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A hub for outdoor enthusiasts, Denver draws travelers seeking culture, city life and mountain adventures. Explore art museums, meet laid-back locals, go hiking or sample Colorado’s amazing craft beer at the city’s many bars and restaurants. The hotels in Denver tend to be larger chain hotels, however each year, more trendy, boutique hotels have been cropping up. Although many are larger than the average “boutique” property, each still delivers a unique lodging experience. Here are the seven best boutique hotels in Denver.
Best Historic Hotel: The Oxford Hotel
Travelers interested in historic charm should consider the Oxford Hotel, a beautiful building that was built in 1891, making it the oldest hotel in Denver. The hotel also has a full-service spa for steam treatments, wraps, massages and body scrubs. The 80 hotel rooms are individually decorated and feature antique headboards, clawfoot tubs and modern amenities like iPod docking stations and free WiFi. Guests can enjoy a cocktail at the timeless, Cruise Room martini bar, or sample seafood dishes at McCormick’s Fish House and Bar. The LODO neighborhood hotel is a block from Union Station and three blocks from Coors Field or the Contemporary Art Museum.
Best Amenities: Halcyon Cherry Creek
Those hoping to explore Denver's great outdoors will appreciate all the amenities (a hotel fee applies) at Halycon Cherry Creek. Services include the “gear garage,” a rental program that allows guests to borrow Vespas, fishing and sporting equipment, bikes, cameras or long boards. After a day spent outside, relax in a cabana at the rooftop pool bar or grab some dim sum at the rooftop eatery. The Halycon has 154 brand new, luxury rooms with modern light fixtures, designer furnishings, and sleek black and white décor, plus premium bath products, Nespresso machines and private terraces (in some). The hotel is located in the trendy Cherry Creek neighborhood known for fine art and dining.
Best for Art Lovers: The Art Hotel
Located a six-minute walk from the Denver Art Museum, the Art Hotel is an art-lovers dream destination. The sophisticated, 165-room hotel features two galleries, as well as a dazzling lobby art installation with 22,000 lights. Rooms are designed to capture views of the Denver skyline or the Rocky Mountains and feature commissioned artwork, comfortable goose down bedding and baths with rainfall glass-enclosed showers. The Fire restaurant and lounge serves up new American cuisine and features a stylish cocktail bar, floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor terrace. The Art Hotel is located in downtown Denver’s Capitol Hill area.
Best for Romance: Capitol Hill Mansion Bed and Breakfast Inn
Couples who prefer the intimate setting of a bed and breakfast will love the Capitol Hill Mansion Bed and Breakfast Inn. Built from ruby red sandstone, the inn is a National Historic Landmark with the feel of an elegant manor castle. Located on “Millionaire’s Row” in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the eight-room inn is popular with TripAdvisor members celebrating anniversaries or those looking for a cozy setting. A fabulous, organic breakfast is included in the rate and served on the outdoor patio (in the warmer months). Each room features different décor, but many have fireplaces, views of the mountains, hardwood floors, and whirlpool tubs. Parking is free, but there are several restaurants within walking distance, and the botanical gardens or Denver Art Museum are also close by.
Best for Friends: Aloft Denver Downtown
The hip, urban hotel chain, Aloft, features social spaces that are ideal for friends traveling together. Relax in the lobby lounge decked out with modern art murals and challenge travel buddies to a game of pool or grab a cocktail at the bar. There’s also a fitness center, indoor pool, and breakfast (for an additional charge). Rooms feature bright décor that reflects the city lifestyle with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the mountains or city. The hotel is in the middle of downtown Denver, but as TripAdvisor members have noted, it is next to a lively bar and club, so some noise can be heard in the evenings.
Best Pet-Friendly, Best Location: Hotel Teatro
For those traveling with Fido, pets (of all sizes) stay for free at the 110-room Hotel Teatro, and they can even arrange a “pawdicure” or doggie massage at a nearby pet spa. The hotel is housed in the historic Tramway building, and features chic, modern décor with a rustic outdoor theme. And the downtown location steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts can't be beat. Luxurious rooms have plush robes, rainfall showerheads, iPod docking stations, and in-room spa services. TripAdvisor members noted that the rooms are on the small side, with the lowest-priced rooms (called Petite Manhattan rooms) offering just 200 square feet of space. Guests can have dinner at the Nickle restaurant and bar which serves up fresh, local dishes from a woodfire oven, or relax by the fireplace with a crafted cocktail at the Study lounge.
Best Adults-Only: Bud and Breakfast at the Adagio
Travelers visiting Denver with the hope of utilizing their pro-marijuana legislation (it's become one of the state's most burgeoning industries) will appreciate the Bud and Breakfast at the Adagio. The adults-only inn allows guests to enjoy cannabis freely, and has a tranquil outdoor garden and courtyard for socializing. There are just six rooms with cozy, home-like décor plus an inviting lobby with a fireplace and piano. A free “wake and bake” breakfast is served in the kitchen and “munchies” are available all day as well as a happy hour (beginning at 4:20pm). Spa services are also available. TripAdvisor members have noted that even if they weren’t cannabis smokers, the bed and breakfast was a comfortable place with an excellent location near Central Capitol Hill between Cheesman Park and City Park.