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Hotel Columbia

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

If you enjoy being pampered, this is the perfect place to stay in Telluride. We love vacationing there. It’s a magical town that feels like the old west, but with all the modern conveniences. There are always lots of outdoor activities and lots of fun offerings around town to keep visitors entertained. We visit annually, if possible, but this was our first stay at The Hotel Columbia, and it was amazing, far surpassing any other hotel we’d stayed in in Telluride! The hotel is beautiful and located just across from the gondola and one of the chair lifts. The staff were the best of any hotel we’ve ever stayed in, without exception. They were polite and professional in every way, friendly and outgoing, making us feel like we were family. I noticed that the same treatment was afforded every guests. The staff was also considerate of guests that preferred more privacy. It was outstanding, as was the manager, Kate! The rooms are beautiful and packed with every amenity imaginable. The travertine bathroom was luxurious with high quality soaps and shampoos, a towel warmer, and heated floor. Our bed and pillows were very good quality as were the linens. During the day, we converted our Murphy bed back to a nice sofa and were afforded a spacious living area. We also had a room with a huge deck and jacuzzi! The views were spectacular. The hotel is also just across the street from the river, which offers a nice place to go for walks. It’s very picturesque. Breakfasts, which are free with your room, were hand crafted by an amazing chef. Each day was a different smorgasbord of treats. Our favorite may still be the wide assortment of fresh fruit that was offered each day and complemented the quiches or eggs, fresh breads, meats, and any number of other yummy offerings. It was also really convenient to have the Cosmopolitan restaurant just downstairs in the evenings, though our favorite restaurants around town drew us out of the hotel most evenings. The hotel is just two blocks from Colorado Ave., where most of the shops are located, though shopping and restaurants are scattered all around town, and almost everything is within easy walking distance; if not, the local free public transportation, The Galloping Goose, has a stop within 1 block of the hotel. Just riding it around this delightful town is an experience not to be missed—just like the gondola ride. What a great place to call home temporarily. Thanks to you and to all the staff, Katie. We hope we’ll be fortunate enough to visit again soon.

My husband and I had a great stay. The service is the star: lovely people, who went above and beyond for every request. Steps from the gondola and proximity to town made it so easy to get around. The bed was very comfy and great view from our hot tub. Lovely breakfast each morning with breathtaking views. Stay here.

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hotel Columbia. Our room was fabulous and we enjoyed our fireplace in room while we watched the snow. Friendly, helpful staff with all in all great service! The location is perfect, right in the middle of downtown, close to shops, restaurants and the free gondola.

Not a lot of snow this trip, but they made the the main lifts and runs open by Christmas Day. It also meant we spent more time in the hotel. We alway stay in the Hotel Columbia, directly across the street from the gondola and Chair 8. The food is incredible and the staff is great. We will be back by early February or March .

As others have stated.....BEWARE OF THEIR CANCELLATION POLICY!!!! It is extremely punitive and in my opinion very unfair and the manner in which it is managed lacks integrity. The hotel gets great reviews....I'm disappointed that I will not experience staying there but given my experience dealing with the hotel when we had a medical issue and had to cancel I will never do business with the Columbia. No need to respond Kate....I've heard all the "lines" and excuses.

I prefer to stay in the town of Telluride instead of Mountain Village. The town is not as pretentious and the village always hit me for a resort fee, even if it is not identified on the website I book through. I usually stay one night in the area as I am passing through on a motorcycle tour. I have stayed at a variety of places and almost always book a special through Hotwire or Like most places in Telluride, this seems to be an older place that has been converted. It is very nice. The room was small but great and had a ton of amenities. Since it was in the fall I didn't use the towel warmer or heated floor in the bathroom. The window looked out across the street as the base of the gondola. They had free valet parking, and for sure there is not room to park your own car. You might want to double check, because there was a sign outside the back door that said parking is $20. I could not get over how good the breakfast was. Most places, especially in Mountain Village, do not include breakfast. It was a buffet, but they served you coffee and juice. The eggs were really moist and creamy, the beignet was really light which is tricky at altitude, and the rest of the food was top quality. I might have to go back to that restaurant for dinner sometime. The bed in the room was a folded down Murphy Bed. The mattress was very comfortable, but it was a little hard to get in and out of because of the armrests. I guess it makes into a couch when it folds into the wall. When I first went to bed, the noise from the electric motor of the ski gondola across the street was noticable, but after a while my mind filtered it out. One of my favorite places I have stayed in the area, out of about 6 or 7.

Great location right next to the gondola! We arrived early but the gal at the front desk (blanking on her name) had our room cleaned quickly so we could get into it early. She explained that they were starting the shoulder season (prior to ski season) so we should take the Gondola the day we arrived since it would be closed the next day! So glad we did! We had drinks and dessert at the Cosmopolitan bar restaurant that night and the beignets were fabulous! Breakfast (included) was wonderful and had lots of options. Kate who was running the front desk for most of our stay was so friendly and so helpful! Since we only had one day in town, she suggested both Bridal Veil Falls and Bear Creek Falls. We did both and the views were amazing! On our second night, we were having problems finding a good place for dinner (due to shoulder season closures) and Kate recommended 221 South Oak. It was a great restaurant around the corner from the hotel and it was the best meal we had on our vacation. Thank you Kate!!!! I am so glad that I found and booked the Hotel Columbia. I liked being in a smaller hotel and felt that we had much more personal service because of it. We will be back the next time we come to Telluride!!!

This is a small hotel. It has only 20 rooms and suites. Sort of a combination of a B&B and a hotel. The included breakfast is good, and includes both hot and cold items. In the evenings, the dining space becomes a fine dining restaurant. And it is one of the few hotels in Telluride that has air conditioning in all rooms and suites. There is a myth that in Colorado at 9000 feet elevation, air conditioning is never necessary. Don't believe that! In the summer, and even on sunny days in spring and fall, it can get rather hot in hotel rooms without it. Most (if not all) rooms and suites include at least a small outdoor balcony, and some of them are large and include a hot tub. All the personnel there are friendly, and the hotel is right across the street from the gondola. Location is only about two blocks away from the main street. Most (if not all) rooms/suites have a small refrigerator. The only negative we experienced is the $20/night valet parking fee. But the hotel should not be blamed for that, Rather the city planners of Telluride deserve the blame. Telluride is a city of about four square miles, where everything is crammed in as if it were New York City! The City is in a valley, and from the air it looks like a small dot with much vacant and buildable land around. But the city is within that "dot" and apparently those who want to build a commercial establishment there are not required to provide sufficient free parking for their business. Indeed, most on street parking spaces are "reserved" for those with a "permit", and generally one has to live there to have a permit. Is this discriminatory? Yes. Is this Constitutional? I don't know. But my problem is that even after paying for the hotel valet parking, once I got may car out to see the area, there was nowhere to park it. So if you are in your mid 70s as I am, you may want to think twice about going to Telluride at all. But if you decide to go to Telluride, this hotel is an excellent choice. We are locals of Durango, and are well aware of the parking problems of the Colorado Mountain cities and towns. But we are actually shocked at the complete unavailability of parking in Telluride (one can't even plug a meter) unless one lives there and has a permit. But this has nothing to do with the high quality of the hotel -- only the city in which it is located. Should we ever drive up to Telluride again, we will stay at the Columbia if we can. It is a very good hotel in a very ill-planned city.

This hotel is ideally located near the base of the ski lift and has the best staff ever! The European Continental breakfast (included in the price of the room) was expansive and tasty. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. It was a pleasure to stay here and we will return!

We booked this reservation about 2 months out- planning a leaf drive, and 3 weeks before the trip, had to cancel for personal reasons, that could not be avoided. Hotel Colorado keeps your entire deposit (Over $400.00 in our case), and when I called to see why I was not reimbursed my deposit, they person who called me back said it was told to me when I booked (it was not), and that their policy was harsh, but clearly stated. Clearly dissapointed in the customer service.

301 West San Juan Ave. Telluride CO

Hotel highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Ski-in/ski-out access

Hotel Columbia places you next to San Miguel County Courthouse and within a 10-minute walk of Sheridan Opera House. This 21-room, 3.5-star hotel has conveniences like ski-in/ski-out access, free in-room WiFi, and a 24-hour business center. Jud Wiebe Trail and Sneffels Highline Trail are a short walk away.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge.


All 21 rooms provide coffee makers. Guests can enjoy free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer free toiletries.

Property features

Guests of Hotel Columbia enjoy features like ski-in/ski-out access, free WiFi in public areas, and a 24-hour business center. Valet parking is available for USD 20.00 per night. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this ski hotel include free newspapers and a fireplace in the lobby.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

95.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 288 reviews