Madeline Hotel & Residences
An Auberge Resort
What it is
A ski-in, ski-out 154-room retreat tucked below Telluride Ski Resort, with a spoiling spa and sleek al fresco pool that peeps out on the San Juan Mountains.
What it isn't
Boring. On-property thrills include throwback delights: shuffleboard, pool and an ice rink.
What we think
When locals talk about Telluride as “To Hell You Ride,” they aren’t referring to Madeline. This is as close as it gets to heaven, whether you’re a ski bunny or just an adventure bunny. Guest rooms are as cozy as they come, with tufted ottomans, embroidered 300-thread-count bed linens and floor to ceiling windows that overlook either the slopes or the twinkling lights of town. (It’s worth upgrading to a suite—up to 1,655 square feet, though standard rooms are already plenty large at 510—for a flickering gas fireplace, kitchenette, and terrace that seems tailor-made for apres-ski wine and whiskey sipping).
You're here because
The property has deftly curated a host of outdoorsy exploits for guests, whether you want to try Nordic skiing through verdant alpine Uncompahgre National Forest or hop on a dogsled a la The Iditarod.
Sitting at Black Iron Kitchen and Bar’s infamous tables—where a long gas fire makes for the ultimate primal centerpiece—you’re having a hard time deciding what to drink. Cava? Something red and wintery? Then you notice they have not one but six different Telluride Mules on the menu, and it’s settled. You’re having the Grandpa—with Dewars scotch, St. Germain, lime juice and Goslings ginger beer—and you’ll probably instantly have another (or three). It’s that kind of vacay.
Restaurants & Bars
- M CLUB - multiple cozy sitting and dining areas, breakfast and dinner daily, game room
- BLACK IRON KITCHEN AND BAR - a modern yet casual dining environment - energetic live music
Set directly under the lifts of Telluride Ski Resort, within a couple minutes walk to the free gondola and even the chondola (chair lift meets gondola). Downtown Telluride is just over 7 miles away; stop by the Telluride Historical Museum to see an ancestral Puebloan blanket made circa 1041 C.E.