The laid-back, hippie-chick mountain town of Telluride is known as a fabulous ski resort; but it also plays host to everything from wine and food events to major music acts and, of course, outdoor and fitness adventures in both winter and summer. The picture-postcard setting provides the perfect backdrop for the historic main streets filled with boutiques and coffee shops, and a top-notch foodie scene.
Hotel Madeline is a luxurious yet comfortable hotel that is completely at one with its setting in Mountain Village. Part of the Leading Hotels of the World, Madeline is majestically situated on the peaks above the town of Telluride, the hotel is easily accessible via the free public gondola system — and you get amazing views to boot. Overview Hotel Madeline is Telluride’s only Four Star ski-in, ski-out hotel. It is part of Mountain Village, where you can step outside the hotel directly to the gondola and ski slopes; as well as a multitude of charming shops, restaurants, coffee houses, night life, the ice skating rink and more. Ski valets are available to help guests with their ski equipment and the lifts, a nice little touch. Rooms 96 rooms, 11 suites and 17 condominiums each offer elegant décor and full amenities. The suites offer kitchenettes, and the condos feature full gourmet kitchens along with washer/dryer units. Rooms are spacious, with 42-inch flat-screen cable TVs, complimentary wi-fi, luxurious bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and separate shower, and beds that feel like you are sinking into a cloud. There are nice extra touches befitting the mountain environment, such as humidifiers to remedy the dry altitude air. Spa & Fitness Enter a world of unmatched serenity and succumb to the restoring therapies of The Spa at the Hotel Madeline. Select from a variety of alpine inspired massages, altitude adjustment oxygen therapy, hydrotherapy, facials and body care treatments – all designed to enhance your day in the refreshing mountain air. The indoor heated pool is surrounded by glass doors that look upon the dramatic mountain views. The pool, jacuzzi and steam room are open 24 hours a day with guest room key. A fully equipped fitness room with free weight equipment and Technogym cardio is also available. Food & Dining Don’t miss a highlight of the hotel – its amazing food at Rev Restaurant and Smak Bar, often sourced straight from the downtown farmer’s market by Chef de Cuisine Bud Thomas. Thomas and Executive Chef Cory Sargent share a passion for local ingredients foraged from the market and ranches, farms and fisheries across southwest Colorado, putting the taste of the Rockies right on the plate for their guests. Thomas and Sargent also delight in special culinary events and festivals that are plentiful in Telluride. For example, the August Mushroom Festival brings together mushroom connoisseurs along with general enthusiasts for guided hikes to identify and hunt mushrooms, lectures and cooking demonstrations. Sargent says that harvesting the mushrooms by hand makes this festival a very rewarding one as a chef. “Being able to be in the wilderness and hunt for chanterelles, oyster, and porcini mushrooms is just magical,” he says. “We hire the best local mushroom hunter in town, ‘Sir Jesse,’ to take the clientele out into the woods to hunt for everything from wild onions, edible flowers, & all the different varieties of mushrooms.” While they are hunting, Sargent and his sous chefs create a four course mushroom dinner in a tent with views of the mountains. Through each course of the amazing meal, Sir Jesses explains the different mushrooms as a sommelier pairs the meal with a selection of wines. Extras Hotel Madeline is pet friendly, welcoming guests’ four-legged friends with a small additional charge. The hotel also offers dog walking, pet sitting and grooming services. The Leaders Club offers special member benefits, and the Madeline also has an ownership program. Right now the Hotel Madeline is offering a special where you can get the third night free when you book two nights.
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