Denver's 10 Best Hotels for Igniting or Rekindling Romance

What's your vision of a romantic place to spend the night with the one you love? If history brings out the romantic in you, possibilities abound. The historic Oxford Hotel exudes Victorian charm and luxury with its curated antiques and rooms featuring clawfoot tubs.  At the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, romance takes on a timeless grandeur, not the least in the opulent spa where a couples massage is offered. Perhaps upscale, contemporary glam is more your style, in which case there's the impeccable Jacquard Hotel with a sweet rooftop pool and lounge, and The ART, A Hotel, where romance is inspired by an eclectic collection of paintings, sculptures and art installations. Melding contemporary luxury with its historic setting, the stylish Crawford Hotel draws inspiration from the Golden Age of train travel and is set within Denver's renovated Beaux Arts Union Station, able to bring out the romantic in anyone. Clayton Members Club & Hotel offers couples of all kinds a welcoming retreat, while The Ramble Hotel channels 17th Century French salons in Denver's historic Five Points neighborhood/RiNo Arts District. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver adds whimsy to the romantic mix along with a complimentary wine hour each evening. Here are 10 Denver hotels that make it easy to ignite or rekindle the flames of love.  


Magnolia Hotel Denver
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Housed in the former American National Bank Building, a Denver landmark since 1910, The Magnolia evokes the romance of a bygone era. Many of the bank's original architectural details were incorporated into the hotel, providing an inherently romantic charm now paired with contemporary chic for today's modern romantics. This is a place where couples can feel far from the frenetic pace of the everyday world yet lacking for nothing. For a splurge, opt for a one of the rooms or suites with a fireplace, then order in and simply enjoy each other's company. If walking arm-and-arm is your style, the Magnolia's downtown location puts lovers within strolling distance of the lights of Larimer Square, Union Station and dozens of other romantic spots. When you return to the hotel, stop in at Harry's, settle together into one of the deep leather banquettes and sip a fashionable late-night cocktail.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Magnolia's historic architectural charm paired with contemporary style creates a romantic ambiance with timeless appeal.

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The Monaco tops off its chic vibe with sophisticated but never stuffy style, perfect for a romantic retreat in the heart of the city. Choose a luxury suite if a soaking tub for two and elegant Frette linens fit your romantic ideal, or destress in the hotel's blissful spa. The complimentary wine hour is a perfect start to a romantic evening, followed by dinner at Panzano where the menu celebrates Italy and sustainable and local fare. If a wedding is in the works, book the utterly romantic Wine Cellar for a rehearsal dinner or intimate reception. Specials and packages change but options have included a gift of amenities such as Champagne, chocolate truffles and a nice credit at Panzano. You can enjoy dinner, then slip back to your room to share the Champagne and truffles in private.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver is inherently romantic with its whimsical design touches, "ask-us-anything" service, complimentary wine hour, spa and highly regarded restaurant, Panzano.

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The design-centric Jacquard, named for the Frenchman who invented a looming process allowing for more complex designs to be woven into fabric, is the fourth hotel in Denver's upscale Cherry Creek North, a neighborhood of sophisticated dining, galleries and shops. The Jacquard's sleek design aesthetic surprises with unexpected touches of whimsy and eclectic pieces of art throughout. The most romantic spot may be the rooftop bar and lap pool with sweeping sunset and mountain views, but the 201 guest rooms deliver romance, too, with custom furnishings, marble bathrooms, curated artwork and, naturally, custom linens. For wedding or anniversary celebrations, a Celebration Curator can assist with every artistic detail. Should you desire a gourmet picnic basket to share at one of Denver Botanic Gardens' summer concerts, a Curiosity Curator can arrange that. The Jacquard offers excellent dining at Narrative, but all of Cherry Creek is just outside as well.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Contemporary with a healthy dose of whimsy and romance, The Jacquard is for lovers who want to be in Cherry Creek.

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What's more romantic than a hotel inspired by the French salons of the 17th Century? The Ramble lobby sets the romantic tone with its lofty ceiling, cozy leather banquets and plush armchairs and sofas. Intimate seating areas, some just for two, are completed with richly colored antique rugs. Set into the building's original brick walls are soaring windows for an abundance of natural light during the day. Come evening, elegant chandeliers cast a golden glow. The overall effect is one of retro charm meets contemporary chic, inviting couples in for a quiet coffee in the morning or creative cocktails at night. All 50 guest rooms carry through the design aesthetic with today's technology provided in a sleek space accented with antique rugs on wide-plank wood floors. In warm weather, a breezy terrace bar is the spot for cocktails al fresco. Larimer Square and Union Station are both within walking distance.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Ramble creates an utterly romantic ambience with its old brick walls and crystal chandeliers illuminating comfy seating areas, yet with every modern convenience.

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Clayton Members Club & Hotel is founded on a commitment to inclusion and the belief that all people–"regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender, religion or nationality–"should be treated with kindness and respect. What does that mean for romance? Every couple is welcomed here. To help create the mood, live music is featured two nights each week, and hotel guests have access to all the cozy corners on the second and sixth floors, space primarily for club members. Clayton's lobby-level restaurant, Of A Kind, is a fine choice for a romantic dinner for two (reservations recommended), and then there's Five Nines, a sexy, intimate lounge due to open in February. Defining it are "rich colors, thoughtful design and playful pops of promiscuity," as well as live entertainment and an elevated menu of cocktails and spirits. Hoping to stoke love and passion? Consider Five Nines your go-to.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: All couples are warmly welcomed at Clayton Members Club & Hotel, a place where romance can thrive.

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The Crawford Hotel
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Set within Denver's renovated Union Station, The Crawford is elegant and romantic, melding the historic station's Beaux Arts style with new design elements celebrating the Golden Age of train travel. The second-floor rooms, for example, evoke the romance of old Pullman cars, while loft rooms on the top floor feature exposed brick and beams and opulent bathrooms. All rooms will easily enhance a romantic retreat. The station, romantic in its own right with huge windows, chandeliers and original sconces, is home to several restaurants helmed by highly regarded Denver chefs, and one of the city's popular breakfast spots. Cooper Lounge, high above the Great Hall, is the perfect place for a romantic interlude with cocktails and small bites, whether pre-dinner or theater or later in the evening (reservations required). Truthfully, you don't have to leave the station on your romantic getaway, but all of LoDo awaits if you do.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Everything about The Crawford Hotel, from its style and ambiance to its location and amenities, says romance.

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Ideal for romantic getaways that include performing arts, The Teatro, Italian for theater, sits in the heart of Denver's performing-arts district. For the ultimate in romance, choose a guest room with a rain-shower head and deep soaking tub. Of the hotel's public spaces, the most inviting and romantic may be The Study off the lobby, where guests and locals can gather by the fireplace to read and sip tea or a cocktail. In-room dining is offered 24/7, perfect for couples whose idea of romance is simply time alone together. But if your idea of a romantic evening includes house barrel-aged cocktails, The Barrel Bar in the hotel's restaurant, The Nickel, is your go-to. The Nickel offers multiple romantic spots for dining. The hotel's special offers change seasonally but romance is always on tap. Hotel Teatro is also Pet-friendly.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Hotel Teatro is romantic by design, especially for theater lovers, but no ticket is needed in order to find romance here.

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Exuding romance and history with its striking architecture and design, the Brown Palace is as grand today as when it opened in 1892, the rich fabrics and 12,400 feet of onyx now enhanced by all the updates today's guests expect. The Brown is for all lovers, even ghost lovers who will find stories of the brokenhearted among the hotel's spirits. Lovers of the American West should visit during the annual Western Stock Show, when the grand champion steer takes tea here. The opulent spa provides an ultimate experience for lovers with its couples massage and other pampering treatments for men and women. Reserve a table for the Brown's famous afternoon tea or book the lavish Sunday brunch at Ellyngton's. Dinner at the Palace Arms is another romantic option. Afterward, retire to your guest room where luxury sets the mood for romance.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: History, romance, high tea and a couples massage in the spa create just the right environment to help love bloom at The Brown Palace.

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Golden Triangle

This is a hotel for lovers of all kinds, but especially of art. The ART, a Hotel, is just what it sounds like: A stunning art-centric hotel with its own impressive collection of paintings, sculpture and installation pieces. By design, the 165-room boutique property is located in Denver's Golden Triangle Museum District, just a short romantic stroll from the city's top museums including the brilliantly reimagined Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum and Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. But you don't have to know the art or artists to appreciate that this sleek, contemporary, light-filled hotel is different. FIRE, the in-house restaurant perched on the 4th floor, offers an expansive terrace off its lounge area, perfect for an artfully constructed cocktail under the stars or sitting with your sweetheart gazing at the twinkling lights of Broadway. The ART welcomes destination weddings.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The ART, a hotel, combines the romance of art and style on every level.

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One of the city's true gems, the Oxford Hotel Denver, on the National Register of Historic Places, is undeniably cozy and romantic. Individual decor in each of the 80 guest rooms oozes romance, combining such elements as natural light, floor-to-ceiling Chinese silk curtains, French and English antiques and claw-foot bathtubs. The Oxford is home to a coveted spa and salon where a couples massage is among the treatments, and you can book makeup, hair and nail services for a special evening or celebration. The ageless Cruise Room, a 1933 Art Deco landmark, is one of the top places in Denver to sip a martini, and Urban Farmer restaurant, adjacent to the hotel, offers a tantalizing selection of steaks and other menu items. But all of LoDo's lounges and eateries, including Union Station with its romantic possibilities, are within a short stroll as well.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Oxford offers period decor, one of the city's top spas and exceptional and attentive service.

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