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JJ5 Dec 31st, 2010 10:19 AM

Denver Hotel/ Rockies' Baseball Park Questions
Any opinions or information for a handy place to stay for a short 2 day Denver visit for seeing some Rockies' games?

Downtown hotel or lodging a must? We wouldn't have a car during this portion of the trip.

Thanks for any knowledge or experience offered.

We don't expect 4 star at all. Would prefer middling to smaller size entities but are not fussy with that aspect either. Location ease for the ball park and also for some other downtown outings or more restaurant choices is more important.

This is the very end of June 2011.

ElendilPickle Dec 31st, 2010 11:39 AM

It certainly wasn't 4 stars, but we stayed at the Motel 6 on I-70 just west of I-25. It's very close to downtown, has an indoor pool, and was clean and cheap.

Lee Ann

Gretchen Dec 31st, 2010 01:54 PM

I have even stayed at that Motel 6 a LONG time ago. No reason to stay out there. Bid on Priceline for a downtown hotel and enjoy the downtown area along with that beautiful ballpark. There is also a LaQuinta not too far away.

sylvia3 Jan 1st, 2011 05:23 AM

Stay at a downtown hotel; a bit overbuilt as far as room numbers go, and if there's no car, no extra fee for parking (Coors Field is very easy to walk or bus).There's a new Embassy Suites (opened last week) across from the new Marriott, plus others. (I got the Convention Center downtown Marriott on PL this December for $55, first bid.)
Downtown is easy access to the 16th Street Mall, lots of dining, shopping, fun.

fmpden Jan 1st, 2011 08:36 AM

If without a vehicle, then staying downtown is fairly critical. And if you are there for a game, then downtown is your only realistic choice While Denver has a decent public transit system (and getting better) it doesn't go everywhere. You could stay in the Denver Tech area - SE along I-25 but make sure the hotel is within walking distance of a light rail station. The Motel 6 on I-70 is very close to downtown ONLY in the sense that it is a ten minute drive but not walkable in any sense of the word.

ElendilPickle Jan 1st, 2011 01:01 PM

Oops, I missed the "no car" bit. In that case, do try to stay downtown or near the light rail.

Lee Ann

bigtyke Jan 1st, 2011 02:36 PM

I have stayed at a Ramada Inn on Colfax. You can take the bus to downtown (or walk - it's half a mile or so), then take the free 16th street bus to near the stadium.

Gretchen Jan 1st, 2011 02:44 PM

It is still a LONG way. Look on Priceline.

sylvia3 Jan 1st, 2011 04:31 PM

Again, there are a BUNCH of new huge hotels in downtown, and you should be able to get a very nice room right near the (free bus) 16th street mall, which means a block or two to Coors Field. Downtown Denver has a surfeit of rooms, and you should be able to get a great price.

fmpden Jan 1st, 2011 06:27 PM

Coors Field is five blocks east of the 16th Street Mall. There is absolutely no reason to stay at the Ramada Inn - the savings is marginal.

JJ5 Jan 2nd, 2011 08:09 AM

Oh thanks everyone. I actually do Priceline, Hotwire or quikbook frrequently for these type of short USA city trips. And it looks like I have the good downtown center option on hotwire and on Priceline. Believe it or not, I just found that hotwire has a new feature, (to me and I just used that one for Pittsburgh)that tells you how close your "possible" hotel is from a feature. And Coors Field gave me lots of choices.

I'm very pleasantly surprised at the price ranges too. I think I'm going to like Denver. Can't wait. Thanks for all of your inputs.

Sorry I did not get back here quickly. Very busy- and yesterday was a Dad day rather gone wrong. It was my Grandmother's birthday and in memorative fashion the 92 year old Dad had to do shots as she would have been 122.

Because of seeing Col. only in winter before this, I really am looking forward to seeing some part of it in summer this time.

PeaceOut Jan 2nd, 2011 03:18 PM

Please do NOT stay on Colfax and take the #15 bus to and from. That bus route is notorious for serving a very strange brew of folk. Seriously not that safe.

The furthest out I would recommend is the Warwick

I agree there are many good choices to stay downtown.

PeaceOut Jan 2nd, 2011 03:23 PM

Please do NOT stay on Colfax and take the #15 bus to and from. That bus route is notorious for serving a very strange brew of folk. Seriously not that safe.

The furthest out I would recommend is the Warwick Hotel.

I agree there are many good choices to stay downtown. The Monaco is nice, but also further from Coors Field.

While in town, try the Chophouse right by Coors Field. It's in a cool historic building, with good food and service, and very decent prices.

JJ5 Jan 3rd, 2011 05:39 AM

Oh, thanks, PeaceOut, we will do that for sure.

JJ5 Jan 15th, 2011 08:53 AM

Bought the plane tickets today.

After doing some searching on the discount sites for hotels, I find that I have several more hotel questions. I am happily surprised at the great numbers of choices in Denver.

Has anyone any knowledge or experience of the Jet Hotel at 1612 Wazee? It sounds quirky and might be fun. No kids allowed.

I might do exactly as Sylvia did and bid on 4 star downtown on Priceline. hotwire and quikbook have few best deals, right now.

So you think Warwick is at the edge of being too far? I could get Monaco for a good price without doing much discount hopping/bidding etc. Is it particularly nice? We have been at a Sheridan the last two baseball trips and have had fabulous times. This Sheridan looks nice too. Marriott's look good too.

Any input further is welcome. Opinions or preferences, especially.

PeaceOut Jan 15th, 2011 09:31 AM

The Monaco is nice. It is on the other side of downtown than Coors field, but the free shuttle runs on the 16th street mall, so you would not need a car to get to the ballpark. Maybe book a room there to snag the deal, then keep looking if you want.

The Warwick is on the eastern fringe of downtown. It's nice, too, but the Monaco is probably nicer.

JJ5 Jan 15th, 2011 09:59 AM

Thanks so much, PeaceOut.

wtm003 Jan 15th, 2011 02:01 PM

I've stayed at the Monaco and it is nice. Their restaurant Panzano on the ground level is very good. There is also a Courtyard on the 16th Street Mall as well as two Hyatts a couple of blocks off of 16th Street. You have a lot of options downtown. Good luck on finding a good deal!

fmpden Jan 15th, 2011 03:19 PM

I sure don't view Monaco as being on the other side of downtown. It is at 17th and Champa and Coors field is 20th and Blake. That is six blocks north and three blocks west of Coors fields. Hardly the other side of downtown. The problems with locals recommending hotels is that we rarely stay in a downtown hotel. The Jet looks interesting and the location is great. Just walk straight east on Wazee to the ball park.

PeaceOut Jan 15th, 2011 08:11 PM

"The Monaco . . . is on the other side of downtown than Coors field". What this means is that Coors Field is on the west side of downtown, and the Monaco is on the east side. Not sure why that point is important to challenge.

I have actually stayed at the Monaco. Wemused to throw a holiday party in their private wine cellar room. The food and service was always top notch.

It would not be inconvenient to stay at the Monaco. I personally like its location better than Wazee. I've never heard of the Jet.

mztery Jan 15th, 2011 08:21 PM

The Jet Hotel is a nightclub on the first floor, quite loud from what I understand. I don't think I'd risk it as I like more quiet hotels.

PeaceOut Jan 15th, 2011 08:22 PM

I was curious about the Jet hotel, so looked it up on tripadvisor. Reviews are mixed.

The Oxford hotel is near Coors. I have no recent experience with it, though.

fmpden Jan 16th, 2011 08:00 AM

....."The Monaco . . . is on the other side of downtown than Coors field". What this means is that Coors Field is on the west side of downtown, and the Monaco is on the east side. Not sure why that point is important to challenge. .......

Because it is false and misleading. If you view the 16th Mall as the core or center of downtown Denver as most people do, then Coors field is located in the northEAST corner at 20th and Blake and Monaco is EAST of 16th Mall at 17th and Champa. You keep implying that the Monaco is far from Coors fields. Actually the Monaco Hotel one of the closest hotels to Coors field. The Brown Palace, Hilton, Sheraton, Hyatt, Marriott, Marriott suites, etc. are all further away.

You may be thinking of the Pepsi Center on the northwest corner of downtown and across town from Monaco or Invesco Field which is further west across I=25.

That is why it is important for people who actually live here to give good information.

PeaceOut Jan 16th, 2011 08:38 AM

No, fmpden, you misunderstand. I am saying the Monaco IS close enough for the OP to consider it. Don't think I ever said otherwise.

My directions are off, though. If you look at the map below, the Monaco is due south of Coors field, and not that far away. Coors is in LoDo, while the Monaco is in the 'banking' district, which is partially what I meant by saying it is on the other 'side' of town.

For JJ5, here is a map of downtown Denver, showing some of the hotels and points of interest, including Coors Field:

P.S. I do actually live here.

JJ5 Jan 17th, 2011 03:40 PM

Thanks, so much, all of you. I'm really looking forward to this trip.

There are so many good choices that I think I'm going to risk Priceline. There are only 3 possible wins on their lists (betterbidding etc.) out of about 9 or 10 that are more than a mile away. And the very farthest is only 2-1/2 miles. Also looking at the possible wins, most have complimentary rides for guests to any attraction within 3 miles. And pick up until 11 pm.

Your hotels have such great inclusion to extra perks like that complimentary rides with pick ups agenda or free breakfast or whatever, that there are numerous, numerous choices. My SO, Ken, says to take a chance this time. We have been smack dab in the middle of downtowns on the last 4 straight trips, with two of them being in large Sheratons. The locations were excellent. He's craving more of an adventure this time and would rather not the big box 4 star chain in the mall area or downtown area. Watch, that's what I'll get. LOL!

The last time I felt like this I put it into Priceline 4 or 3.5 star to decide and just went with it. And we won in a residential neighborhood suite set-up in SF, Pacific Heights- it was. And it offered free parking so we actually rented a car for a couple of the days. We might do that this time because people are winning great places for 5 day stays at a level around $69 or $75 per day in the downtown Denver designation are, right now.

I truly appreciate the map. I've been using two that are much less user friendly. We are going to go to the Mint and also to the Zoo too.

I'll let you know what happens. The Monaco or Warwick would be a good win as we'd rather the quirkier or different this time than the straight out deluxe chain. More than 5 years ago we used to go on lots of drive trips with B & B stays, and sort of miss that kind of travel and personal quirky or not surprises. We are NOT fussy.

You have helped me and I feel Denver is going to be super friendly. Like Pittsburgh and Minneapolis.

I see that they have a Molly Brown's house/museum. I hope we get around to that too. One of the games is a day game so we can fit quite a bit in, I think. Probably the Art Museum too. We'll get transport and are also walkers.

I'll do the bidding later in the week and let you know what happens.

Birdie Jan 17th, 2011 04:39 PM

JJ5, Molly Brown's house is a very quick walk from the downtown hotels and worth the visit. The Denver Art Museum is also nearby and exceptional.

sylvia3 Jan 18th, 2011 05:01 AM

Might be a little early to bid on PL for June?
Regardless, there's lot to see and do in Denver, and I suspect you'll love the weather!

JJ5 Jan 18th, 2011 07:14 AM

Most people say that, sylvia3. But I have used Priceline more than hotwire or quikbook in the long run type of bid (5 months or more before the dates booked)and have been pleased many times. Probably about 20 times in 5 years.

And there are cities where Priceline works best farther ahead than it does a month or two months before the dates booked. Chicago is one. I do realize that it is quite different in different markets.

I do not know Denver at all, but I'll take a chance and do it early. This year is really different than most. I might be able to get Cleveland and another park (2 more of distance)in this year 2011, as well- besides the Denver.

I would have done Oakland and LA for sure, but it falls just within SO's prime/major annual fishing trip to Lake Erie. SOB! That one will have to wait until 2012, if I am lucky.

I will love the weather in Denver and space/views sensibility too. I know it.

I bet I'm tempted to look at realtors' windows there too.

In the last couple of days I have D. Reynolds' Molly Brown song popping into my head from that Unsinkable movie.

sylvia3 Jan 19th, 2011 03:35 AM

But no one ever actually called her Molly!
Hope the Rocks do well this year; you can probably get your logo teeshirt and hat pretty cheap online right now...

JJ5 Jan 19th, 2011 06:15 AM

Oh no, I gave my free Pittsburgh Pirates one to my Dad. I'll be the one in the Sox jersey Black/White pinstripes wearing my gold SOX earrings and possibly carrying my White SOX goody bag (which is in the black). And if its a Buehrle game, I'll probably have inside of it the snapshot of his just "after the perfect game" for good luck.

Anyone want to meet up at the Wed. or Thurs. game against the White Sox and I'll do my best to rendezvous.

Look for another thread in a couple of months about tickets. Rockies are not in the top 10 for sales but are close. And they have had large sales numbers recently. And I'm hoping that it is easier and cheaper to get at least one set of tickets ahead of time and in a good spot. I've gotten then on several sources. ebay, through the team's site, stubhub etc. but in Minneapolis it costs more for the tickets than it does for the hotel. I have a feeling that this may be the case again.

pjv Feb 24th, 2011 07:14 PM

My husband and I are thinking of going out to Denver for the White Sox games too, not sure of Wed or Thursday yet. Thanks for the hotel ideas; never tried Priceline. I may be back with questions on side trips. Thinking RMNP and Colorado Springs. Worried about the altitude sickness though--not in the best of shape right now.

JJ5 Feb 25th, 2011 07:44 AM

Ironic your bringing this up just now. I was going to post my results today.

My guy got his wish- we took a chance on the Priceline and got the Burnsley All Suite Hotel on Grant- which was the only one that was at a 2 mile distance from the ball park. But we are both more than happy about it, as it is NOT the big box 4 star or exact downtown central of our last 4 or 5 city trips. We are in a far more residential area again although IN the city, which he much prefers. Much like Pacific Heights as opposed to Union Square in SF.

And he is a jazz person and it is Ella Fitzgerald's old place and has unique features. Including a personal car service everywhere within two miles, and they will even take us to the zoo and pick us up. And we will have special baseball park rides provided, as well. Plus it is easy walkable to 16 St. Mall area for us.

EXTREMELY GOOD PRICE. $69 per day was my bid that won- they would not accept 4 star $69 but did on the second time of also including 3.5 star for the downtown area ONLY. And I think we get breakfast and wine nights during our stay too. Heard the bar and music is awesome in reviews.

pjv, we will meet. All of the White Sox people eventually do. Either game, post it here. We will be at Wed. and at Thurs. game- both.

I am so inspired by the cost of this trip that I am just now completing a decision to do one in March and one in September as well. The last minute combo deals on Southwest from Midway are so awesome for March. Think I'm going to see the Cherry Blossoms (DC) and Gettysburg or go see Las Vegas since it exploded in hotels (haven't seen it for 10 years now). September is the Cleveland W.S. series drive trip this year.

Don't worry about the elevation so much. Unless you are skiing at peaks higher than Denver or traipsing to the highest outside areas, it's not a huge issue, IMHO.

Gretchen Feb 25th, 2011 11:04 AM

Umm, do worry just a little about the altitude. DRINK a LOT of water, all day long. Drink drink drink. Carry a water bottle.

PeaceOut Feb 26th, 2011 08:28 AM

Across the street from the Burnsley is a piano bar called Charlie Brown's. We haven't been there for two years, but when we were there, the pianist was very good.

We were also in the Burnsley lobby that time, as friends were staying there for a college reunion. I hope it has been updated since then, as it was pretty musty and desperately needed a facelift. I am glad you got such a good price on it, though.

JJ5 Feb 27th, 2011 03:30 PM

PeaceOut, I think they did a rehab this entire last year.

We will probably be out, much more than in, regardless. They are also very used to baseball road trip people.

Look for a thread from me, closer to the time about some specific museum picks and such. I'm sure we will go to the mint etc. and you are knowledgeable.

We will go to the Chophouse for sure.

PeaceOut Feb 28th, 2011 08:47 AM

Thanks for the update, JJ5.

Bit of trivia about Charlie Brown's-- Bill Murray was there until about 2:00 a.m. one June morning. He sat at the piano and sang along. I know this because I sat next to him. He's a funny and very nice guy.

JJ5 Mar 31st, 2011 07:10 AM

Bought my Rockies tickets for the Wedn. game (June 29) this morning. We are behind the Visitors dug out. Found them on Stubhub and less than for the ebay bids, so that's pretty unusual.

The Rockies have a large differential in ticket pricing. That's nice. The other games we may pick the outfield or somewhere high, and buy the tickets there.

Also bought some home tickets for April and June as well.

I'm looking forward to the baseball trips this summer.

One more day until OPENING. PLAY BALL!

JJ5 Mar 31st, 2011 07:12 AM

Oh forgot. The 8 or 10 biggest Chicagoland sports writers came out with their predict lines today. One of them has the Rockies picked for division and for Nat. Leag. and for World Series win.

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