HOTEL COLORADO

526 Pine Street, Glenwood Springs, CO

(970) 945-6511

Status: Former Hospital; Historic Hotel

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History

This hotel was built by a banker who made his fortune in the silver market named Walter Devereux. It was modeled after the Villa de Medici in Rome, Italy and cost of $850,000 ($28.7 million in 2023 dollars).

Construction was begun in 1891 and the hotel opened on June 10, 1893, with fireworks and a midnight dinner for 300 couples.

After long stays by both Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft the hotel became known as the “little White House of the West”. It also became a summer playground for many of America’s ultra rich.

With the casualties flowing back to the United States from the European and Pacific battlefields due to the onset of World War II the United States Navy rented the hotel in 1942 for use as a convalescent hospital.

In 1946 the US Navy decommissioned the building and returned it to the owner who re-opened the building as a hotel.

The hotel is still open, and stays can be booked via the phone number or website above.

 

Paranormal Activity

The hotel is very open to it’s hauntings and ghosts.

The original owner, Walter Devereux, seemed to have stayed on long after death. He most often lets his presence known with phantom cigar smoke. No one living has been able to smoke in the building for many years so it’s very obvious when he’s around.

Occasionally, his faint apparition has appeared amid a cloud of cigar smoke. Sensitives are said to feel his presence throughout the building.

Smells of phantom cigar smoke are reported in the basement which is, probably, where his office used to be. He also seems to have his favorite rooms in the hotel as well where the smell is reported as well as faint – but visible – clouds of cigar smoke.

Walter is also blamed whenever a room locks itself.

The majority of reports come from the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors with rooms 321, 551 and 661 being the most active.

In Room 551 the apparition of a man is seen both in the room and in the hallway outside of the room. The man is said to be very active but seems to go out of his way not to frighten anyone. It has been described as a very benign haunting.

Room 661 is the largest of 2 suites in the tower and is haunted by a woman in floral print dress and is usually seen standing over guests when they are in bed. There is one story where a man became ill and needed to stay in bed; his wife opened the room’s windows to get him some fresh air. When his wife left the bedroom another woman came in and closed the windows; apparently, this battle went on for 3 days.

The elevator is known for going up and down on it’s own. It has been checked repeatedly for faults, but no mechanical or electrical reason can be found for why it does this.

One room was so active – rumored to be due to a maid being murdered there – the hotel has turned into storage room with no public access.

Phantom knocks on people’s rooms

Other electrical disturbances in the rooms include lights turning on and off on their own as well televisions changing channels, increasing and decreasing volume and turning on and off all on it’s own.

Apparitions of former guests and staff as well as sailors from the building’s time as a hospital.

The see through apparition of a young girl in seen in Victorian era clothing throughout the building; usually she is playing with a ball.

Another ghost in Victorian attire is a lady seen in the dining room. She is said to wear very nice smelling perfume – which is often smelt even when she is not visible – and is said to be very friendly toward men. This also could be the same ghost as one in more modern attire that’s reported (see below).

The basement of the hotel – which was used as a morgue and a crematorium when the hospital was open – is also said to be very paranormally active. Phantom sounds including disembodied voices having conversations and the sounds of typewriters have been reported.

In 1993 a hotel employee witnessed an elderly woman looking in one of the windows cupping her hands over her face. When he looked away for an instant to turn on the lights she disappeared.

The main floor is haunted by a nurse named Bobbie. It is said she dates back to the World War II era and was murdered by a jealous lover who was a Naval Officer. The story says he was shipped out to cover up the crime, but the hospital staff spread the story.

Bobbie is said to haunt the dining room and easily identified by her perfume – which smells like Gardenias – which sounds very familiar to the earlier story about the Victorian lady. This report comes from the hotel itself, though, so is probably the correct story.