10 Best Denver Hotels in the Heart of Downtown

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.

Cozy and romantic, the Oxford Hotel Denver is one of the city's true gems. Originally opened in 1891, it's is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Oxford is home to a coveted spa and salon and to the ageless Cruise Room, a 1933 Art...  Read More

Grand Hyatt Denver
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After a hotel-wide renovation completed in late 2013, The Grand Hyatt is better than ever, especially the dynamic Pinnacle Club ballrooms with the most expansive panoramic views in Denver (rumor has it you can see all the way to Wyoming on a...  Read More

Denver history is always interesting. Before this historic building on the 16th Street Mall was home to the Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown, it housed Joslins Dry Goods Department Store, where J.C. Penney began his retail career as a stock...  Read More

Opened in 2014, the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel celebrates the past but adds a distinctive contemporary vibe. It's located in the historic Colorado Bank Building, which has long added architectural grace and refinement to...  Read More

One of the newer additions to the Denver skyline, Four Seasons Hotel Denver is all about luxury and location. It's in the heart of the theater district and walking distance to many of Denver's top attractions and restaurants, though you may not...  Read More

Like all Kimpton hotels, the Monaco aims to create community with its evening wine receptions and complimentary coffee and tea available in the lobby each morning. If you're traveling solo, those touches may be especially welcomed. Also welcomed...  Read More

Connected by Skybridge to the opulent Brown Palace Hotel & Spa across the street, the new Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown is not your normal value-priced hotel. While this is three-star lodging with three-star pricing, HIE guests have...  Read More

The Curtis celebrates pop culture with style, even a bit of flamboyance, and the effect is utterly charming. Part of the Doubletree/Hilton family, the retro-hip Curtis completed a renovation in 2014 and still makes you smile with its splashy...  Read More

The Crawford Hotel
Photo courtesy of Crawford Hotel

Opened in July 2014, The Crawford is located in one of Denver's most highly recognized buildings, Union Station, a commanding Beaux Artes structure that has been meticulously restored. The hotel was integrated into the station, part of it on a...  Read More

The Teatro, Italian for theater, is perfectly placed in the heart of Denver's performing-arts district and is as ideal for romantic weekends as for business gatherings. A renovation in 2014 resulted in several engaging new spaces. Among the most...  Read More


Meet Christine Loomis

Christine has written about every aspect of travel, from romance and adventure to family and wellness. She is also lucky to have had three major home states through the years: New York,...  More About Christine

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