There are few more regaled historic hotels in the West, let alone Colorado. This stunning 1893 example of Italianate architecture is full of stories: It is the alleged birthplace of the teddy bear—supposedly crafted by maids for the visiting Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt in 1905—and served as a favored getaway for Chicago mobsters during Prohibition. Today it is a beautifully restored hotel, with a shady green courtyard that is just the spot for a sunset cocktail. Standard rooms have a king bed or two doubles, decorated with reproduction antiques, and there are several larger suites, including a pair in the iconic bell towers.
- Frommer's Staff