Hotels in Denver's lively downtown capture the essence of this city on the move--and there are still more planned as Denver comes into its own as one of the country's fastest growing urban areas. New on the scene is the impeccably stylish Crawford Hotel, integrated into artfully renovated Union Station, which now anchors downtown. Also new is the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel, housed in the former Colorado Bank Building on 17th Street. Like the Crawford, the Renaissance has historic Colorado artwork on display. For value-conscious travelers, it's hard to beat the new Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown, which opened in December 2014. Although it's moderately priced, t's connected to the historic, opulent Brown Palace Hotel, where HIE guests have access to a luxury spa and all of the Brown's highly regarded restaurants--but at a lower room rate. Hotel Teatro, one of the city's chic downtown boutique hotels, wrapped up a major renovation in TKTKT and now offers a nicely conceptualized new restaurant, The Nickel, as well as the Library, a cozy gathering spot where guests and local residents can sit by the fireplace and sip tea and read or meet friends and colleagues for a power breakfast. While the best of the downtown hotels are not budget oriented in the strictest sense of the term, they offer tremendous value being walking distance to some of the nation's top restaurants and entertainment venues.