Romantic Valentine's Day Stays in Colorado
4 romance-ridden hotels in the Rockies
Photo courtesy of The Brown Palace
Colorado is a romantic place; there are scenic vistas, modern cities, fabulous restaurants, and many beautiful hotels. Here are a few standout properties that are sure to please the most discriminating guest.
THE BROWN PALACE
The Brown Palace has been one of Denver’s most romantic hotels since in 1892, when it was one of the first atrium-style hotels ever built. The hotel was constructed in the Italian Renaissance style, and its beauty flows from the external facade to the interior. Inside the Brown Palace, guests are transported into a world of old-fashion Victorian opulence alongside modern conveniences.
A stay at the Brown Palace is not complete without partaking in an elegant breakfast at Ellington’s. Of course, if guests are enjoying the comforts of their room, they can order room service instead.
Photo courtesy of The Cliff House
THE CLIFF HOUSE AT PIKES PEAK
The Crown Jewel of Manitou Springs, The Cliff House at Pikes Peak is another historic property where couples can partake in a romantic respite. The big white building with its prominent turret looks a bit like a fairytale castle, but it has much more humble beginnings.
Originally built as a 20-room boarding house, “The Inn” was the stagecoach stop on the famous route from Colorado Springs to Leadville. During the heyday of the Manitou Bath House Company, a business that touted the healing powers of the town’s natural springs, the hotel was expanded. Today, The Cliff House blends luxury with the relaxed ambiance of Manitou Springs, a town more known for its magical qualities rather than extravagance.
Do not miss out on dinner at The Cliff House Dining Room. A meal here is a memorable culinary experience.
Photo courtesy of St. Julien Hotel & Spa
ST. JULIEN HOTEL & SPA
A much newer property, the St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder is a stylish hotel in one of Colorado’s most-walkable downtowns. Its location is ideal for exploring Boulder’s many incredible restaurants and bars.
In addition to large, luxurious rooms, the hotel offers a top-notch spa. Couples will love the Treatment for Two, a 75-minute side-by-side massage in a private room.
THE ROCHESTER HOTEL
While there are larger and fancier-looking hotels in Durango, the Rochester Hotel is a hidden gem on 2nd Avenue and is perfect for a quiet, romantic getaway.
Built in 1892, the Rochester, formerly a 33-room boarding house, is one of Durango’s oldest hotels. Today it’s one of Durango’s most charming, with 15 deluxe rooms, a delightful private courtyard, and many historical features, such as original antiques and woodwork.
In an ode to the many Wild West films that have been shot in Durango over the years, each room has a Western movie theme—and movie posters, film histories, and photos decorate the hotel’s hallways.
Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is the founder of HeidiTown.com, the place for entertaining stories about Colorado festivals and travel.