Right in the heart of Golden, this hotel was renovated in early 2009, and is now a comfortable place to stay midway between downtown Denver and the mountains. The rooms have beds covered by chocolate-colored ulta-suede duvets and quality bedding with triple sheeting, backed by a faux-leather chocolate headboard. Expect flat-screen TVs, CD players, free local calls, Wi-Fi, and bottled water in the rooms. Request a room overlooking Clear Creek. If you're traveling alone,
have a drink at the community table at the inside bar, or choose the outdoor bar, with heaters for cold days. The restaurant, remodeled in muted greys and browns, has a contemporary feel.