The trumpet sounded at a special media luncheon on July 12, when it was announced that Hotel Madeline Telluride, Mountain Village, was now officially part of the The Leading Hotels of the World group.

What exactly does that mean? Just remember what rising tides do to all boats. Hitch up your life jacket and enjoy the ride: Hotel Madeline has just become the regional powerhouse.

As the largest luxury hotel collection in the world– and a major marketing engine – The Leading Hotels of the World is an elite club that now includes 430 of the world’s greatest properties in over 80 countries, all utterly unique and boldly independent. Rather than pasteurizing a destination in the name of corporate-mandated sameness, each hotel in the fraternity celebrates the culture of its destination. The newly rebranded (in 2011) Hotel Madeline Telluride stands out among the most desirable addresses in the San Juan range of southwestern Colorado.

Guests at Madeline can now enjoy transformational treatments at the Spa at Hotel Madeline, farm-to-table Colorado Rocky Mountain cuisine at Restaurant REV, and a welcoming après-ski scene at the restaurant’s adjoining gastropub, SMAK BAR – SMAK means “flavor” in Swedish –  which captures flavors from the world in creative small plates and imaginative cocktails. The new Executive Chef is Cory Sargent and Chef de Cuisine is Bud Thomas, best known as “Chef Bud” of the Wilkinson Public Library’s popular “Books & Cooks” series. The new restaurant team plans to introduce themed dinners this summer including a Poetry Dinner, their annual Foraging Dinner, and weekly Family-Style Farmers’ Market Dinners. Guests and locals alike are invited to participate.

Recently named the official resort hotel of the Telluride Ski Resort, Hotel Madeline Telluride’s unmatched location is the ideal platform from which to explore all that the Telluride region has to offer.

And the devil is in the details.

There are annual inspections by The Leading Hotels of the World and over 600 standards to comply with, stricter than AAA Five Diamond or Forbes 5 Star demands. To pass the test with flying colors and ensure excellence in service quality, at Hotel Madeline it starts from the ground up with the staff.  Working against a backdrop as dramatic as Telluride, Madeline decided to dub its employees “performers” – and its clientele “audience.” “Performers” are deeply trained to execute their jobs with C.A.R.E: Commitment, Authenticity, Responsibility, and Environmental awareness.

Newly furnished and designed condos were added to the hotel’s booking portfolio, making them available for short or long-term stays, including two, three, and four-bedroom condos.

The Spa at Hotel Madeline offers a range of treatments including massage, body & wellness therapies, altitude adjustment treatments, face & beauty, nail services, and makeup application.

To learn more, press the “play” button and eavesdrop on my conversation with Hotel Madeline’s Managing Director, Jim Mikula.


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