by Morgan Agesen
Conveniently located in the center of Mountain Village and right next to the Chondola is the Inn at Lost Creek. This quaint and cozy boutique-style hotel is perfect for families looking for a home-away-from-home during their visit to Telluride. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast, and a boot lounge to drop your gear at the end of the day.
This hotel proudly boasts 90 percent occupancy during ski season, as well, and is dog-friendly, so consider becoming one of its guests on your next trip to Telluride!
Our Editor Loves
- Complimentary breakfast buffet
- In-suite washers and dryers
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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Note: All accommodations include washers and dryers. Pack 'N Plays are available for no charge, and kids stay free.
Preferable for small families who plan on spending most of their time out of the room is the studio. Amenities include humidifiers, kitchenettes, an iPod connection through the AM/FM radios, and bathrobes and slippers. Kitchenettes include microwaves, mini-fridges, and two-burner stoves. Studios sleep a maximum of two people.
Amenities in the Junior Suites include humidifiers, fireplaces, sleeper sofas, kitchenettes, and a separate queen bedroom. Kitchenettes include microwaves, mini-fridges, and two-burner stoves. Junior Suites sleep a total of four people.
One Bedroom Suite
A stay in a One Bedroom Suite offers families magnificent views of Mountain Village and the San Juans out the huge windows. These corner rooms also feature amenities such as humidifiers, fireplaces, sleeper sofas, kitchenettes, bathrobes and slippers, and Juliet balconies (which aren't quite full balconies). One Bedroom Suites sleep up to four people.
One Bedroom Condominium
Families will have ample room to stretch their sore muscles in a One Bedroom Condominium. Amenities include humidifiers, fireplaces, king or queen beds in the masters, sleeper sofas, and full kitchens -- which include full-sized refrigerators, ovens, stoves, and dishwashers. These condos sleep four people.
Two Bedroom Condominium
Large families are invited to make themselves comfortable in a Two Bedroom Condominium. Amenities include fireplaces, full kitchens, king beds in the masters, queen beds in the second bedrooms, sleeper sofas, bathrobes and slippers, and jetted tubs. Two Bedroom Condos sleep a maximum of six people.
The attentive staff, the cleanness of the Inn and the closeness to the skiing was spectacular! It was my first time skiing in CO and it was so much fun. The Inn was very knowledgeable concerning all the restaurants and events that were taking place in the Village. Thank you THE INN for making my trip so enjoyable.
We have stayed at TIALC for several years, usually in the autumn for the leaves. It is a gem of a hotel that has been "discovered" and recently ranked #14 of hotels in CO by Conde Nast Traveler. We wish it were still hidden and off the beaten track! It is a cozy boutique hotel that is perfectly situated in Mountain Village just steps from the gondola. A few years ago, it was bought by Telluride Ski and Golf (who seems to have bought up just about all of MV at this point) and, despite a quick blip in service due to almost 100% sudden staff and mgmt turnover, it has recovered nicely and is at a very high standard of service.
The rooms are cozy with very comfortable beds and linens (towels and sheets). All rooms have some sort of kitchen facility ("ette" to "full), which is incredibly helpful. Be careful of the small "dorm size" refrigerators as ours froze all the glass bottles of water solid and they all broke with water spilling everywhere. The staff was quick to respond to our notification about the frig. The larger rooms are well worth the extra money, with much more spacious accommodation and not a sense of cluttered furniture. Not all rooms are configured the same way - some have large bathrooms and moderate sized bedrooms & living space; and others have bathrooms so small that the tolerance to get past one another and to close the door to the water closet is incredibly tight. Most bathrooms lack adequate shower racks or even hooks on which to hang a clean towel within reach from the shower or to hang a wet towel to dry, although there is a rack next to the tub that's hard to reach. Lighting has improved in the years that we've stayed there. One feature that seems to be possibly on hold is that every room has a small washer and dryer, which is lifesaving. However, for the past several years, the washer and dryer in almost every room in which we've stayed has had a sign "out of order" posted on it. No one mentions that when you check in and so we advise asking when you make a reserveration if this is an important needed feature. Housekeeping supplies complimentary water daily and the bathroom offers a supply of personal items like toothpaste as well as lotion, etc. Chapstick and sunscreen are usually in a bowl at the front desk that is complimentary along with ice water. The hotel frequently has a turndown service with a small chocolate.
The hotel has an arrangement with the Peaks (a Westin) across the street so guests can use their very well equipped gym and pool, which is a very important feature we use and appreciate.
There is a complimentary breakfast buffet in the Thai restaurant. The highlight is long time staff member Jen. Jen is incredibly polite and professional, managing the buffet and seating guests. Jen remembers us each time we stay there. This year, when she learned that the next day was my husband's birthday, she asked what he likes a lot. The next day, everyone knew it was and wished him a happy birthday, and Jen had asked the chef to make crepes with chocolate sauce in little cups and whipped cream available. Jen put a special small cup of raspberry sauce at my husband's place as she knew he likes that with his crepe. She then did the "candle in a muffin" and sang to him. That was very nice of her to add such a special thoughtful touch and we appreciate her kindness.
Otherwise, breakfast has declined somewhat in quality and quantity of buffet choices. The buffet tends to have a "theme" which is often Thai or Tex Mex, so if you want something that is not very spicy or peppery, your choices are very limited. Sliced bread and bagels tend to be extremely stale and good only for feeding the ducks in Elk Pond.
We appreciate the staff at TIALC and look forward to returning. Thank you!
Rooftop Hot Tub
Relax with some magnificent views of Telluride and the surrounding area in the rooftop hot tub, which can be reserved for 30 or 60 minutes at a time.
The Peaks Indoor/Outdoor Pool and Waterslide
Guests of the Inn have access to the indoor/outdoor pool and waterslide at The Peaks Resort & Spa, which is just under half a mile away.
Just beyond the Inn is Sunset Plaza, where families will often find free concerts playing throughout the summer months.
Siam's Talay Grille
Onsite family dining can be found at the ever-so-eccentric and ornate Siam's Talay Grille. Owned and operated by the same family that runs Siam in town, the menu includes soups, salads, hand rolls, pad Thai, a variety of curry dishes, and even burgers. A large drink menu is available for parents and those ages 21 and over, as well.
Breakfast is served daily from 7:30 to 10 a.m. (a different theme each day), aprÃ¨s ski from 3 to 10 p.m., and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Your meal can also be delivered right to your suite.
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Ski Valet and Boot Lounge
The Inn at Lost Creek knows what a process skiing can be -- that's why it decided to premier the Ski Valet and Boot Lounge in 2015. Located right off the lobby, you and your family can enjoy a hot beverage and snack as you gear up for the day. No need to carry your skis in and out, either -- the staff will do that for you!
The Art of Smart Timing
Telluride is a four-season vacation destination. The best time to go, in our opinion, is during ski season and the summer months, when rates are usually lower. However, please keep in mind that Telluride Ski Resort is only open from just after Thanksgiving until the first week of April.
Montrose Regional Airport is an hour and a half away. We recommend hitching a ride with Telluride Express to the Chondola, which will take you right to the center of Mountain Village. From there, it's a quick walk to the Inn.
Families can kiss cars goodbye during their visit to Telluride. Mountain Village is completely walkable, and a quick ride on the free gondola takes families to Allred's and town.
For Mom and Dad
Spa at The Peaks
Guests at the Inn have access to the Peaks Spa. That's right, mom and dad -- treat yourselves to some invigorating treatments after a long day of golfing, skiing, and exploring. Amenities include multiple dry saunas; a lap pool; massage, aesthetic, and body therapy; and an oxygen inhalation lounge (which, believe it or not, you might benefit from at that high Telluride altitude).