Steamboat has nearly 19,000 beds, including 25 hotels, though most lodgings come in the form of condominiums. There are also a number of houses in town that can be rented, as well as B&Bs and catered chalets.
Steamboat has nearly 19,000 beds, including 25 hotels, like the new, luxurious 327-room Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel located in the heart of the Mountain Village, just 120 yards (120 m) from the slopes (walking distance, but not ski-in/ski-out). This US$80 million complex has an outdoor heated pool and hot tub. The Sheraton and Best Western also offer top-of-the-range hotel, motel and lodging options.
Most lodgings in fact come in the form of condominiums. Condominiums start at ski-in, ski-out distance and move away from the ski area back to Steamboat Springs. There are also a number of houses in town that can be rented, as well as B&Bs and catered chalets. Steamboat Central Reservations has all the lodging options and a rating system from 1 to 4 (from limited amenities to the highest level), plus a quality rating from EX (excellent) to NR (not rated) and a price guide showing fluctuations in costs depending on season.
Be careful if renting a condo because while the majority of owners are upstanding and hospitable, there are some property lessors who may have ulterior motives. Ultimate-Ski prides itself on its objectivity and veracity and thus shares the bad with the good for our loyal readers. By way of example and a cautionary tale, a trip led by an Ultimate-Ski contributor encountered a situation where the owner of a property at The Lodges at Burgess Creek (http://www.vrbo.com/212647) misrepresented the shuttle service available to guests, which forced the group to incur significant taxi fares. The owner then unreasonably withheld a portion of the group’s deposit. As a result of this experience in Steamboat, we recommend that all renters purchase rental insurance to guard against similar occurrences.