Dunton Hot Springs
- Style Luxury log cabins
- Setting Hot springs heaven
WINNER: THE GREATEST OUTDOORS – SMITH HOTEL AWARDS 2013
Hidden away in the dramatic valleys and flower-dotted meadows of rocky Colorado, understatedly luxurious Dunton Hot Springs hotel started its days as a mining enclave. After loving restoration, the tiny ghost town became one of the world's most coveted boutique hotels in a series of luxury cabins. Restorative hot springs, a winding river and the San Juan Mountains make up the impressive outdoor surroundings, while guests will find that the old village has all of the indoor facilities they need, including a saloon, dance hall and bath house. Each cabin or tent is handsomely decorated in hand-picked period antiques and all include heated slate floors and unique bath tubs.
Need to know
- Rooms 12 cabins, one tent.
- Rates Double rooms from $650.00, excluding tax at 10.4 per cent.
- More details Rates include all meals and drinks not on the Reserve list.
- Facilities Yoga studio, library, climbing wall, boxing gym, original saloon, dance hall, teepee and free WiFi. In rooms, iPod dock, free bottled water and REN bath products.
- Poolside There are indoor and outdoor natural hot springs to bathe in, including one overlooking the mountains through a floor-to-ceiling window in the Bath House.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Children are welcome. Cots for babies and toddlers aged two and under are free; under-12s can stay in their parents’ room for US$200 a night. A local nanny can be drafted in with three days’ notice. The saloon serves up a children’s menu.
- Also There’s no signal for cell phones in the resort, but all calls made from the landline are free.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Of all the cabins, we love the spacious Well House best for its open plan, romantic vibe and private hot springs. Runner up goes to Bjoerkmans, one of the oldest and cosiest cabins, named after the miner that built it. As well as a view of the waterfall, its understated design takes in rustic rugs and classic wooden furniture. For seclusion, plump for Dolores, which has a large deck overlooking the river.
- Packing tips Think mountains: even in summer, the temperature can drop. You’ll be grateful for layers. No need to pack holiday reads – each cabin has enough literature to keep you entertained.
- Also If the hot springs aren’t enough for rejuvenating your relaxation levels, head to the yoga studio. There’s also a cabin-based gym.
Food and drink at Dunton Hot Springs
- Hotel restaurant Head to the original saloon to kick back in pure Western comfort: fresh produce from the farm, wine from a local vineyard, a daily changing menu and a chatty chef to chew the fat with. Try the smoked trout, straight out of the nearest pond, and a grilled rack of Colorado lamb. Breakfast consists of some pretty special granola, as well as a baked good of the day (personal favourites include the banana muffins and cranberry scones).
- Dress code Cool as a cowboy; anyone who can pull off a Stetson and neckerchief combo gets our vote.
- Top table Communal dining encourages the community feel at this old mining town; enjoy the tales of other travellers who have made their way to Dunton.
- Last orders Breakfast is served between 8am and 10am; lunch is at 1pm; dinner at 8pm.
- Room service There is no room service but you can request in-cabin dining for special occasions.
- Hotel bar The bar is in the main Saloon and Dance Hall. Look out for the names of famous former patrons etched into the original bar (Butch Cassidy and Sundance passed through these parts once upon a time). Sample a mojito mixed with mint fresh from the garden or a beer from local microbrewery, Dolores River Brewery.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details