What are the best places to stay in Telluride?

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There are two parts of Telluride, both of which have great hotels — the quaint and historic mining town of Telluride and Mountain Village, located in the heart of the ski area and distinguished by spacious and opulent condominium complexes. Here are our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the best places to stay in Telluride:
1. Lumière. This luxury boutique ski-in/ski-out property in Mountain Village has 11 hotel rooms and 18 residences that range from one to four bedrooms. Known for personalized service, including a concierge team to help plan activities or make dining reservations, Lumière can provide in-room massage, facials and yoga. Unwind in Lumière’s outdoor splash pool, warm plunge pool and outdoor hot tub, or grab a drink at The Little Bar.
2. Inn at Lost Creek. The intimate 32-room lodge was one of the first full-service luxury properties in Mountain Village. Each suite features a fireplace, kitchenette (larger suites have full kitchens), marble bathroom with a jetted tub and steam shower, balcony, and a washer and dryer. Don’t miss out on the two rooftop hot tubs — a great way to unwind from a day on the slopes. The on-site 9545 Restaurant, named after the property’s elevation, is a Southwest-style bistro that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
3. Hotel Telluride. Combining the robust mountain-style with its prime location on the fringe of historic downtown, Hotel Telluride is elegant and convenient. Hotel rooms and suites of various sizes are tastefully appointed and feature super-comfortable beds, overstuffed chairs for relaxing, luxurious bathrooms and efficiency kitchens for guests who just want to lounge in privacy and comfort.
4. Hotel Columbia. Walk out Hotel Columbia’s front door and there is the San Miguel River and Station Telluride, where you’ll find the gondola — Telluride’s answer to public transportation. The 21 rooms range from king-bedded studio guest rooms to a stupendous three-bedroom penthouse suite. All are furnished in a luxurious, contemporary style. Most rooms have balconies, gas fireplaces and kitchenettes.
5. Hotel Madeline Telluride. Also in Mountain Village, this spot looks like a large ski chalet on the outside but is all upscale lodge on the inside. The rooms are well-appointed with contemporary mountain lodge-like furnishings, and the two on-site restaurants are stellar picks for a post-ski day meal.

Larry Olmsted

What originally opened as the Capella Telluride is now the Forbes Travel Guide 4-Star Hotel Madeline, the town’s only star-rated accommodations, and very well located in the heart of Mountain Village, just steps from the lifts and gondola. The Madeline is fully featured, with a deluxe spa and the popular SMAK Bar, known for its signature Bloody Mary with slider burger on a stick, a unique pairing for sure. Another top choice in Mountain Village is the luxurious boutique Lumiere, with a very residential feel, large rooms, the fantastic Little Bar, and ski-in/ski-out access. It’s got a European flair and very welcoming, hands on management team, the kind of place where once you check in everyone knows your name and it always feels like you are coming home. Many visitors to Telluride come for the Old West flair, and for them, the historic New Sheridan – new in 1891, four years after Telluride was founded  –  is the clear winner, with its classic red brick building on Colorado Avenue where the stage once pulled up, its masculine steak house and central location. But it also has a rooftop hot tub, and two bars, a trendy wine and beer spot and the original watering hole from 1895.

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