7 Best Hotels/Motels In Fairplay Colorado

Rocky Mountains Fairplay Colorado

The Colorado town of Fairplay was named by the gold prospectors who settled there in 1859, who felt everyone had an equal chance to stake a claim. Since then, Fairplay has become a historic attraction, as well as the “Official Trout Fishing Capital of Colorado.” Fairplay and the surrounding area have also become famous as the basis for Comedy Central’s television series “South Park.”

For lovers of American history, Fairplay has many treasures to offer. Visitors to the town can enjoy the South Park City open-air museum: an authentic, full-scale historic reconstruction of a Colorado Gold Rush mining town. History buffs can visit Fairplay Beach and pan for gold, or wander the art galleries and shops along historic Main Street. In July, Fairplay celebrates its mining-town heritage with the Burro Days race, a twenty-nine mile burro race from downtown Fairplay to the summit of Mosquito Pass. In August, South Park City hosts Living History Days, where volunteers dress in period garb and act the parts of nineteenth-century townspeople.

Fairplay boasts sprawling natural beauty year-round, being surrounded by fourteen mountain peaks and a thousand square miles of designated National Park Heritage Area. In the summer, visitors to Fairplay can enjoy fishing, angling, horse riding, off-road exploration along old mining trails. In the winter, the town offers cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, snowmobiling, and hunting.

With a population of 679, Fairplay is not a metropolis. Finding the right hotel or motel for you might require traveling to nearby Breckenridge or Alma. The good news is, these towns are only eighteen to twenty minutes apart.
1. A Riverside Inn Hotel
Listed as the #1 hotel in Fairplay by TripAdvisor, the Riverside Inn offers fifty rooms, a business center, two meeting rooms, a breakfast room, and meeting space. The Riverside is Fairplay’s newest hotel, with free high-speed internet and refrigerators in all rooms, free continental breakfast, hot tub, bicycle rental, and on-site fishing. Nearby activities include horseback riding, off-roading up Mosquito Pass, and scenic mountain drives along Highway 285. The Riverside is only a short drive from many Colorado mountains and parks, making it perfect for skiers, snowboarders, fishermen, or business travelers. If you stay at the Riverside, the second-floor rooms on the north side offer the best mountain views.
2. Western Inn Motel & RV Park
The Western Inn Motel & RV Park is a family-run, affordable motel that focuses on basic comforts. The perfect stop for buses, trucks, or mobile homes. Each of the twenty-nine rooms at the Western Inn offers a kitchenette with coffee maker, refrigerator and microwave. Rooms also feature cable / satellite TV, free wi-fi internet, and an outdoor grilling and picnic area. Travelers can enjoy a continental breakfast of rolls, juice and coffee before heading off to nearby attractions like the South Park City Museum, the Platte Ranch Riding Stables, and the American Safari Ranch.
3. Fairplay Valiton Hotel
For travelers yearning after a historic experience, the Fairplay Valiton is a recently restored landmark hotel which has stood in the town for a century. The hotel offers eighteen rooms with free wi-fi, as well as meeting rooms, a banquet hall, and full concierge service. The hotel restaurant, Gatsby’s, offers homemade fireside meals like bison burgers and biscuits and gravy. Guests can also relax and enjoy pizza and beer at the historic River Rox Bar. Believers in the supernatural might be interested to know the Fairplay Valiton is rumored to be haunted, and was even featured on an episode of “Ghost Hunters” on the SyFy Channel. Brave souls should ask for room 212.
4. Red Awning Blue River Condos BRRN
Twenty-two minutes from Fairplay, you will find the scenic Tordal Estates and the Blue River Condos BRRN. This quiet, cozy two-bedroom apartment will sleep up to six guests: a king bed in the master bedroom, a queen bed in the second bedroom, and a pull-out couch in the living area. The unit offers a full kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, satellite TV with DVD player, washer / dryer, a deck with a gas grill, and a hot tub on site. If you decide to reserve this unit, be advised they allow no cancellations under sixty days from check-in.
5. Alma’s Only Bar and Hotel
At an elevation of 10,578 feet above sea level, Alma’s Only bears the distinction of being the highest bar in North America. With its distinctive pink-and-green paint job, Alma’s Only (known as A.O.B. by the locals) will be easy to spot from the street. Alma’s Only offers eight pet-friendly rooms with TV and DVD player, free wi-fi, and free parking. At the bar and lounge, guests can enjoy daily lunch and dinner specials, games of billiards, live music on Friday nights, and a lively bar atmosphere. Guests should expect to share a bathroom when staying here. Alma’s Only Bar and Hotel lies twenty-two miles north of Fairplay.
6. Lodge by the Blue
Formerly known as Skier’s Edge Condominiums, the Lodge by the Blue offers a premium experience. The hotel features twenty-four condominium rooms with concierge service, indoor heated pool, ten-person hot tub, two sprawling decks, gas grills, a fitness center, a small on-site market and library, and self-serve laundry facilities. Each of the rooms feature sofa beds, free wi-fi, cable TV, microwave, and stovetops. The Lodge recently launched a restaurant on site, so guests can enjoy a meal before hitting attractions like McCullough Trailhead or the Breckenridge Ski Resort… or just enjoy the spectacular mountain views that surround the condos.
7. Red Awning Pine River Cabin
Travelers looking to get away from it all between skiing excursions might consider a stay at the RedAwning Pine River Cabin in Breckenridge. This cabin sports a full kitchen with a microwave, dishwasher, private bathrooms with bath or shower, television, hot tub, and free wi-fi. The cabin is well-suited for skiers due to its close proximity to the Falcon SuperChair and the Mercury SuperChair, as well as Mount Silverheels and Boreas Pass, each only twenty minutes away by car. Best of all, the cabin can sleep up to ten people, making it perfect for a family skiing or fishing trip.

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