My wife and I visited Del Norte to visit our cousins who live in this small town. While we were doing some antique shopping all the towns people were ecstatic about their newly renovated hotel and restaurant called the Windsor Hotel. Well, we decided to visit this historic Hotel Restaurant and Bar. While there we meet Cody and Steve owners of this historic hotel, great father and son team and listened there story of the renovations they had made to this historical place. We decided to enjoy their hospitality and stay the night. That evening with dinned with our cousins in their 5 star restaurant and what a fabulous meal we had. Food preparation, presentation, and taste was worth the stay alone. I've never had a better meal. I highly recommend the trout. After a great meal we decided to settle in for the night and was surprised by conditions and size of our room, recommend room 216 to see over the entire main street. The room was painted in the original color scheme from the early 1800, shower and bathroom all remodel with all modern amenities. Long story short, do yourself a favor and plan to stay in this fabulous hotel restaurant on one of your travels through this Colorado area. You will not be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1874, and one of Colorado's oldest hotels, the Windsor has been the heart of the town of Del Norte for nearly 140 years. Originally known as "The Whitsitt House", this “Grand Dame’s” construction started soon after the town was founded in 1871. In the last quarter of the 1800's, Del Norte was a booming and thriving mining and ranching hub. Once on the short list for the capital of Colorado, Del Norte lost by one vote to Denver as state capital. The Windsor Hotel was the focal point of social and commercial activity in San Luis Valley area and remained a regional gathering spot for over a hundred years. Del Norte, remained a prospering and influential town in south western Colorado until the early 1970's. The Windsor Hotel too, began to reflect the area’s decline. By 1993, the hotel was dilapidated and in a state of ruination. A wrecking ball was literally looming over the decaying and lifeless “Victorian Lady” as she awaited her final fate. With amazing foresight and dedication, a local benefactor and his wife, Doctor Raymond & Mrs. Barbra Culp, stepped in to save the Windsor from demolition, literally at the last minute (the hotel lounge, Bistro Barbara, is named after Mrs. Culp in her honor). Over the past 20 years, several phases of reconstruction, restoration and regeneration have produceded an eloquent lodging and dining establishment. Highlights are a "turn-of-the-century" parlor, elegant dining and event rooms, and a living history interpretive area. ... more less
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