After a trying year stuck at home with kids, it’s the perfect time to escape for a weekend getaway. Luckily, Denver is home to a variety of inviting hotels that offer a unique guest experience—so you don’t have to hop a plane to feel like you’re on vacation.
Whether you’re hoping to hit the nightlife scene again (hello, date night!) or reconnect during a couples massage, these local hotels make the perfect staycation spots.
With chic, generously-sized suites tucked above Union Station, The Crawford offers a romantic abode for a long weekend. Although it’s located inside the historic train station, the rooms are quiet so you can score a good night’s sleep. Many of the suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows that welcome in natural morning light, and the modern decor and finishes make for a luxury experience.
One of the biggest benefits of staying at The Crawford is the accessibility to the restaurants, bars, and attractions in downtown Denver. Make reservations at Jovanina’s for an authentic Italian meal, enjoy a locally brewed IPA from Wynkoop Brewing Co, or walk to a Rockies game at Coors Field.
For those who don’t want to wander far, try a cocktail from the hotel’s bar, Cooper Lounge. The San Baltazar Swizzle, made with mezcal, montillado sherry, ginger, fresh lime juice, and mint, and served in a tall, clear glass, will make you feel like you’re somewhere tropical.
Located in the heart of Dairy Block, a vibrant micro-district in LoDo, The Maven is another ideally situated hotel for a high-end getaway. Home to a handful of eateries, bars, and boutiques, you’ll come across numerous entertainment options—and likely some live music—during your stay.
Walk just a few feet from the hotel’s lobby to Blanchard Family Wines to enjoy a tasting of locally sourced reds and whites. For dinner, indulge in sourdough crusted cod or handmade potato gnocchi from Woodie Fisher. Then end your evening with a nightcap at Seven Grand, a bar known for their expansive selection of whiskey. Seeking something more intimate? Sip a craft cocktail at the speakeasy Run for the Roses, which is just a short walk from the hotel.
After a fun night out, you’ll appreciate coming back to a large, loft-style room at The Maven. The rooms are truly soundproof despite close proximity to downtown, and many of them flaunt little balconies that offer up big views.
In the morning, stop by Huckleberry Roasters for an Americano or grab brunch from one of the many options in the market hall. And before you check out, make sure to ask the concierge about the exclusive shopping discounts that are available to guests.
Referred to as a “non-hotel” for its uniquely comforting allure, Halcyon makes for a luxury escape within Denver’s Cherry Creek North neighborhood. Although there’s 154 suites, the attention to detail at Halcyon makes guests feel as if they’re vacationing solo.
Each room was designed to feel like a friend’s home, with top-notch amenities like Nespresso machines, yoga mats, and record players, available to vacationers. Book a suite with a city view, private terrace, or Juliet balcony—each offer a slightly different experience.
While at the hotel, take a workout class on the rooftop deck, reserve a poolside cabana, or catch happy hour at Local Jones. Want to venture out further? The area has 16 walkable blocks where you’ll come across art galleries, coffee shops, designer boutiques, spas, salons, and more.
If you’ve ever stopped by the rooftop at The Jacquard for a drink, you’ve likely been tempted to take a peek at one of the lavish rooms. Guests of the hotel enjoy its convenient location and proximity to a mix of upscale, date-night activities. From one of the 201 guest rooms, take in panoramic mountain views and breathtaking sunsets while still witnessing the glimmering city lights. All rooms are complete with stylish, marble bathrooms, luxury linens, and custom bath amenities.
Aside from the popular rooftop bar, Narrative is a restaurant within the hotel that serves up meals for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The eatery also has an impressive variety of wine to choose from. Other nearby restaurants worth a try include 801 Chophouse, True Food Kitchen, and Cherry Creek Grill.
Tempting morning to-do’s include running or biking along the Cherry Creek Trail and strolling the booths at the Cherry Creek Farmers’ Market, which takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays from May to October.
Known as Denver’s original boutique hotel, this historic spot is an inviting option for parents looking for an authentic downtown experience. The hotel is housed inside a 20th century Renaissance Revival building that’s been recently renovated to offer a more modern experience. Located in Denver’s music and theatre district, you’ll love being close to Larimer Square, Union Station, the Pepsi Center, Coors Field, and the Denver Center for Performing Arts.
Noteworthy hotel amenities include rain shower heads, complimentary bikes, courtesy transportation within a 2.5 mile radius, a 24-hour fitness center, and a craft beer and charcuterie concierge. The hotel also consistently offers a variety of packages and discounted rates (like a bed & breakfast package and AAA discount) so be sure to check here for deals.
For couples looking for a place to unwind in the RiNo neighborhood, consider a stay at The Source. The small yet sleek rooms (there are rooms ranging from 290 to 480 square feet) feature Japanese-style soaking tubs, skyline views, and operable glass garage doors that let fresh air in. Select rooms are pet-friendly in the case that you need to bring your furry companion. You’ll also appreciate the lobby’s market hall, which includes a collection of 25 artisans ranging from bakeries to barber shops.
Enjoy drinks and a hearty meal at The Woods, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar. Try the Vegetable Vanilla Thai Curry or Seared Scottish Salmon for dinner while you sip a Blood Orange Paloma. In the morning, head to Logan House Coffee for an iced mocha or venture off on a walk and scope out the neighborhood murals.