Slightly off the beaten path on the north side of downtown, this spot is perfectly central. It’s a few blocks in any direction to reach the 16th Street Mall, Denver’s financial district, historic LoDo, or Coors Field. The property is ultra friendly to families, with Ritz Kids programming for travelers aged 5 to 12.
Rooms are spacious (550 sq. ft. or larger), with large beds and an abundance of natural light to soak in Denver’s 300+ days of sunshine. Amenities include an in-room safe, cappuccino machine, 24-hour in-room dining, and even a complimentary overnight shoeshine.
Families traveling with kids may want to add on the City Camper package and provide the littles with an in-room tent, activities, and camping-themed snacks.
Granite and marble trim the five-piece bathrooms. With plush robes, oversized vanities and tubs, and a rainforest shower head, the substantial rooms feel truly luxurious.
As guests approach the concierge and check in desk, they’re greeted with dark wood, gleaming floors, peacock blue rugs, a blown-glass chandelier, and a grand staircase. Contemporary furniture in wood, metal, and linen are placed throughout the floor small gatherings to invite conversation.
There’s no pool on-site, but guests have full access to the TruFit Fitness Center, including the pool, in the building next door.
The serene white space includes both a full spa and salon, with offerings for women and men alike. Did we mention this is a kid-friendly property? Even the salon offers services from toddler to teen for a full family treat.
Check out the weekday specials. Bookings include two abbreviated treatments for just under an hour of relaxation for a steal of a price.
The Ritz offers an in-house 2,229-square-foot space on the spa level with treadmills, strength training, and elliptical machines. Hotel guests are also welcome to make full use of TruFit Fitness Club, a full service gym in the adjacent tower with an expansive suite of equipment, classes, a rock climbing wall and steam rooms.
The menu at Elway’s Downtown (yes, as in NFL Hall of Famer John Elway) is heavy on dry-aged steaks, but the sizable salads are a wonderful meal all their own. With a sidewalk patio available seasonally, the interior is decked in leather seating and an amber light wall for a cozy, almost mountain retreat, feel.
The moody lighting at the circular bar warms the space and feels like just what you need after a long day of meetings or exploring the city.
It’s two blocks to the 16th Street Mall, a pedestrian walkway with free shuttle service through downtown. A weekday shuttle service to Union Station (buses, trains, Amtrak) or Civic Center Station (buses) operates during morning and afternoon rush hours along 18th Street, with a pick-up around the corner from the hotel entrance. The hotel provides valet parking, or it’s easy to walk, pedicab, or find a ride-share. The nearest Bcycle bike share station is just outside the hotel at 18th & Arapahoe.
For more beef, but also locally-sourced and vegetarian options, check out Guard and Grace (6-minute walk). All diners, including those who are gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan, will appreciate the offerings at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox (4-minute walk), including a spectacular happy hour and bomb brunch. Classicists should visit Vesta (7-minute walk), a romantic favorite wowing diners and winning awards since 1997.
The rooftop deck at Tavern Downtown (7-minute walk) is a spectacular space to see a sunset or peek over at the Rockies baseball game. For whiskey and a wide selection of well drink in an Irish pub atmosphere, wander into Scruffy Murphy’s (6-minute walk). Those wishing to test out local craft brews can find freshly made beer at Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (3-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Ritz Carlton, Denver is an excellent outpost from a brand known for its swank service and sleeping quarters. We love the larger standard rooms than you’ll find at other downtown hotels. Though the location is little off the beaten path from other properties, this gives visitors alternate views of Denver and a quieter overall experience. Plus, the access to a full scale gym, as well as other amenities and new restaurants opening in the adjoining building next door, can’t be beat.