Best of Colorado 2023 — Lodging & Accommodations
Check out this year's winners and finalists for our Best of Colorado 2023 awards in the Lodging & Accommodations sector!
Many of this year’s Best of Colorado winners embody the art of specialization. They don’t pretend to be something they are not, rather they concentrate on one element and aim to perfect it. That in turn has clearly helped them make a name for themselves.
Our readers (Best of Colorado customers) not only remember them but make a concerted effort to vote for them. That’s a tremendous accomplishment in this era of overwhelming messages, marketing and mindshare. But that takes time. Here at ColoradoBiz, we’ve heard many serial entrepreneurs and CEOs depict their success as a climb rather than a meandering journey. After all, the highest summits are always uphill and rarely scaled on the first day.
So, here’s to this year’s Best of Colorado winners. They have found a way to perfect their craft, grow their brand, and be recognized for their specialization. They have scaled the summit of success.
BEST MEETING AND EVENT VENUE – CORPORATE
Along with stunning outdoor mountain-view terraces, The Sebastian in Vail offers more than 8,500 square feet of meeting space, two elegant ballrooms and more.
Audio-visual services are available to make a big impact on small gatherings or events with hundreds of attendees, and an extensive catering and banquet menu is designed to satisfy all tastes.
BEST HOTEL FOR BUSINESS
Located in Denver’s RiNo Arts District, the Catbird is an upmarket apartment hotel featuring original artwork throughout. The hotel is a three-minute walk from the 38th and Blake light rail station and five miles from Empower Field at Mile High.
Studios have Wi-Fi, flat-screens and kitchenettes with dishwashers and coffeemakers, plus living/dining areas and sleeping lofts. Amenities include a rooftop bar/restaurant, a cafe, and a roof terrace with seating and an events stage. There’s also a fitness room and a kids’ playroom, as well as valet parking.
BEST HOTEL FOR LEISURE
The Crawford Hotel at Denver’s historic Union Station offers an elegant escape, steps from all the dining, shopping and entertainment of Lower Downtown. The hotel was named by the 2022 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards as one of the “Top 25 Hotels in the Southwest and West.”
BEST ONLINE VACATION BOOKING PLATFORM
The vrbo.com website was created in 1995 by Aurora resident David Clouse, a retired teacher, who sought to rent out his Breckenridge condo. The site became popular with homeowners who wanted to rent out their properties for the short term.
Now with more than 2 million bookable vacation rentals, Vrbo – it stands for Vacation Rental By Owner — connects homeowners with families and other vacationers looking for something more than a hotel for their trip. Rental property types include condos, cabins, lake rentals, beach houses and more. All it takes is a quick Vrbo property search to securely book a rental anywhere in the world.
BEST MOUNTAIN HOME LOCATION
Winter Park is the closest major mountain destination to Denver, just 67 miles away. That proximity makes it an attractive mountain home consideration for Denverites.
Of course, a “mountain home” can take many forms. Options for making a mountain home concept happen in Winter Park include residential homes/condos, ski in/ski out condos, new developments, land and new construction, to name a few.
BEST TEAM-BUILDING EXPERIENCE
Billed as “America’s only mountaintop theme park,” it’s easy to see why this would be a favorite destination for team-building. Glenwood Caverns is situated at 7,100 feet above sea level and boasts thrill rides that will make you cling to the edge of your seat and scream with delight. The park also showcases stunning panoramic Colorado views and numerous other attractions, including cave tours.