Once home only to large chain accommodations, Denver’s boutique hotel scene has taken off. The best boutique hotels in Denver offer a distinct ambiance that reflect both their neighborhood and the creative spirit that flows through the city.
10 Stylish Boutique Hotels in Denver
To get a true feel for local hospitality, stay at one of these 10 stylish boutique hotels in Denver.
With their record players, stacks of albums, and quirky doormats, the 154 rooms at Halcyon make you feel like you’re staying in a friend’s house, not in Cherry Creek, one of Denver’s most polished neighborhoods. That cordiality extends to the rest of the hotel: Guests check-in at a marble-topped bar known as the Kitchen Counter. And there’s a gear garage that provides complimentary access to bikes, yoga mats, Vespas, and even down jackets (in case the weather takes a sudden turn). Downstairs, indulge at Departure Restaurant, run by culinary director and former Top Chef contestant Gregory Gourdet, or try to find the hidden B&GC speakeasy.
Amenities: Nespresso machines, Côte Bastid bath products, smart TVs, rooftop pool, complimentary gear, fitness center, complimentary transportation within the neighborhood, and concierge.
Situated in the heart of LoDo, the Maven is part of a major redevelopment project known as Dairy Block—a full city block that once housed the Windsor Dairy that has been transformed into a multi-use center that includes the hotel, a bar, restaurant, coffee shop, and other businesses. The 172 loft-style rooms are contemporary and playful, and several suites even feature large-scale murals painted directly onto the walls. (Bonus: The entire hotel contains more than 400 original art pieces from Colorado artists.)
Amenities: In-room pour-over coffee, floor-to-ceiling windows, balcony, smart TVs fitness center, concierge, complimentary transportation (within a two-mile radius), access to a nearby spa and salon, and complimentary drink daily.
The Art, a Hotel
With the city’s museum district just around the corner, it’s only logical that the Art, a Hotel, would be a little art obsessed. Guests are welcomed in with a 22,000-LED-light art installation, and the hallways and guest rooms are adorned with artworks. This Golden Triangle hotel has 165 rooms, all clean lines and pops of cheery color. Reception is located on the fourth floor, as is Fire restaurant and its open-air terrace with fire pits.
Amenities: Goose down duvets, espresso machines, Italian marble bathrooms, fitness center, complimentary coffee service, old-fashioned candy in the Living Room, complimentary guided art tours every Saturday, and concierge. (Dog-friendly.)
Hotel Teatro’s neighbor is the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, so the venue understands the importance of setting the scene. Bellhops open the front door to reveal high ceilings, The Study (a lounge and bar) with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and leather sofas, and the entrance of the hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant The Nickel. The 110 downtown rooms and suites are richly appointed with a modern Western feel. Pet owners will be pleased to know that at this boutique hotel in Denver, there are no fees for doggie stays.
Amenities: Oak wardrobes, rain showerheads, Keurig coffee makers, 24-hour room service, fitness center, complimentary car service (within 2.5 miles), concierge, and complimentary cruiser bikes. (Dog-friendly.)
Kimpton Hotel Born
The area surrounding downtown Denver’s Union Station is booming with shops and restaurants. In the midst of that pulsing landscape is Kimpton Hotel Born, designed with a modern alpine aesthetic. The 200 rooms have a distinctly Colorado feel with pine headboards, plaid throw pillows, exposed concrete ceilings, and a natural palette. The director of the nearby Museum of Contemporary Art Denver helped curate the hotel’s collection of approximately 700 original and limited-edition works from Denver artists. Borrow a complimentary bike to explore the blossoming neighborhood.
Amenities: LED TVs, leather furniture, in-room spa services, in-room yoga mats, complimentary bikes, fitness center, daily wine and beer reception, concierge, and Tesla car service (within one mile). (Dog-friendly.)
Le Méridien Denver Downtown
This centrally located hotel isn’t just for overnight guests: Locals flock to Le Méridien to grab drinks at 54Thirty, the highest open-air bar in Denver. But it’s worth it to book a room. The downtown accommodations are a short walk from the Colorado Convention Center and the city’s theater district. The room décor is decidedly hip, with funky lamps and textured wall treatments that mimic Colorado’s natural beauty. Rooms are on the smaller side (259 to 305 square feet), befitting the hotel’s location. With the Unlock Art program, guests can present their room keys at partner businesses (such as the Clyfford Still Museum) for free perks.
Amenities: Espresso machine, gym, 24-hour room service, concierge, shoe shine, Unlock Art program, and complimentary bicycles. (Dog-friendly.)
Kimpton Hotel Monaco
The colorful, ornate lobby ceiling sets the tone for a stay at this boutique hotel in Denver, known for its impeccable service. The boldly designed downtown rooms are bedecked in blues and oranges, combining Western influences with more modern finishes. And a bit of playfulness: Animal-print robes, anyone? Make time to visit the connected restaurant Panzano, one of the city’s most beloved Italian restaurants.
Amenities: Frette linens, 24-hour in-room dining, in-room yoga mat, nightly wine reception, salon and spa, fitness center, complimentary bicycles, and concierge. (Dog-friendly.)
Hotel Indigo Denver Downtown
In the heart of Denver’s Union Station neighborhood, this hotel takes up just four floors of a 12-story, mixed-use building. The 180 guest rooms are unpretentious, with hardwood floors and full-size murals depicting various Colorado scenes. Sliding barn doors separate the bathroom from the living and sleeping space. Say “Hi” to Barkly, the resident dog ambassador, before sidling up at the bar at Hearth & Dram, which serves more than 350 varieties of whiskey, bourbon, and rye.
Amenities: Hardwood floors, Keurig coffee maker, Aveda toiletries, city views, and fitness center. (Dog-friendly.)
Opening in April 2018, the Ramble Hotel will be the first overnight accommodations in River North (RiNo to locals), Denver’s hippest neighborhood. The art deco-meets-industrial, 50-room boutique hotel includes Death & Co’s first bar (actually, two bars) outside of New York City, a small music venue and theater, and a new project from the team behind Work & Class, one of Denver’s top restaurants. The guest rooms display a mix industrial elements and luxe touches with nods to the neighborhood’s history; antique Persian rugs add a sense of home, and double-wide walls minimize noise. You won’t want to leave your room, but the breweries, restaurants, boutiques, and graffitied walls of RiNo are prime for exploring.
Amenities: French press coffee, and outdoor courtyard.
Inn at Cherry Creek
If you’re staying in Cherry Creek, you’re likely not planning on spending very much time in your room. The walkable neighborhood encompasses some of the city’s trendiest boutiques and restaurants. This 37-room hotel is not one of those trendy venues, but it’s comfortable and quaint; it’s also expected to undergo renovations after 2018. Don’t expect the amenities common at newer hotels, but do opt for a room with a terrace so you can scope the area.
Amenities: Keurig coffee maker, free parking, and room service. (Dog-friendly.)
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– Original reporting by Daliah Singer