Crested Butte, United States

Public House Lofts

Price per night from$290.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD290.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Music lovers’ lofts

Setting

Rockies saloon

Thrill-seekers and live-music lovers should point their compasses towards Public House Lofts, a trio of note-perfect, apartment-style stays in Crested Butte from adventure travel specialists Eleven Experience (of standout Smith spots Deplar Farm and Scarp Ridge Lodge fame). You’ll bed down in rooms imbued with the brand’s signature rustic romance and get access to backcountry powder stashes and perfectly groomed Nordic trails courtesy of their talented guides, but have all the freedom of living like a mountain-town local. And, you’ll never have to go looking for nightlife – the lofts are right above Public House, a saloon, gastropub and live music venue right on the tiny town’s main thoroughfare, Elk Avenue.

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Two drink tokens to use at the Public House pub and tap room downstairs

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Just three rock ‘n’ roll-inspired lofts, each named after a trailblazing American music venue.

Check–Out

10am. Earliest check-in, 4pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Prices

Double rooms from £247.03 ($328), including tax at 13 per cent.

More details

There’s no breakfast served in the pub downstairs, but morning mainstays Butte Bagels and Mcgill’s are each just a two-minute walk away.

Also

There’s no staff on site, so these lofts are best suited to independent explorers. All communication is done by text or email and you’ll get a code to check in. There is a concierge phone number provided but other than that you’ll come and go as you please.

At the hotel

Free ski storage, free WiFi. In rooms: TV, tea and coffee, a minibar and Aesop bath products.

Our favourite rooms

We’re smitten with Fillmore’s beamed ceilings, mezzanine hangout area and suede walls, though Winterland is the one to choose if you’re after early nights – it’s nestled in the back of the building and gets the least street noise.

Packing tips

If your banjo is too big to pack, a Hohner harmonica might come in handy for mile-high music sessions.

Also

One room (Winterland) is specially adapted for wheelchair users.

Children

Kids are technically welcome – the pub has a children’s menu and high chairs – but this stay is best suited to outdoorsy over-21s. Keep in mind that while under-fives can stay in their parents' bed, older children will need to stay in another room.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

For dinner, slide into an oversized studded leather booth; at happy hour, bagsy a bar stool.

Dress Code

Boots, jeans and plenty of unironic flannel.

Hotel restaurant

The Public House right downstairs has been the town’s watering hole since the mid-1800s. Now, it does triple duty as a pub, restaurant and live music venue. The feel is of a modern saloon with mounts and antlers, landscape photography and faded paisley wallpaper for a touch of Americana. Hearty dishes are made with locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients – in winter, warm up with a bowl of elk chili and homemade cornbread, pulled pork mac ‘n’ cheese or a veggie pot pie. In summer, there’s just-caught blackened trout, crabcakes and herby burrata. Check the live music calendar to see if your visit coincides with a performance by a bluegrass, country, blues or psychedelic jam band.

Hotel bar

To drink, the pub has locally brewed ales and lagers on tap, an international wine list and craft cocktails ranging from spiked hot cider to a prickly pear mule.

Last orders

The pub opens at 11.30am daily and stays open late, but the kitchen closes around midnight; happy hour is from 2-6pm daily.

Room service

There’s no room service, but you’ll find snacks and drinks in your minibar.

Location

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Address
Public House Lofts
202 Elk Ave
Crested Butte
81224
United States

You’ll find this trio of stylish lofts right above the Public House Saloon on Elk Avenue, the historic main drag in the teeny tiny ski resort of Crested Butte, Colorado.

Planes

Gunnison is Crested Butte’s small domestic airport – planes from Denver and Houston land daily. From there, it’s a 25-minute drive to the hotel.

Trains

Though the Rio Grande Railroad depot once stood in this former coal mining town, the closest station these days is in Denver.

Automobiles

The drive from Denver may be long (about four hours, in good conditions), but you’ll pass through deep valleys, mountain passes and snow-capped peaks. Once you reach Crested Butte, there’s plenty of free on-street parking near the lofts.

Worth getting out of bed for

Walk outside and you’re on Elk Avenue, Crested Butte’s colourful main street lined with charming western-style false front buildings, independent shops, saloons and restaurants. But while this frontier town is certainly charming, you’re probably here for the terrain. Luckily, the great outdoors is what Eleven Experience does best – guests at Public House Lofts get access to their in-house team of expert adventure guides for river-deep, mountain-high thrills. 

In the winter season, Crested Butte’s groomed pistes are relatively uncrowded (compared to other Colorado resorts like Vail, Beaver Creek or Breckenridge), suited to all levels of experience and home to a ski school that’s one of the best in the country. When you’re ready to hit the deep powder, let Eleven’s guides take you to the superlative cat skiing terrain in nearby Irwin (which racks up almost twice as much snowfall in a year as Crested Butte) to carve tracks down open bowls, steep and secluded tree runs and big alpine peaks. The snowcat has leather seats, a sound system and a flatscreen TV, too, so you’ll travel in style for the 45-minute trip. 


Crested Butte isn’t all about the winter though – the resort is rollicking in the summer season when you can go rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, horse-riding, hiking (whether you want to meander through wildflower-strewn meadows or conquer a 14er) and trout fishing with Eleven’s world-class angling guides.

Local restaurants

Never skimp on breakfast in the mountains – you’re going to need the fuel. Start your mornings with a fresh-baked bagel sandwich from Butte Bagels or mosey to McGill’s for biscuits, french toast or southwest eggs benedict (made with chorizo and fiery green chili). For lunch, look out for the red frontage of Teocalli Tamale, a laid-back Mexican diner with a stellar rep for top-drawer burritos and margaritas or, for lighter fare, Sunflower’s has California-inspired salads, soups and small plates on a sun-splashed patio. No trip to Crested Butte is complete without a trip to Secret Stash, a famously smiley pizzeria that claims to serve the ‘best pizzas in the world’ – try the Notorious F.I.G. with prosciutto, mission figs and white truffle, the Booty Call topped with more meat and cheese than we have time to mention here, or the Mac Daddy loaded with shaved ribeye steak and pickles. And, though this town prides itself on its resolutely un-glossy image, you can find fine dining at Soupçon, a petite bistro with a classically-inspired French menu that does two seatings a night.

Local bars

If you thought a rum distillery was better suited to a Caribbean island than a Colorado ski town, Montanya is here to prove you wrong. Their sugar cane is sourced from Louisiana and mixed into moreish cocktails like the Maharaja made with chai, lime, ginger and cardamom; you might find live music in the tasting room, too. And, in a former miner’s cabin down an alley off Elk Avenue, Dogwood serves creative cocktails in the cosiest of settings – Yodel the Tortoise, made with whiskey, amaretto, absinthe and hot chocolate, is guaranteed to put a tingle in frostbitten toes.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from these well-appointed apartments in Colorado and unpacked their ski boots and salopettes, a full account of their backcountry mountain break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Public House Lofts in Crested Butte

Ever since Crested Butte was a rough and ready frontier town, the Public House saloon on Elk Avenue has been its main watering hole. Fast forward almost two hundred years, and things are a little more polished ‘round these parts. Public House still stands and these days serves grass-fed beef burgers, premium pilsners and tequila cocktails to famished skiers rather than moonshine to coal-streaked miners. And there are now three sumptuous lofts above the inn, courtesy of Eleven Experience, the Spinal Tap-referencing adventure travel enthusiasts who live and breathe these mountains, forests, rivers and valleys. As a nod to the live acts that perform in the pub downstairs, each luxurious loft is named after a renowned American venue – like Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre or San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium – and they’re each equipped with steam showers and free-standing bath tubs, perfect for soaking sore muscles after adrenaline-spiking days spent catskiing, snowshoeing, fly fishing or trail hiking with Eleven’s peerless outdoor guides.

Price per night from $290.00

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