What is this place?
Dunton Town House is the latest opening by the owners of Dunton Hot Springs and Dunton River Camp, the tastefully and rustic converted summer glamping outpost in a scenic valley an hour’s drive south. The location of the townhouse couldn’t be better, on a pretty side street just down the main drag in Telluride and a short walk to the gondola. Although the facade looks like a classic painted clapboard B&B, the interior transports you to Tyrol, with authentic Austrian fabrics and hand-carved wooden antiques, reflecting the influx of Tyrolean emigrants who settled in this region from the 1880s, not to mention the owners’ own heritage. Only 10 people can stay at a time, so the townhouse feels ultra-friendly, with a family-style mud room and dining table, plus eclectic original artwork from the owners’ collection.
Attractive. Who stays here?
The Dunton brand attracts a hip and stylish international crowd, and the Town House is no exception. The configuration is particularly interesting for families.
Tell us all about the rooms.
There are five bedrooms, each decorated differently in a sort of contemporary mountain style: think warm-hued linens and checkered fabrics with faux fir throws and wall fireplaces. The effect is a kind of Western-Alpine hybrid that feels comfortable and clean. The upstairs bedrooms have the best view of the city and surrounding mountains of San Juan.
What is the dining situation?
It’s only breakfast, but the Town House is a short walk from many of the city’s upscale restaurants. It’s also across the street from 221 South Oak, a vegetarian bistro run by Top Chef alum Eliza Gavin, and Taco del Gnar (aka Gnarly Tacos), a great place to enjoy tasty Korean rib or roast tacos. shrimp tempura and the tastiest margaritas.
Staff: If you could award a trophy, who would get it and why?
Gareth takes care of everything from lift tickets and dinner reservations to excursions like cross-country skiing or fly fishing on the San Miguel River. Despite its small size, the property offers full service, offering cruising bikes in summer and ski storage and boot drying stations in winter.
Is there anything that stands out from other services and features?
The hotel offers free parking.
What is the result ?
While Telluride offers plenty of hilltop accommodation in Mountain Village and in and around the town, Dunton Town House stands out as an elegantly personalized B&B that exceeds its weight in style and service. In addition, it is very convenient to the main street and the city gondola.