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Mountain Lodge at Telluride
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   457 Mountain Village Boulevard, Telluride, CO 81435   |  
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Ranked #5 of 18 Hotels in Telluride
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Denver
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Older but Nice place. Very close to the Free Gondala (200 yard walk) and nice grocery market. Appears to be a ski in/out location. Great Bar. Staff was friendly and helpful. They welcome dogs. Two room suite was great for the family of four. Full Kitchen was great.

Room Tip: Get an exterior room to street access; street side is noisy.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

All the comforts of a first-rate hotel, all the charm of a mountain getaway. It was the perfect base from which to hike the many trails and also explore Telluride and Mountain Village. The gondola rides were fabulous and fun. The staff is the most kind and professional we've ever encountered. Our suite was quiet, since we were on the side facing the mountains and not the driveway. Especially loved the view from our peaceful balcony. The dining at the View Restaurant was casual and the food and wine excellent.

Room Tip: Rooms on the side away from the driveway are quieter.
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Green Features: Mountain Lodge brought our attention to the many ways we could employ environmentally-friendly practices, which we very much appreciated.
  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I won't return to this hotel. Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly.

We arrived as a party of four: my wife, 10 year old son, and 12 year old daughter, and this review requires a short backstory of the Telluride experience. Telluride is a dream mountain town in a beautiful valley, connected to a ski resort town called Mountain Village in the mountains up above by two free gondola systems paid for by city taxes. Most people stay in the hotels in Mountain Village and visit Telluride via the 15 minute gondola transit. You can drive between the towns, but it is more fun and a bit faster to use the gondolas.

The Good
The beauty of the property and the facilities is spectacular, one of the finest properties I've seen. Not only are the Telluride-area mountains world-class beauty, but the hotel lobby, pool area, and restaurant are the quintessential 'grand log cabin' design. The entry is so beautiful and exciting that when we arrived, I thought "We hit the jackpot, even at $260 a night for our two bedroom loft.' I just knew it would be perfect.

Robert at the hotel desk had that world-class hotel welcome and professionality that gives you confidence that everything is in control and that you're in good hands. He informed me that there is a required $20/night charge to valet your car and that it is required to do so, in an effort to reduce traffic for both Mountain Village and Telluride. You simply drive down the single driveway between all the hotel buildings (single rooms, 2 bedroom lofts, and full log cabins), unload to your room, and then return your car to the valet.

The suite is gorgeous. Ours was 1416, on the top story over the driveway. It has an entry way/kitchen with slate tile, pine doors, and high-end appliances like a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a GE triton dishwasher. Beyond that, the living area has a leather couch and a two-sided gas fireplace that goes into the master bedroom. The loft with the second bedroom is just as nice. And french doors open to a deck that for our suite has the most incredible mountain view I could hope for. the master bath/shower combo has a nice jacuzzi feature built in, and the decorations are a perfect touch.

Though the pool is small, it is connected to a nice in-ground hot tub, and another large above-ground hot tub can hold 8 or 10 more people. There are 3 hammocks on a little semi-private grass pad with a stunning mountain view and you can lay there and watch the gondolas silently glide just overhead.

The Bad

All of this beauty is negated by the one great flaw of this hotel: noise. In fact, there is an inherent experience flaw in the design of the property mixed with the lack of quality in the noise control build of our suite. The triple threat comes from thin pine doors (both the main suite door and the double doors connecting our suite to the next door suite), no soundproofing whatsoever in the joining wall, and thin windows that transmit sound as though they are open.

We first noticed the sound problem when our neighbors arrived for the night. Their voices came through the suite-joining doors unimpeded. We heard every syllable, even when they spoke at a normal speaking volume. And since people tend to hang out in the kitchen, they all chatted right by those joining doors. Our first neighbors partied until 1am. My kids, who normally could sleep through a tornado, didn't sleep until the party died down. Our second night's neighbors didn't party, merely chatted until 11pm, but the thin doors and walls transmitted it all right to us. It was so bad that even closing the master bedroom door didn't prevent it from coming in...that's three doors in the way of the sound. Our third and last night was the same thing, although by this time we learned to leave the TV on and use it to drown out some of the noise. We called the front desk on the first night to see what could be done about the party noise, but they only offered to call the room and enforce the 10pm curfew. It had no effect. But on the subsequent nights we didn't feel right about complaining about the noise, because the neighbors weren't being extra loud...they were simply talking in normal voices and enjoying their vacation. It wasn't their fault, it was the poor sound control in the build of the rooms.

As a smaller concern, one of our neighbors cooked a full bacon and eggs breakfast one morning. The smells came right through the room connection doors and into our suite. Boy it smelled delicious, but that's a bummer to smell when you aren't cooking up your own! :)

But beyond that, there are the thin windows. Since our window overlooks the driveway, and since all people must drive down to drop off there gear before leaving their car to the valet, the night is a repeated chorus of cars driving down the hill, doors opening, shutting, excited travelers laughing and talking as they cheerily unload their belongings, and then cars varooming back up the hill. Throughout the evening and early in the morning, a groundskeeper drives a loud, gas-powered cart up and down the hill repeatedly, often dragging an even louder trailer cart with his tools, and the sound is magnified by the buildings into the room.

Since you don't have your car and the gondolas are free, everything is a hike. We liked this, actually, as do most guests I think. This is what we come to do. I warn those who have disabilities, though, that the nature of this place will create extra pains for you, both in Mountain Village (even though the hotel offers a golf cart to get you up the hill if you call for it) and in Telluride, which is a series of street shops with small sidewalks that will make wheelchair navigation difficult and tall curbs that are tough to navigate with a cane or walking problems. Not to mention getting on and off two gondolas as you travel between the towns.

The Ugly

Due to the thin windows, we were obliged to hear a conversation between Robert and a new batch of guests unloading their gear upon arrival on the road beneath our suite. He had come down on a golf cart to tell them to move their car, that they could not permanently park on the driveway. When they asked about options for parking, he informed them of the mandatory $20 fee for valet. But when the man pushed back for other options, Robert informed them that they could park for free in Telluride and take the free gondola back up to the hotel with all their gear, or they could park in the parking garage a few hundred feet from the hotel and use the free shuttle to bring them back with their gear, "Although," he noted, "that's a separate deal altogether." We found out later that the garage is less than half the daily rate than the valet.

Is this Robert's fault? Absolutely not. It is a design flaw. The hotel has forced Robert into the position of having to police guest parking and be the bad guy. As a hotel company, why set yourself up for this failure? You don't want guests to park on the driveway, but you offer the space to do so and you don't mark it for Temporary Unloading Only.

Since you know your groundskeeper will have to run up and down the one driveway, why give him a gas-powered cart and a loud trailer? Why not put him in an electric cart like the Robert's and a quiet trailer?

Summary

Mountain Village and Telluride are world-class. The gondola connection is unique and fun. The views are off the charts, and in my opinion this is the best that Colorado has to offer. But despite the visual beauty of the Mountain Lodge Hotel, I will not return because the noise is such a huge problem and the flaws of the hotel's layout and experience design mean that no matter what, I am guaranteed to be kept up at night. For me, a good night's rest is the one key thing that a hotel must provide, at any price point.

Room Tip: Skip this hotel. It's beautiful but way too noisy. Pick another hotel.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Edmond
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I lived in Telluride one summer about 35 years ago, working at the mill during the days and at a hotel in the evenings. Mountain village was not developed at that time - it is amazing what several million dollars will do - This is an impressive ski resort/golf course complex. The best feature is the free gondola that takes you to the top of the mountain, then down into Telluride - you need to do this at least twice - once at night for the lights, once at day to see the view. A lot better than driving into town.
My only complaint is being clipped $20/night for parking - if hotels are going to do this, you should know in advance rather than finding out when you check in. The Lodge and surroundings ar beautiful, an inviting pool area, food at the grill was good. Rooms are well appointed, though small - cramped or cozy, depending on your hormones. We fished the pond at the entrance to the resort - limited to lures/artificial bait - not a lot of action. We would stay again.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We just returned from a three night stay at the Mountain Lodge. I can't say enough about the entire experience....from the moment we arrived to this morning when we left, everything was perfect. Doug at the front desk was awesome, our King Suite was fabulous and Telluride was even more stunning than I remembered. it was so nice to just park your car for three days and ride the gondola everywhere. We put our kitchen to good use and ended up cooking a lot of our meals ourselves. We loved the lodge and will absolutely go back and stay again! Thank you for a great getaway!!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We have stayed here several times over the years. Great value for Mountain Village/Telluride and great access to the Gondola and store. Staff is very helpful and rooms are very clean. If you stay during the ski season, you have ski in/ski out access as well. We ate at the restaurant and it beat several of the restaurants we tried in Mountain Village core. We will be back again soon.

Room Tip: Rooms facing east will be serenaded at night by Prospect Creek below. Can't beat the views!
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Green Features: Hotel makes a great effort at being eco-friendly and they give you a grocery bag so you are not charged at the store.
  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Round Rock, Texas
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This hotel was conveniently located in Telluride and within walking distance to the ski slopes & town. I would highly recommend this property for a ski vacation, if you can't afford to stay on the mountain.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Mountain Lodge at Telluride

Address: 457 Mountain Village Boulevard, Telluride, CO 81435
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Location: United States > Colorado > Telluride
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Telluride
#2 Business Hotel in Telluride
#3 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Telluride
#3 Romantic Hotel in Telluride
#4 Luxury Hotel in Telluride
#7 Family Hotel in Telluride
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Mountain Lodge at Telluride 4*
Number of rooms: 97
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Telluride hotel options include spacious hotel suites and condo rentals. Mountain Lodge Telluride has never been better, with slope-side convenience, upscale amenities and gracious services, Mountain Lodge at Telluride completes the ultimate Telluride skiing experience. Located in the contemporary Mountain Village resort community, our resort is ideally located midway up Telluride Mountain. Surrounded by panoramic views of the majestic San Juan Mountains, our hotel features three log-and-stone buildings and a main lodge, whose tremendous lobby is warmed by an immense river-rock fireplace. Gleaming with rich leather and rustic Western elegance, the lobby also features the View Bar and Grill, perfect for quiet afternoon and evening gatherings while on your Telluride vacation. ... more   less 
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