Hotel Review: Founders Pointe

Throughout our travels we are going to rate as many hotels as possible to give everyone an inside look at our humble abode on the road. We're hoping this comes in handy for anyone planning a vacation to the cities we plan on calling home in 2011.
Founders Pointe resort is our first review as we spent two wonderful nights in this luxurious hotel in Winter Park, Colorado. Located right on resort property, Founders Pointe is not only beautiful on the inside but once you step outside you're literally a hop, skip and a jump away from the Zephyr Express ski lift at Winter Park. Not to mention if you're hungry or craving a late night snack, restaurants like Lime (great Taco Tuesday), Cheeky Monk, Goody's, a general store and more are all nearby.
We stayed in a studio suite (one bedroom and two bedroom suites are available) and the space itself was absolutely stunning. To be honest, all you would really need is a studio suite. Our room had a king size bed along with a fold out couch, in case you had more friends/family staying with you. A bonus is that this entire hotel smells like it's coated in a brown sugar mixed with a rustic cabin scent. It felt like home once we walked in.
Here is a picture of our room complete with a small dining table, bed, couch, chair.....
television, and of course the best part....the fireplace.
Also included, is a complete kitchen. This is great and definitely helps with the rating as a complete kitchen is not only useful for a group, family or friends but it also helps you save a great deal of money. You can stock up on cereal, milk, sandwiches, etc. and pack lunches or make a delicious breakfast without depleting your wallet on sky rocket resort prices. 

Lastly, Founders Pointe scored major points with their outdoor hot tub. After a long day of skiing it felt so good to soak in their hot tub, take in the views of Winter Park Resort and pop the top of an ice cold Coors Light. It was -10 degrees the day we visited and it was so awesome to sit outside in warmth in this facility. The doors to the hot tub are also close by, so you're not freezing in your bikini or shorts for too long.

Another surplus of staying at Founders Suite is that the resort supplies a complimentary shuttle to its visitors. We went out to dinner at Hernando's and then over to Randi's for a few celebratory cocktails, and once we decided to leave we called the resort and the shuttle picked us up in about ten minutes--definitely a plus!

Overall, we rated our stay at Founders Pointe a 4 out of 5 possible stars. The only down side to staying at this resort is that there is no free continental breakfast and parking is pricey. It's a whopping $14 to park per day in the garage attached to the hotel. Your other option (the one we took) is to park your car for free in the Vintage parking lot near daily resort parking. To access this lot you must take the cabriolet across the resort to the parking lot. 

We would definitely recommend a romantic weekend or a friendly getaway to Founders Pointe in Winter Park, and frankly we cannot wait to return. 

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