Denver is one of our favorite cities in the United States – we’ve been there multiple times over the past several years for both business and pleasure, and spent almost a month in the Denver area last year. It has everything we love – a thriving bar and restaurant industry with plenty of amazing (gluten free) food and drinks, super cute and walkable neighborhood streets, and outdoor activities just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Downtown Denver.
If you’re thinking about planning a weekend trip to Denver, our best advice is to pull a Nike and just do it! In this guide, we’ll go through some of our picks for the coolest hotels in Denver to use as a home base for exploring the city.
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10 Cool Hotels in Denver, Colorado
Whether you’re looking to stay in the heart of downtown Denver, near the craft breweries and great restaurants of Larimer Square or Union Station, want to be close to outdoor parks and riverside green spaces, or prefer to be located near markets and world-class museums, there are plenty of unique hotels in Denver to fit your style and budget.
The Maven Hotel
This is one of the hotels in Denver that I, Matt, have personally stayed at. You’re going to love staying at The Maven in the heart of the hip Dairy Block in Denver.
You’ll find yourself within walking distance of Larimer Square, Union Station, Confluence Park, and Coors Field. The surrounding LoDo neighborhood is teeming with craft breweries, retail space, and amazing restaurants like Forage which caters to vegan and gluten-free diners.
The Maven celebrates craft and creativity throughout, with 172 impeccably decorated, spacious loft-style guest rooms with balconies and luxury bathroom amenities. These stylish art-filled rooms with views over LoDo district are equipped with air conditioning, WiFi, safe and TV.
Start your day with a cup of freshly roasted coffee at on-site cafe Huckleberry Roasters, which is my favorite coffee shop in Denver. In the evenings, you can sip signature cocktails, wine and beer at retro themed Poka Lola Social Club and mingle with other hotel guests.
If you feel the need to work off some of the food and drinks you consume over the course of your trip to Denver, The Maven also has a state-of-the-art fitness center and plenty of activities available nearby.
If you plan to rent a car or are driving to Denver, check into the hotel first and you can benefit from reduced self-park rates – at the nearby Dairy Block Garage ($25.50 instead of $47 overnight).
It’s also worth mentioning, The Maven is a dog-friendly hotel, so you can bring your companion with you!
The award-winning Kimpton Born is located at Union Station in Denver’s LoDo neighborhood.
This Kimpton hotel advocates for sustainability and their building in Denver is silver LEED certified, which is definitely no easy feat!
With modern alpine interiors that ooze luxury, original artwork and floor-to-ceiling windows which let in lots of natural light.
We really like that Kimpton Born’s 200 guest rooms and suites have great views of the city or Colorado’s Rocky Mountains through floor-to-ceiling windows, and there’s the little touches like hand-knotted rugs and modern artworks in every room. You can relax with a good movie after sightseeing and shopping on a 50” flat screen TV, take a bubbly soak in the deep bathtub, or raid the minibar packed with gourmet local treats.
Other amenities include an on-site fitness center, in-room spa treatments and yoga mats in every room. The hotel is pet friendly and offers concierge services, transportation within a 2 mile radius and there’s self-parking on-site at a cost of $39 per night (better to find a nearby parking garage that will be cheaper, we think).
When it comes to dining, two of Denver’s most exciting restaurants are here too – Citizen Rail – a contemporary take on a wood-fired grill restaurant and Tavernetta – an upscale, Italian eatery with a focus on fine food and wines.
The Ramble is one of the best boutique hotels in Denver, at least we think so. This 50 room delight in Denver’s River North Arts District took inspiration from 17th century French Salons which were havens for exchanging ideas and creativity. It exudes old-world glamour with sparkling chandeliers in lobbies and Parisian pied-a-terre style guest rooms and suites with French press coffee, seamless WiFi, fully-equipped bathrooms and a small minibar.
The Ramble has also collaborated with NYC cocktail institution Death & Co to open its first outpost outside the city, and for dining, there’s The Garden for drinks and dinner, or Super Mega Bien – a Latin American Restaurant serving dim-sum style cuisine where hotel guests can get priority reservations. We ate their on our last trip to Denver, and it was fantastic – highly recommend the cochinita pibil!
It’s hip and trendy, full of countless craft breweries, cider bars, wineries and distilleries, plus there are markets, music venues, and it’s just a 10 minute walk to Coors Field if you want to take in a baseball game. Our favorites are Infinite Monkey Theorem, an urban winery with an outdoor patio, and Stem Cider, the best cider in Denver.
If you’re driving to Denver, valet parking is available in a covered garage at a cost of $30 for an overnight stay.
The Moxy Hotel, in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver, is part of the Marriott group of hotels. The modern, micro-hotel is within walking distance of Cherry Creek Shopping Center, along with popular Denver attraction Washington Park and beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens.
There are restaurants, bars, spas, and even golf courses (if you’re into that) nearby, offering plenty to keep you occupied whether you’re staying in Denver for a day or a month.
The air conditioned guest rooms with city or mountain views are decorated in cool colors, with splashes of artwork, and each is spacious and comfortable with WiFi, cable TV, and MUK products in the bathrooms.
It’s a popular hotel with couples and families, plus it’s dog-friendly, has its own fitness center and parking can be arranged for an additional charge of around $40 overnight. There are however a couple of cheaper options in third-party garages nearby!
While staying in this 170-room hotel, begin your day with rich coffee in Moxy Bar, then pick up your food-to-go from Moxy Pick-ups, and enjoy an evening drink in contemporary, alfresco Cherry Creek Beer Garden.
You’ll love the hip vibe of Hotel Indigo in Downtown Denver. It’s a place for modern pioneers and explorers, located around five minutes’ walk from historic Union Station Denver, close to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Coors Field, and plenty of bars and restaurants in the LoDo neighborhood!
The 180 room hotel located in the historic gold-rush district of Denver is decorated in a rustic-chic style which pays homage to the city’s roots. Rooms are stylish and elegantly dressed, with Keurig coffee makers, 47” flat screen TV’s and spa quality Aveda products in the bathrooms. There’s workspace and meeting rooms if you need to host a conference, and spectacular views across city rooftops – particularly stunning when illuminated after dark.
In addition, Hotel Indigo also boasts a gym, it’s pet friendly and parking is available on-site for $20 per day if you plan to drive or rent a car in Denver.
This contemporary hotel, from the outside, looks like something Frank Gehry would design, and it’s pretty impressive inside too with a 22,000 piece LED light installation, a 1983 Sol LeWitt wall painting and more works by acclaimed artists.
You’ll love the fact you can get city and mountain views from almost every room. Guest accommodations are clean, crisp and stylish with bright pops of color, equipped with mini fridges, sofa beds, Keurig coffee makers and LCD TV’s with complimentary HBO. You can choose your pillow softness from a menu, sleep on 300 thread count sheets, and even close black-out curtains, so you’re not disturbed after a night out in Denver!
Dining in The Art Hotel is courtesy of Fire Restaurant & Lounge. It boasts spectacular views over the skyline and menus are prepared with fresh, local ingredients. You can dine alfresco on the roof terrace or sip cocktails with friends around the bar’s mesmerizing fire sculpture.
If you simply can’t travel without your furry friend, you’ll be happy to learn the hotel is pet friendly.
You can also park here if you’re planning to rent a car in Denver. The cost is $40 per night for valet parking.
We love the style and vibe of the independent Halcyon Hotel in Denver’s Cherry Creek area, and it definitely makes our shortlist for our next trip to Denver. Close to Cherry Creek Park and shopping center, the hotel is a delightful home away from home, where you check-in at the kitchen counter instead of a reception and are greeted with a glass of wine or espresso!
The hotel lobby acts as a living room with cozy fireplace, board games and artist installations, and the super handy “gear garage” allows guests to rent seasonal outdoor equipment, ranging from bikes and KOTA longboards, to sleds in winter and hiking gear if you wish to adventure into Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.
Halcyon’s rooms are outfitted like a friend’s home, with amenities like Nespresso brewing systems, Enseo Smart TV programming, Jonathan Adler bath products, and WiFi to stay connected. If you choose one of the suites, they’re also equipped with private terraces and a Peloton bike. Bougie AF.
Dining in the hotel is a treat too. Enjoy delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners at Local Jones, head for Quality Italian for dinner or weekend brunch or simply enjoy wine and cocktails at sunset at the elevated rooftop bar.
If you’re traveling to Denver by car, parking is also available for guests at Halcyon Hotel at a cost of $45 USD for an overnight stay.
The Crawford Hotel
We think Crawford Hotel has one of the best locations in Denver – right above historic Union Station. You enter through the train station, surrounded by shops and restaurants, decorated with dazzling chandeliers and 65 foot high ceilings.
This 5-star hotel has thought of everything for their guests including courtesy transportation in a Tesla within 2 miles of the hotel, priority seating at Snooze eatery, and free craft beer at the Terminal Bar. You can also get discounted treatments at The Oxford Club Spa & Salon, access to e-bikes, gym and fitness classes.
Each of the 112 guest rooms and suites tell stories of historic Union Station, coupled with all the modern comforts you desire for an enjoyable stay. There are guest rooms designed like 19th century Pullman train carriages, spacious and light loft guest rooms and suites with Victorian-era luxuries.
You can enjoy world-class dining without even leaving the hotel, as some of Union Station’s finest restaurants and bars deliver right to your room! Whether you want fresh seafood from Stoic and Genuine, tapas from Ultreia or have a taste for ice cream sundaes from Milkbox Ice Creamery, you’ll be able to order it all or dine in!
If you’re traveling to Denver by car, the hotel provides valet parking through The Oxford Hotel at a cost of $47 overnight per vehicle, however, if you are driving a Tesla, there’s complimentary valet parking, as they are partners of the hotel.
If you want to travel to Denver with your dog, The Crawford Hotel pampers them too, with comfy doggie beds, bowls, treats, and even turn-down biscuits if they are craving a snack before bedtime!
The Source Hotel
The Source Hotel is next to South Platte River in the trendy RiNo Art District of Denver.
The 4-star 100 room hotel is an architectural design masterpiece, surrounded by some of the best breweries, shops, cafes and restaurants in Denver. With views of the Denver skyline and Rocky Mountains, guest rooms and suites are modern with clean lines, lots of space and comfortable beds.
Each room includes fast, free WiFi, 50” flat screen TV, Malin + Goetz bath products, USB outlets, safe, and mini bar with offerings from market hall vendors!
When it comes to amenities, Source Hotel excels with hot and cold rooftop plunge pools and a fitness center where you can work out after a day of sightseeing. The Woods Restaurant is also located on the rooftop offering incredible vistas of the cityscape.
Additional benefits to choosing this hotel include on-site self-parking at $20 per night for guests, a business center if you need to work, plus it’s also dog friendly so you can bring your furry friend with you!
The Curtis Hotel
There are 13 whimsical floors and themed rooms in The Curtis, all dedicated to pop culture – think Star Trek, Donkey Kong, Ghostbusters and your favorite superheroes.
Some of the themed rooms feature quirky extras like arcade games, Rubik’s Cubes, lava lamps and even life-size cardboard cut-outs of Star Trek’s Spock watching over you as you sleep. Which is only a little bit creepy. Maybe turn the cutout around?
Non-themed rooms (BORING) are cheaper to stay in, and all rooms include coffee makers, safes, fridges, and bathrooms have a walk-in shower.
Food in the hotel comes courtesy of retro-chic themed The Corner Office, offering brunch, all-day menus and room-service with classics like prime rib, mac ‘n’ cheese and curries. The hotel also offers on-site self-parking at $36 for 24 hours, and $40 for valet parking, plus it has pet-friendly and family rooms, WiFi and a fitness center.
There you have it! 10 unique and stylish hotels in Denver to stay in on your trip to the Mile High City.
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