- Brown Palace, Denver, 303-297-3111, brownpalace.com: A historic downtown anchor for more than a century, the Brown Palace is Denver's only Forbes Four Star hotel. It's been visited by every U.S. president - save one, Calvin Coolidge - since Teddy Roosevelt. Visitors are only a short walk from shopping and dining at the 16th Street Mall.
- Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs, 970-945-6511, hotelcolorado.com: One of the older hotels in Colorado. In 1905, Hotel Colorado became the temporary home for Teddy Roosevelt and his assistants during a three-week bear hunting expedition.
- Hotel Jerome, Aspen, 855-331-7213, hoteljerome.com: Located in a downtown building dating from the 1800s, the hotel's sub rosa watering hole saw the invention of the popular Prohibition Era drink, The Aspen Crud.
- The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, 623-5112, broadmoor.com: Founded in 1916 when Pennsylvania entrepreneur Spencer Penrose purchased the Broadmoor Casino and Hotel along with 450 acres at the base of Cheyenne Mountain, the luxury hotel, resort and spa has since hosted some of history's greatest luminaries.
- The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, 970-577-4000, stanleyhotel.com: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this grand hotel built in 1909 is famed for inspiring the haunted setting in author Stephen King's "The Shining."
Stephanie Earls, The Gazette