Flying to DIA, I made online reservation with Big Sky Shuttle for both my trip into downtown Denver and my return trip to DIA.
No problems, so I can recommend this shuttle company.
My check in was early, so my one bedroom suite was not ready so they offered me a studio on the top floor. Check in was friendly and welcoming. Sometimes the studio appear to be roomier because there is not that wall separating the bedroom from rest of the suite. This property is relatively new so everything looks good. The room was very clean and cleaned well each day I was there. Good size studio room was small kitchen, with breakfast nook. Small loveseat and lounge chair but in a fun positon. There was plenty of natural light in this room. Overlooking the courtyard. Bathroom was clean and water pressure was good and temperature was good.
My room was quiet and the bed was comfortable. The A.C worked well but was a bit noisy. The Residence Inn breakfast was better than most Residence Inns and there was plenty of room to sit and eat as well plenty of friendly staff helping around for the breakfast.
In the large lobby there are also two complimentary computer/internet stations. There is small gym with Precor machines and outside of the gym is a patio which features a hotub. Lots of smoking folks hang out there.
This property is just a few blocks from the 16th street mall. If you're reasonably good shape you can also walk to Coor's Field from this property.
The 16th Street mall, like some of the other reviewers have stated is nothing unique. Though there are plenty of souvenirs vendors located there and there are you're typical shops and restaurants you find in most cities. There are a fair number of street people around the open mall and some do ask for some change.
There is a free bus that goes in both directions of the mall.
At one end is the local and state govenment facilities and just a few streets from there down is the famous and historic Brown hotel (Where Obama and Clinton are staying for the DCC.
At the other end of the mall is Union Station and there are some good resturants down. Like the Wynkomp Brewing Company, towards Coors Field. Also further down from Union Station, a little bit of a walk of Convergence Park. A nice water park with a massive REI store there.
I found the small but more unique Larimer Square more interesting than the 16th Street Mall. There is great coffee house there called the Market.
The convention center is walkable from the City Center Residence Inn. On the 16th street mall are several convenience stores nearby: 7-11, Rite Aid and Walgreens.
I took the Grayline City tour. My morning tour was cancelled because according to Grayline the bus driver called in sick.
So I took the afternoon tour. The tour bus can pick you up at your hotel if you call in advance. The bus then goes to the Cherry Creek Shop center (typical suburban upscale mall).
The tour is not too interesting other than it gives you a good point of reference of how close many of the Denver offerings are from each other and accessible by light rain or bus. With Denver's very good public transportation system you get easily get to it's many sporting venues: Invesco Field at Mile High, the Pepsi Center and Coor's Field.
There is huge condo buidling boom in downtown Denver, kinda of like downtown Seattle.
The weather in Denver was not too hot and plesant for August.
Many of the downtown eating establishment like Zeidy's Deli close during the weekend and primary cater to the downtown working commuters.
My stay at the Residence Inn City Center was pleasant and Icannot think of any problems. I highly recommend this property if you need a base of operations and/or your business is downtown. A clean and modern facility with great staff and great location.
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