Funky but fun!
Posted Aug 22, 2015
Lol, where to begin. The Forest Queen Hotel is located on Elk Aveenus, the main thoroughfare of old Crested Butte. The hotel dates from 1881 and is above a saloon & restaurant. There is no front desk, you check in with the staff at the bar. The stairs to the rooms are a bit tilted, old buildings in Colorado shift over time, and the carpet is, well, dirty. Once upstairs your room is one of seven or so that share a single bathroom, just like 1881. My first two-night stay I got a room with two small single beds. The second stay I got a nicer room (for less) with a queen bed. I had no issues with the shared bath, which might put some folks off, however, the shower is one that won;t stay regulated and may shift from perfect to ice cold or scalding hot in an instant. There is no dedicated parking area for the hotel, you just find a spot on a side street nearby. This is not for you if you have security concerns about your vehicle. You can unload your things in front. Once you're checked in, you're set to enjoy all that old Crested Butte has to offer. The place may be a bit run down and "worn in like an old pair of boots", but I got three of the best nights sleep I've enjoyed in ages. Recommend to "seasoned, flexible and adventurous" travellers. If you need squeaky clean, sparkling new, look elsewhere.