Skip the traditional hotels and continental breakfasts this summer. Colorado is home to some wildly unique boutique hotels bidding for some attention. From goats to a ghost town, these five “only-in-Colorado” hotels excel in the quirk department and are worthy of planning a staycation around.
Station on the Riverwalk
The Clink Lounge, a hotel bar at the Station On The Riverwalk hotel. The hotel was converted from a jail and police station. (Provided by Station On The Riverwalk)
Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Go straight to this jail-turned-hotel in Pueblo. Station on the Riverwalk — which has seven luxe “cells” for rooms — is Pueblo’s first boutique hotel. Dating back to the 1940s, the building was once a jail and police station. The criminal justice theme is spread throughout the hotel, with a speakeasy-style bar called “The Clink.”
“Offering something different, like shacking up in an old jail, gives our guests an experience that they won’t get anywhere else,” said Carliann Ward, the hotel’s general manager. While in town, check out Neon Alley, a rad outdoor art gallery where two dozen neon signs glow.
More info: stationontheriverwalk.com; 140 Central Main St. Suite 222, Pueblo, CO 81003; 719-569-7904. Rates start at $165 a night.
Best Western Movie Manor
The Say family from Borger, Texas, watches the opening scenes from the movie “White Chicks” playing at the Star Drive In just outside of Monte Vista from within their hotel room at the Best Western Movie Manor in 2000. (Denver Post file)
If a visit to the Great Sand Dunes (aka Colorado’s favorite sandbox) is on your road trip circuit this summer and you need a nearby resting spot, check out the Best Western in Monte Vista. Trust us; it’s worth the hour or so detour. Known as the Best Western Movie Manor, the hotel is attached to a historic drive-in movie theater, which originally opened in 1955 and is run by Best Western.
You can pull back your curtains and watch movies on the big screen from the comfort of your bedroom. Or you can wax nostalgia by watching the movie outdoors while the kids play at the on-site playground. Hot dogs and popcorn are available at the concession stand. Shows run from mid-May to mid-September.
More info: bestwesternmoviemanor.com/movie-manor; 2830 US Highway 160 W, Monte Vista, CO 81144-9357; 719-852-5921. Rates start at $85.
Mountain Goat Lodge
A retro camper bath at the Mountain Goat Lodge, near Salida. (Cortney Thurmes, provided by Mountain Goat Lodge)
Come for the goat yoga; namastay for a couple days and interact with friendly and curious animals at this Salida B&B. “We encourage lots of interaction between the guests and and the goats,” said lodge host Gina Marcell. “The saying here is, ‘Have you hugged a goat today?’ ” There are more than two dozen resident goats at the lodge, but a little one named Rabbit has been stealing hearts. (He got his name because, should you allow, he’ll jump on your back).
The goats are super-friendly, Marcell says, and will stand next to you “demanding to be pet” because they love the attention and treats. Guests who stay here have lodging options, ranging from guest rooms to retro campers. A teepee is also available to slumber in. Plus, in addition to goat yoga, the lodge has a fun goat cheese-making workshop and a goat husbandry class where you can learn about how the goats are cared for and more about their quirky personalities.
More info: mountaingoatlodge.com; 9582 US Hwy 285, Salida, CO 81201; 719-539-7173. Room rates start at $138 and the teepee rate starts at $29.
This 2018 photo shows the sitting and sunroom inside the recently restored Redstone Castle. Owners Steve and April Carver bought the mansion in 2016 for $2.2 million and spent nine months refurbishing it. (Chelsea Self, Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)
No need to cross the pond to stay at a castle fit for royalty. You can book an opulent suite in a Tudor-style castle near Aspen. The Redstone Castle was originally built in 1902 for coal magnate John Osgood to impress his uber-wealthy friends. According to hotel history, he was rubbing elbows with Teddy Roosevelt and John D. Rockefeller.
Osgood filled the residence with furniture and artwork he collected during jaunts to Europe and about 60 percent of the original furnishings remain in the revitalized castle today. Don’t miss the “peeping window” in the Great Hall where Osgood’s fashion-forward wife would view her guests’ attire as they were entering parties.
More info: theredstonecastle.com; 58 Redstone Blvd. #1, Redstone, CO 81623; 970-963-9656. Rates start at $295 a night.
Dunton Hot Springs
The bathhouse at Dunton Hot Springs. (Jack Richmond, provided by Dunton Hot Springs)
More than 300 ghost towns dot the state of Colorado, reminders of the state’s rich mining history. In 2001, though, one of the state’s abandoned ghost towns came back to life, and in dramatic fashion. Dunton Hot Springs — which is nestled in an alpine valley in between Cortez and Telluride — was reimagined as a romantic, all-inclusive retreat.
Original, hand-built Wild West log cabins, where miners once lived, were carefully restored and made into luxe accommodations. Guests here can soak in hot springs under the stars or relax in the spa, which is also fed by the mineral hot springs.
More info: duntonhotsprings.com; 52068 Co Rd 38, Dolores, CO 81323; 877-288-9922. Rates start at $660 per night, based on double occupancy and inclusive of all meals and beverages (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic, with the exception of the Reserve List).
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