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“Quaint, historic hotel” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Delaware Hotel
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Leadville
Clarkesville, Georgia
Level Contributor
29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Quaint, historic hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014

I wanted to be in town and in something historic instead of the same chain hotels . I wanted to remember where I stayed and how can you tell one Comfort Inn from another .
This hotel is old and eclectic. Don't expect a white or beige sterile hospital look. The rooms are warm looking and filled with vintage items and antiques. The hallways are filled with antique pieces. It looks old, feels old and is old. It has a familiar smell like an antique store that you will recognize if you love antiquing . I can see how IKEA fans would be turned off and this hotel is not for you.
I would think kids would like it especially if you added some ghost stories in this old place.
The person at the desk is as pleasant as can be ,the rooms clean and OLD.
The continental breakfast has the usual fare except the fruit seemed fresher . The coffee was better than most and the old library it is served in is lovely and OLD.
This is exactly what I expected and was not disappointed as you can feel the history in this old building and the town .
There is no air conditioning , so if you are extra warm blooded , run , run away . But with the highs in July in mid 70's and the nights 40's we found the temp fine. I really like air conditioning in the summer and will complain loudly if it is too warm so the fact that I did not run away screaming when I saw an electric fan says it all !
Downside that could be improved on and should be , is the mattress . At least in the room we stayed the mattress was pretty hard and uncomfortable. But many people prefer a hard mattress and if you are young , you won't care at all . I
I liked it and if you are not expecting modern and want a feel of the old days ( and like a hard mattress ) , you will be happy with the Delaware .

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Trout Lake, Washington
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37 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014

My family of four drove into Leadville wanting to experience something a little different than the Super 8 on the south side of town. Along the main street we spotted the Delaware Hotel and decided to check it out. They had room for us, and I mean ROOM. We got a suite (Number 5) with two huge bedrooms with a pass-through bathroom. One room had two queen beds and a single daybed; the other one had a very tall queen. At the front desk they stated that the room with the one bed was a king, but it wasn't. No worries, there was plenty of space. Each bedroom had a sink as the bathroom held only the toilet and tub.
The furniture, all of it apparently available for purchase, were gorgeous antiques. The matresses were very comfortable and the bedding was new and beautiful. There were plenty of towels. The floors were uneven, so if you're unstable on your feet or use a walker, it might be difficult for you. Obviously, you are in one of the older buildings in Leadville and it exuded history. Quite a fun experience. My teen kids said it was the nicest hotel (read: interesting and unique) they had ever stayed in.
The continental breakfast was a continental breakfast: breads, fruits and cereal, just as advertised. In addition, they had hard-boiled eggs and yogurt. This is served on the second floor amongst even more antiques.
The one beef I had was the archaic TVs located in both of the bedrooms. They are tiny and were either bolted to the wall at about eight feet off the ground or placed on top of a dresser. The remote didn't even work for one of them so it was difficult to adjust the channel and volume. The cord of the other TV was so short that we couldn't move the set to allow two people to see the screen without one person peering around the poster part of the bed.
Overall, if you want to experience a little different flavor than the standard double queen, the Delaware Hotel would be a great alternative.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tucson, Arizona
Level Contributor
43 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2014

Have stayed here twice over the years when visiting family and enjoyed both times. The hotel dates back to the heady days when Leadville was a hard core mining town.

The rooms are smallish with furniture to match the theme. Lots of antiques lining the halls that is for sale. I am glad I couldn't fit anymore into the car! The bathrooms are small without many amenities, but gets the job done.

There are three stories to the hotel with no elevator. Why is this important? You are at 10,200 ft above sea level, not much oxygen at this elevation. Take it easy and allow some time to acclimate to the elevation.

Oh yea, watch out for the spooky Santa on the west end of the second floor.

Room Tip: For less noise, get a room off of Harrison St.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank GusM
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East Coast
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68 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014

As mentioned by many reviewers, this hotel is wonderful, but not for everyone. What it is is a lovely old building, with an interior completely redone in the 1990's (guessing) and ready for another re-do, but still very quirky and comfortable. I was actually surprised by the obvious thought for comfort that had gone into my room's furnishings, and despite the small size (more on that later) my only complaint was about the insanely ridiculous shower. PROS: Quirky furnishings in the lobby and hallways (like staying at an overstuffed antique shop), excellent price (<$80.00 double occupancy, 2-twin room), free breakfast (which was way more than expected--hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit salad, pastries, milk, coffee, tea, cereal), comfortable bedding and--so hard to find this in modern hotels--windows that open to the mountain air. Adequate electrical outlets (though not conveniently located necessarily) and lighting. CONS: Tv was tiny and mounted up high (not a concern for us, might be for you). WIFI was pretty slow, but at least they had it. Pretty skimpy towels, if you care about such, and though they provided soap for the sink, they did not for the shower (odd, since the two were not in the same location--the sink was in the room, not the bathroom). Tiny, tiny, tiny shower (which appears to be standard--I looked at several rooms)--ours had a broken sprayer that not only spewed water in a huge arc that was wider than the shower itself--flooding the bathroom each time we used it--but also was mounted so high that it sprayed directly in the face of anyone less than about 5'7" (and when we reported the problem upon checking out, we were told that "the last guest also complained"...hmm...really? The last guest complained and you rebooked the room anyway??!! That said, the employee did seem truly sorry for the issue and apologized...). Also, not a con for us, but might be for you--room size varies--ours was what I consider "european size" i.e. way smaller than most standard US hotel rooms. So, why did I rate them "Very Good" despite all this? Because, with the exception of the shower, everything else met my needs very well, and I enjoyed the ambiance. This is not a great hotel for a romantic interlude (not private enough sound-wise, room and shower etc too small), not a place to feel spoiled, and not a place worth spending more than $100 per night. This is a fantastic hotel to stay in for a decent night's sleep, a quirky experience, or for a short stay to enjoy Leadville, or just to enjoy the history of the building. I enjoyed it, and will stay again (but I'll test the shower!).

Room Tip: Room doors do not muffle noise, and though the hallway is wide and carpeted, if you are a light slee...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Bedford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014

We enjoyed the Delaware but it is definitely not automatically suited to everyone. It is an old immensely characterful building and as such makes a welcome change from a modern motel. The whole place is stuffed full of antiques and collectibles, many for sale, and there is attached a large gift shop which you can access form inside the hotel, so the whole place is like an Aladdin's cave and it was fun to spend an hour just exploring it all. It was different. There's lots of atmosphere. The owner was friendly and sociable and the reception staff helpful. Our rooms were furnished in antique style and were what you would expect from a conversion job - bathroom fittings squeezed into the available space but adequate, sloping floors, not a great deal of room and a four-poster bed so high I could barely get onto it, as a result of its having been propped up to counteract the slope in the floor. But it was all do-able and kind of fun and we found the bed very comfortable. The breakfast was perhaps a fraction below average. There is a restaurant in the hotel but it was not operating while we were there and there are not many places to eat in Leadville.
But the real issues with the Delaware are with access. There is no elevator and all the guest rooms are reached via stairs - two flights in our case which turned out to be a struggle for us with our heavy luggage. I had an ankle injury and what we hadn't counted on was the elevation - Leadville is high - and the extra effort this creates for the unacclimatised. We weren't the only ones groaning and puffing to and from our rooms and if your strength and/or mobility are compromised you need to bear this in mind before going to the Delaware. Also you can stop outside the entrance to load and unload but you have to park a few hundred yards away from the hotel and display a permit (free) in the windshield which you get at reception.
But the Delaware was fun and different and is one of the places I will remember from our trip. You need to approach it in the right spirit and then you'll do fine.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Bobbyandmartin
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Loveland, Colorado
Level Contributor
205 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2014

We came to the Delaware because it is a historic hotel, built in 1886. Unfortunately, it has some of the drawbacks of a hotel of that age. To begin, the rooms are small--more European than American in feel. The floors are creaky and the rooms are threadbare. The door frames and window sills could tell some tales, judging by the marks they bear. There is no elevator. Be prepared to lug your bags up a steep and narrow stairway at 10,200 feet in altitude! There are no hair dryers in the rooms and our's had no soap. We were told they had run out. One hundred bucks a night and no soap! The halls are cluttered with Victorian furniture and pictures. At the end of one is a really creepy Santa. Fortunately, we were on the other end. They have a bar, with only a few selections. Heineken was one of their three beers but they were out of it. They have a restaurant but it is open on Friday and Saturday nights only. On the plus side, it was quieter than we expected, the bed was good, they offer a continental breakfast, and the front desk staff was friendly and helpful. If you want atmosphere this may fit your bill. If you want a more complete hotel experience you can do better elsewhere.

Room Tip: Get a room on the second floor. Walking all the way to the third might kill you.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank plainsrefugee
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Tucson, AZ
Level Contributor
51 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

OK, this isn't a chain motel. If you are expecting that, don't stay here. Our room was large, pleasant and filled with antiques. The shower location right off the entry door was unusual, but what do you expect in an 1890s hotel that originally had only two bathrooms for the entire hotel. It was a fun experience staying here. Our room looked right out onto the main street, but traffic was quiet in the evening. The breakfast was adequate and we enjoyed talking to fellow guests in the library - breakfast room on the second floor.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Delaware Hotel
Address: 700 Harrison Ave, Leadville, CO 80461
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Location: United States > Colorado > Leadville
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Leadville
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Delaware Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 36
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