Denver hosts more than 17 million visitors every year which makes it one of the country’s most visited cities. And, if you spend a day or two surrounded by our region’s stunning landmarks, beautiful homes, eclectic food scene and urban, artistic culture, it’s easy to find out why so many people want to be here.
But the first step to any visit is deciding where to stay. If you want to be right in the heart of the city, you definitely won’t be short on options. To help you narrow them down, we rounded up a few of our favorite hotels in the city—from Art Deco lodgings to unique digs in the center of Denver.
So first, choose a hotel. Then, check out What to Do if You Only Have 24 Hours in Denver and decide what you’ll be doing while you’re here!
Photo courtesy of The Maven
Why people love it: Unique location in the artsy Dairy Block, casual atmosphere, and spa-like rooms.
The lowdown: The Maven in LoDo (Lower Downtown) is perfect for those who just want to relax. From the hanging chairs on every level to the Airstream out back that serves ice-cold margaritas—the Maven allows you to let loose and really enjoy Denver’s casual atmosphere. But that doesn’t mean this boutique hotel is lacking class. Each of their 172 rooms is bursting with sculptures, paintings, and photographs all produced by Colorado artists. All that and its hip location in Dairy Block, one of Denver’s newest artsy developments, will give you a true taste of what the Mile High City is all about.
Things to do in the area: The Alley at Dairy Block, Denver’s Milk Market, Falling Rock Tap House, 1UP Arcade Bar, and Denver’s Union Station.
Kimpton Hotel Born
Why people love it: Floor-to-ceiling windows, pet-welcoming amenities, and convenient location in Union Station.
The lowdown: Located in Denver’s famous Union Station, Hotel Born is an urban refuge. Full of natural architectural details and art curated by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (which you can visit for just a penny by showing your key card), is a 200-room hotel that feels like a classy Rocky Mountain resort. Not only is Hotel Born an oasis for humans, but they also offer complimentary, faux-fur pet beds and food and water bowls for your furry companions, who are welcome to stay with you. As for other special amenities, don’t miss the daily wine reception, which runs from 5 to 6 p.m. in the lobby, where you can kick off your Denver evening with a free glass of vino or local craft beer.
Things to do in the area: Bloom, The Tattered Cover, Citizen Rail, LoDo, and the Paramount Theater.
The Brown Palace
Photo courtesy of The Brown Palace
Why people love it: Historic decor, luxurious amenities, and an afternoon tea service.
The lowdown: The Brown Palace opened more than a century ago in 1892. Today, it still exudes luxury with 241 distinct guestrooms and suites and celebrated amenities meant to spoil their guests. Enjoy twice-daily maid service, plush terry robes, complimentary WiFi and pure artesian water from their own well. The hotel also boasts six unique restaurants and bars, a boutique spa and a stunning location in downtown Denver. Even if you aren’t planning on staying the night at the Brown, you should still stop by for afternoon tea, which features an old-fashioned tea service including scones, pastries, and adult beverages, and is a favorite pastime for many Denverites.
Things to do in the area: The American Museum of Western Art, 16th Street Mall, the Colorado Convention Center, and The Denver Art Museum.
The Source Hotel & Market Hall
3330 Brighton Boulevard, Denve
Why people love it: Unique marketplace, panoramic mountain views, and plenty of local, contemporary decor.
The lowdown: Settled in RiNo (River North Arts District), the Source Hotel is an eight-story, 100-room boutique hotel that is more than just a place to sleep. Full of clean, modern amenities and featuring a breathtaking view of the Denver skyline, the Source is one of the most unique places to stay in the city. Upstairs, you’ll find a rooftop gastropub, beer garden, and pool terrace so you can party while staring out at the Rocky Mountains. But it’s the market hall that truly makes the Source standout. One of Denver’s famous food halls, The Source features 25 independent food and retail vendors for you to explore—all located in a refurbished iron foundry.
Things to do in the area: The Great Divide Brewing Company, LoDo Massage Studio, RiNo Arts District, and The Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery.
Photo courtesy of The Halcyon
Why people love it: Fabulous amenities, outdoor exploration opportunities, and an amazing location in Cherry Creek.
The lowdown: Settled in Cherry Creek North’s retail area, this 154-room hotel looks like a swanky condo building, practically oozing luxury and charm. Marketed as a “non-hotel”, the Halcyon works to make you feel at home with cozy decor and art, high-speed WiFi, freshly baked treats at the Kitchen Counter, and an in-room Nespresso espresso maker. And the included amenities are nothing to sneeze at! A stay at the Halcyon means 24-hour access to an in-house fitness center; a sparkling water station on each elevator level; access to the Gear Garage, which features seasonal outdoor equipment available for rent; and complimentary access to the Rooftop Pool Deck.
Things to do in the area: The Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Blue Island Oyster Bar, Cherry Creek Theater, and Show of Hands Gallery.
The Ramble Hotel
Why people love it: Incredible in-house restaurant and bar, Instagrammable rooms, and bustling location in one of Denver’s hottest neighborhoods.
The lowdown: Nestled in the heart of RiNo, Denver’s hippest neighborhood, The Ramble Hotel is a 50-room, boutique hotel that has been incredibly decorated. Featuring lush, retro furnishings and vintage details, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to old Hollywood. Each room features windows that look out over Larimer Street or a Juliet balcony that offers a view of the hotel’s courtyard bar. And, their house bar and restaurant, Death & Co. is an ultra-popular place to grab a cocktail or a fantastic meal.
Things to do in the area: The Denver Central Market, Coors Field, Our Mutual Friend Brewing, Modern Nomad, and The Larimer Lounge.
Photo courtesy of The Curtis
Why people love it: Beautifully weird themed rooms, convenient downtown location, and a delicious in-house restaurant.
The lowdown: Recently named as one of the best art hotels in the United States by USA Today, the Curtis Hotel is a vibrant destination for any art lover. Throughout the downtown building, you’ll find an outstanding collection of pop art, created by local Colorado and nationally renowned artists. Each floor of the hotel is themed, featuring eye-catching art and installations designed to make you smile. Look for photographs and posters from the musical Hair on the Big Hair Floor (the 9th floor). And get a taste of pure evil on Dun Dun Dunnnnn! (the 13th floor) where Jack Torrance from The Shining and a vintage vacancy notice from the Bates Motel will keep things creepy. Click here for an inside look into the eclectic suites and booking information!
Things to do in the area: The Corner Office Restaurant + Bar, The Denver Performing Arts Complex, Comedy Works, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, and Backstage Coffee.
Why people love it: Fewer rooms and smaller spaces makes for a more intimate vacation experience, Instagram friendly decor, and nightlife amenities.
The lowdown: The smallest boutique hotel on this list, NATIV is a 14-room downtown destination that features three full bars, an exclusive VIP room, and an intimate Stereo Lounge. Each room is newly refurbished and carefully designed, featuring stainless steel tiles, glass showers, and contemporary art. Located just steps away from the 16th Street Mall and in the middle of Denver’s distinctive fine dining district, NATIV is a modern escape in the thick of it all!
Things to do in the area: Morning Glory, Pourtions, Elitch Gardens, Denver’s Downtown Aquarium, and the Molly Brown Museum.
Photo courtesy of the Crawford Hotel
Why people love it: Historic details, convenient location in Union Station, and unique deals at local Denver businesses.
The lowdown: More than a hotel, The Crawford Hotel is a place to meet, shop, eat, drink and sleep—right above Denver’s famous Union Station. Enter through the railway station, which also offers plenty of things to explore, and enjoy historic details, 65-foot ceilings, soaring windows, chandeliers and more. Incredible amenities include direct airport train access, 10% off at the Oxford Club, free craft beer at the Terminal Bar, courtesy Tesla transportation, priority seating at Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, and so much more. Visit their website to see what other luxurious features are awaiting you.
Things to do in the area: Robischon Art Gallery, Millennium Bridge, Larimer Square, The Pepsi Center, and the Cherry Creek Bike Trail.
Hotel Indigo Denver Downtown
Why people love it: Stunning architectural features, swanky LoDo location, and a plethora of fantastic dining options.
The lowdown: Hotel Indigo Denver, one of the city’s newest boutique-style hotels, opened its doors in downtown Denver’s thriving LoDo neighborhood in 2017. The LEED-Certified building, designed by internationally recognized architectural and engineering firm John Portman & Associates, features a multi-faceted façade of stacked elements, including inviting transparent glass on the ground floor, perforated metal screening and floor-to-ceiling glazing. The artwork evokes memories of the Colorado gold rush, which put Denver on the map on its way to prosperity. And even though the hotel is located among some of Denver’s best restaurants, local favorite Hearth & Dam is located right on Hotel Indigo’s first floor.
Things to do in the area: Coors Field, Union Station, Whole Sol Blend Bar, The Tattered Cover Bookstore, Howl at the Moon Denver, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.
Moxy Denver Cherry Creek
Photo courtesy of the Moxy Denver
Why people love it: Spacious communal spaces, a complimentary selfie booth, and a convenient location in Cherry Creek North.
The lowdown: With features like a grab-and-go station, an elevator car styled as a selfie booth, and picturesque patio beer garden—it’s easy to assume that Moxy is catering to a millennial crowd and we have no complaints. Full of convenient amenities, like complimentary lockers in the lobby, kitschy vending machines, and a community iron station on the second floor, the Moxy is a new kind of hotel. The 170-room escape is designed to help you meet new people and make new friends, rather than spending all of your vacation time in your room, featuring several communal spaces rather than overly luxurious rooms.
Things to do in the area: Olive & Finch, Cherry Creek Theater, Cherry Cricket, Canvas and Cocktails, and the Cherry Creek Shopping Center.
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