Two AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star properties also on Conde-Nast Traveler’s top tier list
Just recently, I was pleased to join in a celebration of Colorado’s three hotels whose excellence was recognized by the 2014 Five Diamond honors: The Ritz Carlton Denver, The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs and the Little Nell Hotel in Aspen. And only two of those received Five Stars from Forbes Travel Guides (formerly Mobil Star honors) for 2013: The Broadmoor and the Little Nell. The 2014 list will not be released until February.
Now comes the Conde-Nast Traveler’s 2014 Gold List with 17 Colorado hotels, two of which were also on the AAA and Forbes list: Lumière Telluride, Westin Riverfront at Beaver Creek Mountain (Avon), Dunton Hot Springs (Dolores), Four Seasons Resort Vail, Beaumont Hotel and Spa (Ouray), Fairmont Heritage Place/Franz Klammer Lodge, (Telluride), The Sebatian (Vail), The Little Nell (Aspen), Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs), St. Regis Aspen, Hotel Teatro (Denver), Oxford Hotel (Denver), Inn at Lost Creek (Telluride), Viceroy Snowmass, Sonnenalp Resort of Vail and The Arrabelle at Vail Square.
I am slightly suspicious about the Conde-Nast list. While it is reportedly a readers poll, and it is hard to believe that enough readers have experienced the Dunton Hot Springs, a former ghost town transformed into a luxury hideaway that, when a head rests on every pillow can only accommodate 44 guests, or the historic Beaumont Hotel in Ouray with its even dozen luxury hotels and suite. I’m not saying that such boutique properties are not worth of high honors. I just question that they actually were selected by readers. Thoughts?