Glenwood Springs Hotels

by Joe Fletcher

Glenwood Springs is one of Colorado's great outdoor adventure destination towns, and while it doesn't come up in conversation nearly as much as nearby towns like Aspen or Vail, it offers a more diverse selection of outdoor recreation and tourist attractions. You'll find a ski resort, adventure park and vapor caves, as well as a host of activities. And that's all before you've unwound in the hot springs that gave the town its name and reputation. When booking a hotel, consider staying somewhere that gives you direct access to what Glenwood is all about -- hot springs, microbrews and spa and fitness activities.

Identification

Glenwood Springs is located just off of Interstate 70, 180 miles west of Denver International Airport. Smaller regional airports like Aspen and Eagle Vail are within 40 miles. The town is a year-round destination that attracts over a million visitors each year. In the winter, guests will find skiing at the 470-acre Sunlight Mountain Resort and can escape the cold air by taking a dip in the 2-foot-long hot springs pool that the town calls the world's largest. In the summer, the rivers in the area provide fishing and whitewater rafting, and other activities include hiking, horseback riding and the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge

Probably the most famous property in town, the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge is the place to stay to enjoy the best access to the hot springs that have drawn visitors to the region since before the town existed. The main hot springs pool is kept at 90-to-93 degrees Fahrenheit, and a therapy pool is a little warmer at around 104 degrees. Also on site are a diving pool, water slides and a kiddie pool. The lodge adjacent to the springs is a 107-room property with king and queen rooms. It has a fully equipped fitness center and wellness spa, and unlimited access to the hot springs is included with each night's stay.

Hotel Colorado

The Hotel Colorado is a historic hotel that dates back to 1893. The hotel features double rooms, family rooms with three or four beds, and king and queen suites. The rooms are decorated with 19th-century Italian influence. On the premises, you'll find a spa and massage center, 24-hour fitness center and a seasonal gear shop for biking, skiing and rafting. The hotel also includes a restaurant, wine and martini bar, courtyard cafe and espresso bar. Despite its upscale ambiance, the property does have pet-friendly rooms.

Hotel Denver

Glenwood Springs may be located 160 miles away from Denver, but the Hotel Denver is situated right downtown within walking distance of shops, restaurants and the hot springs. The hotel has a selection of eight classifications of rooms and suites that offer things like a private rooftop hot tub, mountain views, private courtyard, Colorado River views and private decks with hot tubs. Smaller, budget rooms are also available. The Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company, which serves dinner and lunch, is located on the first floor of the hotel; a salon and shops are also on site.

About the Author

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.