If you enjoy the ambiance of historic old lodges and inns, then you will love the Redstone Inn located in Redstone, Colorado. Originally built as bachelor’s quarters for CF&I workers, it has been restored as a wonderful inn for travelers. At over 100 years old, the inn is a remarkable piece of working Colorado history.
The owners have staffed the hotel with dedicated employees. Whether dealing with the front desk, dining or maintenance personnel, you come away with the feeling that they love the inn and the location. Everyone you meet is a pleasure to deal with and they work hard to meet all your expectations.
Redstone is a small town with a few galleries and shops. There are a couple of places to get food and snacks besides the inn. The key word here is “small”, so don’t expect the same services as you will find in Basalt, another “small” town in the area. Be prepared to entertain yourself while staying in Redstone.
Accommodations at the Redstone are basic. There are small televisions in the room and the WIFI is spotty. Our cell phones had no service, so it was a chance to become disconnected from the outside world. If you live and die through connectivity, you may want to think twice about Redstone and the inn.
We had a queen with bath. The bed filled the room and we had a small dresser end night stand on one side. There is also a small closet. The bath was also small. Remember that this inn was originally built for the single workers and there were probably two single beds at one time. If you have ever stayed in the old part of the Old Faithful Inn, you know what to expect. The rooms are adequate for sleeping and changing. Don’t worry about spending time in them.
The first floor has a library room and a great room next to the main dining room. There is also a bar and grill. Outside the bar and grill is the swimming pool and hot tub and the exercise room. The exercise room has everything you need to break a sweat and get a good workout.
The food at the inn is wonderful. The chef and the staff prepare wonderful meals that stack up against any restaurant in Vail or Aspen. The morning start is casual so don’t expect breakfast at 6:00 AM. You’ll probably have to wait until 7:30 to get things rolling. So don’t rush it. Take your time and enjoy the morning.
We stayed at the inn during the early summer. There was no problem getting a room. At this time of the year you want a room that faces east. That means it will be in the shade in the afternoon and therefore be much cooler and comfortable than the west facing rooms.
If you plan to view the aspen trees changing in the fall, you had better make your reservations the winter before. The changing of the leaves is legendary. It will be the memory of a lifetime if you can get a room at the peak of the season. The area around Redstone is home to huge aspen groves and other broad leaf trees. Autumn is the time to be there.
Redstone is very near the town of Marble, home of the famous Crystal Mill. It is a short drive from the inn and you can get a jeep tour back to Crystal City to view the leaves. The road to the mill is a jeep road. The road will destroy your family car. Take a tour, bring the family car home in one piece.
Also take the tour of the Redstone Castle a couple of mile to the south. It is wonderful.
If you plan to have a low key, slow paced stay at the Redstone Inn, you will have a wonderful experience. If you are high maintenance and need to be entertained, this is not the place for you. The Redstone Inn is a trip back into a previous century. Enjoy the experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Historic Redstone Inn is a rustic turn of the century style Rocky Mountain resort in Colorado. When you come upon Redstone,Colorado, you'll find a tiny mountain village hidden surprisingly beneath massive red cliffs.The entire village is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Redstone offers a unique sanctuary for those looking to get away. Open 365 days a year ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Redstone Hotel Redstone
- The Hotel Redstone
- The Redstone Inn Colorado