There was once a time when Denver hid in Boulder's shadow, and was merely considered a gateway city to the Rocky Mountains. Times have changed, and Denver Colorado offers travelers an endless selection of museums, theaters, art galleries and shopping districts. Situated at a 5,280-foot elevation, the Mile High city gives sea-level visitors a chance to stay at one of its many lodging venues and acclimate before visiting the high-altitude mountain resorts. Some hotels are in the city proper, while others are located in the adjourning suburbs.
Anyone arriving on late-night flights or catching early-morning departures from the monolithic Denver International Airport should consider a night at one of the area's airport hotels. During the winter season, which sometimes begins in October and ends in May, roads may be slick and slippery, and roads and mountain passes experience unexpected closings. Staying at an airport hotel offering shuttle services alleviates stress and assures your safety. The Hilton Garden Inn boasts 24-hour airport shuttle service and a fitness center. Some room rates include a buffet breakfast, which features pancakes, fruits and omelets made to order. The hotel, located in Aurora, is about 10 miles from the Denver city center.
In the Heart of the City
Some of Denver's grand hotels were built in the 1890s, in the height of the silver mining era. A stay at one of these venues combines lodging with a museum-like experience.The Brown Palace Hotel is an example. Even if you don't choose to stay here, you should at least make plans to see it. This grand dame of Denver hotels opened in 1892, and almost every American president since Teddy Roosevelt has stayed in its rooms. The building's structure contains 12,400 surface feet of onyx, which is a semiprecious type of quartz, and the hotel restaurant staff bakes bread in a rare, carousel oven. Overnight guests can take free, historic tours of the hotel. The Oxford, built in 1891, is another Denver historic hotel, sits in the center of Denver's trendy LoDo district, where restaurants, hip clubs and boutiques line the streets.
In Cherry Creek
Two mega shopping malls and tree-lined residential streets fill the Cherry Creek area of Denver. The Inn at Cherry Creek offers their signature World Class Shopping package, which features a cheese tray and a glass of wine upon arrival, a Passport to Shopping card, offering discounts to over 60 Cherry Creek stores and restaurants, free parking and Starbucks Coffee delivered to your room. Rooms at this non-smoking hotel feature modern decor, and The Weber, the hotel restaurant, serves an interesting mix of nouveau cuisine and old-fashioned diner-style food.
Near the Red Rocks Amphitheatre
No summer visit to Denver would be complete without a trip to the geologically-formed, open air Red Rocks Amphitheater, located in Morrison, about 31 miles from Denver. During the warm weather, the amphitheater is a concert and outdoor film venue. The nearby Arrowhead Manor Inn offers luxury accommodations in a choice of palatial rooms and suites, decorated with rich velvet fabrics, marble baths and antique furnishings.The inn accommodates wedding celebrations for 21 to 75 people.
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