I have always stayed there when there was work to do in Silverton , I actually built the backstops and permiter fence at nest to the info center on the right just as you drive into town. Always thought it was a great little hotel and you can.t beat the price anywhere. I love the mountains and love the town , the motel is just the icing on the cake.
The Prospector is a wonderful motel that is clean and affordable. We stayed there in the summer of 2006, the fall of 2006 and the summer of 2007.
We have always been pleased with our accommodations. The owner of the motel, Andy Hanahan, is a gracious host, always willing to a give a recommendation for dinner, share stories of the area, or give an occassional "ride" to a hiker to a trailhead. We relax at the motel after our days jeeping and hiking the many trails in the area.
We understand he has recently upgraded his rooms to accommodate the skiers that visit Silverton Mountain in the winter. We are sure the Prospector will be as popular to the winter crowd as it is to the summer explorers of Silverton. We love it there!
How could you go wrong with a place so affordable and run by such an affable guy like Andrew Hanahan III? I think we paid $50 or 55 for two king sized beds. He'll be able to tell you of all the possible outings, menus and characters in this picturesque victorian moutain town. He's been coming out there since the 60's when his parents bought this gem. The room was impeccably clean and huge, with coffeemaker to boot. But the view outside the windows - majestic, serene- out of a japanese silk painting the misty morning before a storm hit- was what completely captivated us.
There's also a new ski lift area that has JUST been opened up by the government for the skier who wants a real challenge. Ask Andy about it, he'll tell ya all about it, he'll probably even give you a ride there if you need one. Like I said, Andy's a good egg and loaded with info and jokes galore to top it off. People have come to town and stayed there just because Andy was taking care of them. Highly recommended.