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Windsor Hotel in Del Norte, CO

Windsor Hotel in Del Norte, CO

Specialties

The Windsor offers cuisine and facilities for all types of celebrations, including weddings, anniversaries, birthdays,
and graduation parties. Our Windsor Suite is ideally suited
for Romantic Getaways, with a jetted tub, and a balcony
overlooking our courtyard.
We accommodate retreats and small conferences with our adjoining conference rooms, featuring a 64" flat screen TV
for your presentations.
Our Dining Room provides a very high quality dining experience
in an elegant yet casual atmosphere.  Our bar features Colorado breweries, wineries, and distilleries in a relaxed setting.

History

The Windsor Hotel, built in 1874, serviced the mining industry for many years.  Functioning as a hotel for over 100 years,  the Windsor closed in the 1970s.

The summer of 1993 saw the hotel saved from the wrecking ball, literally the night before the demolition, by a local citizens group. The next 18 years were spent fund raising, grant writing, restoring the Windsor to well beyond its former glory.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 5.00

Address: 605 Grand Ave, Del Norte, CO, 81132
  • Mon: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Comments (9):

1. Erin T.
This hotel is amazing!  I am here in Rio Grande County for a trial. I was expecting the worst and found the best.  It is a lot like the Brown Palace in Denver without the pretentiousness.  The rooms are luxurious and huge with tons of sunlight.  The proprietor Hallie couldn't be nicer.  The hotel has tons of history and character.  There is even a friendly ghost named Maude who is quite mischievious.  I hope we won this phase of our trial so I can come back in January!

13/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. K S.
Hands down best place to stay in in Del Norte, South Fork, Wolf Creek, Monte Vista, or Alamosa. The food is fantastic, the bar is fantastic, the employees are fantastic, the rooms are HUGE and fantastic. I was at a wedding at the Windsor and it was amazing...and Im from New York, so I am hard to impress. I was afraid I would be roughing it or in some "cookie cutter best western", but this place is over the top unique and charming. I will be returning to Colorado (I never thought I would say that) simply because of how amazing this place is... Friendly and safe to all ages, races, and sexualities.

04/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
3. Krishna A.
An extremely classy old hotel with a modern touch. Excellent!

09/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. J M.
Professional service, great setting, and fresh and creative options for Sunday brunch.  Disappointed that the Colorado Cowgirls gift shop next door is closed on Sundays.

14/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Amy S.
Great hotel, clean spacious rooms, comfortable bed.  Wonderful restoration of the Oldest Hotel in Co.  Community activism at it's best!  (They started a non-profit and saved the hotel from demolition).  Restaurant and bar are top notch, serving fresh local food, artisanal beers and liquors, even accommodating to vegetarians.  Very reasonable prices at both hotel and restaurant.  STOP HERE if you are anywhere in the area.

03/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Michael R.
This place is fantastic. If you want to stay at a very nice hotel this is the one. It's extremely history, cleaned up well, comfy beds, many TV channels, very nice TV, couches and chairs to sit in, and a large bathroom. They even have a cappuccino maker out in the hallway for in the morning! I enjoyed my stay very much. I didn't like the owners too much though. They were weird and unpleasant. I don't think they meant anything bad from it, that might just be how they are. Either way it's a great place to stay!

09/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Frances F.
Gorgeous restoration to the hotel. It is a jewel. So is the restaurant. My husband and I had a fantastic lunch and great conversation with the staff. The food is amazing, unique, fresh and so delicious.
Don't pass this place up if you are driving through southwest Colorado!

08/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Sarah L.
This place is amazing. Right in the small downtown of Del Norte, Colorado. The building is so beautiful. Our room was a second floor corner room. Tons of natural light, spacious room, comfy bed, plush robe, large flat screen, and a large modern bathroom. Each staff member we came across was so nice. The dining room was a very pleasant surprise!!! One of, if not the best, dining experience I've had in Colorado.  (And I live in Colorado and dine in Denver often). Hotel is also one block from 3 barrel brew and tap house. Overall a very enjoyable stay. I hope to be back.

12/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Michelle J.
This hotel is so historical, beautifully remodeled and with tons of character. We recently went there and enjoyed breakfast in the dining room. The cuisine is not in character for Del Norte, but absolutely delicious! The items are fresh - no canned mushrooms here (yuck)! Fresh and unique flavors like you find in finer 4 star and above hotels and restaurants. My stepfather and I each had an omelette and my mother had huevos rancheros which was tasty with spicy flavors and capers - not a common combination but SO good! The omelettes were great too! I don't eat pork or beef and they were happy to omit the bacon. The veggies were great! The portions are not large but satisfying because they are rich and full of taste. For a larger appetite, I would recommend ordering a side to go with your entree. For example, the omelette was just an omelette - no potatoes or bread of any kind offered with it.  I worked at the Zapata Ranch near the Sand Dunes for several years which offered an amazing menu, but we struggled with offering gourmet food that was ample enough for the "meat and potatoes kind of taste," so I would order a little extra. This is the only suggestion I would have for the chef is to provide a bit of a side with some of the items to meet the tastes of the local clientele.

The group who restored the hotel, including Architect Mark Jones who happens to have the same name as my brother, who owns a landscape company, MJ's Dirt Works, in the Valley, has been working to restore the property since 1993 and it looks amazing! They used local contractors to do the work, and that is so refreshing to stimulate that local economy! I grew up all around the San Luis Valley and remember phases of the old hotel. One of them being the Wild West Emporium where the hotel had an old western themed cat walk around the entire facade of the building. My grandfather sold meat for Bar S and I remember him taking me there for candy as a child. The staff has photos in the lobby which triggered my memory, because the hotel has been so nicely renovated I wouldn't have recognized it. It was completely abandoned at one point and was almost demolished, which would have been a tragedy.

Last being said, the rich history of that whole area - with gold mining and such - is worth checking out all over the San Luis Valley and surrounding Mountain areas. There was once a lot of money in the area and treasures hidden by French miners are still searched for by some. We were told the hotel is known for 9 ghosts, including Maude, a wealthy woman who came from Creede, Colorado (about 20-30 minutes from Del Norte, where they are currently filming the Disney movie Tonto and the Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp - so cool for Colorado!). Sadly, Maude walked across from the Windsor, bought a gun and killed herself. Many people have said they have seen her moving around the hotel, and especially in room 209. I can't wait to go back to check it out more, and take my daughter who is 12 and loves exploring those types of historical places!

Completely worth visiting!

18/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0