OURAY – A recent survey of discerning Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked the Beaumont Hotel and Spa among the ‘World’s Best Places To Stay’, placing the historic hotel on the luxury travel magazine’s “Gold List” of the top 510 top hotels, resorts and cruise lines for 2013.
Beaumont proprietors Chad and Jennifer Leaver said they are “elated” that their grand old hotel has been honored in this way. “People tell us constantly that it is the best in the world, but this confirms it!” said Jennifer Leaver.
Hotels and resorts must earn top scores in several categories evaluating quality of rooms, service, food, location and design in order to make the list. Other hotels in the state and region to win top honors include the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs and, closer to home, the Hotel Telluride, Inn at Lost Creek and Franz Klammer Lodge.
The only entrant to earn a perfect score in all categories for 2013 was the Qualia resort on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The Beaumont earned a combined score of 92.2 out of 100.
Contemplating this year’s survey results, Condé Nast noted a trend in “the rise of the small, intimate property.” The Beaumont Hotel, with only 12 rooms, certainly fits this category. “In comparison to most other hotels, it is tiny,” noted the Leavers.
The Beaumont’s “Gold List” ranking comes at an auspicious time as the hotel celebrates its 125th anniversary. Built in 1886 and opened in 1887, the hotel has welcomed presidents, kings and movie stars, including (most recently) media megastar Oprah Winfrey. In its heyday, the hotel served as the social and business hub of the community. It sat empty for decades and was scheduled for demolition before being modernized and restored 15 years ago, with great care taken to preserve its historic ambiance.
The French Gothic building boasts a sweeping grand staircase and skylit atrium. Each guest room is individually furnished and decorated with antiques and restorations of original hotel furnishings.
“Our spa is one of the things that sets the Beaumont apart,” Leaver said. “It is located where the servants’ quarters existed in the olden days and now you can see the mountaintops from every massage table, pedicure chair and even from the private hot tub.”
The hotel’s in-house restaurant, The Beaumont Grill, recently recruited a well-known chef from the Dallas area who has upped the ante for the best food in the region.
An unprecedented 46,476 Condé Nast readers participated in the 25th annual “Readers Choice” survey that determined this year’s “Gold List” rankings. “The Gold List is truly a global representation of real quality, no matter how far-flung,” Condé Nast’s website noted.