Check in at These Denver Hotels, Then Stroll to the Ball Game



One of the best things about Denver’s historic LoDo neighborhood, where Coors Field is located, is that it’s wonderfully walkable. On practically any block it’s possible to find a good restaurant, local brewery, craft distiller, art gallery or eclectic shops, making walking to and from the stadium a rewarding adventure even if your favorite team doesn’t hit it out of the ballpark that day. The closest hotel to Coors Field is the stylish, historic Oxford Hotel, across the street from Union Station. Other ballpark-area lodging evoking Denver’s colorful history include The Crawford Hotel, Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel and Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Downtown Denver, all housed in significant historic buildings. Among the nearby hotels are also dependable brands favored by many travelers including The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, Four Seasons Hotel Denver and The Westin Denver Downtown, which is conveniently located on the 16th Street Mall. The hotel on the list farthest from Coors Field is the quirky and charming Curtis Hotel, yet it’s still only about 11 blocks from the ballpark.

For those who don’t wish to mosey along LoDo’s streets, the free MallRide travels up and down 16th Street, dropping off or picking up baseball fans at Blake Street, just four blocks from Coors Field. And, of course, many of Denver’s most upscale hotels offer their guests the amenity of ride service to destinations within the downtown area. However you get to Coors Field and however the game ends, the neighborhood itself is always a home run. 



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There are times when baseball fans need cheering up, and no Denver hotel is better able to do that than The Curtis, which celebrates pop culture with humor and charm. It's hard to be down when you walk in here. The retro-hip Curtis simply makes you smile with its splashy colors, flower-power artwork and "personalities" assigned to each floor (the 9th, an ode to Big Hair, just might be our fave). Each of the 13 themed floors features a "hyper-themed" suite, including a Startrek Enterprise suite on the Sci-Fi floor. The Corner Office restaurant is a longtime Denver favorite; ask the bartender for one of the memorably monikered martinis or cocktails before dinner. Located in the theater district about 11 blocks from Coors Field and two blocks from the free MallRide, The Curtis also offers guests fun board games to play and free Wi-Fi in every room.


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In keeping with the brand's commitment to luxury and service, Four Seasons Hotel Denver offers its guests car service within a three-mile radius in downtown Denver, which includes Coors Field just nine blocks away. The hotel also provides inimitable style in the heart of Denver's vibrant theater district. A pool on the third-floor terrace--complete with native trees--adds a nice resort feel to this sleek urban sanctuary. A spa, fitness center and one of the city's popular eateries, Edge Restaurant, are among the amenities and just what one expects from the Four Seasons. Ditto the staff, who know precisely what good service means. Just off the lobby, Edge Bar is a popular meeting spot for locals and visitors with its tapas-style menu and 50 wines by the glass. If parents provide the names of their children in advance, the hotel will have age-appropriate amenities waiting for them on arrival.


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Baseball fans staying at the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel can mosey eight-and-a-half blocks to Coors Field or hop on the free mall shuttle, which stops just four blocks from the stadium. The Renaissance celebrates the past but adds a distinctive contemporary vibe, as befitting a hotel set in an historic building but opened in 2014. Among the preserved historic features of the hotel are 16 evocative murals painted for the bank in 1925. Guests can take a complimentary interactive tour via smartphone to learn more about the building's history and the murals. The Teller Bar, located where busy bank tellers once stood, features small bites, craft cocktails and Colorado brews. At Range restaurant, the focus is on culinary techniques of the American West, and the menu also features a signature prohibition-style creamy ale from local brewery Former Future, available only at the hotel and brewery.


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On the 16th Street Mall and less than 10 blocks from Coors Field, Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown is within an historic building that once housed Joslins Dry Goods Department Store, where J.C. Penney began his retail career as a stock clerk. Today, the building gives the hotel a cozy, evocative ambiance not usually associated with the Courtyard brand. Guest rooms are outfitted with luxury linens and feature stylish decor. For floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular views of downtown, book a king room in the line that ends with 25. Among the amenities are complimentary Wi-Fi and the three-meal restaurant, Rialto Cafe, which offers bottomless mimosas with its weekend brunch. Just out the hotel door, guests can catch the free MallRide to the Blake Street stop (four blocks from Coors Field), as well as to all that LoDo and downtown offer.


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With its LoDo location walking distance from Coors Field, Hotel Monaco is a good choice for style-conscious baseball aficionados and for those who choose to bring their four-legged friends to Denver with them--pet sitting can be arranged through the concierge so your pooch will be cared for while you're at the Rockies game. The Monaco melds contemporary and western style with panache, providing a fashionable boutique retreat in the heart of the city. In keeping with the hotel's wellness and fitness bent, each room includes a yoga mat and bikes are loaned free to guests, and of course there's a spa and salon, too. At day's end, join fellow guests at the complimentary evening wine reception from 5 to 6 p.m. For dinner there's Panzano, the hotel's excellent restaurant popular with locals and visitors alike. There's also complimentary coffee and tea available in the lobby each morning.


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Who doesn't want to sink into a featherbed after an exciting day at the ballpark? That's an option for guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver. Of course, depending on the time of the game, they might prefer to tuck into a sizzling steak at the hotel's onsite restaurant, Elway's, or slip into an oversized tub for a relaxing bath after cheering on the Colorado Rockies. The hotel, which sits about six-and-a-half blocks from Coors Field, is also within walking distance of most of LoDo and downtown Denver, meaning sophisticated lounges, music venues, chef-driven restaurants, art galleries, excellent shopping and performing arts are all within easy reach. Whichever activity is chosen, it goes without saying that impeccable service on the part of the Ritz-Carlton staff will help smooth the way.


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The first LEED Gold-certified hotel in Denver, SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown is just a three-point shot from the Pepsi Center where the Denver Nuggets play. But it's also walking distance from Coors Field, giving baseball lovers an eco-friendly base from which to experience Denver and the Colorado Rockies. Set on the city's Auraria Campus, the hotel is staffed by professionals as well as students studying hospitality at Metro State University. Among the amenities: free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, a complimentary hot breakfast, a well-equipped fitness center and oversized suites. For cyclists, runners and walkers, the Cherry Creek Trail is practically right out the door. Not surprising, the hotel, which opened in 2012, has already won numerous awards.


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The AAA Four Diamond Westin is a perfect choice for sports enthusiasts in Denver. Not only is it walking distance to Coors Field, it's also home to an indoor/outdoor pool and a fitness center with a half basketball court for those who want to play a game of their own. The Pepsi Center, where the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets play, is close by, and the hotel is just a mile from Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home of the Denver Broncos. Conveniently, The Westin is also just off the 16th Street Mall, where a free shuttle provides easy access to Denver's top museums, theaters, shopping, restaurants and, for those who want an even shorter walk, to Coors Field.


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The Crawford Hotel
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Almost as close to the ballpark as the Oxford, The Crawford Hotel opened in July 2014. It was retrofitted into Denver's brilliantly renovated Union Station, a commanding Beaux Artes structure that reopened that same month. The hotel was integrated into the station, part of it on a second floor created during the renovation where there had been no second floor before. The Crawford is not only the perfect place from which to mosey to Coors Field, it's also the perfect place to embrace Denver's history. Look for historic artifacts and pieces of art throughout the hotel and the station. Guest rooms have a custom feel. The second-floor rooms are a nod to the golden age of train travel, evoking the old Pullman cars, while loft rooms on the top floor feature exposed brick and beams and opulent bathrooms. Crawford guests have access to the Oxford Hotel's spa across the street.


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Currently the closest hotel to Coors Field, the Oxford is for baseball lovers, history lovers and spa lovers, as well as for anyone who appreciates timeless luxury and style. Opened in 1891, it's is on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to a coveted spa and salon and to the ageless Cruise Room, a 1933 Art Deco landmark and one of the best places in Denver to sip a martini. Each of the 80 guest rooms is individually decorated with such elements as floor-to-ceiling Chinese silk curtains, French and English antiques and claw-foot bathtubs. There's also an extensive collection of Western American art on display. McCormick's Fish House has long been a favorite of visitors and locals. Guests can walk to many LoDo restaurants and attractions, but the hotel also offers complimentary car service within a two-mile radius, which includes Coors Field.


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