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Set in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is an outdoorsy city that is compact enough to make for car-free exploring, while still being big enough to offer a wide array of attractions, historical landmarks, and a lively music scene. Promising over 300 days of sunshine every year, urban adventures for all ages are easily found here
Price per Night: From $97 or 12,000 Choice Privileges points
With easy access to both I-25 and I-70, just north of downtown, this practical hotel offers comfortable modern accommodation for visitors to the city. It also provides a daily shuttle service to the 16th Street Mall, Colorado Convention Center, and Union Station.
Bedrooms are spacious and clean, while guests also have access to an outdoor heated swimming pool and deck area, as well as an on-site fitness center. The Clarion Hotel Denver Central is home to a convenient bar and restaurant that provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a full bar service. Unexciting, but incredibly practical, this hotel offers a lot of stay for your money.
Price per Night: From $87 per night or 20,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night
Located close to the Denver Aquarium, this welcoming hotel offers all the amenities you need for your visit to the Rocky Mountains. This hotel, just 15 minutes from downtown Denver, offers spacious and comfortable bedrooms that feature smart TVs and brand-new beds.
Delta Hotels by Marriott Denver Thornton has an on-site Tony Roma’s restaurant in addition to a fully equipped fitness center, a lobby bar, and a heated indoor swimming pool and hot tub that is open all year round.
Price per Night: From $102 or 32,000 Hilton Honors points
With fabulous views out across the Rocky Mountains, this mid-range hotel is just 10 minutes away from downtown Denver. Comfortable and contemporary bedrooms are spacious and well-appointed, and guests can also enjoy year-round use of the indoor heated swimming pool and fitness center.
At the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver, there are 3 restaurants to choose from, offering everything from collaborative Colorado cuisine to light bites and informal dining.
In the sports bar, there are cool beers and a pool table, while The Hub offers creative cocktails and easy entertaining.
Hot Tip: There are so many fun things to do in Colorado depending on what time of year you visit. If you’re visiting in the winter, try skiing or snowboarding. If you decide to visit in the summer, you can enjoy hiking or rafting.
Price per Night: From $45 for a bed in a shared dormitory room; from $150 for a private room
While this may be a hostel by name, it has been very much inspired by boutique hotels and offers an incredible standard of accommodation for the price you pay. Housed in a historic mansion, visitors can choose to stay in dormitory-style accommodation or reserve a private room.
Interiors have an uber-cool retro feel, and there are additional amenities for guests to enjoy, including super-fast Wi-Fi, guest laundry, and complimentary espresso, tea, and coffee. The 12-person spa Jacuzzi is the focal point of the Ember Hostel‘s laid-back vibe, and when the weather turns cooler, you can meet up with fellow travelers around the fire pit instead.
Set at the heart of Denver’s awesome music scene, guests will love being just a short walk away from the Fillmore Auditorium, the Ogden Theater, late-night bars, coffee shops, thrift stores, and restaurants.
Hot Tip: If you’re looking for things to do in Denver, why not go on a Rocky Mountain Half-Day Explorer Trip?
Price per Night: From $109 or 33,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
Nestled away in a quiet location in the Denver Highlands, this hotel offers suites and bedrooms close to a wide array of independently owned shops, art galleries, bars, and restaurants.
Carefully-crafted modern accommodation makes for a comfortable base from which to explore the city, and the heated indoor swimming pool and 24-hour fitness center are available for all guests to enjoy during their stay.
The Fairfield by Marriott Denver Downtown has a large lobby that is perfect for gathering with friends, family, and fellow travelers. The complimentary breakfast buffet will set you up for a day of exploring the 16th Street Mall which is less than a mile away, as well as the other attractions the city has to offer.
Price per Night: From $144 or 39,000 Hilton Honors points
Within easy reach of fantastic shopping and dining on 16th Street, this hotel offers modern amenities in the heart of downtown Denver. Bedrooms are comfortable and modern, while the fitness center and indoor heated swimming pool are open to guests all year round.
The full-service restaurant at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown provides guests with a full breakfast buffet and modern American cuisine, while the Pavilion Pantry offers meals on the go and coffee from the Dazbog Coffee Bar.
Situated right next to the Colorado Convention Center, this is an excellent base from which to enjoy the city, either for business or pleasure.
Price per Night: From $42
Located at the heart of downtown Denver, this hostel offers plenty of charm and many quirky interiors. Guests can choose to stay in any of the themed, shared bunk rooms, or enjoy a little more privacy in a private room.
Much more than just an average hostel, Hostel Fish offers a true community feel and includes a wide range of amenities such as a 24-hour front desk, free iPad use, internet access, daily housekeeping, and charging stations for every guest.
The best part of life at this downtown property is the lively Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, a restaurant and live music venue that is perfect for relaxing with both your fellow hostelers and the locals looking for a good time.
Price per Night: From $142 or 35,000 IHG One Rewards points
Located in the heart of the city, this mid-range hotel offers clean, contemporary accommodation for the discerning traveler. Bedrooms are beautifully decorated with modern furniture and decorative murals, while the floor-to-ceiling windows offer views out across the city skyline.
The Hotel Indigo Denver Downtown has a fitness center for those who want to keep in shape, while the hotel’s very own Spotify channel will provide the soundtrack to your city vacation. The Hearth & Dram restaurant offers authentic, wood-fired cuisine, while the bar boasts a selection of over 360 whiskeys and a wide range of craft cocktails and local beers.
Just outside your door, there is easy access to some of the best bars, restaurants, shopping, and attractions the Mile High City has to offer.
Price per Night: From $123 or 9,000 World of Hyatt points
This well-appointed, mid-range hotel is centrally located in downtown Denver within easy reach of the Colorado Convention Center, Ball Arena, the Denver Art Museum, and a huge selection of local bars, shops, and eateries.
Offering bright and modern interiors, bedrooms come complete with their own seating areas, and guests are welcome to enjoy the use of the heated indoor swimming pool.
The Hyatt Place Denver Downtown has a lively on-site bar that serves up delicious breakfast goodies in the morning, then light bites and alcoholic beverages until late into the evening.
Price per Night: From $76 or 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points
Convenient for travelers who are looking for easy access to and from the many attractions available in the greater Denver area, this modern hotel offers rooms and suites that are the perfect base from which to begin your outdoor adventure.
The accommodation is clean and spacious, and there is an on-site laundry and fitness center. Guests at the Microtel Inn and Suites DIA are also welcome to take advantage of the free continental breakfast before heading out to visit the Aurora Mall, Denver Zoo, the Children’s Museum of Denver, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and much more.
Price per Night: From $152 or 21,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
This hip hotel offers boutique-style accommodation on the outskirts of the city center. With bright and playful interiors, guests will love the stylish bedrooms with oversized furniture, lightning-fast Wi-Fi, and eclectic art, while the communal living rooms offer a chance to relax with fellow travelers and enjoy a board game or 2.
At the MOXY Denver Cherry Creek, there are plenty of spaces to relax and enjoy the convivial atmosphere. This hotel has been designed with socializing in mind, from cocktails and upscale drinks at the Moxy Bar to a chilled beer at the Cherry Creek Beer Garden. For those who want to stay in shape, there is also an on-site gym for the exclusive use of guests at the hotel.
Located in an affluent residential area, there is a vibrant shopping and nightlife scene right outside your door.
Price per Night: From $101 or 20,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
This family-friendly hotel offers self-contained units that come complete with separate living and dining areas and well-equipped kitchens just a mile away from the Elitch Gardens theme park. Spacious, clean, and comfortable, guests can choose from queen or 1- or 2-bedroom suites, and all accommodations have access to the shared outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, and barbecue area.
While there is no restaurant at the Residence Inn Denver Downtown, there is a vending machine and laundry, and there is a complimentary shuttle bus that transports visitors to and from downtown Denver and other local attractions.
Price per Night: From $119 or 25,000 IHG One Rewards points
These comfortable and well-equipped suites are situated in the upscale residential area of Cherry Creek, just over 3 miles from Downtown Denver. Suites come complete with separate seating areas and free Wi-Fi, and the complex also offers an on-site fitness center.
With an outdoor heated swimming pool, communal tennis courts, and barbecue facilities, the Staybridge Suites Denver boasts family-friendly accommodations that will feel like a “home away from home.”
A hot breakfast buffet will set you up for the day, and then you can explore the area by riding along the Cherry Creek bike path situated just outside the lobby entrance or hop on the shuttle bus into town.
Price per Night: From $98 or 27,000 Hilton Honors points
Close to popular attractions such as the Colorado Convention Center, LoDo, United States Mint at Denver, and the Denver Art Museum, this modern high-rise hotel offers affordable accommodation in a downtown Denver location. Guests will also enjoy the convenience of being just a short distance from the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Larimer Square, and 16th Street Mall.
Bedrooms are bright and comfortable, with desks, ironing facilities, and views across the city, while the communal areas have been designed with socializing in mind.
There is a fitness center for those who want to stay in shape during their vacation. Guests who stay at Tru By Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center are invited to enjoy a daily continental breakfast, and the lively hotel bar serves up cold beers, wines, and cocktails.
While Denver may not be a city full of cozy boutique hotels and intimate B&Bs, there are plenty of clean, comfortable, and affordable hotel rooms to be found. Whether you want to be at the heart of downtown Denver, or further outside to be closer to the cool, fresh air of the Rocky Mountains, the Mile High City has lots of great value accommodations for every kind of visitor.
There are several areas you could stay when visiting Denver. Capitol Hill is popular with many tourists, and those seeking nightlife often opt for the Central Business District. Downtown is always popular, and for a slower pace, Uptown is great for families.
There are a few budget accommodation options in Denver less than $100 per night, but expect to pay between $100 and $150 per night for a decent budget hotel in Denver.
There are 2 reasonable, convenient, and comfortable budget hotels near the Pepsi Center, and these are the Hyatt Place Denver Downtown and the La Quinta Inn by Wyndham.
Yes, it’s possible to travel to Denver without a car. The city is relatively walkable and offers a public transportation system comprised of bus and rail services that will help you get around. Rideshare services are available if you need to travel longer distances that aren’t served by public transit.
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