[Silverton’s Eureka Lodge by the Animas River. Photo: Andrew Gulliford] As a former silver mining camp, Silverton is a historic town that’s filled with a lively local community. It’s also known to be a recreational paradise during the winter season, and naturally the summer too.
Given Silverton’s home among the steepest mountains in the state, it attracts an adventurous crowd. Locals live the outdoor life, and so do the tourists that pass through. The town boasts many top hotels of varying rates and styles, assuring you’ll find the accommodation you prefer. And although it receives larger crowds during the summer, wintertime in Silverton remains a hidden gem.
Probably Silverton’s Best Hotel Accommodations
Families will cherish the simple and affordable wintertime fun at Kendall Mountain Recreation Area. It boasts a ski hill, ice rink and Nordic center. Or expert powder hounds ride the most unique ski resort in the state, Silverton Mountain.
In summer many come to town from Durango via the Durango & Silverton Train, one of the most picturesque narrow gauge railroads in the west! Another seasonal option is the Alpine Loop, one of the gnarliest scenic byways in the state. A high-clearance 4×4 is required for this road that opens up late May/early June, conditions pending. You can rent a Jeep in town. In fact while you’re heading up the Alpine Loop, before you get to the crazy stuff (no 4WD required), you stop by the One Hundred Gold Mine, open mid May to early October.
As you can see from the aforementioned activities, there is plenty to do in this San Juan County town and county seat. So let’s explore the best hotels and inns you can stay at while discovering Silverton, Colorado. Choose from cozy bed and breakfasts in the heart of town, to historic hotels, to vacation rentals and lodges tucked by the San Juan National Forest.
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Here are our picks for the top hotels in Silverton, in no particular order:
Grand Imperial Hotel
To start off, the Grand Imperial Hotel is one of the sought-after hotels in the region simply because it is filled with history and charm. The Victorian-inspired interior was completed back in 1883. Its 32 guests rooms are all located on the 2nd and 3rd levels of the hotel. The ground floor features the lobby, the Grand Restaurant & Saloon, and the Otto Mears Room (restaurant). Guests can choose from single-bed, double bed and grand suite type rooms.
Guests appreciate the intimacy of the hotel. It’s not a busy location so guests can stay in, relax and enjoy the refinement of the hotel.
- 1219 Greene Street, Silverton, CO 81433 | 970-367-4120
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Triangle Motel has more of an open space design. It’s located at Greene Street and is accessible throughout the town. Though the exterior is a little dated, the rooms are neat and comfortable. The motel has undergone a renovation in recent years, so the amenities are suitable for any traveler. Suites also offer a large living room with a futon that can fit about five people.
The motel is also an inexpensive alternative in town. With a convenience and fuel store, tourists have access to their basic travel needs. They also offer a basic breakfast menu, but the coffee is good.
- 848 Greene St, Silverton, CO 81433
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Eureka Lodge is another history location in Silverton. Built in the 1920s the lodge is being preserved by the inn’s current owners Bob and Terri Brokering. It used to be a mining boarding hotel and was originally a part of a mining complex.
The lodge has 17 rooms. The ground floor features a massive kitchen where guests and event planners can cook and arrange food. The lodge also offers catering. The lounge area is also another favorite because of the cozy, inviting accent chairs and sofas lined up with a wall of books.
The rustic lodge is a favorite for travelers as well as a destination place for weddings and other events.
- 6350 County Road 2, Silverton, CO 81433 | 970-618-3913
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Teller House Hotel
The Teller House Hotel is a place very close to the heart of Silverton. It was named after Henry Moore Teller, a lawyer, businessman, and politician who influenced the influx of the economic growth in Silverton. The Teller House itself was built back in 1896 and was restored in 1997. These days, it offers a quaint accommodation that features 19th-century furnishings.
Every single detail of the hotel makes you feel like you’ve entered a time machine and with the preserved Greene Street, guests really feel like they’ve been back to the bustling time of mining Silverton.
Guests can also explore the nearby old railway depot where previous guests were able to harbor silver dust. Naturally, some local saloons accept small bags of silver dust as payments for drinks to this day.
- 1250 Greene Street, Silverton, CO 81433 | 970-387-5423
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Silverton’s Inn of the Rockies at Historic Alma House
Silverton’s Inn of the Rockies at Historic Alma House is another historic inn that offers a warm and memorable stay for the guests. With just 9 rooms, this bed and breakfast focuses on individual experiences of the guests. They are also awarded as an AAA Three Diamond Bed and Breakfast so you can expect luxurious amenities as well.
It’s one of the few B&Bs in town that has a hot tub, and an enclosed garden with two gazebos of special occasions. Guests also noted the wondrous breakfast menu that you can enjoy in the inn’s elegant dining room. People who stay longer will have a rotating menu, but fruit smoothies, fresh fruit, and handmade granola are available for everyone all the time.
- 220 E 10th St, Silverton, CO 81433 | 970-387-5336
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Another Greene Street charm is the Prospector Motel. It’s simplistic, but its amazing views can’t be contented with. Sitting beside mountains, Prospector Motel is a good base for trail travelers. They have 12 ground rooms that have Direct TV, Wi-Fi and extra parking for trailers. The staff and the owner are both charming locals who can suggest other activities that you can do in town.
People who stay at Prospector don’t necessarily demand too many amenities, but the cleanliness and service make the stay complete. Lastly, they also offer a low competitive price so backpackers can allot budget on other activities like touring the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train, skiing, snowmobile, hiking (during summer) and the Silverton celebration of 4th of July.
- 1015 Greene St, Silverton, CO 81433 | 970-387-5466
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The Wyman Hotel
The Wyman Hotel is a more modern adaptation in Silverton. The 115-year-old building is undergoing a renovation, but the updated design has already impressed previous guests. The management has noted that they will not be accepting bookings (as of writing), but the hotel will be reopened again once the renovations are done.
Meanwhile, guests can still enjoy a touch of The Wynman Hotel in their attached Southern Pacific restaurant. Here, they offer an all-day menu that has healthy options like the breakfast biscuit. The dinner menu also offers complimentary wine that sure boosts the entire food experience.
- 1371 Greene St Silverton, CO 81433 | 877-504-5272
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The Bent Elbow Hotel & Restaurant
The Bent Elbow was initially built in 1907 and was opened as the Fattor’s Tremount Saloon. Fred Bostock then bought the Saloon in 1956 who made updates to the location and filled it with priceless antiquities. It was later destroyed by a terrible fire and renovated just before the first train was structured in Silverton.
The hotel has six uniquely designed rooms that offer a taste of each Silverton Era. Since all of the rooms are located on the 2nd level, guests will have fantastic mountain views.
Additionally, The Bent Elbow Restaurant has a delectable American menu including the hot roast beef with mashed potatoes, Minnehaha on sourdough and eggs florentine. Guests and locals commend the top-notch home-cooking here at the restaurant.
Unfortunately for new guests, the Bent Elbow restaurant will be closed starting Oct. 15 but will resume operations on May 2019. However, the hotel will be open all year round.
- 1114 Blair St, Silverton, CO 81433 | 970-387-5775
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Canyon View Motel
Just as the name implies, the Canyon View Motel is another cool hotel to stay in at Silverton. It has two levels and rooms with that have full private baths. The rooms are complete with essential amenities so travelers who would come from long rides should feel comfortable in their stay. Each room also has a microwave, coffee maker and refrigerator.
The family-run hotel has a pet-friendly policy that offers no charge for the pets.
It’s a highly-rated motel, but don’t expect a Ritz luxury quality. They have a cabin-feel ambiance. The location is also suitable because of its proximity to the downtown area. Restaurants and boutique shops are just a couple of walking minutes away from the motel.
- 661 Greene St, Silverton, CO 81433 | 970-387-5400
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The Avon offers a bespoke experience for tourists in Silverton. The owners Daniel Clute and Seth Anderson are both explorers/adventurers who love to travel themselves. They understand what their guests’ needs are and so the revamped the hotel back in 2017. It was originally built in 1904, but now, it has a live music venue, a bar, and cafe as well as futuristic rooms that reflect 21st-century cabin design architecture.
The open floor common area has a high ceiling feature that brightens up the entire hotel. With amazing woodwork and metallic highlights, guests of all ages can appreciate the well-thought infusion of the old and the new.
The hotel offers different room layouts from hostel style-bunk beds, private suites, and lofts.
- 144 East 10th St, Silverton, CO 81433 | 303-910-2960
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Villa Dallavalle Historic Hotel-Inn
Villa Dallavalle Historic Inn has been a favorite of trail hikers who come off from the Colorado Trail. It’s close to the hi-way and relatively near the center of town. The seven cozy rooms allow each traveler to have a novel and comfortable stay. The rooms are clean and are adorned with private bathrooms.
The views of the mountains are also spectacular. With homemade breakfast, guests are ready to take on the next plan in their itinerary what’s more exciting than the smell of bacon as you wake up in the morning. And since the inn is small, running down its halls and stairway can make you feel like a kid again. The homey feeling is what been praised in this hotel.
- 1257 Blair St, Silverton, CO 81433 | 970-387-5555
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Animas B & B at the Wingate House
Animas B&B at the Wingate House is unique in a sense that it imbibes a different kind of cabin feel. The light green facade is a natural blend to the mountain views in the region and is really highlighted during the winter season. With historical structures that maintained the brick exterior, Animas can easily be the apple of your eye.
The authentically restored Victorian B&B was built back in 1886. They offer a family-style traditional breakfast, freshly ground coffee and their highly-recommended elk sausage.
For those looking for a quite downtime, the inn also has its own “eclectic library of literature in every room.” The inn also has a whirlpool spa, a lounge, and a cozy fireplace.
- 1045 Snowden Street, Silverton, CO 81433 | 970-387-5520
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Red Mountain Motel & RV Park
Red Mountain Motel & RV Park is more of a casual place to stay in. The owners personally welcome guests and their approach makes the stay more comfortable. The motel has different rooms and suites as well as cabins for large groups of travelers who would prefer a more private visit.
They’re also one of the few campground and RV trailer park areas in Silverton. Uniquely, the motel also offers Jeep rentals for those who would like to explore the local OHV trails. They also offer modern amenities like Wi-Fi, hot tub, shared and private showers,
- 664 Green St, Silverton, CO 81433 | 888-970-5512
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Explorer’s Club Southwest
Explorer’s Club Southwest is known as the “The X Club” because of its famous sports pub and grill. This inn is an 8-person hut style vacation house that offers entertainment and comfort. They also have a two-person steam shower.
The owner Michael, a self-proclaimed “geography snob” notes that the rental experience will be unique and “as loaded with interest and fun as Explorer’s Club Southwest.” This has been a go-to inn for those familiar with the Explorer’s Club, but it’s also open to new tourists. The inn boasts of Silverton’s “only 4K Ultra HDTV” in the inn’s standard room.
- 1332 Blair St, Silverton, CO 81433 | 970-903-7598
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