My wife and I drove to Telluride on a lark for our anniversary, and - based partially on the great reviews here on TripAdvisor - booked at Hotel Columbia. I can't think of anything the folks here could do to make us happier - this is a great hotel.
First of all, Telluride (as you probably know) is parking challenged. You're going to have to expect to pay for parking, and the parking's going to be funky. Hotel Columbia does have on-site valet parking (you don't need to use a valet - one of the great things about a cosy boutique hotel is that the small staff is totally accommodating and you don't feel the need to tip the newest rank of an army of bellmen and valets every five minutes - a couple of tips a day to housekeeping and the front desk is probably more than expected), but it costs: $20/day. Figure it in to the cost of the hotel - this is Telluride, and that's how it's done. And . . . they might cut you slack and only charge you $10/day anyhow. ;-) Honestly, a car's not needed here - so much to do easily accessible on foot, by free shuttle bus or by gondola from the hotel: we parked the car and haven't touched it. Which is pretty liberating: I can have a beer or glass of wine any time I want. :-)
All right, the hotel is relatively small, but modern, and is in a charming building (not one of the ugly condo buildings that ring T'ride) that is a pleasure to spot on the gondola descent. WiFi is free and has a strong signal - I'm using it to write this review, in fact. Quiet inside (rooms on both sides of us are occupied and I believe we've only heard one bump from one couple in the last two days), the place has a tranquil feeling. A recent remodel gives the Hotel Columbia a sort of western art deco feel - it's nice here, and peaceful. There's a great secured ski and mountain bike room for your gear. The carpet in the rooms is nice, but done in dusky tones that won't make you uncomfortable entering the room in your hiking boots. Our room has a little (one seat) balcony with spectacular views, and pretty much any room in this hotel is likely to have amazing views due to the location of the Hotel Columbia. Our room is quite large - much larger than we expected from the site; perhaps we lucked out - and has great natural light and pleasant modern furnishings with plenty of places to sit and and read, plenty of lighting options, and plenty of storage room for clothes. The metal balcony rail is weathered, which looks charming to me but might make some folks think a fresh coat of Rust-O-Leum is needed - this was the only maintenance I could even vaguely argue needed to be done on site. The room has tons of towels, a heated towel rack, a soaking tub, a separate steam shower, HBO - all the amenities and conveniences one would expect. Good cloth blinds in the room require clods like me a moment to figure out, but did a great job of keeping out the light and noise. :-)
Hotel Columbia has a remarkably convenient location: downhill, a couple quieting blocks from the main drag and loud bars, near the river (you can hear the river burbling at night if you leave your windows open - how's THAT for tranquility-producing white noise?), and directly across from the gondola lift. I understand that some folks don't care for the (again, white noise) quiet low drone of the gondola lift, but Hotel Columbia has air conditioners installed so there's no reason to open the windows if it troubles you.
A serve-yourself breakfast buffet is included, and it's on the top end of this sort of breakfast. Situated in the dining area of the on-site restaurant, you can select from a buffet of fresh banana bread, bagels, homemade savory breads, smoked salmon, cream cheese, amazing cold slices of filet mignon, hard-boiled eggs, eggs you steam yourself to your desired consistency, cheeses, fruit, cereals, quiche lorraine, jams, jellies, teas, fresh-squeezed juice and frankly amazing coffee. Wow. I actually found myself eating less the night before in anticipation of the next morning's breakfast. (We did our anniversary dinner at the on-site restaurant, Cosmopolitan, and really enjoyed it. Prices seemed low for the delicious and creative quality dishes delivered, though their service was on the amateur - if warm and friendly - side. Actually, the bussers were totally on the ball - perhaps they should have been running the front end.)
The youthful front desk and housekeeping staff at the Hotel Columbia could not have been more helpful, kind or friendly (no 'tude at all). We asked several vaguely dumb questions and were treated like welcome family members - folks would go out of their way to follow-up on things after handling them with grace in the first place. Again, the place was spotlessly clean for us. Oh, and we were genuinely surprised to find a nice bottle of bubbly had been delivered to our room for our anniversary, along with a nice card from the staff.
Anyhow, all the little things here at Hotel Columbia add up to an experience that is a heck of a lot nicer than what I would have expected for the tariff. This town is absolutely full of places to stay, but this stay has been so nice that I can't even imagine looking anywhere else - we will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Columbia is the perfect home base for your winter Telluride ski vacation, family retreat or summer in paradise.We are contemporary, yet timeless. Situated on the San Miguel River at the base of the world famous Telluride Ski Resort, we are within walking distance to all the restaurants, shops, and adventure that Telluride has to offer. The Hotel Columbia is proud to host Telluride's premiere restaurant, the Cosmopolitan.Our hotel delivers a new benchmark of personalized service with attention to every detail before, during, and after your stay. You will enjoy Telluride lodging at its finest in our hotel rooms and suites. We look forward to meeting you and showing you our spirit of hospitality in the Rocky Mountains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Columbia Hotel Telluride