Normally, you don’t find the words affordable and luxury in the same sentence. But Denver is one of those rare locations where you can feel like a million bucks without having to spend them. Whether you want to catch Denver Art Museum’s upcoming Passport to Paris exhibit, participate in the popular Denver Arts Week (November 1-9), or catch a game of the charging Denver Broncos, now is an excellent time to plan a trip to Mile-High City.
Here are our top choices for Denver hotels that don’t break the bank.
The Brown Palace Hotel, which is part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, has been a Denver institution since it opened its doors in 1892. It has hosted almost every U.S. president over the past century (Calvin Coolidge never made it). This hotel has not only played a major role in Denver history, it is also leading the charge into the future with its commitment to sustainable practices including energy efficiency and waste management initiatives. Guests love the friendly staff and attention to detail, and with bed and breakfast packages starting at under $200/night, the Brown Palace is the perfect place to surprise your partner with a romantic weekend away.
Denver’s Hotel Monaco, located right downtown, combines historic charm with modern amenities. This Kimpton hotel was named one of Travel & Leisure’s 500 best hotels in the world in 2012. Not only does it rate highly on all lists of Denver’s top hotels, it’s also one of the most wallet-friendly. With a deal package where the longer you stay, the more you save, you can experience five-star luxury for around $150/night. As with all Kimpton properties, the Hotel Monaco offers a hosted wine hour between 5:00 and 6:00 every evening. Guests can also relax in the VEDA Salon & Spa and find an excellent meal at Zagat-rated Panzano. Don’t forget to sign up for Kimpton’s complimentary InTouch program, which, among other things, entitles you to a $10 bar or minibar credit for every eligible stay.
The Magnolia Hotel first opened in 1995 in a historic downtown bank building. It underwent a major renovation in 2008, upgrading its interior design, technology, and guest services. Guests love the location, the rooms, and most of all the free nibbles—all rooms now include a complimentary hot breakfast, evening happy hour, and a bedtime milk and cookie buffet. The hotel is highly rated for couples and business travelers, with prices starting around $170/night.
Hilton’s Embassy Suites line is known for its spacious, modern suites, and the Denver location, which was voted one of TripAdvisor’s top U.S. hotels of 2013, is one of the best. Suites in this LEED-certified hotel include a kitchenette, two flat-screen TVs, and even video game consoles. Guests especially love the location, décor, complimentary hot breakfast, and evening hors d’oeuvre reception. With two-room suites starting at less than $300/night, this is the perfect hotel for families, business travelers, and leisure travelers seeking a luxurious oasis in the middle of the city.
Denver is known for its beautiful scenery, awesome outdoor activities, and vibrant culture. The best part is that all the pleasures of this world-class city are available at small-city prices. Treat yourself by booking a trip to Denver today.
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