Staying at the Palace Hotel contributed greatly to enjoying a long weekend in Salida. The circa-1900 building provides an authentic experience of the Salida Downtown Historic District, all of which is designated a National Historic Place. The location is perfect, surrounded by all of the other period buildings, with a great selection of restaurants, bars, and shops nearby.
An extensive rebuilding of the interior was completed earlier this year, with what was originally a long-closed early 20th century workingman's 44-room hotel into 14 very nice, comfortable suites.
Now the quirky side. While our suite was spacious, including a kitchenette with copious, largely empty cabinets, we had no dresser. Not a single drawer for our clothing! The walk-in closet provided plenty of room for hanging items, but everything we couldn't hang stayed in our suitcases.
The bathroom had a small shelving unit with a nice selection of towels and washcloths, there were no towel bars for hanging and drying. Further, no shelves or cabinet for toiletries. The free-standing lavy sink had a couple inches of flat area surrounding the bowl, inadequate for two people.
Another oddity. No shampoo/conditioner/lotion was provided in the bathroom. The About Your Suite information sheet said that these items were available at the front desk for the asking. So we asked, and were given large (18 oz.) bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Providing the typical small hotel bottles of these products would be both more convenient for the guests and most probably less expensive for the hotel.
Finally, no daily housekeeping service (the info sheet said "We respect your privacy," a surprising lack of service, especially considering the room rates.
The impression conveyed is that the developer/owner/operator did a very good job of turning a very old, attractive building into a comfortable boutique hotel, but missed the target on some functional details, perhaps through inexperience in hotel operations.
Overall, the squawks were details (and could be, and I expect will be, easily rectified by management) and staying at the Palace was a nice experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique Historic Hotel Downtown Salida,The Palace Hotel is Salida, Colorado's, premier historic boutique hotel established in 1909. Uncompromised elegance and "Old West" charm create a bastion of comfort and class deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Here, vintage chic meets the modern amenities, in 15 genuinely considered suites.Located in Historic Downtown Salida, Colorado alongside the banks of the Arkansas River, the newly renovated Palace Hotel offers boutique caliber lodging within footsteps of shopping, dining, biking and fly-fishing. ... more less