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katiekate Dec 1st, 2010 11:11 AM

Denver hotel to celebrate "40" birthday
Any suggestions which hotel to celebrate a special birthday? I'm planning a trip to surprise my dear friend for her 40th birthday. (she lives there) I'm not familiar with Denver at all, so your suggestions would be appreciated. We will only spend one night, so budget isn't an issue. Spa would be nice, also. I understand there is a new Four Seasons. Thoughts?

vjpblovesitaly Dec 1st, 2010 12:02 PM

Shouldn't the quotes be around "celebrate" not 40?


martym Dec 1st, 2010 12:47 PM

How about the grande dame of Denver hotels -- the Brown Palace

Gretchen Dec 1st, 2010 01:20 PM

The Monaco?

obxgirl Dec 1st, 2010 01:36 PM

Another vote for the Monaco! Aveda day spa at your fingertips.

fmpden Dec 1st, 2010 02:32 PM

The Four Season has just opened so there could be some deals available. What is the dates of your visit? Where does your friend live? Downtown could be inconvenient.

PeaceOut Dec 1st, 2010 03:19 PM

There is also a new Ritz downtown.

There are lots of high end brand name hotels in town, but I suggest The Brown Palace for a real Denver treat, like no other city.

Just be sure to get a room in the original building, not across the street. Tell them it's a special occasion. Get a suite if you can afford it.

Gretchen Dec 1st, 2010 03:36 PM

Our kids did "day/night vacations" at the Monaco. How about the Oxford? I can't quite keep them straight? Just the bar at the Oxford!!

PeaceOut Dec 2nd, 2010 08:31 AM

The Monaco is a very nice boutique hotel. The Oxford was renovated and restored several years ago, but I haven't heard much buzz about it lately. Again, The Brown is the grande dame of Denver.

Gretchen Dec 2nd, 2010 12:00 PM

Is "across the street" from the Brown Palace the old Comfort Inn, by any chance?

fmpden Dec 2nd, 2010 06:42 PM

Yep !! I think so. But it is now a part of the Brown Palace and connect by a second floor covered bridge.

milliebz Dec 2nd, 2010 07:49 PM

I'm not big on the Brown Palace. Have never quite understood the appeal. Love the Hotel Monaco. Also Hotel Teatro gets rave reviews.

Gretchen Dec 3rd, 2010 03:50 AM

Well, if it is the old comfort, DEFINITELY don't pay BP prices to stay unless they completely renovated it. We used it as our hotel when DS got married and it was very adequate and VERY reasonable in price, but the rooms are very small.

starrs Dec 3rd, 2010 05:45 AM

I was going to suggest the Monaco but didn't because I've not stayed in the one in Denver. The one in San Francisco is my favorite hotel. I love the decor, the vibe, the attentive service. I think it's a perfect match for two friends celebrating a birthday. They often have special "fun" packages too. On business trips, I couldn't wait to check out of the conference hotel and get to the Monaco for a few days of fun. On one trip a co-worker joined me and we just had a blast = getting mani-pedis, walking to a nearby Thai restaurant, doing a movie night with popcorn. The Kimpton group does a great job with their boutique hotels. Also the Brown Palace is a classic and you can't go wrong with a 4S, I'd choose the Monaco.

PeaceOut Dec 5th, 2010 11:28 AM

The Monaco is a very nice little hotel, too.

BetsyG Dec 5th, 2010 12:00 PM

The rooms are small at the Brown, go there for tea or drinks.

Gretchen Dec 5th, 2010 12:38 PM

Are they small in the main Brown Palace?

PeaceOut Dec 6th, 2010 07:36 AM

I visited a friend about two years ago, in his room at the Brown Palace. He had a suite, and it was spacious and gorgeous. I have no idea how much he paid for it.

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