If you a) sleepwalk, B) are claustrophobic, c) are intensely private, then you may not be the ideal guest for The Bunkhouse, the cool new “boutique hostel” for grownups in Minturn.
On the other hand, if you are gregarious, adventurous, and/or hip and would rather splurge on fine dining than an overpriced resort village hotel room, this surprisingly affordable (from $68 a night) lodging alternative may be for you, especially if you were the youngest sibling who never got the upper bunk.
“We don’t get a lot of introverts here,” says innkeeper Nancy Richards, who operates the hostel with her husband, Ryan, and has hosted guests from teenagers to septuagenarians from as far away as New Zealand since the business opened in May. “These are people who are looking for great experiences. They want to spend their money on cool adventures, not on a hotel.”
Accommodations vary from Japanese-style soundproofed pods (equipped with heavy privacy curtains, plush bedding, lamps, USB ports, and noise cancelling sound machines to drown out snores from neighbors) and two private rooms that sleep up to four family members or friends.
In addition to a common area with a full kitchen and a flat-screen TV, amenities include free Wi-Fi, parking, ski gear storage, morning coffee, and confidence that you’ll sleep soundly knowing you’ve just scored one of the valley’s best deals.