We stayed at the Chipeta Sun Lodge and Spa in mid-July, and like another reviewer below, we stayed in the Loghill room. Perhaps since we visited in mid-July, we paid only $95/night through the hotel's website. Of note, however, they charge a $10 resort fee (not per day) which is embedded in to the "tax" calculation and which thus makes it appear that you are paying absurd tax rates.
LOCATION: We chose the lodge on the basis of its proximity to both Ouray and Telluride. Both my wife and I had visited Ouray previously and we wanted to try something different. In addition, we had already planned on heading to Telluride and didn't want to pay the exhorbitant rates. Ridgway is ideally located at the "fork in the road" between these two cities. Ouray was a short, 15-20 minute drive, while Telluride was double that. While the hotel has ski packages in conjunction with Telluride, visitors may find the drive too long and perhaps, too busy, during the high winter season.
ROOM: The room was very nicely decorated in a rustic, southwest style, and had a nice balcony with a shaded view of the hills. The lodge is at the end of a street (currently) in a residential neighborhood. Because of the roof overlying the balcony and the balcony of the adjoining room, the Loghill room receives modest afternoon light. The room faces west so it doesn't receive direct natural morning sunlight. As someone below pointed out, the bathroom doesn't have exhaust fans but I don't see why that matters (perhaps in winter). We were there in mid-summer, and I prefer to take cool showers. Our room also had a wet bar with a small refridgerator and sink. We used it to cool our water for the following day's hike.
Of note, the website allows you to choose from a number of different rooms. Our room did not have a TV but we didn't find that a problem. In order to get a room with a TV (all the TVs have digital cable or direct TV), you needed to upgrade to something more expensive and we weren't interested. There is a large flat screen TV in one of the common areas downstairs and it's open and available 24 hours a day.
Beyond that, the "Courthouse Room" is directly opposite the Loghill Room on the top floor. It is facing east and thus receives much more natural light. Furthermore, there no trees outside the balcony which makes for some sweeping vistas. The Mears Room is directly below the Loghill Room and is quite similar although not quite as large.
The only rooms I would AVOID are the Ouray Room and the Chipeta Room. These rooms do not have any outside windows. Their "outside" windows face south and open to the lodge's large solarium windows facing the front of the building. Thus, you don't have any access to outside air and there is no balcony. The rooms are all well appointed, but not having an outside window is one of my "pet peeves." In addition, the hallways outside these rooms are often used, so you may feel the need to keep the blinds shut to afford some privacy. Finally, these rooms sit just above the breakfast area, which \may be a bit noisy in the early morning if you aren't an early riser. Surprisingly, they were the same cost as the Loghill room.
SPA: My wife had a 1 hour massage in the Spa which she said was terrific. The massage ran us $75. The spa has a strong local following. It seemed to me that the area tends to attract folks in the holistic and "integrative" medical community. The spa offers a broad range of classes tha you might find in any local health club (primarily yoga and mind-body based rather than sweating to the oldies type stuff). It also has a sauna and steam room that's free for anyone using the spa (and I think hotel). We aren't the holistic medical types, and we thought that the other guests represented a good mix of alternative medicine types and "average" tourists.
BREAKFAST: Was very good! Each morning they had a large amount of fresh fruit, juices, granola, cereals, bagels and english muffins and some sort of hot entree, typically eggs and hash browns. In addition, they were willing to make pancakes and eggs to order. As it stands, the breakfast is easily an additional $25-30 value. The hash browns weren't spectacular but since it's supposed to be a continental breakfast, I wasn't expecting much. Also, they have fresh juice, iced tea, and lemonade available throghout the day along with some fresh cookies.
ENVIRONS: Ridgway is a two street town. There's not much going on there, but then, that's the point. We were surprised at the amount of construction in the neighboring areas, particularly Montrose. Apparently the area is expanding due to a large number of retirees flooding the area. It's not hard to understand why.
FOOD: We are mexican food junkies and we at at the Adobe Inn. We both thought the food was EXCELLENT. If you like mexican food, especially with a native american/southwestern influence, then you shouldn't pass this place up. The corn epazote is worth the visit in and of itself.
Overall, the value of the Chipeta Lodge is what garners it five stars. For $140/night, as someone else paid below, it would still be the same excellent lodge, but I would probably give it a solid 4 stars.
ENJOY YOUR STAY!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover a Southwest Colorado Resort and Spa, your adventure travel and Colorado Staycation destination. This adobe-style Colorado Resort and Spa provides luxury boutique hotel lodging with private hot tubs & patios, summer solar heated Pool, Spa, Yoga & Fitness center, steam room, and sauna. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chipeta Sun Hotel Ridgway
- Chipeta Sun Lodge And Spa