Downtown Denver

Where is the best area to stay in Denver?

At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is a great starting point for ski and snowboarding trips. The city is perched a mile above sea level, earning it the nickname of The Mile High City. Stroll around the picturesque Denver Botanic Gardens or head out to the scenic Mount Evans for some hiking. This is not just a base for outdoor adventure sports though; it’s also a thriving metropolis with plenty of cultural attractions. Take your pick from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Art Museum or the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art. Or, why not see the Colorado Rockies play at the Coors Field stadium?


The best area to stay in Denver is the Downtown area. This district is the main financial and commercial centre in Denver, so you’ll have a wealth of amenities at your doorstep. You’ll be close to some excellent shopping at the 16th Street Mall, as well as major attractions like the Coors Field. In this area, you’ll also be close to the Lower Downtown area, or “LoDo”, where you’ll find a fantastic range of dining options, as well as some great shops, boutiques and galleries. This is the city’s oldest neighbourhood where you’ll spot some 19th century buildings. Getting around is easy with a light rail service and buses.

Hotel   Avg price
Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown
1715 Tremont Pl
153€ - 156$
Hyatt Place Denver Downtown
440 14th St
205€ - 209$
The Curtis - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
1405 Curtis St
212€ - 216$
Hotel   Avg price
Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton St
217€ - 221$
Embassy Suites Denver Downtown Convention Center Hotel
1420 Stout Street
219€ - 223$
Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center
918 17th St
229€ - 234$
Hyatt Regency Denver
650 15th Street
240€ - 245$
Hotel   Avg price
Four Seasons Hotel Denver
1111 14th Street
636€ - 649$


On the map, which shows the most convenient area to stay in Denver, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.



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Downtown, the best area to stay in Denver


First time, family, 16th Street Mall, Convention Center



downtown denverDowntown Denver is where you’ll find the majority of the city’s attractions, restaurants and bars. The area is always thriving, and there’s lots to keep you busy for your entire trip.


The Downtown area has a few different museums, including the Denver Art Museum, which is an unmistakable contemporary building with an extensive range of western and regional art on display; the Children’s Museum, which is a great interactive museum for families with little ones, or just those who are still in touch with their younger selves; and the Colorado History Museum, for those wanting to learn more about the history of the state. If you’re staying in Downtown Denver, these museums will all be just a few minutes away by foot.


For the Sports fans, Coors Field is a must-see attraction in Denver, and it’s only moments away from Downtown Denver! If you have the time, catch a game at this stadium, watch the Colorado Rockies play, and you won’t be disappointed. There’s also plenty on offer by way of food, drinks and souvenirs.


For a real shopping experience though, Downtown Denver’s 16th Street Mall has an excellent range of shops. Whether you’re after a bargain, or a big brand, this mall has it all, and if you’re staying locally in the Downtown area, you’ll be able to nip in and out as you please.


As a central area, there are plenty of options when it comes to restaurants, cafes and bars. Downtown’s Larimer Square is a good place to eat out, and even do a little more shopping. The area even has some impressive architecture for you to admire. But if you want to eat out like a local, and discover some of the best places in Denver, head to the Lower Downtown, or LoDo, area. From cafés to high end restaurants, dining is LoDo’s specialty. Lower Downtown is still within walking distance of the main Downtown area, so if you’re staying in Downtown, you’ll have the best of the LoDo area at your disposal.



Hotels in Downtown Denver


Other neighborhoods to stay in Denver


Cherry Creek


Shopping, Cherry Creek Mall



Cherry CreekCherry Creek is a popular neighborhood to stay in Denver. The area is known for its range of high end luxury hotels, and vast range of shops and outlets.


If you fancy yourself a bit of a shopaholic, with a taste for the finer things in life, Cherry Creek is the perfect place for you to stay. The Cherry Creek North Shopping District has 16 blocks of charming shops, restaurants, spas and more. It’s the ultimate place to treat yourself. Cherry Creek North has shops selling all kinds of goods, from clothing, to art, to homeware, so you’re bound to fall in love with this shopping district. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also the Cherry Creek Shopping Centre, where you’ll find well known designer brands like Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Nordstrom, and there’s even an Apple store. Staying in this high end neighborhood means you can shop until you almost drop, without having to worry about having to far to go to get back to your hotel.



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LoDo (Lower Downtown)


Union Station, Larimer Square, Coors Field, Ball Arena



LoDo (Lower Downtown)LoDo is Denver’s oldest neighborhood, and it’s where you’ll find some of the city’s top attractions, shops, and in particular, restaurants. Those staying in the general Downtown area often find themselves giving in to the appeal of LoDo’s restaurants and dining there instead. So it’s a good place to stay if you want to the ultimate Denver dining experience.


There are a few tourist attractions in the area, for example the Millennium Bridge which resembles the mast of a ship, and connects the 16th Street Mall and the Riverfront Park. There’s also the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, which showcases some modern masterpieces in an area that has a largely historic feel. The Union Station is also a top spot to visit, especially if you’re interested in Denver’s history.


But whilst there are some attractions in the area, it isn’t quite as touristy as other Downtown areas, in fact it’s where most locals go for an evening out. If you decide to stay in LoDo, you might enjoy the more authentic and vibrant atmosphere that comes with this popular neighborhood.



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Elitch Gardens



HighlandsHighlands is a neighborhood just outside of the Downtown area, and is located on a hill overlooking the city. It’s an area that has undergone a huge transformation over the last few years, being transformed into one of Denver’s most popular neighborhoods (especially for young people), with trendy bars and restaurants characterizing the area and drawing in both locals and tourists.


Thanks to its recent transformation, Highlands is now one of Denver’s more modern areas to stay, with contemporary buildings and state of the art living spaces. It’s a good place to stay for those that want to avoid the often expensive hotel rates in the Downtown area, without forfeiting the benefits of a central location. Highlands is only a short way from the main Downtown area, so staying in the area means you can still enjoy everything Denver’s Centre has to offer.



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Capitol Hill


Colorado State Capitol



Capitol-HillCapitol Hill is a neighborhood in East Denver once home to Denver’s rich living in impressive mansions; few remain today, just the Colonnade, Alta Court, now an office facility and the Hamilton. This cosmopolitan neighborhood is now characterized as one of apartments and family units. It is popular with artists and bohemians and home to many restaurants, clubs and bars. During the day, many of Colorado’s State legislators are seen around Capitol Hill.


Capitol Hill has several concert venues including the Fillmore Auditorium, the Ogden Theaterand the Bluebird Theater. Visitors will find plenty to do by night making it a great area to stay. Two of Denver’s Parksborder on Capitol Hill, the Civic Center Park and Cheesman Park which host numerous festivals. Local landmarks for visitors to Capitol Hill include the Cathedral of St. John, Molly Brown House, now a museum, History Colorado Center and the State Governor’s Mansion.



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Denver Airport Area





Denver-AirportA hotel near the airport is the best place to stay for visitors with onward travel arrangements. With Downtown Denver 24 miles away to the north east, tourists traveling to places like Vail have plenty of choice when looking for quality accommodation. Those heading into Denver can actually do that fairly easily by taking the RTD A-Line commuter train to Downtown Denver, a journey of around half an hour.


Before leaving the Airport, you may catch sight of the John Swigert Memorial Statue, a recent addition to Terminal B and commemorating a Denver-born astronaut. There are over 40 restaurants to choose from within a mile of the Airport so you will not be restricted to your hotel’s restaurant if you prefer a change of scene. If you arrive at night you will not see the beautiful surrounding but at first light, there are the Rockies in all their splendor.



Hotels in Denver Airport


Where to stay near Denver for hiking and skiing


Colorado Springs





Colorado Springs70 miles south of Denver, Colorado Springs is a top hiking destination in Colorado. With so many parks and trails to choose from you’ll be spoiled for choice! Many trails here are considered “easy”, and are therefore perfect for beginners, or for those who don’t want to push themselves too hard and just enjoy the spectacular scenery. Garden Of The Gods Park is particularly popular and is free to the public. There are 15 miles worth of trails in the park but for those who want to enjoy other activities, the park also has horseback riding and birdwatching.


The wildlife here is spectacular, and for fantastic birdwatching or potential sightings of prairie dogs, red foxes, and coyotes, visit Cheyenne Mountain State Park, which is a 15-minute drive from central Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs has amazing accommodation options to suit every traveler's needs, ranging from campgrounds to B&Bs, and hotels.



Hotels in Colorado Springs









BoulderBoulder is another top hiking destination in Colorado! Located only 28 miles northwest of Denver, this city has some of the best trails in the state. Trails range from easy to difficult so there is something for everyone no matter what your experience or ability. One of the most popular hikes with tourists and locals is the Chautauqua Trail. People from all over flock here to gaze upon the majestic Boulder Flatirons, a picturesque series of sandstone slabs. On summer weekends there is a free shuttle to the park which removes the added cost and stress of parking.


Aside from the Chautauqua Trail, Boulder is a gateway to many amazing hikes, all with breathtaking views and scenery. If hiking isn’t for you, this city has many other things to offer, like galleries and museums, artisan markets and thrift shops, and an amazing food scene! There are plenty of great accommodation options too!



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Winter Park





Winter ParkWinter Park is one of Colorado’s favorite ski destinations! The area is a whopping 3,000 acres that in the winter becomes a playground for those who love to ski, snowboard, and more! It is 66 miles from Denver and takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach by car, but on the weekends there is a regular “ski train” service called the Winter Park Express that leaves from Union Station in Denver city center.


Winter Park has plenty of places to stay, plus a “downtown” area that has shopping and dining destinations. It is a fantastic place to bring the family with winter activities to suit everyone including sleighing, snow tubing, and even dog-sledding! For more romantic vacations there are gourmet dining and spa packages available. Winter Park is also a summer destination good for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and music festivals!



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BreckenridgeBreckenridge is a town in Colorado state at the base of the Rocky Mountains. It is 80 miles from Denver City and 1 hour and 30 minutes away by car, but can also be reached by bus. It is well-known as a skiing destination and as a former mining town. Remnants of the Victorian era remain today in Breckenridge’s “Main Street” buildings, and you can even take a gold mine tour at Country Boy Mine! Breckenridge has five peaks for skiing and snowboarding, with something for everyone, no matter what your skill level.


There are also over 30 miles of trails for cross-country skiing. Other winter sports available here include sledding, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and more! After a long day on the slopes, warm up in one of 100 plus restaurants, or head to the Breckenridge Brewery for a much-deserved pint of beer!



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