Colorado has been pleasing visitors for years. It is no surprise that the state has some of the best and most unique accommodations a traveler could ask for. Making your overnight stay truly memorable can be done easily through of Colorado’s unique hotels. Just like true Colorado style, spend a night in a cabin, yurt or even a haunted hotel. There is a place for everyone and every budget in this list of the 15 most unique hotels in the state.
Located in Evergreen, the TreeHouse at Highland Haven is not your average treehouse. Guests staying in the TreeHouse will experience a romantic getaway among towering Blue Spruce trees. This two-story hideaway is adorned with a fireplace, steam shower, Jacuzzi and chandeliers.
Although this hotel is part of the Best Western chain, this Monte Vista accommodation is far from ordinary. Guests can enjoy a drive-in movie experience from the comfort of their hotel room. The drive-in movie theater, which is next to the hotel, is easily seen from most rooms. An in-room speaker and large window makes for the perfect and cozy movie night.
Soak in a hot spring and lodge in rustic accommodations in Steamboat Springs. Strawberry Park features cabins and campsites, but the most interesting options are the covered wagons or the train caboose. The train caboose, which is the area’s most luxurious room, features a gas fireplace, bathroom, kitchenette and a futon. All overnight visitors get access to the natural hot springs, which can be enjoyed year-round.
This one-room accommodation used to be a U.S. Forest Service watchtower before it was turned into lodging in 1991. At 10,000 feet in elevation and a climb up 70 steps, expect 360-degree views. Although the tower does have propane heating and a kitchen area, there is no running water. However, with a nightly cost of $40, there really is no better way to have a luxury camping experience in this unique lodging located 14 miles from Mancos.
The Little Nell is Aspen’s only 5-star hotel. Experience absolute luxury at The Little Nell with in-room massage service and newly renovated rooms. Skiers and snowboarders will fully enjoy the accessibility to the slopes at this ski-in, ski-out resort.
This 100-acre campground and resort in Larkspur is perfect for a family getaway. Located near several hiking and fishing spots, experience Colorado’s nature at this unique accommodation. Although there are campsites, yurts, cabins and huts, the most popular lodging here are the tipis that sleep up to six people.
Located in Dolores, this glamping resort experience offers guests luxurious cabins with an on-site chef and access to the natural hot spring and spa. Located in the San Juan mountains, the resort at Dunton Hot Springs is a great way to experience the beautiful scenery in a high-class way.
Latigo Ranch is one of the best “dude” ranches in Colorado. Located in Kremmling, enjoy incredible views of the Continental Divide while horseback riding, snowshoeing or cross country skiing. This homey resort caters to only 35 guests, making it truly a quaint getaway.
Experience a past life in retro lodging in Cañon City, located a mile away from the Royal Gorge Bridge. Ten mid-century trailers and RVs have been restored to make a unique accommodation experience. Also, the mountainous view from the Starlite Classic Campground just can’t be beat.
Located near Rocky Mountain National Park, Snow Mountain Ranch, which is associated with the YMCA of the Rockies, offers lodging for all budgets, but the yurt is a unique experience that has made Snow Mountain Ranch so popular. The spacious yurt is a tranquil resting spot after exploring the national park or Grand Lake.
These backcountry yurts west of Fort Collins are more than just a tent. Find beds, stoves and cooking gear in these remote circular tents in Colorado State Forest State Park. Although some yurts are accessible by vehicle and are wheelchair accessible, experience complete remoteness with the yurts that require hiking to reach.
At 11,600 feet in elevation, the OPUS hut is more than your regular camping experience. Although the hut is truly off-the-grid, experience full-service meals and solar-powered heating. Every person staying at the hut enjoys an afternoon soup, dinner and breakfast for $40.
This backcountry tent is a unique lodging experience at the foot of the Continental Divide. Guests have access to hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing right from the door of this rounded tent. If camping isn’t your thing, don’t worry. Wolf Creek Backcountry’s Pass Creek Yurt includes amenities and even comes with hut shoes.
Located in Denver’s Capitol Hill area, the Castle Marne is fit for a queen or king. The gorgeous architecture outside and the interior is absolutely stunning. It truly is a work of art. Built in 1889, this stone house has been restored to become of the most unique bed and breakfasts in the state.
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning one of Colorado’s most famous hotels, the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. The Stanley gained celebrity status when it inspired Stephen King to write his famous book-turned-movie “The Shining.” The impressive hotel was built in 1900 and has been rumored to be haunted.