the small town. Shuttles are available but we decided to walk back in the evening up the steep hill, also know as "heart attack hill" and it is a doozy! We ended up visiting the Boiler room tavern for a night cap and found ourselves in a great conversation with Don, the owner and bartender for the night. What a great guy, he was going to close around 11pm but he stayed open until near 2am chatting and hanging out with us. Thanks Don, you are a joy!

The room and bed was comfortable. No problems with the bathroom and the shower had great water pressure. Obviously it's an older place so it's not what some might expect but it sure offers a lot of charm and warmth, as does the owner, and that makes it a place I would stay at again.

We did experience an oddity in our room. I use reading glasses for just about everything but set them down to use the powder room and when I came back to the sitting area they were gone. I thought it was really strange because I had just used them. Anyhow, we searched everywhere and finally gave up. When we were going to bed, my husband found my glasses under a pillow. We were both surprised and couldn't believe it. Hearing about the mischievous ghost, we were reminded that perhaps he paid us a visit.

Room Tip: Room #7 has a sun porch, plenty of light. Room #4 is a great quiet corner room.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 303 3rd Ave, P.O. Box 1459, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Location: United States > Colorado > Cripple Creek
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Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Cripple Creek
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Number of rooms: 15
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 
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