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Couples who visit Denver on a romantic getaway or honeymoon will find these hotels amenable spots to celebrate their love as well as explore the Mile High City. In order, these are my recommendations for the best hotels for lovebirds to perch.
BROWN PALACE HOTEL
Since 1892, the Brown Palace has hosted Denver's most distinguished guests. The boutique, flatiron-shaped structure contains romantic, Victorian-style guest rooms. In addition to three in-house restaurants, afternoon tea is served daily in the lobby. As you nibble on sweets and savories, let your eyes travel up the nine-story atrium to admire the ornate grillwork and cast-iron railings. Historic displays around the lobby's perimeter provide insights into the hotel's history (e.g. it was known as the Western White House during the Eisenhower administration). The spa features a private couples suite with a dual reclining hydrotherapy tub, and the sweet water in the facility and throughout the Brown Palace is drawn from its own artesian well.
Delightful design, a daily happy hour that provides both free wine and neck rubs, a true pet-friendly policy, and the award-winning ground-floor Italian restaurant Panzano all make Hotel Monaco the top romantic hotel choice in Denver for contemporary couples. Guest rooms, with tall padded headboards, Frette bed linens, oversized mirrors, and luxurious furnishings are downright sexy. Tthe Monaco's free wi-fi is sexy, too.) Aveda products used in the hotel's salon and spa can prep you for a big night out... or in.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, DENVER
The Mile-High City's top luxury hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Denver is a five-star, five-diamond hotel -- which means it's as close as perfect as a property can get. Guest rooms are warm, spacious, and comfortable, with beds that entice lovers to sleep late. There's only one restaurant in the hotel, Elway's, but it's open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serves an impressive range of dishes to please everyone from light eaters and vegetarians to sushi lovers and confirmed carnivores. If you plan to cocoon in The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, opt for the Club Lounge, where you can find sustenance throughout the day in the private-club atmosphere (but be warned: children of guests have discovered the Lounge's appeal as well).
Another of the city's historic hotels, the circa-1891 Oxford is located in the LoDo (Lower Downtown) district. That puts it close to two of Denver's must-visit attractions: the Tattered Cover Book Store and Tru-West Rockmount Ranch Wear, home of the original snap-button cowboy shirt. For those traveling by train, the Oxford is a half-block from Union Station. Inside the hotel, Denver's western character and mining heyday are reflected in the furnishings and artwork. Sip complimentary coffee in the lobby in the morning and sherry in the evening. If you crave something stronger, sail into the Oxford's Art-Deco bar; with a footprint resembling a wine bottle, its wall friezes pay homage to the Queen Mary and the golden age of cruising.
Hotel Teatro is not only the Denver hotel closest to the excellent Denver Center for the Performing Arts; it also features costumes and memorabilia from past productions in its guest rooms and public spaces. Although the room we inspected was small and the bathroom awkwardly designed, the ultra-plush fifteen-inch mattresses (some rooms have kings, some have queens; specify when you reserve if it matters to you) and free wi-fi can compensate. Hotel Teatro contains two restaurants: The Nickel and adjacent The Study, which serves breakfast and lunch.
GRAND HYATT DENVER DOWNTOWN
You won't find much local flavor in the Grand Hyatt Denver, but you will get a hotel product consistent from city to city. Primarily a business hotel (despite the fact that it charges for wi-fi), the Grand Hyatt does have its seductions. Head up to the roof to use its outdoor jacuzzi and sun deck. There's also an indoor swimming pool and a fitness center open 24/7. Unwind later with cocktails in the Fireside The Bar, where you can act out your own private "Up in the Air" fantasy of strangers meeting.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DENVER
If the Grand Hyatt Denver is for the foot soldiers of business travelers, the Four Seasons Hotel Denver is for their captains. As sleek, modern, and crisp as the corporate headquarters of a multi-national corporation, it warms up guests along its stylish lobby bar and in the pricy Edge restaurant. The Four Seasons Hotel Denver does offer couples on a romantic weekend the advantage of location. One block to the south is the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. One block to the north is Larimer Square, the place to go for a variety of restaurants, shops, and people-watching.
MAGNOLIA HOTEL DENVER
Less than a block from the 16th Street Mall and the free bus that carries passengers up and down that downtown hub, the Magnolia Hotel Denver may have the city's best perks: A daily evening beer and wine reception, cookies at bedtime, hot American breakfast, and high-speed Internet are all included in the rate. And since nearly half of the units in the Magnolia Hotel are suites, chances are good for an upgrade (especially if you ask politely). Club lounge access is available, and Harry's Bar is a popular hangout.