These 10 Hotels Make a Great Base for Exploring Denver with Kids

Denver is an amazing city for families to visit, whether from across the country or the state. The Mile High City has excellent museums, a terrific zoo, an aquarium, a theme park and water park and three venues for professional sports teams, meaning plenty of options for the whole family. Of course, what happens inside your hotels matters, too. Denver hotels have found engaging ways to make travel easier and more fun for families. The Four Seasons Hotel Denver offers child-sized upscale amenities and a rooftop pool, while guests at Hotel Monaco can order a pet goldfish for their room and bikes so the whole family can go exploring. Hotel Monaco also pampers parents with complimentary wine hour each evening during which the kids can play Wii. Looking for a resort vacation in the city? The Inverness is exactly that with a golf course, two pools, tennis courts and more–ideal for families with active, sports-loving kids. Grand Hyatt Denver also has a pool, shuffleboard and seasonal family packages, and at the Ritz-Carlton young guests have their own check-in area and amenities. In Cherry Creek, the JW Marriott offers rubber ducks, temporary tattoos and invites children under age eight to eat brunch in their pajamas on Sundays–at no charge. And some hotels, including Hampton Inn & Suites Denver-Speer Boulevard, have free Wi-Fi so there's no nickel and diming to stay connected. Take a look at our list and get inspired to bring the whole family to Denver.



Hampton Inn & Suites Denver-Speer Boulevard is a nicely affordable choice for families who want to be near a wide range of activity options, including the Children's Museum of Denver, Downtown Aquarium, the Pepsi Center and Elitch Gardens,...  Read More



For all its opulent grandness, The Brown Palace is a nice choice for families, especially those with children old enough to take part in the famous afternoon tea, for which there is children's pricing. There's also children's pricing for brunch...  Read More

The Crawford Hotel
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Location is definitely a draw. Set within Denver's renovated Union Station, The Crawford puts families within yards of the station's kid-friendly water fountain and just above Milk Box Ice Creamery, a treat for the whole family. It's also...  Read More



Pretty much everything about The Curtis makes it fun for families. It celebrates pop culture with style, even a bit of flamboyance, and the effect is charming. Part of the Doubletree/Hilton family, the retro-hip Curtis makes you smile with its...  Read More



Though The Inverness is favored by business travelers during the week, it's also an excellent choice for active leisure travelers and families, especially on weekends and in the summer. Active families, teens and parents can all enjoy the golf...  Read More



The Ritz-Carlton brand, for all its luxury orientation, is also one of the most child-friendly hotel companies. Arriving children have their own check-in area and receive welcome amenities, including a Ritz-Carlton lion backpack and a scavenger...  Read More

Grand Hyatt Denver
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An indoor pool along with rooftop tennis and shuffleboard make this a fun choice for families in the heart of downtown. The Grand Hyatt is a good choice for business travelers who want to bring family along for an add-on vacation after work...  Read More



Families who want to be in fashionable Cherry Creek have a great choice in the JW Marriott Cherry Creek. The hotel doesn't charge extra for children staying in a room with parents but does offer kid-sized robes, rubber duckies for bath time,...  Read More



Kids and goldfish are a natural combo, and that's exactly what you get here--your own goldfish to keep you and the kids company while you're staying in the hotel. With its LoDo location walking distance from restaurants, shops, Coors Field and...  Read More



It's all about luxury and service, but it's about families, too. The list of family amenities is lengthy but includes arranging a tour of the pastry kitchen for kids. When young guests arrive, they find a welcome message with their name written...  Read More


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