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The Denver Post's Room Report features Telluride lodging


The Denver Post. Sunday, July 7, 2010, 1:00:00 AM

Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge, Telluride,

Rates: start at $399 a night for a 1,400-square-foot two-bedroom unit and $499 a night for three bedrooms (2,000 square feet) in summer (for winter, website rates are posting at $450 for two bedrooms and $550 for three in December and $750/$950 in January, respectively). Wi-Fi and valet parking are included.

Stay here if you: are looking for a quiet Mountain Village getaway in a Bavarian-style residence.

It's close to: Mountain Village, right out the front door. The gondolas down to the town of Telluride and over to the grocery store are right across the plaza.

The rooms are: enormous units decorated in mellow tones such as cream, chocolate and sage, with comfortable leather couches and spacious dining areas. Fully stocked kitchens, washer/dryer and roomy, marble-accented bathrooms with jetted tubs help make this a good choice for families and groups, and stone fireplaces and private balconies add to the appeal. A basket of fruit in the kitchen (there's more strategically placed about the property too), candles, extra bath products, plenty of towels and DVD players are nice touches as well.

They put all of the money into: Making this property attractive to owners and travelers alike. Guests staying on a nightly basis are treated just as warmly as owners, and the perks are there for both: the courteous and efficient shuttle service from Montrose and Telluride airports, the 24-hour concierge, the complimentary coffee and tea setups all over the place, the patio hot tubs, the charming ski and golf valet area. The beautiful pool is open 2 4/7, which is unusual and quite welcome, and the views from the well-chosen machines of the fitness center offer a nice distraction. There's also a great game room for kids, with a pingpong table and big-screen TV with games.

The bottom line: It takes a while to get the lay of the land here, because there are multiple levels that don't connect by the same elevators, and so you might spend the first day getting on the wrong one to go to, say, the pool, and find yourself in the garage instead. But once you have it figured out, this could become a favorite Telluride destination. Be sure to check out the vintage photographs of the area and the great art along the hallways.  Kyle Wagner