For a smaller, more personal experience, that is still close to the mountain, stay at Eagle Ridge. The hotel offers a number of options for room size to accommodate families and large groups, but don’t (the hotel doesn’t) skimp out on the smaller rooms either. When you walk into your room for the first time, pop open the complimentary bottle of (quality!) wine and bask in the spaciousness of the place. Surprisingly, the rooms are huge, but still feel cozy and inviting.
Sacrifice a little glitz, but get friendly service and a super-close location.
This place is nothing fancy. In fact, the décor is seriously dated, but everyone who works there is so gracious and accommodating, and you are so close to the gondola that it doesn’t matter what your bedspread looks like or that the fireplace area in the lobby is a little small. The Ptarmigan is affordable and clean, bottom line. If you don’t feel like driving, there is a free shuttle service right outside the hotel that you can use to get to the slopes. Don’t have your own gear?
Right at the base of the mountain, the Steamboat Grand is convenient, comfortable and classy.
Steamboat’s big, flashy hotel right at the base of the mountain, the Steamboat Grand, is great simply because of its awesome location. It’s only a couple blocks from the gondola, so getting out early for one of Steamboat’s legendary champagne powder days is easy. Even though the hotel breakfast is boring after a few days of the same thing again and again, the rooms are incredibly comfortable. The beds have a ton of pillows to flop onto after dropping your skis and boots at the Grand’s storage locker on the mountain and grabbing complimentary hot chocolate and cookies in the lobby.
A quaint B&B with a local feel. Don't skip breakfast.
For the ultimate local feel, stay at the Mariposa Lodge Bed and Breakfast. Owned by long-time Steamboat residents Cindy and Bob Maddox who live next door, the place is downright quaint. Cindy dabbles in fiber arts and decorated the cabin-style bed and breakfast with handmade quilts and wall hangings. The place is right next to a river and is incredibly quiet even though it is close to downtown. Spend a night in watching snow fall from the front porch or enclosed sunroom.