Glenwood Springs, CO Lodging

by Joanne Thomas

The city of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, entices visitors with spectacular mountain vistas, natural hot springs, its proximity to world-class ski resorts, and a storied history filled with such Wild West characters as Doc Holliday and the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown. While there are ample lodging options for overnight visitors in Glenwood Springs, a handful of the city's hotels are especially notable for their historic value or exceptionally luxurious facilities.

Glenwood Hot Springs

Glenwood Hot Springs, a 107-room lodge, spa, athletic club and complex of mineral water pools and water slides, is a landmark of Glenwood Springs established in 1888. It boasts the largest mineral hot springs pool in the world, measuring 405 feet in length and a steamy 90 to 93 F in temperature. Lodge guests enjoy complimentary access to the main pool, a smaller therapy pool, two water slides, inner tubes, diving boards and bubble chairs. The Lodge, a relatively recent addition to the resort, has welcomed overnight guests since 1986 and was extensively refurbished in 2008. Each guest room and suite features a mini-refrigerator, microwave and plush pillow-top mattress. A daily breakfast at the on-site Hot Springs Grill is included with all room rates. The Lodge offers laundry facilities and complimentary high-speed Internet access.

The Hotel Denver

The family-owned Hotel Denver is a historic property established in the early 1900s. In addition to its cozy value rooms and standard rooms, the hotel offers some special rooms and suites: mountain-view Denver Rooms; Colorado Rooms with views of the Colorado River; specialty rooms with a private outdoor hot tub and fenced-in yard; the Penthouse with a private deck and hot tub with mountain views; and the Cuplola, the most spacious suite, with a private rooftop hot tub, a kitchenette and sun room. All the rooms are decorated with turn-of-the-century antiques and quilts. The hotel's on-site restaurant, the Glenwood Canyon Brewpub, serves beers that are brewed on the premises alongside casual American cuisine.

Hotel Colorado

Since it first opened in 1893, Hotel Colorado has welcomed Presidents William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt among its guests. The hotel is legendary as the place where President Roosevelt's daughter Alyce named a stuffed bear "Teddy," the toy having been presented to them by Hotel Colorado maids. Accommodations at the historic hotel today present touches of 19th-century Italy alongside contemporary amenities such as high-speed wireless Internet access and premium cable channels. The 10 suites are each distinctive in decor, and some include a private whirlpool tub. The Roosevelt suite is the same bedroom the President slept in during his stay in 1905; it is adorned with pictures pertaining to the life and times of Teddy Roosevelt, and features a large private balcony overlooking the courtyard.

Courtyard Marriott Glenwood Springs

The Courtyard Marriott Glenwood Springs offers 95 guest rooms and six suites, all with mountain views. All the guest rooms have bright, modern decor and high-end features such as comfy name-brand mattresses, 32-inch flat-panel televisions and complimentary high-speed Internet access. The expansive lobby includes the Bistro, a restaurant that offers casual American cuisine for breakfast and dinner; the S-Bar, a sleek cocktail bar; a lounge area with sofas and a fireplace; and the information "GoBoard," an interactive, touch-screen panel providing information about the local area. Guests also have access to an indoor swimming pool and a fitness center.

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