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Do you believe in Ghosts? Jun 13, 2008
If you have a pension for history and ghost stories, Hotel St. Nicholas is the place for you. What started out as hospital run by an order of nuns (Sisters of Mercy) has been converted into a luxurious, but reasonably priced hotel. Build in the late 1890s, the building was used as a hospital for about 75 years. The manager of the hotel told us they have a regular guest who insists on staying in Room #3, because she was both born in that room, and gave birth there as well. If you ask, you will be rewarded with many stories of this ilk. Everyone who works there is very proud of the hotel and it’s history.
And justifiably so. When the hospital closed in the 1970s, it essentially was left to rot. It was used for storage and an attempt of two was made at using it in some manner or another to earn a buck. But, not until Noel & Denise Perran and Susan Adelbush poured nearly half a million dollars and countless hours of their own time into a serious renovation, was this jewel polished up. The lobby is unique and very beautiful. The guests have access to a billiard room, an outdoor hot tub with a great view, an indoor steam room (a tad weak on steam, but it was relaxing anyway), and the Boiler Room Tavern. The hotel is located off of the main drag (Bennett St), but a free shuttle will take you down to enjoy gaming, eating, or sightseeing
The hotel has 15 rooms covering three floors. There is no elevator, but the creak of the century old floors almost makes climbing the stairs fun. Each room is unique and has a personality all it’s own. Our room, #7, was the nursery and came with an enclosed balcony. Here would be a great place to insert one of the many ghost stories you will hear if only you ask “Is St Nicholas haunted?” The balcony I mentioned was the old sun room. It was used to put jaundiced babies in to give them some exposure with the hope of curing their condition. Some residents (Not us, however) have reported hearing babies crying, when none were guests. Ask about Stinky or the exploding bottle of Royal Crown.
A continental breakfast is included in the price of your room. In the nicely decorated dining area you will also find two scrapbooks with pictures and stories about the hotel and it’s renovation. They are definitely worth your time.
Margo and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay and our only complaint was we couldn’t stay longer. We hope to return soon!
Part of the Cripple Creek, CO-2008 travel blog
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