TELLURIDE, Colo. -- Trisha Conrad loves talking to travel agents.
Conrad, general manager of the new Hotel Telluride, said she
welcomes e-mails and faxes -- but likes it best when retailers give
her a call.
The 59-room property, which debuted in September, is striving to
offer agents and their clients that kind of personal touch. Conrad
describes the resort, which caters to families and couples, as
richly appointed with a residential feel.
To create a home-away-from-home
environment, rooms at the Hotel Telluride boast oversized chairs,
CD players, Starbucks coffee, bottled water, terry-cloth robes and
slippers, Aveda bath products and down comforters. Rooms also
feature patios or balconies with an almost even split between
double and king-size beds.
The hotel offers four suites containing large-screen
televisions, stone fireplaces and one, two or three bedrooms.
On-site features include a lobby with picture windows and a stone
fireplace and a full-service spa.
The Hotel Telluride Bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Room service also is available. Conrad said the hotel does not
offer airport transfers but can arrange them for guests. The
property is within walking distance of the ski lifts and downtown
area. For guests who do not feel like walking, the hotel offers
daily shuttle service.
Bookings, which Conrad said had been "slow coming out of the
gate," are picking up, especially for Christmas. She also said the
property has groups on the books for January through March. Like
many other domestic resorts, the Hotel Telluride's current business
is being generated by the drive-in market. Many of the travelers
staying at the resort hail from nearby regions, including Denver
The property is gearing up for the start of the ski season.
Telluride's mountain officially opened Dec. 1, and the arrival of
snow around Thanksgiving was a bonus. However, the big news in
Telluride is the opening of Prospect Bowl, which will add 733 acres
of ski terrain. The bowl will officially open Dec. 20, with grand
opening festivities slated for Jan. 10
Hotel Telluride will offer specials in conjunction with the
January celebration. The resort set an introductory rate of $179
through Dec. 15. Depending on the season, regular rates will range
from $229 to $679. Rates are commissionable at 10%. To speak to
Trisha Conrad, agents should call (866) 468-3501 or (970) 369-1188.
The resort can be booked on line at www.thehoteltelluride.com.