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Travel to Denver

Flying to Denver

British Airways operates direct flights from the UK to Denver. Making a stopover somewhere on the way increases the number of flight options dramatically however, while the price is likely to decrease a considerable amount. Airfares are quite consistent throughout the year with July being a bit more expensive and November being a bit less expensive than the remaining months.

Flight times

From London - 9 hours 40 minutes; New York - 4 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles - 2 hours 20 minutes; Toronto - 3 hours 50 minutes; Sydney - 18 hours (including stopover).

Travel by road

The USA has an excellent system of Interstate and State Highways, which are used in combination with smaller side streets. All traffic drives on the right and, in Colorado, the legal driving age is 16 years.

The state’s speed limit is 105-120kph (65-75mph) on designated rural Interstates and Highways, 88kph (55mph) on rural Highways including two lanes and four-lane divided, 65kph (40 mph) on open mountain Highways, 48kph (30mph) in all residential districts and 40kph (25mph) in any business district. A valid national licence is required to travel to the USA. You don't require an International Driving Permit, but your car hire company may ask for one, and it's useful if your licence isn't in English. Liability insurance is required for all drivers in Denver. Also, note that it’s an offence to carry alcohol in a car unless it’s unopened and in the boot.

Emergency breakdown services

AAA (tel: +1 800 222 4357).

Routes

Denver is at the intersection of the I-70, running east-west from Maryland to Utah, and the I-25, running north-south from New Mexico to Wyoming. You can drive to Las Vegas,Los Angeles  via the I-70 and I-15, or Chicago via the I-80. Further north, you can reach Toronto on the I-70 and I-80.

Coaches

Denver is a major hub for intercity buses. Coaches depart from the Greyhound Bus Terminal, 1055 19th Street, just north of the Capitol building. Greyhound (tel: +1 800 231 2222; www.greyhound.com) provides direct services to Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and St Louis, among other cities.

Time to city

From Las Vegas - 11 hours; El Paso - 10 hours; Chicago - 14 hours; Los Angeles - 15 hours; New York - 26 hours; Toronto - 22 hours.

Travel by Rail

Services

The main railway station in Denver is Union Station (tel: +1 303 592 6712), 1701 Wynkoop Street, which is located at northwest end of 17th Street. The station reopened in 2014 after a huge restoration project and is now home to one hotel and numerous restaurants and shops. Amtrak, the USA's national rail operator, runs regular services from the station. Trains in the USA are often subject to delays however, so patience is sometimes required.

Operators

Amtrak's (tel: +1 303 825 2583; www.amtrak.com) California Zephyr route runs through Denver on its daily trip from Emeryville (San Francisco) to Chicago.

Journey times

From Emeryville (San Francisco) - 32 hours 30 minutes; Chicago - 18 hours 15 minutes.

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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.