Hotel Madeline sits at 9,540 feet above sea level in the heart of Telluride’s Mountain Village. The 84-room boutique hotel, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, is just steps away from both Lift 4 and the free gondola down to the historic town of Telluride. The newest upscale property in the Mountain Village, Hotel Madeline opened in 2009 and prides itself on mountain luxury and personal attention.
When you first pull up the hotel, German luxury cars crowding the valet loop might make for an intimidating entrance, but the staff is far from prudish. Any mud-splattered SUV gets the same service, and possibly adds to your image as someone that can tackle Telluride’s steeps. Don’t hesitate to ask the attendant how the mountain is skiing, there’s a good chance they were up there already and can clue you in on a few powder stashes.
Upon entering the hotel’s lobby—a mix of marble floors and exposed wood beams—the front desk attendant will leave their perch to greet you by the front door. After check in, the staff personally walks you down a lengthy corridor, pointing out the complimentary fresh-baked cookies and beverages, past a roaring fire and a beautifully-appointed “living room,” to the elevators and up to your room. After a tour of your one-bedroom suite and information about the hotel-wide complimentary WiFi, the staff departs. This level of personal attention separates the Hotel Madeline from other luxury digs.
Entering the one-bedroom suite*, you are greeted by the kitchenette and dining area. The kitchen area features granite counters, wood cabinets, a sink, two burners and stainless steel appliances—dish washer, microwave and mini fridge. The mini fridge is stocked with complimentary water, soda and juice (restocked daily). The kitchen probably wouldn’t satisfy the needs of Mario Batali, but the supplied dishes and silverware make it feasible to whip up a few small meals during your ski trip. If you prefer, order room service, check out Rev Restaurant for farm to table cuisine or Smak Bar for original upscale gastropub fare—both are located in the Hotel Madeline.
The kitchenette is flanked by a round dining table that could easily accommodate four adults for a meal. Behind the table is a large closet with a full-length mirror on the back of the door.
Past the dining area is the living room with a signature round copper table as the centerpiece. A gorgeous stone surround and mantle encases a two-way gas fireplace, with a 42” flat screen HDTV above it. A comfy sofa bed and two armchairs surround the copper table, facing the fire and TV. Beyond the living space, French doors open up to a small balcony overlooking the ski hill and an ice rink below.
The other half of the two-way gas fireplace warms the bedroom and also has a 42” flat screen HDTV hanging above it. The TV faces a pillow-top king mattress wrapped in 450-thread count linens and a feather duvet. The bedroom also features an iPod-docking alarm clock and two more closets.
The highlight of the suite has to be the giant five-piece bathroom. The dark wood and frosted-glass doors at the entrance to the bathroom and enclosing the water closet have a 1940’s schoolhouse feel. The exquisite marble vanity and polished fixtures also add to the classic styling. The oversized soaking tub and dual-headed glass-enclosed shower, complete with a bench, round out this luxurious lavatory.
*-The Hotel Madeline features Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, One- and Two-Bedroom Suites as well as One-, Two-, Three-, and Four-Bedroom Condos. No matter your choice, there is no resort fee tacked onto the nightly room rates.
The Hotel Madeline is a little over 200 feet from Lift 4 and the Mountain Village Gondola Station. This area is the hub for accessing terrific terrain like Telluride’s Prospect Bowl or Gold Hill. Using the Gondola is also a great way to get to the historic town of Telluride or to favorite front-side runs off of Lift 9. Even with its close proximity to the hill, the hotel has a complimentary ski in/ski out ski valet, only a few steps from the lift.
Neve Sports is located in the hotel and is the preferred rental shop for hotel guests. The close proximity to your room allows you to swap out skis or boots without having to brave the cold. The expert bootfitters at Neve can also help to get you into a new pair of boots and ensure a perfect fit.
Custom-guided mountain tours can be arranged for skiers with Resort Manager Noel Daniel, and with Adventure Concierge Cody Williams for riders. These tours are a great way to explore Telluride’s expansive terrain and get to some secret stashes that only a local would know.
Unwind after a day on the slopes in the hotel’s indoor pool and hot tub—featuring unobstructed views of the gondola route and the San Juan Mountains. If your muscles are still aching after a soak in the hot tub, Hotel Madeline’s Spa Linnea has a host of alpine-inspired treatments that should do the trick. There’s also a full fitness center in the hotel that is open 24-7.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Hotel Madeline is a boutique hotel with all of the modern amenities that a discerning traveler craves. While it’s not in the heart of the action of downtown Telluride, its proximity to Lift 4 means you have a head start on the locals on a powder day. Getting down to the historic mining town of Telluride is a cinch too, thanks to the free gondola located just steps away from the Hotel Madeline.
The level of service and personal attention, a calling card of the hotel, will not disappoint. From escorting to your room upon arrival to uncovering secret powder stashes on the mountain with Resort Manager Noel Daniel, the staff is there to cater to your every desire.
So, if you’re looking for luxurious lodging, pampered service and soaring views of the San Juan Mountains just steps from Telluride’s lifts, look no further than the Hotel Madeline.