Looking for a romantic getaway in the Rocky Mountain State? You can’t go wrong with any of these fabulous hotels that are perfectly made for couples.
Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek (Prices & Photos)
The Ritz-Carlton, with its giant lodgepole-and-timber cabin in traditional National Park-lodge style, offers it all when it comes to luxury, romance, and convenience, dominating the base of Bachelor Gulch Mountain between Beaver Creek and Arrowhead. The 180 guest rooms have an upscale yet rustic look, while marble bathrooms all boast soaking tubs for getting cozy together. If you want to capture all of those picture-perfect moments, take advantage of the Photography Concierge, which includes a professional photographer who will guide you and your partner through the spectacular backdrops of the Rockies in an interactive photo session. In the winter, look forward to cuddling together near the fireplace after enjoying the instant access to Beaver Creek Mountain and Vail Mountain which surround the property. The mountains offer downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and tubing. You can also enjoy the culinary delights at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago for lunch and dinner.
The Arrabelle at Vail Square, Vail (Prices & Photos)
This luxury hotel is situated on Vail Square and sets a whole new standard when it comes to luxurious lodging, reflecting the romantic heritage and ambiance of the European Alps, with architectural touches of Innsbruck, Prague, and Salzburg. Each of the 62 spacious guest suites, ranging from 550 to over 2500 square-feet, include high-end features like a living room area with a fireplace and flat-screen TV with a DVD player. Guests also enjoy upscale amenities like grocery delivery service, ski valet, and personal butler service. The rooftop pool and whirlpool tub allow you to soak your cares away together while taking in jaw-dropping views of the Rockies while golfing partners have access to two 18-hole courses at the adjacent Red Sky Golf Club. The state-of-the-art RockResorts Spa provides another great place to relax together with even more breathtaking vistas of the Rockies as you enjoy a wide range of treatments, including massage.
The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park (Prices & Photos)
Just outside the eastern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, the historic Stanley Hotel offers an ideal base for exploring the park as well as being renowned for its magnificent colonial architecture, jaw-dropping surroundings, and luxurious accommodations, that provide the ultimate setting for romance. It may be ideal for romance-seeking couples who are interested in the paranormal, however. Known as one of America’s most haunted hotels, it reportedly spooked horror master Stephen King so much that it became the inspiration for the setting of “The Shining.” Mr. Stanley, the hotel’s original owner and the inventor of the Stanley Steamer Automobiles, along with his wife, are said to frequently walk through the lobby. Mrs. Stanley can sometimes be heard playing her piano in the music room, while a former housekeeper who died here in 1911, is said to frequently assist guests in Room 217 by unpacking and storing their belongings, while the sounds of children running and laughing down the halls seem to be common occurrences, reported on the fourth floor. Couples can enjoy fine dining at the beautiful Cascades Restaurant as well as massage therapies and facial treatments at the Parlour Spa.
Hotel Jerome, Aspen (Prices & Photos)
The historic Hotel Jerome, set in the heart of Aspen, has been indulging guests with personalized service, exceptional accommodation and understated elegance since 1889. Modern and strikingly picturesque, it’s famous not only for its spacious, gorgeous guest rooms, all a minimum of 525-square-feet, decked out with plasma TVs, in-room iPads, down bedding, luxurious linens, espresso makers and oversize baths, but its world-class spa and fine dining. Unwind under the alpine sun in one of two hot tubs or alongside the heated pool. At the magnificent Auberge Spa, you can indulge in a mineral salt invigoration body treatment, basalt stone massage and many other heavenly therapies.
Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa, Gateway (Prices & Photos)
Located in the stunning red rock canyons of western Colorado, the Gateway Canyons Resort was founded by the creator of the Discovery Channel and provides the ideal setting for a romantic retreat, especially for adventurous couples who want to take part in activities like hiking, horseback riding, kayaking jeep tours, fishing and even looking for dinosaur bones. For the ultimate ranch adventure, you can book the multi-day Palisade Ranch special which includes daily guided rides at the base of Uncompahgre Plateau, cattle drives, roping lessons, daily meals for two and more. The property also hosts a spa with massage therapy and a variety of treatments on the menu, while the dining options including everything from private outdoor dining and the Kiva Cafe with awe-inspiring views of the canyons to a poolside cantina.
The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs (Prices & Photos)
Set on the shores of Cheyenne Lake at the edge of town, The Broadmoor Hotel was built in the late 19th-century and offers the ultimate in luxury for couples seeking a romantic escape. This massive resort includes just about everything you could ever want in a getaway, including eight onsite restaurants, a spa, three championship golf courses and all sorts of other outdoor activities like paddle boating and fly fishing. There’s also an outdoor infinity pool, where you can enjoy refreshing cocktails at poolside while taking in magnificent views of the lake and the jagged peaks of the Rockies. A wide range of dining options await, from casual cafes and pub-style eateries to upscale restaurants serving gourmet fare made from locally-sourced ingredients.
The Brown Palace Hotel, Denver (Prices & Photos)
The city’s landmark hotel has been catering to luxury lovers for over 120 years. Today, it’s a history buffs and couples, providing the chance to walk in the steps of everyone from Winston Churchill to the Beatles, along with plenty of old world charm and classic ambiance with romantic Victorian décor as well as seamless service. The elegance of the period continues into guest rooms, which feature beautiful wood bedframes and sheets made from high-thread-count imported cotton as well as a rich wood armoire, walk-in closet and an expansive bathroom with double marble sinks. Of course modern amenities are included too, like a flat-screen HDTV, iPod docking station, WiFi and personal Keurig coffee maker. Guests can also access its lavish spa and dine at the award-winning Palace Arms restaurant with signature dishes like bison tenderloin and a wine list with nearly 1,000 selections.
Sonnenalp Resort of Vail (Prices & Photos)
Renowned as the very best hotel in Vail, in a town with many exceptional properties, this Bavarian-style lodge features 112 luxury suites and 15 hotel rooms that all offer views of either Vail Village or Gore Creek, along with amenities like handmade furniture, heated floors in marble bathrooms and fireplaces. Fuel up for a day of play at the impressive breakfast buffet – and be sure to ask for the Bavarian Benedict, served upon special request by lederhosen-wearing staff. In addition to the wide variety of recreational activities in the surrounding area, you two can enjoy a private 18-hole golf course, perfectly situated in the sun drenched valley of Edwards, and a pampering spa facility.
Wild Horse Inn, Fraser (Prices & Photos)
The Wild Horse Inn brings back memories of the grand mountain lodges popular around the turn of the 20th century. It was handcrafted from 400-year old logs and moss covered rock, and boasts large windows that look over the valley. Ideal any time of the year, in the warmer months, guests have access to activities like hiking, mountain biking, and climbing to boating, rafting and fishing, while the chillier months of the year brings the chance to be surrounded by a winter wonderland while cozying up to the roaring fireplace or soaking in the jetted tub from your luxurious log cabin room. All feature private decks or balconies for taking in that fabulous view. Guests are also treated to a full gourmet breakfast every morning, while complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies can be enjoyed all day.
Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs (Prices & Photos)
Cheyenne Mountain Resort provides an escape that includes awe-inspiring mountain views, decadent dining and luxurious rooms that make it ideal for an escape with the one you love. There is a 35-acre lake for water sports, five indoor/outdoor pools, a spa, 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and a fitness center. The property features a special romance package too, with a variety of options to choose from. You can have Champagne, locally-sourced gourmet cheeses and fresh fruit delivered to your room, indulge in a romantic dinner buffet for two, or go all out and book the boudoir portrait session, which includes complimentary Champagne. If you want to take part in outdoor adventures, you’re in luck, as the resort also hosts all sorts of activities, including fishing trips, rock climbing classes, and jeep tours.