These Are The First Michelin Key Hotels in Colorado

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It’s been a big year for Colorado’s hospitality industry.

 

Last fall, the Michelin Guide came to Colorado for the first time and gave Colorado restaurants some well-deserved recognition. Now, the Michelin Guide has returned to honor some of the state’s best hotels.

 

This is a big deal: The Michelin Guide is one of the highest honors a restaurant—and, now, a hotel—can receive.

 

“Like the Michelin Stars for restaurants, the Michelin Keys are our most outstanding hotels,” according to the announcement.

 

In late April, the Michelin Guide revealed its list of one, two and three key hotels in the United States. (Keys, in this case, are similar to Michelin stars for restaurants). This is the first time the guide has reviewed hotels in America, and it included hotels in Atlanta, California, Chicago, Colorado, Florida, New York and Washington, D.C.

 

“The Michelin Guide now includes over 5,000 hotels across the world, and not a single one is simply a room for the night,” according to the announcement. “These are places that significantly add to your experience as a traveler.”

 

The guide’s reviewers judged each hotel on five categories: architecture and interior design, quality and consistency of service, overall personality and character, value for the price, and a significant contribution to the guest experience in a particular setting.

 

In total, they selected 124 properties: 11 three key hotels, 33 two key hotels and 80 one key hotels.

 

In Colorado, eight hotels made the list, each receiving one key—here’s a quick snapshot of them.

 

Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection — Aspen

 

Hotel Jerome is a legendary property that’s been standing in Aspen since 1889. Today, it’s part of the Auberge Resorts Collection of luxury hotels. Located right down, the Hotel Jerome is a hub for social activity—and beloved by visitors and locals alike.

The Little Nell — Aspen

 

Courtesy of The Little Nell

 

Situated right at the base of Aspen Mountain, the Little Nell has been luring travelers since 1989. To this day, it’s still the only hotel with ski-in/ski-out access in Aspen. This luxurious property can add the Michelin one key to its already impressive resume, which includes being a AAA Five Diamond and a five-star Forbes Travel Guide property.

Mollie Aspen — Aspen

 

Mollie Aspen is a newcomer on the Aspen lodging scene, having just opened its doors during the 2023-24 winter season. This 68-room property overlooks Paepcke Park, and has a lobby bar, a restaurant and a rooftop pool.

Clayton Hotel & Members Club — Denver

 

Courtesy of Teri Fotheringham Photography

 

Clayton Hotel & Members Club is unique: It’s not only a hotel, but also a members-only social club—the first in Denver when it opened its doors in May 2021. Situated in Cherry Creek, the property also has several dining concepts: Kini’s, which serves up Mediterranean-inspired fare; Cretans, a playful wine bar; Chez Roc, a sultry cocktail bar; a rooftop pool and restaurant; and a members parlor and restaurant.

Four Seasons Denver — Denver

 

This iconic property is located in the heart of downtown, just steps from Larimer Square and the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Taking up the first 16 floors of a 45-story tower, Four Seasons Denver boasts 239 guest rooms, including 21 suites, that offer views of the Rockies and the city itself. The property also has more than 17,000 square feet of event and meeting space, including two ballrooms.

The Crawford Hotel — Denver

 

 

What could be better than staying at Union Station, Denver’s historic train station? You can do just that when you book into the Crawford Hotel, which has 112 rooms and suites to choose from.

Four Seasons Vail — Vail

 

No surprise here: Four Seasons Vail is one of the best places to stay while visiting Vail Valley, whether in winter or summer. It’s conveniently situated just steps from Vail Village, so you’ll easily be able to walk to all the best bars, restaurants and shopping in town. But the property is so nice you may not want to leave: It boasts 134 rooms, suites and residences, as well as an incredible spa, Flame Restaurant, the Remedy Bar, Speyside Café and so much more.

Sonnenalp Hotel — Vail

 

Courtesy of The Sonnenalp Hotel

 

This cozy property, which has been owned by generations of the Faessler family, is centrally located in Vail Village along the banks of Gore Creek. With Bavarian-inspired decor and an outstanding spa, be sure to make the Sonnenalp your home base during your next trip to the mountains.

 

 

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