As the days get longer and warmer, traveling gets more and more enticing. More and more people are working forty-hour weeks entirely from their home offices. We’re all having to learn how to work and relax in the same space. Often it can start to feel like the workday never ends, and it’s making it harder and harder to stay home. Can you really clock out if clocking out just means walking from your office to your living room?
We all still have to work. But we do we have to do all of our working and relaxing inside the same four walls?
The answer is no!
“Staycation” is a word that used to refer to relaxing in your own home. Since the pandemic, however, this word has evolved to include a casual weekend spent anywhere within driving distance of your house. Hotels are coming to be seen as something more than a place to stay when you’re going somewhere far away. Some hotels have even started evolving to adapt to this, offering more specials and amenities for locals looking to get out of the house.
As the pandemic has gone on, hotels have gotten better and better at creating a safe, virus-free environment for their guests. All of the hotels on this list were already known for having high standards of cleanliness, and all of them have developed even more extensive precautionary measures of sanitation to give their guests peace of mind.
Whether you’re a native Coloradan looking for a staycation that’s not in your home or you’re looking to travel to Colorado from around the world, these hotels will impress.
1. The Broadmoor
Probably the most famous hotel in Colorado, The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs has been hosting guests from around the world since 1918. It’s level of luxury, priced for every budget, will make you want to stay in. But its ease of access to wilderness locations and adventures of every shape and size will let you experience Colorado to its fullest.
They offer spa services, a golf course, and outfitters who will guide you on hikes and rock climbs. Their outfitters will even teach you about the care of birds of prey and the ancient sport of Falconry!
2. St. Julien Hotel and Spa
Located in the great city of Boulder, the St. Julien Hotel and Spa offers massages and an array of other spa services (with private bookings to keep their patrons safe from the spread of the virus), outdoor dining at their bistro, and extensive adventure packages. They even have a “staycation package” for people looking to spend a weekend at a home away from home. Their staycation package includes a $50 credit to be used towards any service on the resort property.
3. The Little Nell
The Little Nell, one of the most beautiful hotels in Colorado, boasts the claim of being the only five-star hotel in Aspen. The fact that it sits in one of the most popular ski resort areas in the country might make you think that this is a winter-only getaway. But this resort is perfect for any time of year. The concierge can help you set up any kind of trip. Hop on their complimentary road bikes to see this gorgeous mountain town. Set up a fly-fishing trip and check out Colorado’s beautiful rivers. They also offer 50% off of your stay for any Colorado resident!
4. The Sonnenalp Hotel
The Sonnenalp Hotel, a brand begun in Germany at the turn of the twentieth century, has been a destination in Vail since the 1960s. They offer spa services as well as guided tours of everything from the local wildflowers to moonlight snowshoe hikes. Enjoy the European-inspired style of this resort along with their golf course and private dining rooms. You can even take a quick walk to the downtown area.
5. Grand Hyatt Denver
If you’re looking for a downtown experience at a fantastic rate, The Grand Hyatt Denver is for you. The Hyatt is located minutes from Coors Field, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and the 16th Street Mall, which boasts art galleries, restaurants, and historic buildings. Enjoy a weekend spent walking through the Botanic Gardens, dining at the numerous outdoor cafés, or lounging in your room with a view.
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