Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and Ski magazine have all agreed on one thing – that Telluride is the best ski town in North America. It’s also a great destination year-round. The surrounding San Juan Mountains provide a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, from rafting to hiking and biking. Back on the slopes, Ski says, “The ski resort that offers the best variety of terrain for every type of skier or snowboarder.”
1. The Lumière with Inspirato
Recipient of Fodor’s Choice and Condé Nast Readers’ Choice List 2020, U.S. News reports about its top-rated choice, “Nestled at the base of the Telluride Ski Resort in Mountain Village, The Lumière with Inspirato makes a great home base for both winter and summer visitors.”
It continues, “The boutique property’s stunning stone façade houses simple-yet-elegant interiors, characterized by hardwood floors, leather upholstery, and cozy fireplaces…Guests love the hotel’s relaxing atmosphere, as well as its proximity to the slopes. And in true Colorado fashion, the Lumière proudly offers ski valet and storage services alongside complimentary après-ski cookies and cakes.”
Ten Bedroom Penthouse
The 7,621 sq. ft. 10-bedroom penthouse at Lumière with Inspirato is a combination of three penthouse units that can accommodate up to 21. There are multiple decks with stunning mountain views include three private rooftop hot tubs, a chef’s kitchen with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, three living rooms with gas fireplaces, and en suite bathrooms in all bedrooms.
There are three master bathrooms with a steam shower and a separate deep-soaking tub. You have access to Lumière with Inspirato’s lounge serving après-ski snacks and beverages.
Five Bedroom Penthouse
The 3,715 sq. ft. Five Bedroom Penthouse includes a private rooftop hot tub and decks with incredible mountain views. The chef’s kitchen features Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, there’s a living room with a gas fireplace, all bedrooms include en suite bathrooms, and the master includes a separate steam shower and separate deep soaking tub.
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2. Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection
Auberge Resorts’ Madeline Hotel & Residences is a winner of four diamonds from AAA and was a Condé Nast Readers’ Choice List 2020 recipient. Conde Nast writes, “In a prime Mountain Village spot steps from the gondola into town, this stone-and-stucco resort feels pleasingly intimate, despite the fact that it has 84 guest rooms, 49 suites, and several dozen permanent residences.”
It continues, “The polished staff, which includes a personal assistant stationed in the cozy Living Room (stocked around the clock with coffee and snacks) are as courteous as they come: This is the place where waitstaff remember special requests from the day before, and ski valets will personally wipe down and warm up your gear. Reserve a seat at M’s Restaurant, a farm-to-table operation where you can sample the best of the Rockies, like slabs of tender Colorado beef, or grab a drink at Bar M before you take on the town.”
Four Bedroom Penthouse Residence
The 3,972 sq. ft. two-story Four Bedroom Penthouse Residence features panoramic mountain views from the hotel’s top floor. There’s a full kitchen, spacious balcony for outdoor dining, large living room with gas fireplace, and private office. There’s also a washer and dryer.
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3. Inn at Lost Creek
Inn at Lost Creek is a winner of TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards 2020. U.S. News reports, “Although it might look large from the outside, the Inn at Lost Creek features only 32 accommodations. However, these 32 suites and studios are some of the largest you’ll find in the area. Each space is outfitted with a kitchenette, a jetted tub, and in-suite laundry machines.”
It continues, “Guests relish the extra square footage and praise the inn’s top-notch amenities, which include a golf valet and a ski valet. Visitors also have access to additional facilities, including a spa with dry saunas, eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, and two pools (one of which has a waterslide), at the inn’s nearby sister property, The Peaks Resort & Spa. Plus, the Inn at Lost Creek’s location on the slopes of Telluride Ski Resort makes it an ideal home base for winter sports enthusiasts.”
Two Bedroom Condominium
The Inn’s 1,000 sq. ft. Two Bedroom Condominium units feature a king bed in the master, queen bed in the second bedroom, sofa bed, full kitchen with granite countertops, stone gas fireplace, washer/dryer, master bathroom with steam shower and separate jetted tub, balcony with mountain views, and LCD flat-panel TVs.
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4. Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge
U.S. News writes about the AAA Four Diamond Awards 2020 recipient, “Like its fellow Fairmont properties, the Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge, Telluride lives up to its luxurious reputation. Boasting panoramic views of the Telluride Ski Resort and the surrounding San Juan Mountains, this Mountain Village resort appeals to powder-hounds with a complimentary ski valet and easy access to the slopes.”
It adds, “You’ll also find a large indoor-outdoor pool and an on-site spa. Previous visitors appreciate the resort’s apartment-style lodgings, saying that they’re excellent for families and larger groups.”
The 1,800 sq. ft. Three-Bedroom Residences offer two master bedrooms with en suite master baths. There is one king bed in each master bedroom and the option to split one king into two twin beds. The third bedroom has a queen bed and bathroom with a steam shower across the hall. There is a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining area, washer and dryer, and balcony. A queen sleeper sofa is located in the living room.
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5. The Hotel Telluride
Conde Nast Traveler writes of The Hotel Telluride, “Inspired by the history of Telluride, this intimate ski lodge-style hotel is charming, with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. Guest rooms are comfortable but not luxurious and come with mahogany furnishings, balconies or patios with mountain views, and bathrooms with marble accents.”
The one-bedroom Summit Suite is 850 sq. ft. with a master bedroom, including the king-size bed. There’s a double pull-out sofa, a foyer outside the bedroom leading to a spacious living area. The bathroom features a full Jacuzzi tub. For socializing, there is a dining area with a wet bar, leather couches, flat-screen television, and two private balconies.
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