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“Good value & location in Steamboat” 4 of 5 stars
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The Ptarmigan Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2304 Apres Ski Way, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487   |  
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Denver, CO
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Good value & location in Steamboat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We stayed here for one night with our two young children. We were staying three days at a cabin in nearby Clark and decided to come up a day early and stay in town. The Ptarmigan was by far the best value for hotels in Steamboat that I could find with a few days notice (got a good deal through Bookings.com that the hotel could not match when I called them directly). As other reviewers have already stated, the décor it very dated (but it is at least mostly 90s dated rather than 70s or 80s dated, though the shower tile was very 70s and practically gave me a seizure to look at). The datedness included a VHS player in the room, which I thought was weird. However, it was very clean, the staff is great and the location was lovely. We had a tiny balcony overlooking the plaza that our kids loved, and we could see the gondola too. This hotel would be amazing during ski season with ski-in/ski-out access and Christy Sports ski rental on the premises.

We walked to the gondola once we checked in and rode it to the top for a "sunset happy hour" event that evening. It was a perfect introduction to our time in the area, with incredible views and a thrill for the kids. Afterwards we walked to a nearby restaurant for dinner, and then watched a free movie in the plaza for a little while. We really appreciated the ability to walk places that first night rather than spend more time in the car. A pleasant evening had by all and a nice first night in Steamboat. The hotel was quiet and comfortable overall.

Pros: good value, excellent location by gondola and plaza, helpful staff, very clean, kid-friendly, pool
Cons: no option but to use stairs to the elevator (tough with luggage and stroller), unimpressed with complimentary continental breakfast, very dated décor with polyester scratchy bedspreads

Room Tip: Ask for a balcony on the gondola side. Make sure your fridge is actually plugged in!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Denver, Colorado
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

This hotel is in a great location, it is right next to the Gondola. While the hotel is outdated, our room was very clean. The staff at the front desk were extremely nice & helpful throughout our entire stay. The pool and hot tub were well maintained. We stayed here during the Wine Festival in the summer & are planning on staying here when come back in the winter to snowboard. You cannot beat the location!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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rapid city
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Large, clean rooms practically under the gondola at Steamboat Springs! Continental breakfast was mostly carbs but enough to get you going in the morning! Pools were clean but not warm enough to be in while we were there (rainy weather). The Ptarmigan would be ideal during the winter ski season! Summer is great as the summer concerts and restaurants are right out the front door!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

I took my Ball team to the ptarmigan for the second time. We were there for four days and they were so friendly. Also very helpful as they let us have a huge crab boil on the back patio. Nice pool area also.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 85 cities Reviews in 85 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Fantastic location just across from the gandola (which we took up the mountain for brunch), very helpful front desk personnel. The rest was average or less than average. The Inn is quite outdated, can use a good renovation.

Breakfast was much less than average and serviced by a man who did not appear to know what he was doing. There was only regular coffee, no decaf or no tea. When I asked for decaf (for my mother) he gave me a caraf of hot water and a packet of decaf coffee, same kind you use in the room with the coffee maker. He insisted it was instant coffee like Sanka; when he finally 'got' that it wasn't instant he said I could go back to the room to make this decaf coffee in the room coffee maker (which I did). He said it was not worth making a whole 'batch' of decaf coffee for just one person. We also wanted hot water for tea, we still had the carafe of hot water which he said I could use for the tea. However, the water in the carafe tasted of stale coffee-water, so there was no tea that morning. The rest of the selections were pretty meager.

I don't plan to go back to Steamboat Springs, don't know if I'd stay here again.

  • Stayed July 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boulder, Colorado
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

Old and tired hotel building in a superb location next to the gondola in steamboat ski area. Rooms are fine for the price, good and soundproof with a decent bathroom. Air con works. Breakfast is poor, with the usual trays of something sticky, donuts and bagels. I guess I was just unlucky to get sour milk. But it makes for a real easy start to the day. Great location for a mornings hike up thunderhead trial to mount Werner.

Definitely going to come back!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Evergreen, CO
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We had a Groupon, so had a great deal on our stay. It's completely outdated, which added a bit of fun to the experience. We laughed a lot noticing things that have been there as long as we've been alive. It is right at the bottom on the hill and an incredibly easy walk to the Gondola. Our daughter was in ski school, which is also located at the foot of the Gondola, so the hotel was incredibly convenient. Breakfast was decent, but nothing to rave about. Consider The Ptarmigan Inn if you don't need 5 star service and just want friendly people around. Oh, there is also a Christy's in the basement, so if you need to rent you don't have to go far!

Room Tip: Floor one is easy to get in and out of, but far from the restaurant and pool.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
The Ptarmigan Hotel Steamboat Springs
The Ptarmigan Hotel
Best Western Ptarmigan Hotel
Best Western Steamboat Springs
Ptarmigan Inn Steamboat Springs
Ptarmigan Inn Steamboat
Steamboat Springs Best Western
Ptarmigan Inn
Address: 2304 Apres Ski Way, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Location: United States > Colorado > Steamboat Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 22 hotels in Steamboat Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Ptarmigan Inn 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only Steamboat hotel with ski-in, ski-out access. The Ptarmigan Inn is the premier Steamboat lodging option for your Steamboat ski vacation, offering Steamboat’s only affordable ski-in ski-out access to the Steamboat Ski Resort. Start your Steamboat vacation planning now by letting us help you with all your needs while you’re here in Steamboat Springs. Check room availability and book now or contact a Steamboat lodging concierge. You’ll be glad you did. ... more   less 
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