My husband and I took a motorcycle trip to Cripple Creek, CO last week. it was our first visit to Cripple Creek, with a side trip up Pike's Peak. I had researched several hotels in Cripple Creek on Trip Advisor and decided on the Hotel St. Nicholas because of it's price and location away from the gambling area two streets down from the hotel. We just thought it would be a quieter location, but still within walking distance of main street. Cripple Creek is a very interesting town that is currently having major roadwork done. The area is very hilly and there are steep inclines/declines everywhere - so if you are planning to walk the town, you'd better be in shape, given the 9494' altitude. You might quickly find yourself stricken with altitude "sickness" which can be bothersome and pretty much ruin your vacation. The good news is that there is a free trolley that cruises the streets and will pick you up and take you wherever you want to go, if you flag them down. We toughed it out and walked the town at least 5 times during our 2 day stay. The Hotel St. Nicholas is a converted children's hospital that is said to be haunted, though we didn't see any ghosts or experience any strange happenings. There are 15 nicely decorated rooms in the hotel - some with shared baths, some with private baths and others with a bathroom down the hall. There are 3 floors to the hotel. I would suggest you stay on the top floor for a bit quieter stay - unless you are physically unable to climb steps - because there is no elevator The desk clerk when we arrived was named Katherine, and she is just a gem. She had just started working at the Hotel 30 days prior, and she is a major asset to the place. We had a minor medical issue with my mom back home - and she went to great lengths to make sure the paperwork that we needed to send to her doctor was printed and delivered in a timely manner. She also knows a great deal about the property and has a very pleasant attitude. We stayed in room 18 on the 3rd floor - a king sized room. There is a full bath, a TV and a small armoire for your clothes. The room, linens and bathroom are very clean. Be aware, there are not many electrical outlets in the place, so plan your device recharging carefully. The Hotel has an outdoor hot tub and a dry sauna on the 2nd floor. The hot tub is clearly visible from room 18's window - so when folks get noisy and frisky out there - it may wake you up! The water pressure is good and there is ample hot water. Our room had a wonderful view of the city, which is very quaint and picturesque. If I was to return to the Hotel St. Nicholas, I would not stay in room 18 ONLY because of the hot tub antics outside the bedroom window late in the evening. A continental breakfast is served each day in a pretty room on the first floor across from the check in desk. There is also a small bar, called "The Boiler Room" that is frequented by locals and very friendly bartenders. We met Kurt and Don - the bartenders the two nights we were there. The drinks are cheap and the atmosphere is cool and historic. I would recommend this hotel. It is less expensive than those downtown and definitely worth a visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the historic Hotel St. Nicholas and enjoy an elegant and romantic 1898 mountain inn. Originally built as Cripple Creek’s first hospital, the hotel experienced a rich history serving the miners and gold kings who led the 1890’s gold rush. The restored hotel, quietly located just two blocks from gaming, features 15 individually decorated rooms, a rooftop Jacuzzi, a dry-sauna, the on-site Boiler Room Tavern, a full-service events room, and a full continental breakfast. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel St Nicholas