Boy, I have to disagree with some of these reviews. Ok, so the coffee may not be sizzling hot in the late afternoon and the bananas may still have peels on them....mind you, this place is not trying to compete with the Plaza in New York!
This was my husband's and my second stay at the Elk Mountain Lodge this year. (We booked our second reservation as we checked out in July! In fact, we liked the Lodge so much we decided to bring friends with us for the second stay.)
This is why we love this place (in no particular order):
1) It feels like home!!! We love the people who run and work at Elk Mtn Lodge. They are all young and very nice. Mike, the owner, is an energetic, personable dad who spends time getting to know all his guests. He offers inside information about what to do, where to hike, where to eat, where to get info if he doesn't know, and even maps out the locals' favorite mtn bike trails. (I was greatly impressed when he greeted us by name as we walked in this visit.)
2)The location is wonderful - an easy 2-block walk to Elk Ave. (Main St.) just far enough away from the noise and bustle of restaurants and night noises.
3) The 3rd floor rooms have balconies which have great views ot Mt. Crested Butte. Second floor rooms are a bit more roomy, if you tend to pack a trunk of clothes and need an alcove to store them all in.
4) A beautiful, historic in-house, full bar (open every evening) offers a cocktail or glass of wine before heading out for dinner on the town.
5) There's a great front porch to sit on and drink your coffee or wine or just check out all the people walking and biking by.
5) There are fresh cookies in the afternoon accompanied by live jazz piano or chamber music, if you're lucky. (We've had the pleasure of both!)
6) The historic Crested Butte miner's lodging charm (historic designation keep the Lodge from offering some of the amenities one would find in a hotel in Chicago.) Don't expect: elevators, room service, little sewing kits, a basement spa and head dresser, or DVD players in each room. Do expect: free Wi-Fi (high speed internet), a wonderful library if you left your reading material at home, a grand piano in the salon, lots of stairs to climb for high elevation exercise, a separate reading and game room, house plants, a huge kitchen where you can keep your left-over pizza, a very clean 4-man hot tub, comfy beds, and a wonderful sense of hospitality.
Chances are, if you don't like this place you are probably more of a "resort-type" person and should probably just head 2 miles up the hill to Mt Crested Butte and find a room at one of the high rise hotel chains decorated with generic artwork and soon-to-be-dated granite countertop bathrooms!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- “Crested Butte’s Historic Inn” A modest, yet elegant, bed & breakfast lodge with 19 quaint rooms downtown Crested Butte. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elk Mountain Hotel Crested Butte