Fancy Hotels in Denver

by Mary Freeman
The Colorado Rocky Mountains provide a scenic backdrop to many Denver hotels.

The Colorado Rocky Mountains provide a scenic backdrop to many Denver hotels.

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The vast majority of fancy hotels in Denver are located in the downtown area, amid the entertainment and commercial attractions of the city. The majority of these upscale hotels feature spa services, gourmet dining or both, and are strikingly designed and lit. The downtown area, the Colorado Rockies and the Sacramento River make for beatific vistas on all sides.

Brown Palace

Existing for more than 100 years, the Brown Hotel sits in the downtown area of Denver, 22 miles from the Denver International Airport. Taking after the hotel's name, each of the guest rooms, suites, dining rooms and lobby sport luxuriously rich brown color schemes, accented with intricate purple, blue and red patters. Aside from the ritzy 241 residences, the hotel is home to more than six restaurants, serving a variety of international cuisines, and the in-house spa offers custom body treatments from deep-tissue massages to salon hair care. Guests enjoy afternoon tea, shop at the floral shop, and drink cocktails and listen to live music at the lobby bar.

Hotel Monaco, Denver

The Hotel Monaco is a Kimpton boutique hotel in downtown Denver. The lobby and 189 guestrooms are decked out in vivid stripes of summery colors. Room service is available throughout the day and night, and the front desk arranges in-room spa services -- from aromatherapy to custom massages. The hotel accepts pets, and children receive special amenities, including a welcome gift and kid-sized bath robes. The Hotel Monaco concierge organizes tickets and reservations for shows, sporting events and restaurants. Special packages at the Hotel Manaco include the family package, which offers complimentary passes to the Denver Aquarium, cookies and milk, in-room movies and valet services.

Hotel Teatro

Sitting across the street from the Denver Center for Performing Arts is the Hotel Teatro, a luxury boutique hotel adorned with costumes and photographs from the Center's many past productions. A posh and attractive color palette of gold and bronze paints the 110 guest rooms, featuring furniture built with cherry wood and 12-foot-high ceilings. The hotel's AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant, Restaurant Kevin Taylor, serves contemporary French cuisine.

Ritz-Carlton, Denver

With views of the Rocky Mountains outside and dapper appointments inside, the Ritz-Carlton is one of the most upscale hotels in downtown Denver. Soft tones of emerald, vermilion, and beige induce a feeling of welcome and comfort in the rooms, as do the over-sized bathtubs and down comforters. White marble, velvety furniture and professional artwork adorn the entire hotel. The hotel's signature restaurant, Elway's, serves up American-style breakfast as well as steak and seafood for dinner.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.

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