Oxford Hotel (credit: CBS)
Fall and winter can be the most glorious season of the year to soak up the elegant charm and fun of Downtown Denver. Visitors do not need to charge up the credit cards to experience the luxury of high tea in England and the exciting and elegant charm of New York City. Live like royalty with luxurious hotels, spas and restaurants to melt away every care, horse-drawn carriages and a nightlife to remember. Set aside some time to unwind with a few days at Denver’s best hotels or bed and breakfasts. Thanks to prices available for most any pocketbook, a weekend of luxury is only minutes away.
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa
321 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202
Rock stars and presidents find their rest and relaxation at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa. The lobby is gorgeous with rows of hallways leading to the rooms and stunning chandeliers lighting the way. Small yet quaint and charming bathrooms will relax the cares away with multiple-head rain showers and melt-away comfortable bedding. The hotel’s incomparable room service and spa services treat guests like royalty. Imagine sipping delicate teas while awaiting an unforgettable spa treatment. Sunday’s high tea is a truly special experience.
The Oxford Hotel
1600 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202
Avoid the newfangled hotels and stick with the memorable charm of the old ones. Affordable luxury exists and one can find it at the Oxford Hotel in downtown Denver. With a bowler hat and a welcoming smile, the doorman will great the guests. The rest of the hotel staff is equally as attentive in making sure that every guest has a memorable stay. Old and charming, this hotel offers a variety of comfortable rooms to meet most any budget. The Corner Rooms have old-fashioned claw-foot tubs, ideal to sink down in and have the entire body be surrounded by warm luxury. In addition to this fabulous tub, the bathrooms feature two sinks, a separate sparkling clear glass shower and windows surrounding the room with city lights. The Oxford Hotel spa and salon offers sweet treats such as its new Oxford Sweet Spa Escape which includes offer the Oxford Almond Joy Experience and the Oxford Milk & Honey Bath Experience. Indulge in a calorie-free treat of a chocolate body masque or the nourishing milk bath for a cool stone face massage. The spa experience of Swedish massages, sugar scrubs, manicures and pedicures will delight the senses of any traveler.
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1100 Fourteenth St.
Denver, CO 80202
Originally built in 1911, the Hotel Teatro was the first home of John Evans, Colorado’s second territorial governor. Melt into an atmosphere of luxury when the staff of the Hotel Teatro transports guests far away from the real world. During the day, get out and play, then come home to a life of luxury at this old and romantic setting. Like the romance of the Roaring 20s, Teatro’s old art deco look and old fashioned romantic feel will provide an amazing escape from the real world. Visitors will simply melt in the atmosphere of the old fashioned bathrooms with rain showers and large soaking tubs, cloud-like beds of comfort and in-room spa services. Spend the day touring Denver with hot chocolate or champagne in a horse-drawn carriage and shop for that perfect dress.
Capitol Hill Mansion (credit: CBS)
Capitol Hill Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn
1207 Pennsylvania St.
Denver, CO 80203
For those who prefer luxury in the home-away-from-home environment instead of a hotel, a bed and breakfast is the way to go. Located near the Museum District of downtown Denver, the Capitol Hill Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn is a weekend of relaxation and romance waiting to be planned. This amazing gem is nestled in the quaint Capitol Hill Neighborhood. Built in 1891, this ruby sandstone and Romanesque-style architecture captivates guests from the moment they arrive. Visitors will take in a gourmet breakfast ideal to start off the day, and wind down with wine and beverages served by the innkeeper to close out the day in style. Situated in a Victorian Turret, the Shooting Star Balcony Room is ideal for honeymoons and anniversaries. Guests will lose themselves in the atmosphere of its romantic balcony, whirlpool tub and brass and glass shower.
Castle Marne Bed and Breakfast
1572 Race St.
Denver, CO, 80206
Built in 1889, the Castle Marne has small but cozy rooms with the charm of the original architecture. Named for the first owner of the Castle Marne, the Raymond Room will treat guests to relaxation under the stars in a private hot tub for two on a large balcony with an outdoor seating area. This particular room in the Castle Marne Bed and Breakfast is the epitome of luxury with its antique iron and brass feather bed, pedestal sink and cozy atmosphere. Plan ahead to reserve this room for the perfect setting of luxury and romance. The innkeepers create a peaceful and charming stay with their attention to detail and historical knowledge. Visitors who spend a weekend here will find themselves hard-pressed to give it up.
Editor’s Note: A restaurant that was once featured on this list has been removed. Restaurant Kevin Taylor in the Hotel Teatro closed in Spring 2014.
Colleen Bement is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.