One of the marvelous things about vacations and traveling is experiencing things you don’t get at home; for me, that includes all the amenities available at a hotel or vacation rental. I’m not talking about fancy shampoo and fluffy towels (although I love those too!), I’m talking about everything from the simple courtesy cruiser bikes and complimentary chocolate chip cookies – to more extravagant amenities like a full spa in your rental house and media rooms equipped with the latest gaming systems. On a longer trip, these can enhance your vacation from fun and memorable to once-in-a-lifetime. As a year-round vacation destination, Breckenridge hotels and vacation rentals have a strong amenity game. Here are a few examples of the best lodging amenities in Breckenridge, including some unique to our little town:
One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort
When One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort, opened in 2010 it came with all the necessary amenities you would expect to find at a luxury, ski in/ski out hotel at the base of a world-class mountain. But it is the bowling alley that put it on our amazing amenity list. The two-lane Mine Shaft Bowling Alley is state-of-the-art and designed to make you feel like you are bowling right into the heart of an old-mine shaft. This amenity is only for guests of One Ski Hill Place and its sister resorts in town, and guests can order from the room-service menu or order full catering for a bigger group. And bonus – it’s included in your stay, so no extra charge!
Residence Inn by Marriott
One of the newest hotels in Breckenridge is the Residence Inn by Marriott. In addition to its ideal location on Main Street, within walking distance (or short free shuttle ride) to Peak 9 of Breckenridge Ski Resort, its amenities are what you’d expect from a company like Marriott: free breakfast, free wifi, spacious hotel suites and a pool. And while a pool seems normal in most vacation towns, they are a bit rarer in Breck – especially outdoor pools. This outdoor pool and whirlpool is the main reason they made our list! This heated pool area has sweeping, unobstructed views of the Tenmile Range during the day and stunning stargazing views at night – perfect for couples and families. Best of all, it’s heated year-round! Learn more about the best pools in Breckenridge.
Lodge at Breckenridge
Nestled on a forested cliff at 10,200 ft., the newly renovated, 45-room Lodge at Breckenridge serves up rustic Colorado charm with spectacular million-dollar views, spa, upscale restaurant and bar, friendly service and nearly everything you might need or want. But where they really step up their game is with your canine companion. Upon arrival, your best friend will get their own doggie bowl and placemat to use during your stay – and of course some treats! The staff is sweet to their visiting mountain dogs, they really mean it when they say “pet-friendly.” They even have a year-round Happy Hound lodging package which includes the required pet fee.
There is no shortage of vacation rentals in Breckenridge with incredible amenities as well. Here are some of the most extreme!
Alpine Villa Lodge
Alpine Villa Lodge is an executive retreat house, just a short distance from the Breckenridge Golf Course and adjacent to U.S. Forest Service land, offering easy access to some of the best hiking/biking/cross-country skiing trails in the area. The 9-bedroom, 9-bath luxury retreat has many resort-type amenities including: fully audio/video enabled private meeting room, home theater, dining hall, great room, fitness health center, racquetball court gymnasium, billiards room, steam room, Roman bath hot tub and get this – a 35’ tall natural rock climbing wall built into the exterior of the house.
The Chateau of Breckenridge
The Chateau of Breckenridge is as magnificent as it sounds. This five-bedroom, ski-in/ski-out Italian-style home has a multitude of amenities you’d expect from luxury rental home – but it’s the rooftop experience that puts it on the list. Set on Peak 8 above town and connected to 4 O’Clock Run at Breckenridge Ski Resort, this vacation rental has town and mountain views that transforms this rooftop patio in to a true “Patio Sul Tetto” any Tuscan villa (or Bachelor/Bachelorette producer) would envy. Stunning 360-degree views set a dramatic scene for a patio that includes a gas barbecue, outdoor bar, outdoor fireplace, hot tub and plenty of seating for a truly exclusive, VIP experience.
Unique Breckenridge Amenities
Another luxury vacation home makes this part of our list because of its homage to Breck’s rich mining history. The aptly named Mine Shaft house is a custom built, six-bedroom vacation home located on Peak 8 with a nostalgic mining theme throughout the house, featuring refurbished mine shaft pieces and real mining track (sorry, it’s for decoration only). The best part? It also has a semi-private trail leading directly to Breckenridge Ski Resort for winter and summer use.
While luxury is the name of the game for many of these houses, a rustic one makes the list because of a highly sought-after amenity many are looking for in a trip to Colorado – solitude. It doesn’t get much more secluded than Francie’s Cabin, located at 11,360 ft. in the White River National Forest about five miles southwest of town. Built in 1994, this large cabin is part of a “hut-system” dedicated to developing and maintaining backcountry cabins accessed by non-motorized trails. Managed by the Summit Huts Association, Francie’s is popular with families and beginners due to the relatively easy access (approx. 1.7-mile hike in/out) and offers an immersive experience of our national forest in a more rustic setting. Rustic doesn’t mean light on amenities – Francie’s sleeps 20 people, has a fully equipped kitchen complete with a two-burner propane cook top (propane supplied), solar powered lights, wood stove and firewood, games and a wood-burning, outdoor sauna! SummitHuts.org offers easy, online booking and a great overview of how to plan a successful hut trip and hut etiquette. Don’t forget your camera!
All of these lodging options have the one thing everyone wants looking for a place to stay in Breckenridge – a view. The views in Breckenridge are some of the most iconic in Colorado, with several peaks of the Tenmile Range soaring near or above 13,000 ft. This is the ultimate Breckenridge amenity, and it can be found in spades throughout town’s lodging options. With that, I leave you with one last vacation home that has a picture-perfect view of Breckenridge- literally! Rubywood has been used as the backdrop for many TV and photo shoots because of its dramatic, panoramic Colorado views. Of course, it also comes with the hot tub, media room, gourmet kitchen and western décor that you would expect, and that view is something everyone should experience.