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Where to Stay in Denver
Although Denver is a very tourist-friendly city, a substantial portion of its hotels are more oriented toward business travelers than pleasure seekers.
This can work to your advantage if you’d like to spend a short trip in the mostly high-end accommodations in the Central Business District, as their weekend rates are usually lower than on weekdays. Many of Denver’s sights are just a short drive away, and most hotels are within walking distance of great bars and restaurants in this centrally located area. Weekends-only Denver hotel deals also extend southeast of the downtown business district into the Capitol Hill neighborhood, where more of the city’s finer hotels put you within short walking distance of the Molly Brown House Museum, the Denver Art Museum, Denver’s scenic Civic Center Park and the ornate State Capitol Building.
Farther southeast, the Cherry Creek neighborhood is where you’ll find many of Denver’s upscale chain hotels like the Hilton Garden Inn and Four Points by Sheraton. Golf courses and a chic shopping center are located among the stately mansions in this wealthy part of town. The Park Hill neighborhood in the northeast corner of Denver is quieter and more residential, and offers a mix of mid-range and economy rooms.
Denver Hotel Tips
Denver’s greatest concentration of hotels is in the neighboring Downtown and Capitol Hill districts, and the most luxurious properties are generally spread throughout these areas. Many of these hotels offer resort-style amenities, spas and fine dining. In Capitol Hill, there are also several charming B&Bs in historic Victorian mansions.
Outside of this central area, options consist mostly of chain hotels and are more geographically scattered and diverse in terms of rates and accommodations.
Many cheap, no-frills motels can be found in the surrounding suburbs of Aurora to the east and Lakewood to the west.
Denver Hotel Recommendations
One of the oldest and arguably most luxurious hotels in Denver is the Brown Palace, a stately facility with a storied past. Some of its finest suites are named after their most famous guests: The Beatles, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower, just to name a few. While the hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places, it has undergone routine renovations to make it comfortable in accordance with modern standards. While staying there, be sure to look into its day spa, cigar bar and multiple fine dining options. Another Downtown hotel, the Hotel Teatro, is the Brown Palace’s closest rival in terms of luxury. Situated across the street from the Denver Center for the Performing arts, its lobby and common areas are decorated with artifacts from decades of performances there.
Not far away, the Capitol Hill Mansion Bed & Breakfast provides exceptionally personal service in your choice of eight individually appointed rooms in a 19th Century mansion. Outfitted with modern amenities, the B&B also fills each room with fresh flowers, serves a gourmet two-hour breakfast each
morning and offers in-room three-course dinners.
In the Cherry Creek area, the Loews Denver Hotel is an extravagant facility that is sleek and modern on the outside and decorated in classic Italian
style throughout the interior. Its standard rooms are plush and comfortable, but its villa suites are all uniquely furnished and very spacious at 705 square feet. Be sure to eat at least one meal at the on-site Tuscany Restaurant.
When booking a flight to Denver and selecting a hotel for your stay, you may want to look into whether the hotel will send a shuttle to pick you up after you land. Only some Denver hotels offer this service, usually at a competitive rate. If this isn’t available through your hotel, there are several ways to cover the 23 miles from Denver International Airport to Downtown. Numerous car rental agencies maintain lots on the airport grounds, shuttle companies make regular rounds to Downtown hotels at affordable flat rates, and you can also travel right to your hotel door via taxi, private car or limousine. Taxi fare to Downtown and Capitol Hill hotels can run between $35 and $50, not including tip, and private car services start at slightly higher prices and go up from there.
If you don’t plan to go into the outer reaches of the area, you can easily navigate the city with its sophisticated mass transit system of buses and light rail trains. System maps, fare information and all other details are available on Denver’s Regional Transportation District’s website, as well as
in the centrally located Civic Center Station near the Capitol Building. When transit service stops late at night, you can usually hail cabs on the street in nightlife districts or call one of Denver’s many cab companies.
If you do plan on traveling beyond the metro area, it’s best to rent a car. You can do this at the airport and hang onto your wheels for the entire trip, but if you can get a cheaper shuttle ride from the airport to your hotel, it may be more economical to rent a vehicle in the city for only those days you want to get farther away.