Grand Lodge Crested Butte
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... pass is over 10000 feet in elevation, our highest of therein so far. We managed to go past the elevation where trees do well and into alpine fields of short grass, moss, and lichen. Then we slid back down eventually making it to a town. The mountains on the slide down were red and covered with a sheet of pine trees. From here we drove east for forty miles or so. There were ranches in the picturesque woods under the San Juans. As we passed one we noticed a bear in a tree. ...
First day riding with my new cycling buddies. Kirsty is actually a lot faster than she let on. She's been on her trip for about 6 weeks already. Chris carries almost all of her gear and all of her water, so her bike is super light compared to ours. She had never biked before this trip, so she's getting strong as she goes- like me! We had to wait 30 minutes at a road construction stop. They wanted us to ride in front of ...
... adorable, charming town. The town was pretty crowded due to all of the people coming to see the fireworks at night. We went to an awesome ice cream store for dessert and heard a lot of musicians from the Aspen music school performing in the streets for money. Was fun. Then, when it was dark, we went to the rugby field and sat with everyone else on blankets to watch the fireworks. Was a wonderful ...
... having dinner with them on our rush home. We spent the day exploring Aspen and finding a few good restaurants to try. We tried to drive out to Marroon Bells but it was buses only and we didn't want to leave Duke for that long a time. We did manage brunch at BB's and dinner at Rustique. And Duke got to run around a park in downtown Aspen with a lot of other pampered ...
Beautiful canyon, very different from the canyons we've been seeing in Arizona and Utah. Awesome place for our first night in Colorado, the spring snow melt was in full swing so the river was raging. From high above at the lookouts you could here the river below, it sounded like a constant roar of thunder. Watched a beautiful sunset and Laurie got some fantastic ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Lodge Crested Butte
It had been twelve years since our last trip to Crested Butte. What a mistake to wait that long. We enjoyed our stay at the Crested Butte Lodge and will definitely stay there again. Great location to the slopes and bus stop. Indoor/Outdoor pool and spa were a nightly gathering spot to sooth tired muscles and share days events with fellow skiers. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Small issues that I had were addressed and resolved promptly. King Suite was roomy and perfect for the two of us. Small kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, and one eye hot plate) was all we needed for eating in, though it would have been nice if they had added a toaster oven. Great resturants on the mountain and in the village. Never had a bad meal. The Avalanche was a favorite for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with easy access to the slope and GREAT Food/Great prices.......Can not wait to go back.
Very Good Experience
I read somewhat mixed reviews about the Grand Lodge, so I was wary of what to expect (all I really cared about was the fact that it was a 2 minute walk from the lifts). I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The hotel has just been renovated, so our room's furnishing were in very good condition (carpet, paint, etc). The room was larger than I expected, with 2 king size beds. Fortunately, we only needed 1 bed, which was in decent shape and comfortable enough, but I was surprised to find that the second bed's mattress was old and completely collasped around the edge, especially next to the phone (of course). I can't understand why a hotel would renovate and not replace all the mattresses. To me, the mattress is the most important thing a hotel has to offer. Good thing we didn't travel with another couple because we would have fought over the beds.
But I disgress. Aside from the collasped second bed, the overall experience was excellent and value was unbeatable. I reserved the room through an air/room/lift ticket package deal. I broke the prices out and figured I paid about $120/night in mid-January. You'd be hard-pressed to find a "nearly" ski-in/ski-out room like ours anywhere in Colorado resorts at that price (believe me, I searched long and hard for a better deal with no luck).
Most all the rooms have great views of the mountain. All regular rooms have fridges (but no microwaves, another small negative, but then again, most full-service hotels don't even have fridges!). The lobby was cozy. The indoor/outpool pool and spa were beautiful. Staff was mostly very good. We never ate at the hotel's restaurant (way too pricey for me) but right next to the lifts is the Avalanche restaurant with great food all day long at reasonable prices. Be sure to hit the nightly specials, especially Prime Rib night (you won't find a better deal anywhere in the town). Even the locals highly recommend the place.
One last thing-- Don't forget to store your boards/skis at the ski rental shop next to the lifts. The bell hop gave us a sticker for a free hot wax but didn't explain that we could leave our boards there overnight during the whole trip (and not have to lug them in/out of the hotel). Unfortunately, this wasn't explained to us until our last day there.
Great views. Rooms much nicer than they appear in photos on internet sites. BIG suite with refrigerator, one burner cooktop, microwave, dishwasher. Restaurant was fine, staff mostly nice and helpful. Excellent spa staff, fabulous apres ski massage. The ski in/out location just can't be beaten. Free bus into town (10 minute ride) & back every 15 minutes until midnight. LOTS of really good restaurants in town.
OK, But would not come back
Whatever you do, dont book through Resortquest. What a Rip off.
The hotel was OK until it was overtaken by college kids. Christmas Dinner was the best thing. Nice food. Suites were a little small with no way of getting fresh air. One good thing was the wireless Internet that worked in most places in the hotel. We would not stay here again.
Crested Butte needs a classy place to stay.
My husband & I made our first trip to Crested Butte in March 2004. The Sheraton lobby was very cozy with fireplace & sofa and the staff was friendly. Our room was very large & clean & had an excellent view. The indoor/outdoor heated pool was awesome. We would definitely stay at the Sheraton again!
I strongly disagree with below - if you want your typical "hotel" at a bargain bargain price, choose another locale - this is such a great deal for Crested Butte....Crested Butte is becoming the destination of choice over Aspen and Telluride and this property is right in line - beautiful rooms, awesome pool and we found the staff both responsive and friendly. I would recommend anyone stay here, you cannot beat the location or the hotel. A+++
Sell no wine...
...before its time. The Grand Lodge should listen to Gallo. I hate writing bad reviews, but want to offer others the benefit of our experience. This hotel was just remodeled and reopened under, I believe, new ownership. They are definitely still working out the kinks. We stayed for four nights (paying just over $100 a night-which I do not consider bargain basement rates) - trying to have a nice, mellow, mini-vacation in our home state.
The pool, oh the pool. Apparently this is the only pool around and so the hotel sells passes to the local townspeople. This means that everyone and their grandmother brings themselves and their five kids to a pool the size of a postage stamp. All day. Every day. Screaming, running, largely unsupervised children abound. Cannonballing, using safety devices as floaties, constant empty stock of pool towels, dogs in and out eating the scraps of food littering the tables and grounds, babies in the hot tub - I kid you not. My shattered eardrums may not recover.
No hotel employee ever enforced the clearly posted rules. They simply chatted up their local friends. Our attempts to express concern fell on deaf ears as the management was completely and utterly unresponsive. The quirks in the room and fitness center could be forgiven. If we hadn't been so looking forward to mellow lazy days, or not really "pool" people, maybe we wouldn't have minded or noticed the teeming madness. But to calmly try and discuss the concerns and issues regarding the pool with management repeatedly and then have our experiences dismissed and ignored cemented the bad experience and left a very bad taste in our mouths. 90% of customers are lost in the recovery process - The Grand Lodge needs to look into management training.
There is an upside! - the day spa (also new) is fabulous! Ask for Heather (whether for massage or body treatments) and you won't be disappointed! Stay somewhere else, but don't miss the spa!
I stayed here with my family over the President's weekend and the Sheraton was full to capacity....Eventhough it was crowded at the hotel, the staff did a great job to keep things organized....the outdoor pool and hot tub is a great thing to do after a long day on the slopes....I even liked the cookies and cider after coming in from the mountain.....I would highly recommend this place to anyone visiting Crested Butte....I love this town!!!!
What a dump!
This hotel is not up to Sheraton quality. They had no cable service when I was there, because as one staffer put it "we didn't pay the bill." The restaurant doesn't keep regular hours,if it's even open.
There is no bar so you can't get a drink, no room service, we had to call TWICE to get the room made up, the carpet was filthy with bleach stains. Pray you don't get put on the older side as you will stay in room from the 70's. Be prepared to carry your bags as there are no bellhops and no service whatsoever. Even though this is in the Rocky Mountains, there is no A/C and you do need it in the summer. They'll kindly give you a window fan though.
This hotel is cheap and has vacancies on Christmas Eve and just about any other time for a reason. Stay at the Nordic Inn.
Fabulous Time in Mt. Crested Butte
What a great vacation @ Crested Butte, Co! These have got to be some of the friendliest people on earth. Skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling (and we are beginners in all of these areas) and great restaurants and atmosphere made this a great family vacation. Not much of a singles scene though. Nice hotel, the staff was helpful but young and at times inexperienced. Imagine a Sheraton running out of extra pillows! Will definately make a return visit.