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Denver Travel Guide

About Denver

 

Work is a side note in Denver, where locals live for the city’s happening arts scene, its proximity to a tremendous natural playground, and some 300 glorious days of sunshine a year.

Cosmopolitan cool meets a pioneering Wild West spirit in this laid-back Colorado city. Denver lies on the western fringe of the Great Plains, where the colossal Rocky Mountains form a towering and wondrous backdrop to the cityscape. Denver sits conveniently at exactly 5,280ft (1,609m) above sea level, hence its nickname, the ‘Mile High City.’

Denver’s arts culture is booming. The Denver Art Museum’s more than 70,000 works of art fill two massive buildings, one of which is a spiky Daniel Libeskind number. On the first Friday of every month, art lovers flock to Denver’s First Friday Art Walks, an in-depth exploration of the city’s arty neighbourhoods, including notably the Art District of Santa Fe, home to scores of indie galleries and art studios. Final Fridays at the Golden Triangle Creative District draw hordes to visit the Triangle’s salons, museums, galleries, and studios for free.

Creative Denverites also hang out in LoDo (Lower Downtown), a revitalised pocket of Victorian and turn-of-the-century buildings crammed with coffee shops, brewpubs, and chic eateries. The 16th Street pedestrian mall, whose red-and-grey-patterned promenade depicts the skin of a diamondback rattlesnake, traverses this historic neighbourhood.

Sport is an addiction for Denverites, and the city is home to seven pro teams. Grab a beer and enjoy the phenomenal views from The Rooftop, a swanky deck overlooking legendary baseball diamond Coors Field. Or join 76,000 roaring fans and cheer on the NFL’s Denver Broncos.

Snatch a little action of your own on two beautiful stretches of paved bike paths along Cherry Creek and the South Platte River. It’s hard to resist the lure of the Rockies too, with countless opportunities for hiking, climbing, and skiing.

Denver is also home to some of the USA’s finest microbreweries, and hosts the annual Great American Beer Festival, where visitors get merrily drunk on over 3,800 varieties of beer. Colorado is one of a clutch of US states where you can legally buy marijuana too, so if you’re feeling dizzy, it may not be the altitude.

 

Key facts

Population:
682545
Latitude:
39.737908
Longitude:
-104.977997

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Denver Magnolia Hotel

The Denver Magnolia Hotel has 246 rooms and suites designed with an air of old-world charm and modern sensibility. Guests are within walking distance of all the major sites in downtown Denver. The hotel also boasts cosy club lounges and a bar, Harry’s Bar, serving an incredible array of martinis.

Grand Hyatt Denver

Stay in one of the Grand Hyatt Denver’s 516 rooms and enjoy splendid city views from the comfort of your bed. You only have to travel as far as downstairs to enjoy some fine Western cuisine at one of Denver’s newest brewpubs, Pub 17. If you’d rather snack on appetizers and enjoy a nice cocktail, the hotel’s Fireside The Bar features a 4m (14ft) sandstone fireplace.

Hotel Teatro

This luxury boutique hotel is conveniently located across from the Denver Centre for Performing Arts, in the heart of downtown Denver. There are 110 luxury guest rooms, which are decorated with an elegant palette of rich, soft gold, and sage tones. Rooms are pet-friendly as well. The bathrooms aren’t short on extravagance either with Indonesian marble- and sandstone-finished baths.

The Oxford Hotel

European antiques and exquisite linens in each of The Oxford Hotel’s 80 rooms make for a relaxing stay in Denver. This luxury boutique hotel has uniquely decorated rooms, though they’re all dressed in French, English, Victorian, or classically 20th-century American décor. There’s much to see and do in the hotel’s immediate vicinity, as it’s located in the heart of LoDo. If you want to take a day to really relax, look into the services offered at The Oxford Club Spa & Salon, located next door.

NATIV Hotel

Staying at this glitz and trendy hotel and hotspot in the heart of the bohemian Lower Downtown (LoDo) area means staying in the centre of the scene. You won’t have to leave the hotel for entertainment, as the NATIV Coffee and Champagne Bar offers locally sourced, organic coffee by day and specialty champagne and tea cocktails by night. In the evening, the lobby turns into one of Denver’s hottest nightlife venues, where you can enjoy a cocktail at the Champagne Bar, catch up with friends in the Biergarten, or take to the dance floor in the Stereo Lounge.

Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel

 Just three blocks from the Colorado Convention Center and one block from Denver’s 16th Street Mall, the Renaissance Denver Downtown offers 230 chic and sophisticated guest rooms in the historic Colorado National Bank building—a deal given the hotel’s location and amenities. Inside, you’ll find a lobby decorated with 16 important works from the famed Allen Tupper True and an illy Caffé, one of only six in the US.