Photo courtesy The Armstrong Hotel
Cozy, classy, chic… and quiet. Contributor Maureen Littlejohn shares this list of the most luxurious boutique hotels in Denver Colorado
Denver is a city full of Wild West, industrial, Victorian, and mid-century modern heritage. Looking back on the days of Buffalo Bill and the lumber barons who once presided over exclusive social events, visitors get a feel for the energy and spirit that gave birth to Colorado’s capital.
All these stories can be seen in the outstanding Denver boutique hotels sprinkled throughout the city’s fascinating neighbourhoods. At the end of the day, what better way to relax than to immerse yourself in the authentic flavors offered at the most luxurious boutique hotels in Denver.
The Mile High City is also full of fascinating museums, eye-catching galleries, historic homes, fun things to do, and tranquil parks. It’s also a hub for business and conventions. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, consider booking your stay at one of our favorite luxurious boutique hotels in Denver.
The Most Luxurious Boutique Hotels in Denver
The Armstrong Hotel
Although located in historic Fort Collins an hour’s drive away from Downtown Denver, the Armstrong Hotel makes for a great base from which to explore Colorado’s capital… and the surrounding countryside. Less than a mile from the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and the Poudre Trail natural area, this plush boutique hotel is set in a restored 1923 building, the property retains many original features.
Rooms and suites have either vintage or modern decor, and come with free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers, cable TV, and workstations. Suites have living rooms with pull-out sofas, microwaves, and minifridges. Some have kitchens and soaking tubs.
Parking is complimentary and guests get free use of bikes and passes to a nearby fitness center. Plus, there’s a cafe, deli, lounge, and coffee shop in the hotel.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more information, visit The Armstrong Hotel.
The NATIV Hotel is one of the downtown hotels in Denver conveniently located close to Denver Union Station and the bustling 16th Street Mall. The Denver Art Museum is two miles away, making this cool boutique hotel a great base for exploring Denver.
Hip and chic, the rooms feature pillow-top mattresses, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen HDTVs, as well as minibars and city views. Suites come with sitting areas, and if you are looking for Denver hotels with a balcony, some suites also have rooftop patios and/or whirlpool tubs.
Amenities include a casual restaurant and bar serving craft beers, a relaxed cafe, and a trendy nightclub with regular live entertainment.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more information, visit NATIV Hotel.
The Ramble Hotel
A mile from Union Station, The Ramble Hotel is a convenient 15-minute walk to Coors Field baseball stadium – perfect for sports fans. This industrial-chic hotel has a hip bar and restaurant, is near popular local restaurants, and is just two miles from the Denver Zoo.
Refined guest rooms with hickory floors and painted wood-paneled walls feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges, and coffeemakers. Some provide French balconies. Suites have sitting areas, and some have separate living rooms and claw-foot tubs.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more information, visit The Ramble Hotel.
The Clayton Members Club & Hotel
Designed with clean mid-century lines and layered colors and textures that reflect Colorado’s landscape, The Clayton Members Club & Hotel is also a members’ club. Guests at this Clayton Street hotel in Cherry Hill have access to the members’ private areas – including rooftop pool and lounge, restaurant, parlor, library, and sunroom.
Guest room options range from studios to suites. Two suites have living room spaces and the two-floor Isabella penthouse suite features a six person dining table and kitchen island with sink.
The restaurant Of a Kind mixes Californian and Mediterranean cuisine, Oak Market is an all-day snack counter, and Five Nines offers fine cocktails. Additional amenities include a fitness center with steam room.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more information, visit The Clayton Members Club & Hotel.
The Holiday Chalet
The Holiday Chalet Victorian-style hotel is housed in an 1896 brownstone on Capitol Hill Street and is one of the Denver boutique hotels located in the historic Wyman District. This charming inn is a 15-minute walk from the Denver Botanic Gardens and two miles from Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies.
Décor in the property’s three guest rooms and three suites is splashy yet traditional. Two suites have kitchenettes, plus there is free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and desks. All have private bathrooms.
Guests can relax on the patio and use the grill. In the garden, you can roast s’mores and enjoy the stars. In-room massages are available for a fee.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more information, visit The Holiday Chalet
Life House, Lower Highlands
In Denver’s hip LoHi district, the Life House, Lower Highlands hotel plays on sensibilities of the Old West meets Victoriana. Guest rooms at this sophisticated hotel feature refined Victorian-style décor mixed with ultrachic style.
One of the top places to stay in Denver, the cozy guest rooms at Life House have flat-screen TVs, Bluetooth speakers, and Wi-Fi. Family rooms – some with added sitting areas – include bunk beds and sleep up to eight guests.
There’s an elegant coffee/tea lounge, as well as a wildflower-inspired high-end restaurant and cocktail bar offering seasonal fare. This sleek property is a mile from Interstate 25 and two miles from both the River North Art District and the 16th Street Mall.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more information, visit Life House, Lower Highlands.
The Lumber Baron Inn and Gardens
Housed in a Victorian mansion, The Lumber Baron Inn and Gardens is situated in the Potter-Highlands neighborhood of North Denver. This upscale, family-run B&B is within two miles of both the Children’s Museum of Denver and Rocky Mountain Lake Park.
Polished, antiques-filled rooms and luxury suites have flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi access. The Garden Suite has a Jacuzzi tub for two. Individual features include Victorian and carved Indonesian beds, original artwork, and ornate ceilings.
Gourmet breakfast is provided. Amenities include themed nights and casino evenings, afternoon tea in the parlor for a fee, wine dinners by reservation on weekends, plus a tree-lined outdoor patio and an opulent ballroom on the third floor.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more information, visit Lumber Baron Inn and Gardens.
Housed in a 19th century senator’s mansion in historic Capitol Hill, this upscale, all-suite hotel is a National Landmark. The Patterson Inn has a grand, hand-carved oak staircase and a reading room with an original stained-glass window.
This classic property is one of the top luxury boutique hotels in Denver, and features a wraparound porch and a courtyard, as well as a cozy pub. The nine ornate, individually themed suites feature elegant furnishings – some have 4-poster beds, minifridges, patios, and claw-foot or whirlpool tubs.
The Patterson Inn is just a 10-minute walk from the Colorado State Capitol and a 14-minute walk from the Denver Art Museum. Complimentary amenities include a continental breakfast buffet, parking, and afternoon wine hour.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more information, visit Patterson Inn.
Contributor Maureen Littlejohn is a Toronto-based travel writer and editor whose curiosity about food, culture and creativity has fueled adventures in four corners of the world.