Hotels at Glenwood Hot Springs

by Cathleen Calkins

Glenwood Springs, Colorado, offers a quintessential Colorado experience: mountains, deep canyons, roaring rivers, outdoor pursuits and some of the best fishing in the United States. While this list may not set Glenwood apart from its more famous neighbor Aspen, Glenwood is also home to the world’s largest natural hot springs pool. The Glenwood Hot Springs were established as a destination in 1888; today, the main pool spans two city blocks and includes a diving area, lap lanes and waterslides. While visitors are drawn to Glenwood Springs for different reasons, everyone typically makes time to take in the 90-degree healing waters. A variety of lodging options facilitate that celebratory soak.

Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge

Located at the hot springs, the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge offers guests unlimited access to pools and the athletic club during their stay -- in fact, the Lodge is the only hotel in Glenwood Springs where guests have unlimited admission to the hot springs. Built in 1986, the Lodge is modern and convenient, provides 107 traditional hotel rooms. While location is the prime motivation to book a room at the Lodge, guests also enjoy complimentary breakfast at the poolside Grill.

Hotel Colorado

Even though Glenwood Springs is considered a more affordable option to its well-heeled neighbor Aspen, guests don’t have to sacrifice on luxury or amenities. The Hotel Colorado is a full-service resort property with multiple onsite dining options, a 24-hour fitness facility, convention center and the La Provence Spa. Located within walking distance of the downtown boutiques, restaurants and the hot springs, the hotel is a favorite for groups and business men and women. Furnishings replicate 19th century Italian décor, including wallpaper imported from Italy during the early 1890s.

Frontier Lodge

Family-friendly Frontier Lodge is two miles away from the hot springs. The Lodge's location places visitors closer to Carbondale, Colorado's shopping district and offers more affordable rates then area lodging options. Additionally, views of Lookout Mountain abound from Lodge rooms. The property's rooms offer views of Lookout Mountain and accommodates larger groups because of its flexible room options. Guests have a choice of one-bed, two-bed and three-bed rooms.

Caravan Inn

Caravan Inn is another option for families because kids under 12 stay for free. The Inn's location is 1.5 miles from Glenwood Hot Springs and is across the street from Sayre Park, a 7 acre park that hosts the annual Strawberry Days every July. Kids also enjoy park amenities including basketball, tennis and volleyball. While Inn accommodations are standard room configurations, there are a limited number of one and two-bedroom suites available.

About the Author

Cathleen Calkins specializes in writing about travel, adventure, lifestyle, health, fitness and brand identity. She is a regular contributor to and her work has appeared in "Backcountry," "Telemark Skier," "The Rotarian," "LA Weekly" and "Las Vegas Review Journal" as well as on a number of online adventure travel websites. She holds a Bachelor of Science in hospitality management from Rochester Institute of Technology.