Hotels

When it comes to overnight slumbering, downtown Denver has a host of options that run the gamut from sleek and stylish to old-world and opulent. Most of the hotels are centrally located near popular attractions, restaurants, galleries, shops and watering holes. Cherry Creek North, a tony enclave of high-end boutiques, fashionable restaurants and swanky bars, just 10 minutes east of Denver, is another terrific area in which to base your stay. If you choose to stay in Cherry Creek, we highly recommend the boutique JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek, renowned for its superb accommodations and customer service or the Inn at Cherry Creek, a pet-friendly, intimate hotel with posh amenities, an exercise room, a rooftop terrace and an on-site restaurant.

If you plan to spend the majority of your time downtown and want to splurge, we can't say enough about the The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, a swanky, citified hotel that rolls out the high-style red carpet for its guests. If you do stay here, make sure to book dinner reservations at Elway's Downtown, the hotel's Rocky Mountain-inspired restaurant monikered after the famous Denver Broncos quarterback.

The Four Seasons Hotel Denver is another amenity-rich hotel at which to slumber in luxury, and EDGE, the in-house restaurant, turns out an excellent board of local and regional cuisine. We also suggest the historic, pet-friendly Hotel Teatro, ideally situated directly across the street from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and home to two restaurants, including The Nickel. And of course, we love the Hotel Monaco, another Fido-friendly boutique hotel that's whimsically decorated in bold, kaleidoscopic hues.

You should also consider the Oxford Hotel in Lower Downtown (LoDo). While the city is legitimately proud of its explosive growth and development, Denver's fabled past colors the landscape with a distinctive hue, and this historic, old-world boutique hotel in the heart of LoDo is a perfect example of the city's commitment to preserve its bygone era. Built in 1891, the 80-room Oxford Hotel showcases sumptuous room décor bedecked with paintings, French antiques and Art Deco-styled furnishings and accessories, and stylish, tiled bathrooms.

Often called the Grand Dame of Denver hotels, The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, steeped in history and the sleeping oasis of numerous presidents, A-list celebrities and world dignitaries is another impressive classic, complete with a luxurious spa, several restaurants and a cigar bar.

Also worth noting is the The Curtis hotel, an irreverent, Pop Art-motifed dwelling pad that outfits its groovy rooms with retro VW beetle alarm clocks that wake up guests with a crooning Elvis. If you're looking for kitsch and a cool vibe, this is an excellent place to bunk for the night. Catering to families, convention-goers and business travelers, the Grand Hyatt Denver, just steps away from the 16th Street Mall, parades large rooms, a slew of amenities, comfy beds and a fireside lounge touting piano man Mark Pressey, the town's top ivory tickler.

If it's winter, skiers and snowboarders will want to take advantage of the nearby slopes at Winter Park Resort. Located just 67 miles northwest of Denver, Winter Park trumpets a peak elevation of 10,700 feet and boasts five large mountains with trails available for hiking and mountain biking in the summer. The lodges and Balcony House sell food, and there is also the Snoasis Mid-Mountain Restaurant to refuel in between runs.

But, no matter your budget and preferences, you'll sleep well in Denver.

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