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Hotels in Denver With the Best Views
If Colorado were to have an official “state postcard,” the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, with peaks jutting into the sky, would be a darn good contender. Then again, the downtown Denver skyline—especially during the magic hour that strikes right before the sun sets—is noteworthy, too.
Thankfully, visitors can get a two-for-one at a select number of Denver hotels, marveling at both the panoramic mountain views and the cool boutique architecture that defines downtown’s booming cityscape.
These six hotels in Denver will spoil you with spectacular views.
Warwick Denver Hotel
Located in Denver’s uptown neighborhood, the Warwick Denver Hotel has plenty of rooms with spacious balconies to show off Denver from all different angles. Since it’s just outside of downtown, visitors can get clear views of the city, mountains, and eastern plains. Plus, this historic hotel comes with a sexy backstory: In the late 1960s and early 1970s, it was the home of the Denver Playboy Club, which was Hugh Hefner's chain of clubs. The hotel has a rooftop pool (heated year-round) where the Playboy bunnies once partied.
Halcyon, a hotel that opened in 2016 in the swanky Cherry Creek neighborhood, has a remarkable rooftop pool where guests can soak up some of the famous Colorado sunshine. (In case you haven’t heard, Colorado gets about 300 days of sunshine per year). Turn the rooftop pool into your urban observatory, and get a clear view of the mountains and downtown. Another star amenity at this hotel is its Gear Garage with longboards, scooters, Go-Pros, and cruiser bikes available for check out. Book a “terrace room,” a 320-square-foot room that comes with an attached terrace that gives guests a glimpse of the chic neighborhood.
The ART Hotel
Right in the middle of Denver’s arts district, the ART Hotel takes the concept of “room with a view” to the next level. The hotel is in Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood, which is saturated with museums and is located just south of downtown. The ART’s next door neighbors include the Denver Art Museum and the Colorado History Museum. As far as views go, windows stretch floor-to-ceiling in the hotel’s signature restaurant, FIRE. An overhang in the restaurant allows guests to feel as though they're walking on top of Broadway, the historic and busy main street that slices through the city. From the hotel rooms, guests can gaze at downtown and the mountains, especially if you’re in a coveted corner room. Adding to the “room with a view” experience, though, is the hotel’s curated collection of artwork. You’ll feel as though you’re on a scavenger hunt as you hunt for of all the unique pieces, starting at the glam porte-cochère where 22,000 white LED nodes twinkle and create an ever-changing show. The first floor of the hotel and the hotel’s fourth-floor lobby could double as mini art galleries in and of themselves, plus signature pieces of artwork hang on each floor of the hotel.
Le Méridien, a newcomer to downtown Denver, has plenty of draws. Just to name a few: The Lobbyist Bar that serves gourmet coffee and eclairs each morning, a mosaic with 1,000 different pieces of art forming a portrait of Marie Antoinette, and the complimentary bikes that allow guests to explore downtown on two wheels. But the pièce de résistance in this French-inspired downtown hotel? 54Thirty, which is an open-air rooftop bar that claims some cool bragging rights in this Mile High City. It’s the highest in downtown Denver. From here, visitors get an unobstructed view of the Rocky Mountains. 54Thirty has comfortable lounge seating and firepits and is open in warmer months, as well as some special occasions. The rooftop, for example, opens on New Year’s Eve, so revelers get a prime perch to watch the downtown fireworks shows. The bar serves swanky cocktails like an “Elevated Old Fashion” with apple-infused bourbon, salted maple syrup and bitters, and global-inspired small bites like soy-braised short ribs and shrimp lettuce cups with grapefruit, avocado, and mint. For those staying at the hotel, continue your quest in soaking up all the great views at the nearby Clyfford Still Museum. Le Méridien Denver Downtown has partnered with the museum for an “Unlock Art” program, where guests can access the museum free of charge by showing their hotel room key.
A $22 million makeover is helping the Crowne Plaza in Denver gain appeal with working millennials thanks to nooks and crannies equipped with charging stations and tablets guests can order food from. Plus, there’s a rock climbing-themed shared workspace that groups can rent—the hotel embraces a "work hard, play hard" mantra. It also serves Colorado whiskey in craft cocktails that even rookie whiskey drinkers will appreciate and has a rooftop pool that gives cool, 360-degree views, showing off the mountains and the tops of 16th Street Mall buildings.
After you’ve checked in and dropped off your bags at the Hyatt Regency, take the elevator up to the 27th floor and order up a cocktail or organic juice from the Peak Lounge. This bar is a local fave for happy hours after work or date nights on the town because the expansive windows are the perfect looking glass to peer at downtown through. For a fun game, see if you can find some of these signature Denver landmarks: Lannie’s Clocktower on 16th Street Mall that illuminates different colors, the neon lights of Elitch Gardens amusement park, and the Big Blue Bear that peers into the Denver Convention Center.