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Dunton Hot Springs
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Dolores
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Austin, Texas
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“Luxurious Log Cabin Resort”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

We spent three nights in late May at this resort. It is in a gorgeous, remote setting with very nice hot springs soaking pools, beautiful hikes and lovely food. All-inclusive, so you don't need to carry a wallet or keep a bar tab, etc. Very much like a luxury cruise. only on a spectacular property in the Rockies.

There are some very well-trained and not-so-well-trained young people who act as waiters and bartenders. The bar service was spotty at best, but the table service was very good. In general, everyone bent over backward to please.

Meals tend to be group events at a long table in the DR and the menu is fixed and at set times. You can eat privately if you wish but you need to arrange that (it's easy). That said, the group meals were entertaining and fun and the food delicious and of a very high quality.

We hope to return someday.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York, NY
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

worth the trouble of traveling to get here. if arriving in the dark, be careful of big four-legged things jumping in the road since the unpaved road is very narrow. staff is awesome. whole atmosphere is very laid-back. experience is affected a lot by what other guests are there. when we first arrived there was a large group of dudes who were really nice but also made the bath-house busier and messy. after they left, i was surprised when the bath-house wasn't always covered with used towels and empty beer cups. otherwise guests seem to be an even mix of older and younger couples, honeymooners and families.

this place is 8000+feet above sea level and it took us some time to adjust. we were having trouble finishing our sentences the first day. we felt so out of shape on the mountain bikes and hiking around property. even w/o the altitude, i think biking nearby is pretty strenuous/lots of uphill. we didn't get much farther than a couple miles before getting defeated by a giant hill. there is no bathroom or water at the gym, but it is fully equipped for boxing and sparring (wraps, gloves, headgear, mitts, body protector, timer). absolutely loved the hot springs. went 4x/day and often had it to ourselves. stargazing on a clear night from the outdoor spring is an absolute must. i think i want to get my own hot spring.

we experienced five seasons during our stay. the first day we went biking and got pelted by sleet. the next morning we awoke to the whole area covered in snow, a wonderful surprise. we had a beautiful mild sunny horseback ride, and the day we left was sunny and 80.

meals are communal so it was important to put on our social helmets on. it was a good time to find out good activities to do, e.g. a few groups told us the water was too murky for good fly fishing, hiking conditions, etc. food is aight; good variety day-to-day, simple and local. the kitchen excels at soups. croissants and homemade muffins at breakfast were yummy. be sure to check out the library which has lots of titles.

i really liked the location of our cabin. had town views, mountain views and next to the river/meadow. our bedroom had a door to a back patio which we left open to listen to the river and also could stargaze at night in pitch blackness (w/o ambient light from other cabins). the feathertop beds are really snuggly and comfortable. the interior retains much of what is probably original, like uneven beams and doors, closet nooks with no doors etc. i felt the bathrooms were a little incongruous. i'm sure there weren't bathrooms originally but i thought they would have been designed a little more rustic (i'm not complaining about indoor plumbing tho!).

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

As a place I have been dying to come to for a few years, I came in with high expecations. We would have liked to stay two nights but due to availability and our schedules, we were only able to book one. The previous night we stayed at in Mountain Village in nearby Telluride.

We live in Colorado so getting to Telluride and Dunton was just a few hours of driving for us. The first disappointment which nearly derailed our stay happened when we took the "high road." From Telluride or anywhere north Dunton Hot Springs, GPS will direct you to take the high road. If we had known a "low road" existed, we wouldn't have even attempted the high road. It had just snowed/rained the previous day and what should have been a one hour drive from Telluride turned into almost five. To say the least, the high road was treacherous. In our AWD vehicle, we made it about half way up the mud before turning around. We decided our lives were much more important than losing our $800 reservation. To be fair, when we entered cell service range, we phoned Dunton while simultaneously receiving a voicemail from them telling us to avoid the high road as it wasn't technically open (no signs were posted, though). I credit them with the foresight to call us in the first place, I would never expect a major hotel chain to recognize where I was traveling from and warn me of conditions. However, it would have saved us a lot of time and stress hormones if we had received that call before we went out of cell range. Bottom line: in iffy weather, take the low road. The gravel roads were a breeze and easily the most beautiful scenery of our entire drive across Colorado.

When we arrived, the grounds did not disappoint. Dunton truly is as remote and beautiful as previous reviewers say. We were starving from missing lunch while on the road and the accommodating staff warmed up some lunch leftovers--a rich, black bean soup (yum!). We walked the grounds, visited the hot springs pools, and relaxed in our cabin. It is very apparent that a lot of love and work went into crafting each unique cabin, but calling them luxurious is a stretch. Super glamping is more appropriate.

My favorite parts of our stay were the hot springs and Dunton's immersion with nature both which are not completely exclusive to Dunton. The food was good, the accommodations are charming, and the staff are definitely above average. We had a great time for the short time we were there, it just wasn't $800/night good.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Castanet-Tolosan, France
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

Everything people say about Dunton is true a hundred per cent : amazing location, wonderful scenery, great staff, incredible cabins and so on..... The only thing is the food ; in this kind of luxury "hotel", you cannot accept ordinary dishes. By ordinary I mean food that you could find anywhere in Telluride or elsewhere in the area. I understand they want to keep it simple and organic because it fits the environment and the place but there are limits to that!

Room Tip: All the cabins look great! We entered only one, ours!
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Montrose, Colorado
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

For an over-the-top rustic Colorado mountain stay I can't imagine it getting any better than this. A truly unique one of a kind experience. The cabins, although rustic in nature and design, are very well appointed and very comfortable. I especially liked the heated stone floor in the Geyser cabin we stayed in. The food is award winning and served communal style. Every consideration is given to personal needs. Very high quality. The staff is world class. Good job. We'll be back. As mentioned in another review, the place carries on the ambiance and tradition of the old mining town it once was but with a very high class finish to it. Well done.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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brooklyn, nyc
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

While it's not easy to get to, it's certainly worth the trip. As a couple we love road trips, so the drive was a fun adventure with great views. Given the remote location, you can choose to stay put and hike the surrounding area, or drive to Aspen and other towns nearby for a day trip. Dunton will even pack you a lunch, although it seems a shame to miss any onsite meals here.

The food alone made this trip worthwhile. I had many memorable meals there and enjoyed meeting other guests in the intimate, communal dining setting. If you are a hot springs junkie like me, you'll definitely enjoy having access to the bathhouse with indoor and outdoor hot springs.

We stayed in Major Ross which was conveniently located (no tub), but all the cabins seemed quite nice. A couple stayed in the tents on the nearby grounds, for a more authentic glamping experience, but said if they came back, they would stay in one of the cabins on the main property for convenience.

No real complaints. Yes a bat flew across our room at night, and we had to catch it ourselves with a broom, cup and towel (delivered by the staff), but that is all part of the rustic experience. With so many places in the world we have yet to visit, it says a lot that we are planning to go back.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

A stay at Dunton Hot Springs is of course rather decadent, but it really is wonderfully so.

The setting is idyllic - it feels extremely remote & natural. The resort is flawless - rustic yet very comfortable cabins, along with stylish & cosy communal areas, all sustaining the feel of what the town once was. The atmosphere is utterly relaxing - I didn't know it was possible for the real world to feel so far away and irrelevant. Most impressive of all, the staff are exemplary - outstanding yet casual service makes you feel thoroughly pampered and part of a 'Dunton family'.

So if you fancy completely unwinding in a place with a well-preserved sense of history & character, in a tranquil setting, looked after by a team who understand & complement these features effortlessly well, book yourself into DHS just as soon as you possibly can.

  • Stayed January 2014
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Property: Dunton Hot Springs
Address: 52068 West Fork Road 38, Dolores, CO 81323
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Region: United States > Colorado > Dolores
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Dolores
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Dunton Hot Springs 4.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offering luxurious and private cabin rentals in Southwest Colorado. Our cabins are in the San Juan Mountains. We offer an all-inclusive vacation. Enjoy our full service spa, fine dining, lodging, and activities. Book the entire town for your corporate retreat or wedding. ... more   less 
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