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“Whimsical and Relaxing”

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Thomas House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #4 of 6 Salida B&B and Inns
Denver
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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“Whimsical and Relaxing”
Reviewed July 7, 2011

To make our road trip less hectic driving from Denver to Santa Fe, we planned a one-night layover in Salida, CO which would also give us a chance to visit the Great Sand Dunes only about an hours drive away. We chose the Thomas House Bed and Breakfast as one of about 4 or 5 B&Bs in Salida. It was a great choice.

We had to check-in kind of late, but Steve (one of the owners) was waiting to help us check in. We stayed in the Monarch Room (ground floor - good for my wife who has a bad knee) which was a king-bed suite and was very pleasantly surprised. It was basically 1 very large room with a separate bathroom with shower. The bed was super comfy, just what you want in a B&B. The room included a really nice couch, small table with 2 chairs, and all the assorted furniture, bookcases, lamps that made it a home instead of just another motel. The room included a microwave and refrigerator. The shower was very elaborate, nice tile, good hot water pressure. There was nothing wrong, and everything great about the room.

The whole B&B experience was whimsical. We could only stay 1-night, but we realized (like the other guests) that this would make a good multi-night stay. Steve and Tammy were excellent hosts. Steve was there to help at all times, sharing his stories about the area and Colorado (he's a native) with the guests at breakfast. The other guests were also interesting. A couple from the East Coast, another from Michigan. The grounds were excellent. A hot tub and relaxing enclosed porch area with flowers, chairs, and decorations. Again, whimsical. Salida itself was one of the nicer Colorado mountain towns we've visited. More original, and less "plastic" tourism. I now understand what Denver residents see this place for retirement. Traffic was very slow and respectful. Thre are great hiking trails nearby (14,000 walk up mountains, as well as foothill mountain biking/hiking trails). This location would make a great layover for a rafting trip on the nearby Arkansas river (about a block away). The house itself is located on the main street, and about 2 blocks from the main happenings. A very pleasant and short stroll.

Breakfast was buffet style and consisted of coffee (drip, or the cassette type), juices, cereal, toasted bagels/breads, strawberries, and some homemade egg, cheese, ham muffins. You can use the cassette coffeemaker for coffee or hot chocolate at anytime. Being a big-protein breakfast guy, I was a bit disappointed not to see scrambled egss, and in particular bacon and/or sausage links but maybe the breakfast menu changes. You can always email/call Steve/Tammy and check on this I guess. They are great hosts.

If you want to veg in a perfectly comfortable, laid back, relaxing, beautiful, wonderful alpine breezy, sunny, quiet getaway, this is a perfect place. I may come back to disappear again someday.

Room Tip: Call up Steve and Tammy directly at their website (www.thomashouse.com). I highly recommend the Mon...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 30, 2010

Stayed here for two days and the place is very quaint. The owners (Tammy and Steve) live across the road but the place is full of stuff and looks and feels like an old Victorian House.
Our room was fairly basic and a little compact. Several of the other guests were repeated customers. Tammy and Steve are very friendly. The bonus for us was the use of a hot tub.
The Thomas House if well lcoated within 5 minutes of the rest of Salida.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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Alta Loma
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Reviewed July 12, 2010

Our room was beautiful and very clean. We were a little uncomfortable with the location due to the apartment house on one corner with old cars and people standing around outside. Breakfast was disappointing. We had expected more than a waffle and ham. There was lots of clutter in the common rooms downstairs, I felt that it probably hadn't been cleaned in a while. Innkeeper was friendly.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed July 11, 2010

The owners, Steve and Tammy, were very friendly and welcoming and gave good restaurant recommendations. We enjoyed sitting on their front porch having a beer and visiting with them. Breakfasts are really nice - french toast one morning and biscuits and gravy the next, with cold cereal, coffee, tea, juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, toast and bagels available. Beds are comfortable, rooms are clean and quiet. Wifi was available. There are two well-behaved dogs who live in the inn, though they mostly hung out in the tv room or on the porch (I never saw them go into a guest room) - FYI if you have allergies.
The location is ideal - a very short walk from the shops, restaurants, and parks in downtown Salida. I felt extremely comfortable with Steve and Tammy (not always the case at B&Bs) and will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Georgetown, TX
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Reviewed June 7, 2010

The cottage in the back was very nice. It had a comfortable king bed with comfortable pillows. We slept very well in this bed! The shower had great water pressure. The host family was very nice and helpful. The breakfasts were very good - the homemade muffins were outstanding. The location was excellent - right in downtown. We were able to walk to all the restaurants. Amicas is an excellent restaurant just two blocks away. They have excellent pizza and salads. It is a micro-brewery - my husband loved their beer. Excellent white water rafting in the area - Independent whitewater is an excellent choice for guided rafting. This home was by downtown but was quiet.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Denver CO
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Reviewed August 6, 2009

Stay here if you want to experience warm hospitality, great breakfast, and a short walk to the abundant galleries, shops, restaurants and Arkansas River-side access of "downtown" Salida. We have stayed in the "cottage" out back as well as in rooms in the house. All are nicely done with quality furnishings, linens and amenities. The funky hot tub/covered patio are great for hanging out in the evening. This is a also very welcoming place for bicyclists.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed July 1, 2009

Thomas House located in Salida is only one hour away from Grand Sand Dune NP. It is also convenient to get to Colorado Springs. We originally booked one night at Thomas House but couldn't help booking another night after our stay. Tammy and Steve, as well as their cute Patch, are so warmhearted and helpful! The rooms are cozy and clean! The service is as professional as those 3 star chain hotels but also very personal! The breakfasts are delicious! During our stay we also enjoyed the outdoor hot spa tub in their pretty backyard! The experience was awesome for tired travelers like us! You can also read previous travelers' stay experiences in the log kept in each room, which may further convince you this is definitely the right choice!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Thomas House Bed and Breakfast
Address: 307 E 1st St, Salida, CO 81201-2801
Location: United States > Colorado > Salida
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Salida
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Number of rooms: 6

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