Apparently started life as a hospital run by the Sisters to care for sick and injured miners. Now stands as the best hotel in Cripple Creek on top of "Heart Attack Hill",
more about that later! We stayed 4 nights and got there a day early, the room we had booked for the last 3 days was occupied but we got a lovely corner suite for the night. Our booked room was directly above the entrance with our own little sun room and private bathroom, it was wonderful. Cleanliness, beds, towels and showers are our benchmarks for a good room and stay and Hotel St Nicholas passed with flying colours. On 4th July it was raining but we had a wonderful view of the fireworks from our room. Breakfast is continental, served in its own room.
Cripple Creek is a gambling town but the hotel is a couple of blocks up the hill from the action and the casinos have shuttle busses that will pick you up and drop you off anywhere, The hill is STEEP, try San Francisco at 10,000 feet and you have some idea. The Hotel has a quaint little bar known as The Boiler Room and it was in here one night, after conquering Heart Attack Hill, that I commented that you should be rewarded for walking up it, Well, Don the barman made a big announcement and presented us with a "certificate" that is given to patrons who make the climb!! All very entertaining. A wonderful place to stay if you are visiting Cripple Creek,
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the historic Hotel St. Nicholas and enjoy an elegant and romantic 1898 mountain inn. Originally built as Cripple Creek’s first hospital, the hotel experienced a rich history serving the miners and gold kings who led the 1890’s gold rush. The restored hotel, quietly located just two blocks from gaming, features 15 individually decorated rooms, a rooftop Jacuzzi, a dry-sauna, the on-site Boiler Room Tavern, a full-service events room, and a full continental breakfast. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel St Nicholas