Mom had booked the hotel through a price line auction thingy, which apparently didn't give you the name of the hotel until after you booked. This was a mistake on our part- the cost of the room did not cover the cost of valet parking- $24 a night. There is no other parking. It also didn't cover the additional, similarly hefty resort fee. For a lower-middle class family, this was pretty devastating financially.
Aside from our determination to never book via priceline again, I would say our stay was otherwise positive. The rooms were nice, all the staff was courteous and accommodating, and the scenery from our balcony was inspiring.
Food in the area is expensive in general- we were lucky to find $20/person dinners, and prices at the resort itself was even higher, so Mom and I would eat out for lunch, bring something home for dinner (such as pizza), and survive off food we brought for breakfast and snacks (such as the dill havarti cheese we brought from home combined with french bread from a local bakery). The room comes equipped with a coffee pot, complimentary coffee, and a mini fridge.
We didn't buy any spa treatments either (we didn't have $130+ to spare), but no matter- there are several options that the resort fee already pays for. Geared toward 16+ year-old guests, there are gender-designated areas containing a roman bath, a dry sauna, and a stream room that smells like eucalyptus. Spa lounges offer complimentary lemon water and snacks (in my case, apples). For families and co-ed groups, down the wet blue stairs there is an additional dry sauna, steam room, and hot tubs. Downstairs is where one will also find an indoor-outdoor pool complete with a speedy water slide (that I was too chicken to ever try), and a whole bunch of other rooms I never did utilize- a separate lap pool, fitness room, and yoga room.
If you aren't into pools or spas, one could always curl up inside the old west-inspired lobby. Better yet, enjoy the scenery and stars on the outside terrace- complete with cushy chairs and numerous elegant gas burning fire places. The second floor contains an arcade and a snack vending machine. My mom was disappointed by the lack of soda vending machines.
And I guess that leaves our room itself. It was pretty clean, although my mom did notice a bit of mold and some finger prints in the bathroom. Mom found the bed to be too hard for her liking, and often parked herself on the room's couch. I was please the room was equipped with an especially deep tub, and Mom and I both enjoyed nibbling on food on our own balcony. Since the room didn't have air conditioning, we left the balcony door open at night/in the morning. Room service is available, but if the food wasn't expensive enough, there is also a $4 delivery fee and 20-something percent gratuity charge, so we chose to forgo room service. The front desk can be contact by phone to bring up things like toilet paper, etc, including unlimited complimentary Dasani bottled water.
The last thing I'd like to bring up- I experienced something of a culture shock. I am used to a more casual and friendly culture. The culture of The Peaks, of the Telluride area in general, is a bit more cool and reserved, even coming across as pretentious. I wouldn't blame anyone for this, the reserved nature might even be praised amongst typical clientele, but this is a characteristic to be aware of if you tend to prefer a more gregarious and open way of life.
We won't book through price line again, we probably won't be back anytime soon, but I am confident quite a few people will enjoy a stay at the Peaks Resort. At the end of the day, my Mom and I are glad we took this trip.
- Also Known As:
- Peaks Resort And Spa
- Peaks Hotel
- Peaks Hotel Telluride
- The Peaks Hotel Golden Door
- The Peaks Resort Golden Door
- Telluride Peaks Resort
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offers a children's day spa as well as an indoor pool with water slide. ... more less
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