What Brown Can Do for You
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landmark Brown Palace serves Denver as more than simply
a luxury hotel. It is an anchor, vital in helping the
city hold its rich history in place. The property even
has its own resident historian, Julia Kanellos, whose
job is to research, archive and share the many legendary
stories that have shaped the hotel's eclectic past.
a tour of the hotel, for example, Ms. Kanellos will point
out a portion of dented fireplace mantel in the Eisenhower
Suite. The president for whom the suite was named made
the Brown Palace his summer headquarters when he was in
office. One day, while he was practicing his golf swing
in his room, something went astray-it was either the ball
or the club, but the full truth never emerged. Ah, politicians!
In any case, the marred mantel was subsequently framed
and preserved as a souvenir.
is the uninhibited flaunting of the hotel's quirky narrative
that makes strolling its halls such fun. The staff has
included a count turned bookkeeper and a WWII ace turned
head waiter. And although the Brown Palace maintains the
refined, traditional aura that welcomed such dignitaries
as Sun Yat Sen and Winston Churchill, it is by no means
stuck in a stodgy yesteryear. Not only was it chosen as
the base for the 1997 World Summit of Eight, including
former President Clinton and his wife, it played home
away from home for the Spice Girls when they came to town.
its start in 1892, the Brown Palace has been a magnet
for praise. As well as being hailed for its opulent Italian
Renaissance architecture, it was acclaimed for its floor
plan. Thanks to its triangular shape, every guestroom
is washed in sunlight at some point during each day. Inside,
the eight-story atrium lobby is worthy of an Edith Wharton
novel, with an abundance of burnished wood, wainscoting
made of Mexican onyx, grand staircase and stained glass
ceiling. It makes an impressive setting for afternoon
tea or evening cocktail service, when tailor-made drinks
are served from a roving martini cart.
majority of the 241 guestrooms are decorated in a comfortable,
residential-feeling, Victorian style. For something a
little different, you can check into an Art Deco-influenced
Deluxe Stateroom on the eighth and ninth floors. Among
the many amenities is pure artesian water
from the taps of the hotel's own well. In keeping up with
the times, all rooms have complimentary high-speed Internet
access, and 33 Executive Staterooms are designed for business
travelers, with printer/copier/fax machines and cordless
telephones. (Complimentary wireless Internet access is
available in the lobby.) Along with the Eisenhower Suite,
there are two other presidential suites, named for the
Chiefs of Staff who slept there-Roosevelt and Reagan.
days at Ellyngton's
Brown Palace feels like a tribute to sophisticated living,
and it's no wonder that it is home to some of the finest
dining in the region. The
Palace Arms is both a restaurant and a museum. Its
antique décor includes dueling pistols believed
to have belonged to Napoleon and Josephine, and a silver
centerpiece commissioned by the British royal family.
The menu offers more than 900 wines, and the Continental
cuisine reflects regional touches in such signature dishes
as Roasted Rack of Colorado Lamb. Cigars and spirits can
be taken in the Churchill Bar, and Ellyngton's is famed
locally for its power breakfasts and Dom Perignon Sunday
its ability to take you back in time, the hotel is prepared
to meet the needs of the 21st-century. It has a well-equipped
fitness center, pet-friendly amenities and advanced meeting
facilities that include webcasting, videoconferencing
and simultaneous Internet access for up to 500. With one
foot planted firmly in the past, and the other striding
fearlessly into the future, the Brown Palace will no doubt
keep Mile High City historians busy for years to come.
Courtesy of The Brown Palace Hotel.