Experiences in the Mile High City are, quite literally, on another level. The elevation enhances everything from a glass of wine on a bar terrace to a hike in the nearby mountains. Denver’s Best Hotels, Picked By Travel + Leisure readers, can help you store your mountain bike between outings, direct you to less traveled hiking trails, etc.
Every year, as part of our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to give their opinion on travel experiences around the world – to share their opinions on the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, etc. Hotels (including safari lodges) were rated on their facilities, location, service, food and overall value. Properties have been categorized as city hotel, resort or safari lodge depending on their location and amenities.
It’s the details that make the hotels on this inaugural Denver list stand out in the city. “There’s a real wood-burning fireplace in the quaint lobby, and in the early evening there’s a free bourbon tasting,” wrote a reader who stayed at No. 3 Oxford Hotel, which dates back to 1891. Until at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, local musicians put on a showcase that’s also worth checking out.
But like any city, location influences where many travelers choose to stay. Denver’s liveliest enclave is the River North Art District, aka RiNo, and the “it” place to bed there is the 50-room Ramble Hotel, which took fifth place. Some of the hype can be attributed to its polished aesthetic (jewel-toned walls and furniture; brass accents), but another part undoubtedly comes from its cocktail bar: an offshoot of New York icon Death & Co. “Love this hotel,” wrote one WBA voter. “The bar and food are amazing. This is my favorite hotel in Denver in my favorite neighborhood.”
But whatever your reason for visiting, the best Denver hotels chosen by T+L readers will connect you to the city on a deeper level — and with this year’s #1 hotel, that’s especially true. for baseball fans.
1. The rally hotel
Perched above bustling McGregor Square in LoDo, the Rally Hotel packs a lot of Denver energy into a 182-room boutique hotel. The property is a visual stunner: the design encompasses mid-century modern furnishings, and the outdoor pool deck offers views of the Rocky Mountains. “The views can’t be beat,” one reader attested. Another added that the hotel is in a great location if you’re going to a Rockies game, as Coors Field is right across the street.
More information: therallyhotel.com
2. Clayton Members Club and Hotel
More information: claytondenver.com
3. The Oxford Hotel
More information: theoxfordhotel.com
4. The Maven
More information: themavenhotel.com
5. The Ramble Hotel
More information: theramblehotel.com