First time visiting Denver and knew of The Brown Palace's history -- open for business every single day since it debuted in 1892! Husband and I decided to stay a few days two weekends before Christmas and were so very glad we did.
The Brown Palace is currently a Marriott Autograph Collection property so we were able to use some traveler points for the stay. This hotel is amazing -- a gilded-age architectural grand dame with functional amenities for the 21st century business traveler. We're giving it a 5 star rating as it truly is one of the best executed functioning historic hotels we've had the pleasure of encountering.
Rooms are of the era -- super high ceilings, crown moulding, awesome walk in closet (complete with safe and hotel robes), and a funky and very cool bathroom. The interior walls must also be made of stone -- the rooms are so quiet! Furnishings are period true with the modern twist (granite topped bureaus, I-Pod compatible clock radio/charger, vast cable and on-demand TV selections and a mega plug on the desk to accommodate all our 2103 electrical needs). The Brown Palace has its own aquifer beneath the hotel so the water is uniquely Rocky Mountain spring fed. Bathroom was gorgeous with its marble floor and double door. The amazingly invigorating water pressure shower had a second rainfall shower head combined with the regular one. No bathtub in our ensuite (room 408). We had a larger king room which was lovely. Bonus hint -- they have humidifiers for the rooms, upon request, if the super dry, mile high air poses issues.
We sampled three Brown Palace restaurants -- Ellyington's, The Tavern (super family-friendly), and Churchill Cigar Bar. They also have a fine dining room -- Palace Arms -- with amazing historic decor. The food is first rate and the pricing extremely fair. The Ellyington's staff was superlative on both days -- our compliments to everyone who works there.
The Brown Palace does have a spa -- didn't have time for that. The lobby itself is a destination with its ornate seven story atrium. The Brown Palace's high tea / piano bar cocktail hours seem to be a local tradition. You'll want to dress well to be here and ghosts of the past may frown upon flip flops and logo T-shirts, though management would never say so.
A brochure detailing the entire history of the hotel is included in the room -- fascinating reading. Business traveler husband was really impressed with the functionality of the hotel and we both were delighted to be submersed in nostalgia (this is where the deal to form the AFL was made -- though TPTB declared the Broncos would never attract enough fans to make the franchise work!).
The Brown Palace is in the heart of downtown. A mere two block walk will bring you to the 16th Street promenade with a plethora of shops, restaurants and horse drawn carriages. Know that, being downtown, this area is quintessentially urban with all that entails. A bonus of being downtown, it would be quite easy to take public transportation to and from the airport -- Brown Palace has a free town car limo that would take you to the 16th Street RTD station that has a train directly to DIA.
Stay at the Brown Palace at least once if you can. Your heart may draw you here time and time after that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Presidents, rock stars, executives, and discerning travelers all choose the one-of-a-kind ambiance of the historically luxurious Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Denver's only four-star, four-diamond hotel. Guests are treated to grand architecture, 6 unique dining venues, a full service spa and salon, and distinctive accommodations. Experience Tradition With a Twist. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brown Palace Denver
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