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Hotel Columbia
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   301 West San Juan Ave, Telluride, CO 81435   |  
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Ranked #4 of 18 Hotels in Telluride
Certificate of Excellence 2014
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2007

Best location in Telluride. Next to Gondola, shops, restaurants, and rooms are huge. We enjoyed Hot Air balloon landings from our window. Perfect in every way.

  • Liked — large room
  • Disliked — Breakfast item selections very basic
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2007

Last time we visited Telluride we stayed up at the ski area in the
"Mountain Village". I found it to be overpriced and boring! The Town of Telluride is the place to stay - and at the Hotel Columbia! Right
across the street from the free Gondola, nice rooms, hot tub with views, great continental breakfast (awesome homemade granola), very friendly staff! Only a couple of blocks from the main street, and steps away from great restaurants, (including the one in the hotel).
This is the ideal location for sure.

Stayed March 2007
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new york
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2007

Overall we had a good experience at the Hotel Columbia. Our room was clean and spacious and the staff was friendly and accomodating. The location is excellent - being close to the gondola was very convenient. The hotel provides storage lockers for ski equipment so we did not have to lug our equipment very far. We did not need a car as everything is in walking distance. The only negatives were 1) we felt that the bed could have been more comfortable and 2) we wished there was more variety in the continental breakfast because we got sick of eating the same food every day.

Stayed January 2007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2006

We once again spent the last week of ski season and the Columbia. As always everything was great. You really are treated like family here. The maids are great, front desk staff friendly, and scott the GM even took us skiing for a few runs. They really go out of there way to make sure it is a wonderful vacation. While we are away skiing the front desk staff watches and walks our dog. I cant say enough about this town and this wonderful small hotel.

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Round Rock, TX
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2005

We stayed here in early summer, before the larger crowds arrived for the Jazz fest and other activities.

Our room was large and extremely comfortable: king bed with nice, comfy linens and comfortable pillows, pull-out sofa, chairs, desk, mini-fridge, large armoir w/TV & VCR, 2 large windows. Family was in adjoining room - their room was smaller but lovely & spacious with a king bed and a neat game table (checkerboard w/ game pieces). Bathrooms were wonderful - very spacious and impeccably clean. Ours had a separate tub and large shower, sink with large vanity and drawers (!!), nice amenities, and a door that opened onto a teeny balcony.

Hotel has a game room, which was a nice place to hang out while waiting for everyone to get ready for dinner.

Ask for a room away from the gondola if you're a light sleeper - the gondola runs at different hours, depending on the season.

The breakfast was delicious and fresh. Juice, quiche, wonderful breads (scones, muffins, fruit breads), cereals, yogurt, etc. The leftover breads are placed in the lobby - you can nosh on some later if you need a snack!

The staff is very friendly and accommodating - we all felt quite at home. A local cat often visits the lobby in the evening. The lobby is comfortable and cozy, with a large fireplace.

Parking is free, the lot is small. So, you leave your key with the desk person so that they can move the cars when they need to. You pull up right next to the door by the stairs, so unpacking and packing your car is a breeze.

The location is ideal, right across from the free gondola and within walking distance of many nice restaurants. Actually, you're within walking distance of the entire town, since you probably will not need your vehicle unless you're driving out of town.

We had a great stay and will definitely return.

  • Stayed June 2004
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2005

Just returned from our summer vacation and visited the Hotel Columbia in Telluride.

It was okay - I always check Trip Advisor before I book hotels. I really did not find it to be as great as the reviews I read.

The bed was awful, the pillows squishy and if you like to listen to the sound of the Gondola each night till 12:00am outside your window - well it wasn't my idea of a great nights sleep.

The front desk staff was not all that friendly.

There is a fee for parking. Parking is limited in Telluride.

The restaurant was a bit dusty looking and the complementary continental breakfast was nothing to write home about.

All in all it was okay for a Telluride in town location.

There is a great bed and breakfast next door - The San Sophia. We stayed there on our last visit to Telluride and would recommend it way over the Hotel Columbia if you are considering either.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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hc81435, Manager at Hotel Columbia, responded to this review, March 31, 2009
The management of the Hotel Columbia regrets that this guest did not enjoy their stay; however, we are proud to say that the Hotel Columbia has
recently undergone a nine-month, multi-million dollar renovation. Through this renovation, many of the above complaints were addressed.

First of all, the hotel boasts all brand-new bedding, including deluxe 13 inch pillow top mattresses adorned with luxury, 100% cotton sheets and your choice of down or down-alternative pillows and a down or down-alternative comforter. In addition, the Hotel Columbia now features air-conditioning in its rooms. For those that are sensitive to the noise of the gondola, the air-conditioning keeps guests at a comfortable, cool temperature without having to open their windows to the noise of the gondola. Furthermore, the Hotel Columbia installed sound-reducing film on their windows and features noise reducing blinds.

Second, the Hotel Columbia believes that dedication to service is one of our defining characteristics. Our staff is committed to taking care of your every need before, during, and after your stay. Let us show you our spirit of hospitality in the beautiful San Juan Mountains.

Third, while there is a $10 fee for parking, we offer on-site, valet parking. Our staff will gladly park your car at the end of a long day. With a few minutes notice, we will have your car warmed up and ready to go.

Finally, in conjunction with our remodel, we have expanded our deluxe, continental breakfast. The pastry-chef of the Cosmopolitan restaurant makes
home-made granola, bread, quiche, and a variety of baked goods that change daily. In addition, we offer a meat and cheese platter, hard-boiled eggs,
cereals, yogurt, oatmeal and a vast array of fresh fruit. The breakfast is still complimentary.

In addition to the above items, the Hotel Columbia features a lobby level ski/bike storage room with boot dryers and individual lockers. We also have
complimentary wireless and hard-wired internet, and we are still dog friendly.

We invite you to come and experience the newly remodeled Hotel Columbia. Thank you!
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Tucson, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2005

We just came back from a great ski week in Telluride, and thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to this wonderful resort. The Columbia Hotel offers everything you would want, and we will definitely stay there again next year.

Telluride provides interesting history, excellent preservation, yet an up-to-date infrastructure, a user-friendly atmosphere, perfect skiing, and top-notch apres-ski, including a wide variety of restaurants and shops.

The Hotel Columbia looks and feels like a traditional European, family-run ski lodge. The owners are on-site almost all the time, and are supported by a friendly and well-trained staff. The hotel has a great blend of charm and convenience, including well-appointed rooms, and added extras for the guests.

There is a fitness room, a library, a computer with high-speed internet access, a rooftop spa, ski equipment room, and a great restaurant (breakfasts are included in the room rate).

The location is unbeatable, just two blocks off the main street, and across the street from the (free) gondola. Just before our arrival, they installed wireless high-speed internet throughout the hotel, so bring your network card with your laptop, and you can check your e-mails and surf the net from your room, all at no charge.

As mentioned in a previous review, parking is tight, but they handle this by valet parking your vehicle. The night before we left, they moved our car into the prime position, and cleaned off all the snow. First class service!

The only caution about this hotel is for light sleepers. The management is quite open about the fact that the gondola noise may bother some people before it is shut off at midnight. If this is an issue, simply request a room away from the front of the hotel. You may sacrifice a bit of view, but the noise issue will go away.

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Additional Information about Hotel Columbia

Address: 301 West San Juan Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
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Location: United States > Colorado > Telluride
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Telluride
#4 Romantic Hotel in Telluride
#9 Family Hotel in Telluride
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Columbia 3.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Columbia is the perfect home base for your winter Telluride ski vacation, family retreat or summer in paradise.We are contemporary, yet timeless. Situated on the San Miguel River at the base of the world famous Telluride Ski Resort, we are within walking distance to all the restaurants, shops, and adventure that Telluride has to offer. The Hotel Columbia is proud to host Telluride's premiere restaurant, the Cosmopolitan.Our hotel delivers a new benchmark of personalized service with attention to every detail before, during, and after your stay. You will enjoy Telluride lodging at its finest in our hotel rooms and suites. We look forward to meeting you and showing you our spirit of hospitality in the Rocky Mountains. ... more   less 
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