Denver Hotels That Deliver on Value and Won't Bust Your Budget



Budget can mean different things to different people. One thing is for sure: In Denver, budget does not have to mean lack of quality or amenities. Of course, if your only criteria is the lowest room price, you may not find what you're looking for here. But you don't need our help for that. You know the bargain brands and you can find them on your own. This list includes hotels you might not immediately think of in the "budget" category, and yet they can do a lot to ease your bottom line, hotels such as Embassy Suites Denver-Downtown/Convention Center and Woolley's Classic Suites near the airport. 

To us, budget really means value. What, exactly, are you getting for your hard-earned dollars? The hotels on this list offer good value and some surprising amenities that actually translate to real savings. If you stay at a low-end, low-quality hotel but have to eat out every meal and rent a car, are you really saving over a hotel that's better quality and offers free breakfast and free shuttles to the places you need to go? And won't you feel better getting a higher quality experience for your money?  Some hotels, including Inverness Hotel & Conference Center, are pricey during the week but offer super affordable rates on weekends when the business travelers depart. Think outside the room-rate box and it's possible to find deals that work on every level. 



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This hotel is a good choice for travelers who want to be near the airport or near the Anschutz Medical Campus and Children's Hospital Colorado. Guests receive complimentary transportation to all three. The airport shuttle runs 24/7/365, while the neighborhood shuttle takes guests anywhere within a five-mile radius, including Dick's Sporting Goods Park, shopping at Northfield Stapleton and the National Western Complex, home of the National Western Stock Show. But that's not all that's free. The Timbers also offers free Internet access throughout the hotel and complimentary access to its 24-hour business center and 24-hour fitness center--no nickel-and-diming here. With Western décor that speaks to Colorado's heritage along with such contemporary niceties as custom pillow-top mattresses, The Timbers has appeal for all kinds of travelers.


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Well located in Denver's lively downtown, The Crowne Plaza Denver has some nice amenities to make a stay here worthwhile. Among them is Off Sixteenth, the hotel's restaurant, which strives to go above and beyond the traditional hotel dining experience. In keeping with Denver's thriving contemporary food scene, Off Sixteenth is focused on a true "soil-to-city" food experience, meaning many of the menu items are farmed or produced in the Rocky Mountain region. Guests can save money by not renting a car. The hotel is walking distance to LoDo, Coors Field and the Pepsi Center, among other places. And if you don't want to walk, the hotel is close to the 16th Street Mall and its convenient free shuttle. Runners and walkers should stop at the hotel's Health & Wellness Station to learn about different trails in the area.


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Among the Warwick's value features is a selection of oversized accommodations. Out of the 215 guest rooms, 60 have a separate living area, while the rest offer an expansive 400-500 square feet of space and private balconies. The hotel also has one of the only rooftop pools in Denver, and Randolph's, the on-site restaurant, is popular with local residents and tourists alike. There's good reason for that: the executive chef, Jesper Jonsson, is originally from Denmark and his heritage is apparent in such dishes as Tart Flamande, a thin-crust flatbread with créme fraiche, carmelized red onions and bacon. His house-made morning pastries are not to be missed (yes, there's danish). The hotel's location provides easy access to 17th Avenue with its trending food scene, as well as music venues on Colfax.


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The brand new Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown is the best of two worlds. It's a three-star hotel with three-star pricing in one of the best neighborhoods in Denver. It's also connected via Skybridge to The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, directly across the street, where HIE guests can access such luxurious amenities as The Brown's famous spa and all of its restaurants, and simply put the charges on their HIE bill. Formerly the Comfort Inn, the new Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown opens January 2015 following an $11 million renovation, and reservations are now being accepted. All 231 guest rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, and guests can grab HIE's complimentary Express Start breakfast to get the day going.


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Chic, sleek and edgy, Aloft offers added-value amenities including complimentary high-speed Internet access and environmentally friendly elements, which appeal to its many fans. In the weeks around its December 2014 opening, the hotel will be giving away fun stuff at random, from a free night's stay, free breakfast and free specialty drinks to gift bags (hint: sign up for the Starwood loyalty program or choose green options when you check in). Now is the time to discover one of downtown Denver's newest hotels. Additionally, the hotel will run a variety of promotions, packages and programs throughout the year, so if you can't stay in December, continue to check out the website. Like its Aloft siblings, this hotel features the usual buzz-worthy socializing spots including a chic lounge and a bar where guests can mix and mingle over trendy cocktails and small bites.


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Ask for a high floor and a west-facing rom to take in views of Colorado's Front Rage and the high Rocky Mountain peaks beyond. This is a AAA Four Diamond property that's geared during the week for business travelers and conferences. That means weekends are off-peak, giving leisure travelers a chance to enjoy the upscale hotel and amenities at a lower price. Stays that include Sundays, Thursdays or weekends typically provide the best value and most options. There are plenty of things to see and do near the hotel, including Denver Comedy Works at Landmark and some 50 restaurants, bars and entertainment venues within a five-mile radius. But do check out the hotel's own Root25 Taphouse & Kitchen, serving 30 Colorado craft beers--eight to 10 always on tap. Don't want to rent a car? The Light Rail station is a 10-minute walk.


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When the business types pack up their briefcases and go home for the weekend, that's when leisure travelers can take advantage of all that Inverness Hotel & Conference Center offers, not the least of which is a golf course that's open all year long. Weekend promotional rates start as low as $89, so check the hotel's website and grab a deal when you see it. The Inverness is a destination unto itself, complete with a full-service spa, five dining options, the par-70 18-hole golf course and two swimming pools. For guests meeting at the Inverness during the week, the hotel offers a great opportunity to stay on over the weekend and be joined by a spouse or significant other for an easy getaway at an affordable price. Consider Sunday brunch with $7 bottomless mimosas for a sweet end to your weekend.


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To start, there's complimentary wired and wireless Internet access, a nice cost-saving for travelers who must be or want to be perpetually connected. But it isn't all about high tech. This hotel offers low-tech amenities, too, including a billiard table and board games in the social Re:mix Lounge, as well as an indoor pool and a gym where guests can maintain fitness routines. The Aloft brand is known for its hip aesthetic and this hotel is no exception. Colorful, sleek and in tune with contemporary style and ergonomic requirements, the hotel's work and play areas, well, work. The 144 rooms, 340-390 square feet, are outfitted with platform beds and a plug-and-play one-stop connectivity station. Bathrooms feature oversized walk-in showers and upscale amenities. While there's no full-service restaurant on site, there's a 24/7 pantry (a money-saver for those who don't want sit-down service) and a lively bar.


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This is not your standard airport hotel. The 187 guest rooms average 525-580 square feet, while four executive suites average 1,100 square feet. Among the hotel's many amenities are an indoor saline pool, 24-hour complimentary business center, free parking and even a complimentary guest laundry--including the soap. The indoor atrium provides a nice ambiance at any time of year. Best place to enjoy your complimentary hot breakfast? At a table next to the atrium koi pond. Each guest room includes a refrigerator and microwave, perfect for saving on lunch and snack breaks. The free guest shuttle for destinations within an eight-mile radius means some guests won't even need a rental car, and the complimentary airport shuttle runs 24/7.


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All accommodations here are roomy two-room suites--many with views west to the Rockies. Best bets: the 26 view-expanding corner suites (rooms ending in 01 and 31), which typically sell out far in advance. Embassy Suites treats its guests to a complimentary made-to-order breakfast that includes omelets, pancakes, fresh fruit, yogurt and more. After a day out and about in the Mile High City, guests return each evening to a convivial and complimentary evening reception where they can meet and mingle with friends or other guests while enjoying free drinks and appetizers. In addition to its location in the heart of downtown, this hotel is a Silver LEED certified property, meaning it has a host of environmentally responsible features that help guests reduce their carbon footprint, including regenerative drive elevators, a saline swimming pool and solar reflective roof panels.


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