Best Colorado hotel suites 2024, presidential edition

At the historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, guests can stay in the same quarters that President Teddy Roosevelt did during his visits out West. In fact, Hotel Colorado was once considered the “White House of the West” because President Roosevelt brought out his staff to stay for a three-week hunting trip.

At the historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, guests can stay in the same quarters that President Teddy Roosevelt did during his visits out West. (Provided by Hotel Colorado)
At the historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, guests can stay in the same quarters that President Teddy Roosevelt did during his visits out West. (Provided by Hotel Colorado)

According to Larry MacDonald, the hotel’s general manager, historians believe the original Teddy Bear was created at Hotel Colorado during Roosevelt’s 1905 visit. The housekeeping staff presented the president with a stuffed bear made of scraps and fine materials after he had an unsuccessful day hunting bears. His daughter Alice nicknamed it “Teddy” after her father.

Ahead of Presidents Day and the long weekend, we thought it would be fun to take a peek into the presidential suites at popular Colorado hotels. Today, of course, the definition of “presidential suite” is less literal; it usually means the accommodations are the best in the house, fit for a commander-in-chief. But at some of these hotels, presidents have, indeed, checked in.

In addition to the Roosevelt Suite (nightly rates start at $429), Hotel Colorado showcases its presidential history with photos of the Roosevelts’ visit displayed in the grand lobby. Teddy Bears are also sold at the gift shop, including bears outfitted in uniforms that resemble the one President Roosevelt wore when he served in the Spanish-American War.

And any discussion of swanky places to stay must include The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort, which has several opulent suites in its inventory and has been a destination for several presidents, including Presidents Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. and George W. Bush.

Here’s a look at six more presidential suites that loom large in Colorado’s hotels.

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