I booked the Ouray Victorian Inn based on their website, TripAdvisor reviews, and the great price. I'm so happy I did - what a phenomenal property. Great location, stunning views, warm & welcoming hosts Jan & Brian, very comfortable and large rooms, and fantastic value.
We stayed in a 2 room family suite on the second level. The main (front) room was huge, with a queen bed, day bed, table and chairs, plenty of storage, and a new flat screen TV. The back room had a queen bed and dresser, and a door that opened to a private balcony with 2 chairs overlooking the Uncompahgre River. The two rooms connected through the washroom area with a large mirror & sink accompanied by well-selected complimentary toiletries, and a separate room for the toilet and bathtub. It must be mentioned that the shower had amazing pressure - great for relieving aching muscles.
The furnishings are older, which perfectly suits the Victorian style of the property and the solitude of Ouray. Trendy Euro-chic would be out of place in Ouray. The beds were very comfortable, with good linens. And, most important, the entire suite was absolutely spotlessly clean.
The property also offers 2 outdoor hot tubs surrounded by a large deck with patio tables and chairs. There is also an ample children's play area with quite a bit of playground equipment.
My friend took the main room, and I lucked out and got the back bedroom. With the windows open to the chilly fresh night air, and the gurgling waters of the Uncompaghre River below, I had my best night's sleep in months.
In the morning we enjoyed the short walk up the hill to Box Canyon before breakfast. A great way to work up an appetite for the array of food Jan provided. Excellent choice of various breads & muffins, yoghurts, fresh fruit, juices, and cook-your-own eggs - a great alternative to the typical precooked, runny, sneezed-upon scrambled eggs found in most "chain" hotels. My soft boiled egg turned out better than I make at home. Ready in just 8 minutes - enough time to relax and enjoy my first cup of wonderful coffee. The instructions are posted above the egg-cooker, and are simple to follow (add water, turn on). Ignore what that previous obtuse whiner posted about having to cook their own eggs - they're evidently illiterate, or more likely an ignoramus who doesn't deserve the hospitality of the Ouray Victorian Inn nor the beauty of Ouray itself.
I stay in hotels around the world about 25 nights per year - from budget motels to ultra-luxury exclusive 5+ star hotels - from Denver to Dubai ... and the Ouray Victorian Inn has now won a place in my top 10 of the hundreds of hotels I've enjoyed. I wish we were able to stay longer than just one night. I'll definitely return!
Thanks again Jan & Brian, and please give Rascal a scritch behind the ears and a belly rub for me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ouray Victorian Inn is a small family run hotel, where you will be welcomed as guests and treated like family. Our size and style lets us provide each guest with personal attention and the level of service that they desire. In the summer Jeepers, Hikers, Bikers, and Photographers choose the Victorian Inn for its central location and spectacular views. In the winter, Ice Climbers from all over the world call the Inn home because we are the closest hotel to the Ouray Ice Park. We invite you to join us for what ever reason draws you to beautiful Ouray, known as the Switzerland of America. Our lovely river side hotel offers clean, well-appointed rooms, family suites and meeting facilities, with spectacular views of southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains.While at the Victorian Inn hotel, enjoy a hot hotel breakfast each morning; relax in our comfortable chairs, soak in our outdoor spas while taking in our amazing views, and watch the children enjoy our play equipment. Let the sounds of the river lull you to sleep. The Ouray Victorian Inn has designated dog-friendly rooms and is 100% non-smoking. ... more less
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- Ouray Victorian Hotel