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Capella Telluride Recognized By Condé Nast Traveler

The Telluride region’s newest luxury resort has earned one of the most sought after recognitions in the travel industry, lending it a boost at the start of the upcoming summer season.

Condé Nast Traveler magazine has listed the Telluride Capella, which opened this winter in Mountain Village, to its “hot list” for 2009. The recognition places the Capella among just 34 new hotels in the United States to be listed.

“As the first U.S. destination for Capella Hotels and Resorts, we had the great responsibility of introducing a world-class hotel founded upon the principle of service,” said John Volponi, general manager of Capella Telluride, quoted in a press release. “Condé Nast Traveler’s recognition – and so soon after opening – is a testament to the excellence of the entire Capella Telluride team, and I congratulate them wholeheartedly.”

From a local perspective, The Capella enjoys the distinction of being one of just two new hotels, along with lumiere, to have opened its doors in recent years in Mountain Village. In 2006, three other major hotels won development approvals, marking a long-anticipated increase in the region’s bedbase. But as of today, the proposed Telluride Rosewood, the proposed Silverline and a massive remodel of The Peaks are all on hold, set back at least in part by frozen credit markets and the weak economy.

Condé Nast Traveler’s annual hot list is produced by the magazine’s editors and correspondents. It can be seen at www.cntraveler.com/hotlist.

The magazine praises the “100-room stone-and-stucco resort” for feeling “pleasingly intimate despite its large scale,” and describes the staff as “polished” and “as courteous as they are good-looking.”

Among the hotels on the hot list, the Capella Telluride is a relative bargain, thanks to a special introductory rate of $195 from May 21 – Oct. 17, 2009, subject to availability.

The Capella got an additional boost when it was one of the hotels on the hot list specifically discussed health partners pharmacies on NBC’s Today Show on April 14, in a story about the Conde Nast Hot List.

The Today Show segment can be seen at https://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/30134873#30134873.

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