The best boutique hotels in Denver

Denver is becoming the destination you need for a weekend away, be it with the guys to catch a game or that romantic time away that your wife has been asking for.  While the city is coming into its own, with new restaurants, bars, boutique stores, and engaging nightlife, the hotel is often looked past as one of the most important aspects.  Why spend all the money to come to this growing city of class to only stay in a basic hotel that delivers nothing in terms of local feel?  No stay would be complete without taking in everything the city has to offer.

So we have checked out and found three boutique hotels in Denver worth you checking out for your next visit to the 5280.

Hotel Teatro   |  $$$  |  Website  |  1100 14th St Denver, CO 80202

nowitzexterior1Hotel Teatro is one of Denver’s most luxurious hotels. It’s also the most dramatic: The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is just across the street.  Filled with inspired the decor of the arts center, featuring masks, playbills, and wardrobes from past productions.  The hotel has a presence in the community of class, style, and fashion, all while not being too outlandish or pompous.  Think class and style is subtle from the outside, all while delivering the dramatic presence inside.  With a wide variety of rooms available at all price ranges, the Hotel Teatro provides the luxurious escape needed for any weekend, be it a visit to town for business or a weekend away with the lady.

Why do we like it?  The hotel delivers everything and more for the traveler.  It is classy and stylish at every angle, with car service and valets out front, an amazing front desk staff, and proximity to some of the most amazing and established night life in Denver.  This is not the hotel for the college crowd, and the area is filled with fine dining options, wine bars, and unique shopping experiences.  Overall, it provides a central resting spot for a busy time in town.

Hotel Details
102 rooms, 7 suites, 12-foot ceilings, soaking tubs, rain forest showers. Credit cards accepted, Parking On-site, Valet available

The Brown Palace  |  $$$$  |  Website  |  321 17th St., Denver, CO 80202

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is located in the heart of downtown Denver, and is a long standing icon filled with tradition and history. A historic building from 1892, the luxury hotel has been a four-star and Four Diamond hotel since 1977.   Sitting off 17th Street, this hotel has a presence at every angle, with the brown stone climbing from the grey streets.  The classic styling  stands out among the modern surroundings.  The details are exquisite: a dramatic nine-story lobby is topped with a beautifully stained-glass ceiling.  The Victorian rooms have sophisticated wainscoting and Art Deco fixtures.  But the hotel has done an amazing job of incorporating modern amenities into the rooms to keep everyone comfortable.

So why do we love this hotel?  It’s simple; from President Eisenhower to the Beatles, this hotel has been filled with history and elegance.  While a bit of a walking distance from the central night life, it is still close enough to some of the best restaraunts in town and a quick cab ride to the stadiums, theater, or LoDo for the night life.  And with all the talk of class and style, we cannot look past the cigar room, Churchills.  Classically adorned in big leather armchairs with low light, this is the perfect hotel for a guys weekend away to catch a game, eat amazing steak, and smoke a feel stogies.

Hotel Details
205 rooms, 36 suites. Rate includes no meals. Credit cards accepted, Parking On-site, Valet available
The Oxford Hotel  |  $$$  |  Website  |  1100 14th St Denver, CO 80202


In the heart of Denver’s LoDo, The Oxford Hotel is an eclectic class of its own.   During the Victorian era this hotel was an elegant fixture on the Denver landscape, and civilized touches like complimentary shoe shines, afternoon sherry, and morning coffee remain.  The 88 rooms are all uniquely  furnished with French and English period antiques, and the Cruise Room bar re-creates an art deco ocean liner.  Walking distance to some of the hippest bars and nightlife in town, while still keeping a separate atmosphere around it, the Oxford can only be missed when walking by.  The awning with a small sign above it is the only thing that lets you know you are there, and while minimal in nature, the rest of the hotel more than makes up for it.  Walking into lobby, the fine dark woods, deep leathers, and classic lines take all the guests back.  And with McCormicks Restaurant on-site, there is access to some of the best seafood in Denver and a delicious Sunday brunch.

So what makes it worth this list?  Beyond the 88 unique rooms, it’s all about the location for this one.  The most central of the three hotels reviewed, it was 5 minutes from everything in Denver, including the newly renovated Union Station and brand new Light Rail stations.  Only a few blocks from Coors Field, home of the Rockies, and all the great bars, restaurants, and concert halls, this is the perfect hotel to escape to after a major night out, no matter the theme.

Hotel Details
79 rooms, 9 suites. Rate includes no meals. Credit cards accepted.