Looking for the best hotels to stay in Steamboat Springs?
Tucked away in northwest Colorado is Steamboat Springs, a charming mountain town quickly growing in popularity as more and more people discover its unique beauty. As Steamboat locals, we want to help you find the best accommodation option for your upcoming trip.
In this blog post, we’ll give you an overview of the 15 best hotels in Steamboat Springs, from mountainside lodges to downtown boutique hotels.
Hotels In Steamboat Springs: Best Overall
Steamboat has numerous accommodation options, from hotels to ski lodges to campgrounds galore. To help you decide what works best for your trip, here is a list of the best hotels to stay:
(We have rated these hotels by carefully considering the value for money, cleanliness, amenities, and location.)
Important Travel Note: In past years, we would have recommended staying in vacation rentals or Airbnbs. However, as Steamboat locals, we’ve seen the effect that Airbnb has had on our small town. The housing crisis that our town is experiencing is devastating. While our town wants and needs tourists, please consider staying in hotels during your visit to Steamboat. Thank you.
Located in the central Pine Grove neighborhood, the Residence Inn by Marriott is one of Steamboat’s newest accommodation options. This hotel combines classy and cozy, making a wonderful mountain getaway.
Each stylish room includes a kitchenette and sleeper sofa. Guests have access to free ski and bike storage, a fitness center, a heated outdoor pool, BBQ facilities, and a fire pit. A complimentary breakfast is also served each morning.
And if you want to wind down after a long day of hiking or skiing, the Residence Inn has an onsite bar and restaurant where you can enjoy a bite and a nightcap.
This hotel is also conveniently situated near Steamboat’s main shopping plaza with grocery and department stores in case you forgot any vacation essentials.
2. Holiday Inn
This hotel is a great family-friendly option. The Holiday Inn is located right off Highway 40 as you approach Steamboat. And although it’s a few miles away from downtown, you’re close to the ski mountain, and there is a free shuttle bus service that will take you to downtown.
Each ensuite room comes with a refrigerator, microwave, and TV. Guests can enjoy incredible views of Mount Werner and relax in the pool and hot tub, or keep fit at the onsite gym.
One of Steamboat’s best restaurants, Rex’s Bar and Grill is attached to the hotel. Here you can enjoy hearty meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I actually used to work at Rex’s when I first moved to Steamboat, so I can assure you that the food is delicious.
And if you’re visiting during the summer months, be sure to hang out on Rex’s outdoor patio. There is often live music with an outdoor bar serving up signature cocktails.
➡️ Book your stay at the Holiday Inn in Steamboat by clicking here!
Situated along Highway 40 just before the Holiday Inn is a great long-stay hotel option. The Homewood Suites by Hilton offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and is just a stone’s throw away from popular attractions like Haymaker Golf Course, Yampa River Botanic Gardens, and Old Town Hot Springs.
All of the modern guest rooms include a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, tea/coffee maker, and a dishwasher. A buffet-style breakfast is served each morning, and there is free WiFi throughout the hotel.
Guests also have access to an indoor pool, hot tub, BBQ area, ping pong table, business center, and bar. This versatile hotel is a great spot for a team-building business retreat or a base camp for mountain adventures.
Note: It’s only about 3 minutes from the base of Steamboat Resort.
Mariposa Lodge Bed and Breakfast offers a tranquil, cozy getaway. Sitting along the banks of Soda Creek in downtown Steamboat, this romantic accommodation is particularly popular amongst couples.
This property has four elegant guest rooms, each uniquely decorated. Rooms include a private bathroom with complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. There is a shared lounge and sunroom, a quaint garden, and a homemade breakfast is prepared each morning.
Mariposa Lodge is easy to find with free parking. Downtown attractions are all within walking distance, and the ski mountain is 3 miles away.
And if you’re looking for a scrumptious bite to eat, Creekside Cafe & Grill is just under a mile away, serving up signature dishes like my personal favorite, the “Fourteener”.
Legacy Vacation Resorts is another family-friendly accommodation situated in the upscale Pine Grove neighborhood, just a 5-minute drive from downtown Steamboat and one mile away from the ski resort.
Each of the large suites includes a private bathroom with free toiletries, free WiFi, a fully-equipped kitchen, flat-screen TV with DVD player, and a balcony or patio with mountain views.
Guests have access to a sauna and hot tub, BBQ facilities, vending machines, and ski storage. And if you’re looking for a fine dining experience without going downtown, be sure to check out The Ore House At The Pine Grove nearby.
➡️ Book your stay at Legacy Vacation Resorts at the lowest price by clicking here!
6. Club Wyndham
Also located in the pleasant Pine Grove neighborhood halfway between downtown and the ski resort, the Club Wyndham in Steamboat Springs boasts cozy mountain-style rooms and many amenities.
All of the spacious rooms come with an ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, cable TV, DVD player, and seating area. Larger family rooms with a fully-equipped kitchen are also available.
Hotel amenities include two swimming pools, one outdoor and one indoor, a 24-hour fitness center, and wellness facilities such as a sauna and hot tub. There is even a playground onsite for the little ones to burn some energy.
Best Ski-In, Ski-Out Hotels In Steamboat Springs
Winter sports are awesome. But even the most avid skier or snowboarder will admit that trudging along by foot to the lift station while carrying all your gear is pretty sucky. And even if you drive, finding a parking spot that isn’t miles away from the gondola is also a challenge.
Lucky for you, Steamboat has several ski-in ski-out properties to choose from.
Here are the five hotels closest to the ski lifts. Some are literally “ski-in, ski-out”, while some are not directly on the ski slope, but still within a short walk to the gondola and ski resort.
This exquisite property offers the height of luxury and charm. This boutique accommodation has seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. Guests can cocoon themselves in the finest linens and pamper themselves with premium toiletries. There are even heated floors to keep you warm after skiing.
While The Victorian is delightful year-round, it’s THE best ski-in, ski-out property in Steamboat. It is situated right on the mountain, just a block away from the gondola. A complimentary shuttle is also available to and from the gondola area (riding back on the shuttle might not be a bad idea after après skiing).
Guests can also enjoy amenities such as a hot tub, a pool, and a game room.
This property offers self-catering apartments, making it ideal for families or those planning an extended stay. While it’s not quite a ski-in, ski-out Steamboat property, the gondola is just a 10-minute walk away.
All rooms come with a fully equipped kitchen, linens, and seating area. The decor is contemporary with warm and cozy furnishings. Amenities include two pools (one indoor and one outdoor), a games room with a pool table, a basketball court, and a sauna.
Guests have access to free parking and laundry facilities onsite. The Village is also close to other Steamboat Springs attractions, so it’s the perfect location whether you’re visiting in summer or winter.
Located at the base of the ski resort, just a 10-minute walk to the gondola, this stylish slopeside Steamboat hotel is the perfect spot for young couples or a friend’s getaway. Gravity Haus, formerly known as Ptarmigan Inn, has been recently renovated to offer a chic, vibrant, and comfortable stay.
There is an array of suites to choose from, including family suites and deluxe loft suites. All of the modern rooms are bright and airy with fun pops of color. Each suite includes a mini fridge, hairdryer, and other convenient items.
This ski-in, ski-out Steamboat hotel offers its guests a hot breakfast each morning, ski and snowboard rentals, an outdoor heated pool, and a hot tub. The hotel also hosts a happy hour from 3-5 pm Thursday-Saturday. It’s a great way to mingle and meet other adventure lovers.
You guessed it, the Steamboat Grand is, in fact, grand. One of the long-standing luxury hotels in Steamboat, this property is designed for those who like to travel in style and hassle-free.
Located directly opposite the gondola at the heart of Steamboat’s ski village, this hotel is the ideal winter retreat. Guests can choose from different sizes of stylish rooms, from a double queen to a 4,000-square-foot penthouse. All of the rooms offer modern amenities and gorgeous mountain views.
The Steamboat Grand has many facilities for guests to indulge in, such as a heated outdoor pool, a full-service spa, a fully equipped gym, and ski rentals. The Cabin Restaurant & Bar offers local delicacies, the Poolside Bistro is a great place for a quick lunch, or you can grab a snack on the go at The Grand Market.
The Sheraton is truly a modern mountain delight. This luxury resort is a fantastic ski-in, ski-out destination in the winter, and the perfect basecamp for hiking in the summer. It is located at the heart of the ski village, right at the base of the main slope.
There are several accommodation options available from cozy guest rooms to extravagant 4-bedroom dual-entry private villas. The long-stay options each include a kitchen with a dining area and balcony. The balconies offer amazing views of the ski mountain and our adorable mountain town.
The Saddles Lounge is home to tasty cocktails and light snacks; it’s a popular apres ski spot during the winter. Guests at the Sheraton also have access to an outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, spa, and dry cleaning services.
➡️ The Sheraton is a popular hotel in Steamboat. Click here to book early and reserve your spot for ski season!
Best Hotels In Downtown Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs is a pretty small town, so it’s easy to get around. And while many accommodation options are located around the base of the ski mountain or on the outskirts of town, there is a free bus system that connects all of Steamboat.
But, of course, downtown Steamboat is a great place to be. Here you have fine dining options, local shops, and live music all within a short walk. Here are the best downtown Steamboat hotels:
Built in 1948 as Steamboat’s first boutique hotel, The Bristol Hotel offers a charming and unique stay right on the main street. This historic western-style building blends mountain charm with a contemporary feel.
Each of the hotel rooms is fully ensuite with free toiletries, a hairdryer, and a TV. Guests will be offered coffee, tea, and fresh pastries each morning.
And if you’re looking for a tasty dinner, you won’t have to go far. Mazzola’s, a local favorite, is adjacent to the hotel, serving up classic dishes like our favorite butternut ravioli.
This hotel is very popular amongst couples who are looking for a unique, romantic getaway. There is even a hot tub to soak in after a long day.
The Bristol Hotel offers free parking and a bike rental service. Small pets are allowed in designated rooms.
13. The Nordic Lodge
The Nordic Lodge is probably the best value accommodation in downtown Steamboat. With newly remodeled rooms, comfortable features, friendly staff, a great location, and reasonable prices, this hotel/motel certainly ticks most boxes.
The rooms are all equipped with a fridge, microwave, and dining table. There is free WiFi throughout the property, and guests have access to an indoor hot tub, seasonal outdoor pool, and laundry facilities.
Guests staying at the Nordic Lodge can also enjoy a free shuttle service to the ski resort and discounted passes to the Old Town Hot Springs. These historic springs have been revered for their healing properties for over 100 years, now they’re home to a family recreation center and state-of-the-art gym.
Named after the iconic Rabbit Ears Pass, this motel is one of the original downtown motel options in Steamboat. The famous neon sign with pink rabbit ears has been welcoming visitors since 1952. You can’t miss it!
If you’re looking for the height of luxury, this certainly isn’t it. But the Rabbit Ears Motel is full of retro charm and nostalgia. The ensuite rooms are simple but clean. There is free onsite parking, and pets are welcome too.
This motel is best suited to young couples or solo travelers. And sitting directly opposite the Old Town Hot Springs, Rabbit Ears Motel is in a prime location for exploring all of Steamboat’s main attractions.
Best Pet-Friendly Hotels In Steamboat Springs
Do you know who else loves hiking and playing in the snow? Your furry friends!
If you want to bring your pets with you on your family vacation to Steamboat Springs, there are a good number of pet-friendly accommodations.
To our knowledge, La Quinta is THE pet-friendliest hotel chain nationwide with just a small fee of $20 per pet per night. In fact, many of our friends who are dog parents plan their road trips around La Quintas.
15. La Quinta
The La Quinta in Steamboat is located just off of Highway 40 along the banks of the Yampa River. This is a modern hotel with a fresh atmosphere and clean rooms, all while offering stunning views of Mount Werner.
All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, coffee machine, and microwave.
A continental breakfast is provided each morning, and guests have access to an indoor hot tub, laundrette, and business center.
The La Quinta hotel is well positioned with plenty of walking and biking opportunities along the Core Trail, and the ski resort and downtown attractions are only a short drive away.
Note: The La Quinta in Steamboat Springs is currently undergoing renovations, so all amenities may not be available. We recommend calling ahead to enquire before booking.
Other Pet-Friendly Hotels In Steamboat Springs
Additionally, there are several other pet-friendly hotels in Steamboat, we already mentioned some in this blog post. But pet fees may vary or there may be a limited availability of pet-friendly rooms, so make sure to contact the hotel before booking.
- Residence Inn by Marriot – Maximum of 2 dogs up to 75lbs, $125 non-refundable fee for seven nights
- Holiday Inn – Maximum of 2 pets (any size) for a fee of $25-35 per night
- Legacy Vacation Resorts – Pet-friendly rooms are available on request; you must call in advance for the required fee.
- Gravity Haus Steamboat – Summer pet fee: $75 per stay; Winter pet fee: $125 per stay
- The Bristol Hotel – Pet-friendly rooms are available on request; you must call in advance for the required fee.
- The Nordic Lodge – $25 per pet per night; you must call in advance to request a pet-friendly room.
- Rabbit Ears Motel – Pet-friendly rooms are available on request; you must call in advance for the required fee.
Visiting Steamboat Springs: FAQs
Steamboat Springs is a fantastic place to visit at any time of year, come rain or shine (or snow!). Now that we’ve helped you narrow down the best hotels in Steamboat, here are the answers to some other questions we get asked often:
Where is the cheapest place to stay in Steamboat?
When it comes to hotels, The Nordic Lodge, La Quinta, and Rabbit Ears Motel are the most affordable options on this list. But if you’re on a really tight budget and still want to explore Steamboat, your cheapest option will be staying in a campground.
Check out this other post we wrote about camping in and around Steamboat:
17 Steamboat Springs Camping Locations For Outdoor Enthusiasts
Is Steamboat Springs worth visiting?
Absolutely! 100%, yes! Steamboat Springs is heaven on earth for outdoor enthusiasts. With all the hiking and biking opportunities in the summer and world-class skiing in the winter, there’s nothing you could hate about our town.
Not to mention fly fishing, horseback riding, hot springs soaking, and snowmobiling. Need I say more?
But if you’re looking for a relaxing getaway with fine dining and shopping, Steamboat has plenty of that, too. You can easily spend several days strolling around downtown, trying delicious mountain delicacies, or taking in the local art scene.
And no matter what time of year you visit, you should definitely allow yourself time to soak in the natural hot springs. Check out Old Town Hot Springs in downtown Steamboat or head out to Strawberry Park Hot Springs nestled in the forest about 20 minutes north of Steamboat. Both are amazing experiences.
Does Steamboat have a lodge?
Besides the Mariposa Lodge B&B and The Nordic Lodge mentioned in this blog post, there is also The Lodge At Steamboat which offers 1, 2, or 3-bedroom self-catering condos just a couple blocks away from the gondola.
And if you want to experience a taste of the “Old West” without giving up any modern conveniences, you can stay at the Vista Verde Guest Ranch. Located just north of Steamboat Springs near the small town of Clark, this ranch offers luxury accommodations with a western flare.
What is the best time of year to visit Steamboat?
This totally depends on the activities you want to do and your budget. Steamboat is an incredible place at any time of year, but hiking is best from summer to fall. And the ski season usually runs from late November to mid-April.
June to August and December to February are the most expensive months for the summer and winter peak seasons. The shoulder seasons, or “mud seasons” as we say in Steamboat, are March-May and September-November. During these months, you’ll find the best deals on accommodation.
If you want to tear up Steamboat’s ski mountain but don’t want to pay full price for your pass, you can find great early bird deals in October-November. There are also discounted passes in April towards the end of the ski season.
But to wrap it up, springtime in Steamboat is the wettest and muddiest period with (as you can imagine) lots of snowmelt. Summer is stunning with plenty of sunshine and blue skies. Fall is magical when the aspen leaves turn to gold. And you’ll be guaranteed champagne powder snow conditions in winter.
Conclusion: Best Hotels In Steamboat Springs 2023
A sleepy ranching town turned world-class ski resort, Steamboat Springs has become an in-demand destination year-round. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed adventure holiday, a laid-back family vacation, or a romantic trip to the mountains, Steamboat is the perfect place.
We hope our guide has helped you find the best hotels in Steamboat Springs for your next mountain vacation.