Denver Hotels & Attractions

by Lee Grayson Google
Denver's city center features a host of attractions and hotels.

Denver's city center features a host of attractions and hotels.

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Denver, Colorado, was founded after a gold strike in 1858. Visitors to the Mile High City who stay in one of the downtown area's hotels are a short distance from several tourist attractions.

Paramount Theater

The historic Paramount Theatre in Denver dates to 1930 and was one of numerous theaters downtown. The restored art deco theater today hosts modern performances, including ballet, jazz concerts and rock groups. Fans of architecture can tour the theater and hear special concerts on the original Wurlitzer twin-console organ. The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, walking distance from the Paramount Theater, is also close to Coors Field and shopping at the 16th Street Mall. The multistory Sheraton has more than 1,200 guest rooms and 82 suites with a weight room, health club and easy access to a city park featuring golf, walking and cycling, and playgrounds.

Downtown Denver Aquarium

The Downtown Aquarium, part of the Landry's Restaurants chain, integrates aquarium exhibits with dining. The million-gallon aquarium is home to about 500 species. Dining at the Aquarium Restaurant includes expansive views of the watery inhabitants. The Hotel Teatro, historic boutique lodging less than a mile from the aquarium, also offers easy access to the 16th Street Mall and the performing arts center. The AAA four-diamond hotel has 110 guest rooms or suites with marble baths. Dine on the premises at PRIMA Restaurant. Special packages include holiday accommodations with meal service, wedding and honeymoon packages, lodging with access to museum exhibits and lectures, and the Red Hot Romance Package.

Rockies Baseball

Coors Field, a 76-acre facility in downtown Denver at 20th and Blake streets, opened in 1995. The stadium offers on-site restaurant dining at the Mountain Ranch Bar and Grille, in addition to National Baseball League action. The historic Oxford Hotel, walking distance from Coors Field and close to Union Station, has 80 guest rooms and a presidential suite decorated in a variety of classic decor, including Victorian, French, English and early 20th-century American styling. Luxury services include aromatic baths with Bath Butler service, complimentary shoeshines, morning coffee and tea, and free Wi-Fi.

Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum on 14th Avenue Parkway downtown offers art lectures; special events, including wine tastings and architecture tours; and narrated tours of the collections. The historic Brown Palace Hotel, only blocks from the museum, incorporates touring at the art museum with accommodations throughout the year. The hotel has 241 rooms and suites featuring twice-daily housekeeping, water from the hotel's own artesian well and access to the hotel fitness rooms.

About the Author

*I have written chapters and articles for Oxford and Harvard University Presses, ABC-CLIO, and others. Arcadia Press published two of my local history texts and I have also written for numerous "article sites," including Pagewise in 2002. My "How to become a...real estate agent" is available as an online text from a Canadian publisher. *I taught writing courses at a branch campus of Indiana University. *I held a California real estate license and have remodeled four of my own homes and advised others on financing homes, repairing credit to qualify for loans, and managing construction (including meeting local, state, and federal regulations for restoration and development grants). *I served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer and wrote nearly $75,000 in small education grants (under $1,000). *My travels include frequent road trips in Canada, Mexico, U.S., and Europe. I attended school at Cambridge University and used this as a base to explore the UK and Europe.

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