Luxury has a unique look, inspired by Colorado’s natural beauty and love of all things hoppy, in one of downtown Denver’s highest-rated spas.
The Ritz-Carlton Denver, located on Curtis Street in Denver, offers a fun treatment in its spa: a full-body experience that incorporates local beer. Add this to your only-in-Denver list.
Colorado has more than 230 craft breweries — one of the highest in the nation, according to the Brewers Association. So for a truly unique Colorado spa experience, try the Microbrew Ex'beer'ience and microbrew massage.
Pampering begins in the waiting lounge with an ice cold Nomad, a bohemian pilsner from Denver’s Great Divide Brewing Co., located less than half a mile from the centrally located Ritz-Carlton.
Once the glass is empty, the 75-minute treatment begins with a full body exfoliation featuring a hops scrub. A warm Vichy shower, intended to simulate the sounds and feel of a tranquil waterfall, washes off the scrub before a conditioning beer mask made from Great Divide’s Yeti imperial stout is painted on the body with a small brush.
The indigenous service wraps up with a hair and scalp massage, also incorporating the local beer, before a full Yeti beer is served back in the lounge, where the moisturizers soak into the skin and hair. If the treatment didn’t provide enough relaxation, the 9.5-percent stout is sure to take the edge off. Afternoon and evening treatments are recommended since the $200-plus treatment will leave you smelling a bit like a homemade brew.
Beyond the novelty factor and local pride, there are health benefits to incorporating beer with your body treatment. According to the Ritz-Carlton spa, beer extracts like active yeasts can be great for the skin. The B vitamins and saccharides are hydrating, which you'll be grateful for in Colorado's dry air (and isn't it ironic that beer hydrates the skin from the outside but dehydrates your body when you put it inside?).
More Unusual Colorado-Inspired Treatment
If you’re not quite Colorado enough for stout-soaked hair and hops-scented scrub, try one of these other pampering services, some also featuring local ingredients:
Herbal Peaks Poultice: Thie 80-minute treatment is inspired by Colorado's mountain peaks. You will receive Thai and aromatherapy massage to stretch out muscles, smooth out tension and improve circulation, all while enjoying the comfort of a heated, steamed herbal compress.
The compress contents are selected to also reduce stress and detoxify your body. Hot poultices relieve soreness and inflammation and aromatherapy relaxes the mind allowing for increased circulation and balance.
Colorado River Stone Massage: This 50- or 80-minute massage incorporates warm river stones placed on your body in strategic ways, while you receive a full body massage. Choose deep or moderate pressure, depending on what you need.
More About the Ritz-Carlton Denver
Even if you don't drink beer (or want it rubbed all over your body), the Ritz-Carlton is one of Denver's most luxurious places to stay, with rainforest shower heads and soaking tubs in the rooms and 400-thread-count Frette linens on the beds.
Like its spa treatments, the hotel itself is strongly influenced by the state of Colorado.
Rooms have sweeping views of the Front Range mountains. The tan, brown and blue rooms pull from colors you would see out in nature. Even the on-site restaurant is called Elways steakhouse — yes, named after the legendary Denver Broncos quarterback.
Tip: Request a room on the club level and pay the upgrade to get club access. The Ritz-Carlton Club offers five different food presentations every day, plus cocktails, wine, coffee, juices and other drinks. You can pop up to club level any time you want and grab small bites to eat or a cocktail and enjoy it in a quiet lounge with some of the best views in Denver. You can chat with colleagues or friends in a semi-private room or stretch out with your Americano on the comfy couch and watch TV. Read a book in the corner while you enjoy cookies from the cookie bar.
The food is constantly rotating here and as fine as you would expect from a Ritz-Carlton. Offerings may include charcuterie, tuna tartar, steak tacos, fresh pastries, truffles, cheese potatoes, orange chicken, golden-brushed chocolates, hard-boiled eggs — the list goes on.
Have a specific dietary need? The staff at the club level is quick to accommodate your wishes. Don't want cheese in the daily omelet? Just ask and the chef will have your eggs prepared as you want them at the time you plan on eating. This is the way to experience the Ritz. Plus, it can actually save you money and time; rather than going out for drinks and meals, this is your home base and has everything you need.
Spa and Fitness Center Renovations
The Ritz-Carlton Denver renovated its fitness center and spa in 2016, both of which highlight the luxury hotel’s attention to detail.
On display behind a glass wall at the spa entrance is the impressive 2,229-square-foot fitness center, complete with top-of-the-line cardio machines, weight training equipment and complimentary headphones for guests.
Stark white marble dominates the renovated salon that features ultra-modern light fixtures, large windows and sleek furniture, including two oversized pedicure chairs that can only be described as thrones.
The spa underwent the fewest changes, with updated lounge areas and locker rooms that maintain dark, warm tones conducive to a calm, relaxing space where Colorado-centric treatments will leave you feeling like a native.