For my second ski trip this year I visited Steamboat Springs, Colorado. My group was arriving on Saturday and since I was the assistant trip leader I wanted to be sure I arrived before or at least with the group. To be certain of this I flew out Friday night and spent one at the Homewood Suites Steamboat Springs.
I arrived on a group shuttle from the airport sometime after 10 PM so things were fairly quiet at that point. (Side note: due to the hotel’s location, it’s very possible you’ll be the last stop on a shared shuttle ride.) I was assisted promptly, my Diamond status was recognized, and I was directed to a room on the third floor. The hotel has two elevators, one on each side of the lobby and I was helpfully shown the one that would be closest to my room. The hotel is laid out in a gentle V shape with the lobby, bar and breakfast area in the center. A free parking area is in the back of the hotel. There’s a small market with snacks available next to the front desk.
The hotel is relatively new; this is only its second ski season. As such almost everything is still in very good shape and the decor looks modern. My room was only a short walk from the elevator.
King Bed One Bedroom Suite
All rooms in Homewood hotels are classified as suites as they contain a living room-type section as well as small kitchen. I’d used my free night certificate from my Hilton Aspire credit card to pay for this room and it was booked as a King Bed Studio suite but I was apparently upgraded to the one bedroom suite, perhaps because of the Diamond status I have that comes with the credit card. The main difference in the studio suite vs. the one bedroom suite is that in the latter there is a door between the living area and the bedroom. Each room has a chest and its own TV. At this hotel each room also had its own thermostat which is a great idea if someone is using the sleeper sofa – they can set the temperature to their personal preference.
The kitchen was just inside the door on the right. It features a microwave, two-burner stovetop, a dishwasher and a full-sized refrigerator/freezer. It was clear more thought had been given into the design of this compared to another Homewood Suite where I’ve stayed and found that I couldn’t open the dishwasher fully because the kitchen was so narrow its door would hit the refrigerator. In this current unit the dishwasher was at the opposite end of the counter from the fridge and the galley space was wider so no danger of that here. A coffee maker is provided as a pots and pans if you want to do some cooking here.
A small dining table divides the kitchen from the living area.
The living room area has a large, comfortable chair and a sleeper sofa. There’s a small table straddling an ottoman and these can be moved around as needed.
Across from the sofa was a four-drawer chest with a large TV. I was pleased with the channel selection as they had several stations I wished my local Homewood Suites had.
In the bedroom was the comfortable king bed. The curtains did not fully black out the daylight as they were so long when they hit the top of the heating/AC unit they tended to bow a bit.
The nightstand had one electric plug and a couple of USB ports easily accessible for charging. And I love that the light switches at Hilton properties are always easy-to-reach rocker switches. Kudos!
Across from the bed was another four-drawer cabinet along with another large TV.
The sink area is just off the bedroom and has a large, lighted mirror which can come in handy. Plenty of towels and wash cloths were on hand. Toiletries were by Neutrogena. The only issue I had with this sink is that the top of the faucet could get stuck under the lower edge of part of the mirror. Hopefully that doesn’t come back to haunt the hotel one day.
The closet is to the left of the sink and has double doors. This is an improvement from the sliding doors in older Homewood Suites properties.
The bathroom is opposite the sink and has a toilet and a tub shower.
The hotel has a meeting room that’s 625 square feet so it could host a small conference where participants can ski during the day and meet in the evening.
Breakfast is served from 7 AM to 10 AM each morning. It’s a nice buffet of both hot and cold items as well as make-your-own waffles. Even at 10 AM it was still fairly busy so I was lucky to get one shot of the buffet area but the seating area was too busy to even try to photograph. Monday – Thursday evenings there is a social hour from 5 PM to 7 PM where a light meal is served. Note that both breakfast and the social hour are not taking place at this writing due to COVID-19 regulations.
The bar is quite small and its seating is also used at breakfast.
The small gym is open from 5 AM to 11 PM. There are cardio machines, hand weights and a universal machine available.
There’s also a small pool that’s open from 8 AM to 10 PM. There’s a hot tub at the far end. This was a popular location apres ski.
Next to the gym was a game room with a Foosball table and a ping pong table.
There’s a small laundry room on the ground floor with two sets of washers and dryers. Unfortunately they don’t accept credit cards, only coins.
The hotel has a shuttle to the ski hill. The stop is located just across the street and is shared with the Fairfield Inn & Suites just a short distance away.
In The End
This wasn’t an aspirational use of my free night certificate but sometimes hotel rooms in ski country can be surprisingly expensive. And when I stay at higher end properties I’m often with two other adults and many free night certificates only allow you to book for rooms for two people (or only two beds) so I’ll use my certificates when I need them instead of letting them go to waste. The hotel still felt new, breakfast was good, the people were friendly and if I were staying here for a week to ski I’d have a shuttle to drop me right at the hill. What more could I want? I’d definitely stay here again.