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Where to Stay in Denver: Best Areas & Hotels

Home to 300 plus days of sunshine, excellent restaurants, friendly people, and a mix of historic and modern architecture framed by the Rocky Mountains, the Mile High City features a number of dynamic neighborhoods, like Downtown, LoDo, and the Central Business District, which have excellent accommodation. These neighborhoods are also close to most of Denver's sightseeing and sports venues - the city hosts football, baseball, hockey, and basketball teams - making them the top areas to stay. There are options beyond downtown, however. If you're interested in more of an upscale residential feel, with tree-lined streets meant for strolling, and excellent shopping and dining within an eight-block radius, head to the Cherry Creek North neighborhood, which is a few miles to the southeast of downtown and home to some luxury hotels. Many Denver hotels, including luxury properties, are also pet friendly. Whether you're looking for luxury or budget digs, a family vacation or a romantic getaway, Denver offers something for all types of travelers.

Where to Stay for Luxury

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Denver has four- and five-star luxury hotels in all styles: from artsy boutique and modern to Old West elegant. The Art, a hotel is one of the city's newest properties. Located in Capitol Hill, and within walking distance to the Colorado State Capitol, Civic Center Park, and the Denver Art Museum, the boutique property resembles a work of art, with its glass-focused design architecture. Rooms are spacious and modern and feature mostly neutral colors, with bold color splashes, like the pillows on the white duvet-covered beds.

For historic luxury, The Oxford Hotel, in LoDo, is a classic choice. Within walking distance of Denver Union Station and Coors Field, where the Colorado Rockies baseball team plays, The Oxford has a central location. Rooms are a mix of European antique furnishings and modern amenities, like flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. The spa here is fantastic, too, with massage options ranging from Thai to Shiatsu and everything from facials to body treatments are on the menu as well.

Inside Denver Union Station, where the airport train arrives, The Crawford Hotel is another boutique luxury choice. Rooms here feature Art Deco flourishes and contemporary decor, along with clawfoot tubs and rain showers in the bathrooms. Suites come with original art, vaulted ceilings, and exposed beams, giving them a Rocky Mountain charm.

One of two five-star hotels in town, the Four Seasons Hotel Denver is another excellent luxury option. Rooms are elegant and chic, with soaking tubs in marble bathrooms, some of which offer panoramic views. The on-site spa is spectacular for relaxing and there is also a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, and gym.

Where to Stay for the Best Value

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Skyline view from 16th Street
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Denver doesn't have many centrally located budget options, but it has a large number of mid-range properties that work well for families or couples looking for a fair deal. For a luxury hotel at a mid-range rate right in the heart of downtown, the Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown is excellent value for money. Located within walking distance of the 16th Street Mall and LoDo, it features stylish, contemporary rooms in a tower-like building. Book a higher floor for the best views.

Just south of some of Denver's hottest residential neighborhoods, Highlands and LoHi, and with easy access to Mile High Stadium, where the Broncos play football, as well as downtown, The Hampton Inn & Suites - Denver Speer Boulevard is another good-value option. Rooms were recently remodeled and are modern and comfortable. The staff is professional and helpful and there is an indoor pool.

If you want to be close to the Cherry Creek North neighborhood, check out the Fairfield Inn & Suites Denver Cherry Creek, which is in a good location about five minutes drive south. Rooms are spacious and modern, and the staff here is friendly. The hotel offers free parking and also has a fitness center on site.

Where to Stay on a Budget

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There are very few quality budget hotels in Denver, and those that do exist, are mostly outside the city center by Denver International Airport, which lies about 30 miles away. But you'll find a few good budget choices in the vicinity of the downtown area. One option is the Mainstay Suites, which is just west of the city center and easily accessible to it. The property is new and quite clean, and rooms come with a kitchenette, which makes it a great choice for families. The staff is friendly and professional.

Outside the downtown area, but closer than the airport, La Quinta Inn & Suites Denver Gateway Park, in the residential Montbello neighborhood in northeast Denver, is another good-value option. The rooms are clean and well-appointed for the price bracket, and the included breakfast is better than average, with some hot selections.

Where to Stay for Romance

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When it comes to a romantic vacation for couples, Denver delivers. For old-fashioned romance, it is hard to beat The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection, located downtown. Built in the 1890s, it is Denver's oldest hotel and has a timeless, elegant vibe. The afternoon tea service in the lobby is a highlight.

Also downtown, right next to the Denver Center for Performing Arts, the boutique Hotel Teatro often runs romance and theater-focused packages. The classy rooms are done up in neutral colors and feature comfortable beds, fine linens, marble baths, and rain showers. Book a suite for a deep soaking tub.

In Cherry Creek, the brand new HALCYON, a hotel in Cherry Creek is a design boutique property that local couples like to book for a romantic staycation, with a side of shopping and excellent dining away from the city center core. The chic and stylish rooms feature original art and retro touches, like vintage record players. The rooftop deck and pool are fantastic in summer.

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