Full of charm and individuality, boutique hotels continue to pop up all over the state. Here are half a dozen west of 105 that we love
1. THE AMIGO MOTOR LODGE | SALIDA
With 17 rooms and five renovated Airstreams (the latter of which makes Stay Amigo fairly unique among the boutique hotels on our shortlist), Rooms (and Airstreams) at Stay Amigo have modern furnishings with a minimalist design that creates a relaxing environment. The property also has a hot tub, a sun room and fire pits among other amenities. Amigo isn’t a full-service hotel, so while there is generally someone around, you will be pretty much left on your own. Just think of it as a fancy Airbnb.
2. MELLOW MOON LODGE | DEL NORTE
Built in the early 1940’s as the El Rancho, what would become the Mellow Moon was abandoned for 20 years before it was purchased in 2018. It opened just a year ago as the 10-room boutique hotel. Minutes from the Rio Grande River and on the Continental Divide Trail, Wolf Creek Ski Area and Great Sand Dunes National Park aren’t far away either. There is also a bike shop onsite, a fire-pit to gather around in the evenings and a wood-fired hot tub that is scheduled to be up and running this winter.
3. THE NIGHTINGALE MOTEL | PAGOSA SPRINGS
Located in the heart of downtown Pagosa Springs, the Nightingale has 17 beautiful guest rooms (including a couple of suites that have kitchenettes) as well as the Neon Mallard cocktail lounge (which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary). The decor and style is meant to evoke the atmosphere of 1950’s roadside motels, which can most obviously be seen in the cool neon sign that tells motorists if there are vacancies or not, the Nightingale has plenty of modern touches, too.
4. SURF HOTEL & CHATEAU | BUENA VISTA
Sibling properties, the Surf Hotel and Surf Chateau are both on the Arkansas River overlooking the whitewater park in BV’s South Main neighborhood. With 42 guest rooms, the Surf Hotel may push the limits of what a boutique hotel is in terms of size, but it is beautifully appointed yet understated. Located next door and continuing the style of the hotel, the 20 guest-room Surf Chateau has fireplaces, canopy beds, clawfoot tubs, and chandeliers. The Wesley & Rose Lobby Bar serves both properties.
5. SPOKE & VINE | PALISADE
In the heart of Colorado’s wine country, Spoke & Vine is a 17-room property that is less than 18 months old. With a range of room types, including a full one-bedroom apartment, the property is within walking distance of Palisade’s downtown. With a name like Spoke & Vine, it is no surprise that there is a fleet of cruiser bikes that are available for rent and are perfect for touring wineries. A simple breakfast of locally made granola, Greek yogurt and locally roasted coffee is delivered to your door every morning.
6. THE WYMAN HOTEL | SILVERTON
The 15-room Wyman Hotel is a fantastic addition to Silverton’s downtown and gives the small town a welcome alternative for those who may want a dash of modern style while enjoying the town’s more historic aspects. Named for the building it occupies, which was built by businessman Louis Wyman in 1902, the property was thoroughly and expertly renovated and today is a beautiful property with modern furnishings. The Wyman also has a suite that can sleep five, making this a great place for small groups.