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Ice House Lodge
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Telluride
Houston
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11 reviews
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“Best Value in Telluride”
Reviewed 4 February 2010

We spent five nights at the Ice House Lodge in early January 2010 and were extremely satisfied. The location of this hotel cannot be beat. You are literally one block from Telluride Sports (ski rental) and the Gondola to Mountain Village. In addition, the Lodge is walking distance to all of the restaurants in downtown Telluride. The rooms were clean and spacious with recently updated bathrooms. The accommodations include a continental breakfast that is worth its weight in gold. The spread includes granola and other cereals, fresh fruit, fresh juice, Starbucks coffee, yogurt, toast, and fantastic homemade bagels and doughnuts from "Baked in Telluride" -- a local bakery. The staff at the Ice House goes out of its way to make you feel at home. The star of the show is Rico Gardner, the lodge's honorary MC. He is the barkeep at the quaint watering hole on the second floor which is aptly named "Rico's." Rico is joined by his partner in crime, Belle, a sweet little bulldog who is Telluride's honorary mascot. If you see Rico, tell him Brian from Philly (now Texas) says "Yo."

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta
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Reviewed 29 January 2010

The Ice House has been the standby hotel that I recommend to all friends who visit Telluride since I briefly lived there from 1994-1996. Now, it's 2010, and it does not disappoint. The rooms are nicely decorated and clean. The spa with it's indoor/outdoor heated pool and tubs is amazing. You feel like you are the only person staying there, until you need something. They have a wonderful continental breakfast in the morning to get you headed to the slopes, and you are only one block from the Gondola and Lift Chair 8. If you're looking for pomp, circumstance, a concierge, crowds or noise, Ice House is not for you. But if you want to stay at a nice, quiet hotel that's in the middle of all of the action when you step outside, Icehouse is it. The Icehouse Lodge remains the best hotel in Telluride.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank AScottK
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Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 1 July 2009

Wonderful location,nice eucaluptus steam room,spotless rooms,good happy hour!!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Thank despsu
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Vermont
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57 reviews
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Reviewed 16 March 2009

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Ice House Lodge for five nights and we can’t say enough good things about our experience there. The accommodations (Suite 303) were just what we were looking for—extremely clean, comfortable, spacious, ambient, and a terrific location (one block to the chairlift & gondola). Each day we looked forward to having a drink (or two!) in Rico’s bar, which was steps from our door on the third floor. We found Rico to be the kind of guy that can bring a room full of strangers together and make them feel like old friends before the evening is over. His bulldog, Belle, was a great source of amusement for us, too. Rico and Belle are perfect ambassadors to the town. I recommend a visit to Rico’s even if you are not a guest of the hotel. The continental breakfast, served each morning, was all we needed for morning fuel—bagels, cereal, juice, donuts, and yogurt. Ryan, the reservations manager, was extremely accommodating, as was the rest of the front desk staff. I can’t wait to get back to Telluride and we will definitely stay at the Ice House again. The town of Telluride is incredibly beautiful and it is definitely a dog town, which suited me perfectly. The restaurants in town are very expensive, which we expected but service & food were hit or miss. I would have expected friendlier service from the lucky people who get to live in Telluride but most (but not all!) servers and store clerks really did not go out of their way to engage, some were downright rude. I live in a ski town in Vermont and find the same to be true there--I just don’t get it. We did find the employees of the ski resort to be much friendlier.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank vtskichick
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Michigan
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2009

One of the best assets of this property is its location, which is about a 3-minute walk (in ski boots) to the Gondola. The room we stayed in was clean, and more than adequate given that we used it basically to sleep and shower. A little more shelving in the bathroom and an additional dresser would have been useful. Continental breakfast was surprisingly well varied: bagels and toast, doughnuts, a variety of cereals, and fresh fruit were all available along with juices and coffee. Complimentary cheese and crackers are available at the end of the ski day. The steam room and hot tub is a very quick walk over to the adjacent property. The hot tub could have been hotter. It's a short walking distance to the restaurants, which vary from your basic bar/grill to high-end bistros. Overall, this is quite a good place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank airmus
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Grapevine, TX
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 January 2009

Pros: First time to ski in Telluride, booked site unseen. Great price for single king. Arrived, location at best one block from the main Gondola, easy walk. Close to restaurants, ski rental, and spa. The room was a little plain but comfortable. The misses loved the Aveda products in the bathroom, I liked the flat screen TV on the wall. Friday and Saturday evenings, small bar on third floor, nice guy named Rico there for like 20 years, has a english bulldog with him the whole town knows. Nice relaxing conversation. The pool was small, no laps there but there is an indoor hot tub and steam room...you do have to walk outside about 20 feet under an awning to get to it...but it was no big deal. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The town was "cute" and all of the people seemed cool. The ski area employees were impressive. Cons: The room heat was a tad confusing and the water temp fluctuated a bit in the shower at times, parking was a little tricky and they make you stow your skiis in a locker on the ground floor, typical ski town..food, rentals and lift tix were pricy. I will say again, for the money, great place to stay. If I am ever back in Telluride, I will surely stay here again.

  • Liked — Price, location, and staff
  • Disliked — Tricky parking, cont breakfast lacking, having to stow wet ski gear in locker
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank The_Map_Maker
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Boulder area
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2008

We rolled in to town and found this place by chance.... the rate was decent for the 'off season' and the location is perfect. It's located right next to the river - our room had a little balcony overlooking the river, and looking right out at all of the amazing fall colors on the mountainside. You can walk to any restaurant in town within a minute or a few minutes....(Siam and Cosmo are good choices). Sit down and chat for a few with Rico who runs the bar - he's great.
Our first morning there we walked over the little bridge over the river and did the Bear Creek Falls hike - it was a beautiful hike and pretty easy, so convenient to just walk out the door of the hotel and be at the trail head.
My husband and I can hardly believe that September - early October is considered the 'off season' for Telluride... it is probably the most beautiful time of the year to visit. Not to mention the weather is ideal during this time, the rates are more affordable for lodging, and the restaurants offer some deals as well. The only slight little complaint that I had about the IceHouse was that the hot tub water was only luke warm, not hot. But the steamroom made up for it for sure, as well as the nice comfy room, the great service, the location, and everything else.

  • Stayed September 2008
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Property: Ice House Lodge
Address: 310 S Fir St, Telluride, CO 81435
Region: United States > Colorado > Telluride
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Telluride
#5 Romantic Hotel in Telluride
#5 Family Hotel in Telluride
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ice House Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Intimate 4-story Hotel located in high alpine valley, 2 blocks from town center & 100 yards from Oak Street Ski Lift (1 gondola). ... more   less 
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