This hotel is one of those unexpected discoveries that makes traveling a joy -- and reminds you why it's well worth the time to search for a unique place with a welcoming personality as compared to a boring chain motel. We felt like we were guests in the historic home of hospitable friends. The breakfast of OJ, homemade muffins and a parfait of yogurt and fresh fruit delivered to your room in the morning at whatever time you specify is just one example of the caring attention to detail.
The original hotel was built in 1909 and had gone downhill over the years. Vicki and Fred have owned it for seven years, three of which were spent in a total renovation that was so extensive that Vicki described the result as a "new building in old walls." Fred was a custom home builder in Santa Fe so his experience and expertise were obviously put to good use here. Clearly it was a labor of love for both of them. They kept the best of the original facility -- e.g. historic steel ceiling in the lobby -- and updated everything else with a perfect blend of new (e.g., A-C, all new bathrooms, very comfortable beds with fluffy pillows, fancy china) and old (antique furnishings). The service from Vicki and her afternoon/evening manager Zack was always professional yet warm.
The lobby features an extensive art gallery displaying the paintings of local arrtist Joshua Been, and if you're lucky you may experience him creating one of his realism/impressionist paintings right there,
The hotel is located in historic downtown Salida, so once you arrive and take advantage of the hotel's free parking service (a big plus during busy summer weekends when parking is hard to find) you can walk everywhere.
Warning: There is no elevator, but staff will carry your bags up and down the stairs if you wish. We arrived early and went exploring. When we returned, our bags had already been delivered to our toom.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique Historic Hotel Downtown Salida,The Palace Hotel is Salida, Colorado's, premier historic boutique hotel established in 1909. Uncompromised elegance and "Old West" charm create a bastion of comfort and class deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Here, vintage chic meets the modern amenities, in 15 genuinely considered suites.Located in Historic Downtown Salida, Colorado alongside the banks of the Arkansas River, the newly renovated Palace Hotel offers boutique caliber lodging within footsteps of shopping, dining, biking and fly-fishing. ... more less