Denver's 10 Best Hotels for Couples to Ignite 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, then possibilities abound in Denver. The historic and luxurious Oxford Hotel has one of the best spas in the city where couples can indulge together in renewal and relaxation. Denver also has its own castle, intimate Castle Marne with nine lavish rooms recalling the romance of the Victorian era. At the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, romance takes on an impressive and timeless grandeur. 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 and historical detail, the opulent Crawford Hotel takes its 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. Hot and new is romantic, too, as is clear at The Maven at Dairy Block, opened in 2017, and The Ramble Hotel, melding historic and contemporary in the trending RiNo Arts District, opened mid-2018. Here are 10 of Denver's most romantic places to spend an evening, places that make it easy to ignite or rekindle the flames of love.  



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Opened in Spring 2017, The Maven anchors Denver's trending new micro-district, Dairy Block, just a block from Coors Field in LoDo, one of Denver's evolving neighborhoods. The guest room of choice for romantics is one of the 26 featuring a perfect-for-two round tub. Go ahead, add wine and strawberries and create a romantic memory to cherish. All of Maven's 172 guest rooms feature modern, loft-style décor. Poka Lola, the hotel's cocktail bar, is a sweet spot to sit for nicely crafted cocktails, and in warm weather the doors open onto Dairy Block's alleyway where people watching is superb. Forgot a little gift for your sweetie? Head to The Perfect Petal in the lobby for a single bloom or opulent arrangement. Stroll through Dairy Block, accessed from the lobby, to discover the multitude of eating and drinking options, but for a quieter intimate dinner for two, all of LoDo awaits.


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Magnolia Hotel Denver
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Housed in the former American National Bank Building, a Denver landmark since 1910, The Magnolia evokes all the romance of a bygone era. Many of the bank's original architectural details were incorporated into the hotel, providing an inherently romantic charm, yet paired with a contemporary chic aesthetic for today's modern romantics. This is a place where couples can truly feel far from the frenetic pace of the everyday world yet lacking for nothing. For a splurge, opt for a signature suite 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 Harry's Bar & Grill, settle together into one of the deep leather banquettes and sip a fashionable late-night cocktail.


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Exuding romance and history with its striking architecture and design, the Brown Palace is as grand today as it was 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 broken-hearted 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 sumptuous spa, however, provides the ultimate for lovers with its candlelit couples massage and pampering treatments for men and women. Have the famous tea or indulge in a Sunday Champagne Brunch. For dinner, consider the opulent Palace Arms where couples can revel in each other and a lavish dining experience. Afterward, retire together to your guest room, where luxury sets the mood for romance.


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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 throughout its public spaces. 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 Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, and History Colorado Center among others. 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.


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The design-centric Jacquard Hotel, 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.


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Ideal for romantic getaways that include the theater, symphony or opera, 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 maybe The Study off the lobby, where guests and locals can gather by the fireplace to read and sip tea or a cocktail. It's certainly among the most romantic breakfast spots in town. 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 as well. The hotel's special offers change seasonally but romance is always on tap.


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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, however, will easily enhance a romantic retreat. Four of Denver's popular chefs or restaurant groups have eateries within Union Station, and Cooper Lounge, overlooking the station's Great Hall, is the perfect spot for a romantic interlude with cocktails and small bites, whether pre-dinner or theater or later in the evening (reservations required).


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The Ramble's 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 Persian rugs. Set into the building's original brick walls are massive 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 sweet terrace bar is the spot for cocktails al fresco. Located in Denver's RiNo District, The Ramble is a 20-minute walk from Union Station and the perfect hideaway for romantic couples.


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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 recently renovated guest rooms oozes romance, combining such elements as 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 that 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 three excellent meals daily including a superb selection of steak. But all of LoDo's lounges and eateries, including Union Station with multiple romantic possibilities, are within a short stroll as well.


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What's more romantic than a castle? Among Colorado's top wedding venues, Castle Marne, a combination historic inn and B&B, is on the DuPont Registry of International Castles. Although each of the nine rooms offers opulent furnishings and Victorian décor combined with contemporary conveniences, the most romantic rooms are those featuring a two-person hot tub on a private balcony. One choice: the Van Cise room, which includes the original master bath of the castle with its hand-carved marble sink and claw-foot tub, along with a trellis-enclosed balcony. There's tea each afternoon and late-evening home-baked cookies and specialty tea, but no TVs to distract couples. The romantic Denver Botanic Garden is a short stroll away. Guests can bring their own wine or other beverage to enjoy alone or in the company of fellow guests in the first-floor public space, and romance specials abound, including elopement and honeymoon packages.


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