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“Not for everyone, but we loved it” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Colorado
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   526 Pine Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601   |  
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Ranked #14 of 24 Hotels in Glenwood Springs
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Not for everyone, but we loved it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

First, I have to say this hotel will not appeal to everyone. My rating is based on our enjoyment of the historic atmosphere, and the lovely courtyard. But if you are looking for major amenities, you may be disappointed. The room was adequate, but small, as to be expected in an old hotel, and perhaps in need of some updated decor and freshening up (in keeping with the age of the hotel, of course)......

The lobby and halls seem filled with history......a little faded and worn, but somehow in a good way.

The courtyard bar, and surroundings were wonderful in the beautiful fall weather. The bartender (Lisa?) was a delight.

Two small complaints...at check in, the staff seemed pretty uninterested in answering our questions about the hot springs procedures or any other questions (I know they don't operate the springs, but really, it's a major attraction, right next door). It was not the most welcoming check in I've experienced.

The second complaint was the very very late housekeeping....we stayed for two nights. We were out all day, and returned after 4 pm to clean up after rafting and get ready for dinner. Housekeeping had not been in, and did not show up until almost 5:00.....we then felt we had to vacate the room while they cleaned.....

Again, overall we loved the hotel and the atmosphere.

Room Tip: We had a room to the rear....you could see the mountains, but also roofs of dilapidated buildings an...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Delta, Utah
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We have been to Glenwood Springs several times and admired the Hotel Colorado, so this time we decided "what the heck" . . . GLAD we did! It's definitely not a modern place, but the ambiance makes up for the lack of amenities. It was hot, and the rooms were warm, but with the ceiling fan and window box fan (extension cords are readily available from the front desk), we slept comfortably. Personally, I loved feeling like we had stepped back in time. The lobby was a great place to relax and people-watch. The courtyard is busy, but inviting. The only real complaint we had was parking . . . if you want to park around the hotel, make sure you grab a spot early in the day, and then DON'T LEAVE! It's close to the pool, so you can easily walk, and it's a nice stroll across the bridge to the little shops and restaurants downtown.

And, the reports of ghost sightings just adds to the fun!!

Room Tip: We were in 412, another family was in 414, and there has been some "ghost" activity in 416...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

The Hotel Colorado is exactly as it should be. A historic entity rife with a tale and background to nearly every aspect of the hotel. Often people complain for a lack of modernization, which should be expected with a hotel that opened in 1893.Executive suites and some other suites have AC and also add a more rich and unique experience to your stay. If you are going to stay at the Colorado, you may as well shell out the extra money for a suite and experience the Victorian Era luxury it offered to the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and the Mayo Brothers.

As with all historic hotels we have stayed in we anticipate to give up some of the luxuries that will be standard with more modern facilities. This includes noise cancellation, AC in the bed room, and that start, fresh-out-of-Ikea look you get with your chain and mass production hotels.

As with the reviewer below me, we also were denied the courtyard due to a Wedding. While its nice for other people to have a special moment, it did carry on late, cutting access off nearly the entire afternoon and well past 9 PM. At some point it would have been wise to move them into one of the halls and give other guests who came specifically for the features of the hotel the right to use them. The best I can hope for is the management carved a hole in their wallet that will make up for lost drinks and sleep to other guests.

Otherwise, the experience was very good. As a history buff I loved reading the spectacular and diverse background of former guests, historical figures, and the amazing history of the town. If you are going to stay at the Hotel Colorado anticipate that not all modern luxuries will be here. However, expect a trip down yesteryear that you will love and carry home with you for life.

Room Tip: If you can afford to, get a suite. This will give you a very rich, historical experience. It will al...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lakewood, Colorado
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Stayed at the Hotel Colorado as part of an Amtrak/hotel/hot springs package. The hotel sent a shuttle van to pick us up at the train station and also provided transportation back to the station when we left. Check-in was quick and easy. We had room 224 on the 2nd floor - 2 queen beds, a dresser, table and chairs. The beds were comfortable, but pillows were too soft. I never understand why hotels provide 4 or 5 pillows and they are all the same. Bathroom was roomy, but there is no place to leave a cosmetic bag - one small glass shelf near the sink with barely enough room for a glass and toothbrush. We did have a window air conditioner/fan along with a ceiling fan, so our room was comfortable day and night. The hallways on the 2nd floor did get a little stuffy and warm. The lobby was very comfortable with lost of couches and chairs, and the courtyard and lawn area was a great place for afternoon and evening relaxing. We liked the history of the hotel - lots of old photos and information made for interesting reading. The hotel was also convenient to downtown and the hot pool. We ate breakfast at the hotel - very good, eggs cooked perfectly, and we enjoyed a fancy coffee from the lobby coffee shop. All in all, I would return any time to this great old hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jacksonville, Florida
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

This was my third visit to this property. After my last experience in 2012, I wrote a favorable review. That would have been sustained had it not been for the miserable disregard for paying guests demonstrated today, when the centerpiece of the hotel -- its lovely courtyard -- was closed to paying guests and reserved for a wedding party. To make matters worse, rooms facing said courtyard were forced to listen to loud music until 10:00 p.m. Tough luck for people like me who have to leave at the crack of dawn.

Okay, I understand hotels make money by hosting large events such as weddings, however, in normal situations hotels will put the revelers in a ballroom in one corner of the hotel so overnight guests will be able to receive the entire experience for which they paid. My hunch is this isn't a one-off experience here. Consequently, my next stay in Glenwood Springs will be somewhere else.

Room Tip: Even without the wedding party, courtyard rooms must endure outside noise late at night. This hotel...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Lovely old hotel with big rooms, comfortable beds. High traffic noise due to open windows (no a/c) and highway below 3rd floor room. Little or no service. No ramp at front door so you have to carry your luggage up steps rather than roll.

Nice courtyard in which we had dinner.

Lack of normal amenities such as a tablet and pen in room. All they could come up with at lobby desk was a sheet of paper. Lack of personnel at desk - I checked in behind a line of people because only one clerk working the front.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

For starters, you can't beat the location. The hotel is literally across the street from the hot springs. Access to the hot springs is easy but you are far enough away that you don't have to hear all day and night long. The downtown area also steps away. If you don't want to eat at the hotel (which seemed very good by the way ... we did have room service which was lovely), you can cross the street, walk over the bridge, and find many options.

The room itself was great. We had a suite on the 3rd floor which overlooked the gardens in the back of the hotel. The sitting room was large. There was plenty of storage space. The bedroom was a good size as well. As much as my wife and I enjoyed the room, our son enjoyed the room and the hotel much more than we did. There was plenty of room for him to run and play peek-a-boo between the bedroom, bathroom, and sitting room. He also go to play the piano (a well maintained Wurlitzer). He is only 2 but the staff and the family sitting next to us didn't mind - the piano is in the lobby. He was given a little grizly bear at checkin. When we checked out the next day he kept asking if we were going to go back to the hotel. Even now, a few weeks later, he will still ask if we can stay at a hotel. He has stayed at many hotels in his short life thus far but this one sticks.

This place would be a perfect get away for couples, for families, and for friends. If you are going solo or for business, it is a good spot too. This place seemed to have it all. It also has the old world feel but doens't seem old world. If you are going to the hot springs in Glenwood Springs, CO, stay here. Mountains will surround you. Hot Springs near you. You really can't go wrong.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 526 Pine Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Location: United States > Colorado > Glenwood Springs
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 24 Hotels in Glenwood Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Colorado 3.5*
Number of rooms: 128
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This Victorian-style resort was frequented by former President Teddy Roosevelt. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Colorado Glenwood Springs
Colorado Hotel Glenwood Springs
Colorado Resort Glenwood Springs

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