Best Hotels in Telluride: History-Inspired Mountain Luxury

Colorado is a go-to destination for year-round adventures. From some of the best hiking and mountain biking trails in the country to unmatched winter luxury on the slopes. Telluride, in particular, has an undeniable appeal which attracts people nationwide and internationally. With rich mining history that can still be sensed in the town and its incredible location at the heart of a box canyon, and surrounded by forested mountains and stupendous peaks, Telluride truly is one of a kind and you’ll find yourself returning for years to come. Telluride was voted #1 for best places to ski and stay in North America by Condé Nast Traveler in 2017. From ski-in/ski-out luxury hotels to stunning fully-equipped residences and fantastic mountain lodge-style accommodations, it is easy to find a home away from home in Telluride.

Lumière with Inspirato

Located in Mountain Village, Lumière is an excellent boutique property offering 18 one to five bedroom luxury residences and 11 hotel rooms. Lumière offers ski-in/ski-out access; therefore it’s the go-to option for those, who truly intend to take advantage of the fresh powder on the slopes in the early hours of the day. Contemporary design aesthetic seamlessly blends with timeless mountain chic and personalized service brings the already blissful experience to another level. Recently the hotel residences were revamped to a new, remarkably tasteful, level – the light color palette and natural fabrics are both harmonious and inviting and the hotel pays homage to the vibrant Telluride history with elegant design elements drawing upon the mining and skiing history of this Colorado gem.

While the Standard Queen and King Deluxe rooms are perfectly comfortable and luxurious, nothing can match the Lumière residences. One, two, three, and four bedroom residences are remarkably spacious, equipped with everything you might ever need during your stay, and the furnishings are beautiful and luxe. The penthouse residences range from two up to five bedrooms and are between 1650 and 3750 square feet. A spacious living area, gourmet chef kitchen with Wolf gas range and Subzero fridge, open-plan dining area, the most comfortable bedrooms, and above everything – stunning views. All penthouse residences are located on the 7th floor thus providing unmatched views of the surrounding peaks. Private outdoor hot tubs are perfect for soothing sore muscles after a day on the slopes and there are also in-residence massage therapies and treatments available.

Madeline Hotel & Residences

Madeline Hotel & Residences truly sits amidst the best that Telluride has to offer. The ski-in/ski-out access hotel was acquired by Auberge Resorts Collection in 2017 and since then has improved upon the already fantastic luxury experience that the hotel was known to offer its guests. Inspired by the naturally irresistible surroundings, Telluride’s historic significance, as well as the adventure element of this unmatched Colorado destination, Madeline Hotel & Residences is among the most desirable places you could stay at during your time in Telluride. The hotel features 83 spacious rooms and an impressive number of 71 one to four-bedroom residences.

Each hotel room and residence displays the highest attention to detail, where upscale Alpine design seamlessly blends with contemporary chic. Heated floors, steam showers, and deep-soaking bathtubs provide much needed soothing relaxation after a day spent outdoors, and private balconies are perfect for taking in the views uninterrupted. Equipped with gas fireplaces, the living areas in the residences are ideally suited for an evening of winter relaxation with the whole family. World-class service and top amenities make Madeline a stand-out hotel in the winter holiday scene.

Auberge Residences at Element 52

Located within walking distance to everything in Telluride, Auberge Residences at Element 52 are the perfect combination of mountain luxury, flawless service, and contemporary design. With a range of slope-side and riverside residences to choose from, this is a fantastic place for a couples getaway, or friends and family reunion. Two to five bedroom residences are spacious, expertly designed and perfectly homely, and equipped with everything you might need – fantastic kitchens with chef quality appliances, gas fireplaces, media equipment, and more. Additionally, there are also private terraces and heated pools with some of the residences, as well as a spa and fitness center.

The spacious residences are perfectly suited for entertaining and we can’t imagine a more perfect place to come together with friends and family celebrating winter vacation. The interiors are tastefully rich with stunning furnishings, finished with lavish materials and high-quality fixtures adding unique accents. Walnut floors, native stone, and ironwork are paired with top of the line appliances – no expense was spared. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow the landscape to steep inside, and not for a second do you forget that you are in one of the most spectacular mountain resorts in the world.

The Hotel Telluride

The quaint Hotel Telluride is a lovely 59-room boutique hotel located at the very heart of Telluride, a mere few-minute walk from the free gondola that connects Telluride with Mountain Village. The interior and decor are heavily inspired by the natural surroundings and the history of Telluride. The rooms are comfortable and cozy, and Hotel Telluride is also pet-friendly – your four-legged friend can expect attentive service, a bag of treats, and nearby activities.

Mahogany in the Western-inspired rooms complement the plush furnishings, and marble countertops in the bathroom go hand in hand with the luxurious L’Occitane products. The private balconies add a fresh touch for moments when you want to take in the crisp mountain air in the morning, coffee in hand, and the common areas of the hotel are also perfectly snug – you will, without a doubt, find yourself spending some time in the lovely hotel lobby with a large stone fireplaces and gorgeous wooden beams.

Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge

The 63-residence property offering premium residences, world-class amenities, and personalized service is located at the very heart of the Mountain Village, nearly 10’000 feet above the sea level. Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge offers the best Telluride ski resort experience and more. Just steps from the gondola connecting Telluride with Mountain Village, Fairmont is the epitome of mountain luxury. Sitting atop a glacially carved valley and enclosed by the peaks of the San Juan Mountains of Telluride, the history of Franz Klammer Lodge dates back to 1996. It was in fact Colorado’s first private residence club.

Franz Klammer Lodge features two and three-bedroom private residences measuring from approximately 1400 to 2000 square feet. With 10-foot high exposed beam or vaulted ceilings, each residence fully embodies the very particular mountain charm that Telluride residences are known for. Modern and elegant custom handcrafted furnishings and accents create a contemporary atmosphere while the floor-to-ceiling windows expose the irresistible mountain landscape. The fully-equipped kitchens feature Viking stoves, Sub-Zero fridges, and granite countertops. The bathrooms are designed with one thing in mind and that’s apres ski relaxation – the jetted spa tubs are perfect for that.


Lauma Breeze

Ever since reading In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne in her childhood, Lauma has been fascinated by all things travel. From sailing as well as exploring nature inland to continuously being fascinated by cities and cultures worldwide, she conveys her passion and inquisitive nature in writing.

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