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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

See Urban Reinvention in Denver

Artisan eateries, revamped warehouse districts, and mixed-use studio spaces are bringing new life to the city’s formerly industrial spaces.


1. Where to Stay

The Brown Palace Hotel (left) has been in operation since 1892; The Curtis (right) is uniquely colorful among downtown hotels.  

Sleep on “Millionaire’s Row” at the cozy Capitol Hill Mansion (from $174, breakfast included), a three-floor B&B located in the city’s old-money district. Each of the eight beautifully appointed, antique-filled rooms offers something unique—the Snowlover, for example, has a mountain-facing balcony and a photo mural of snow-covered pine trees—and the breakfast goes well beyond typical eggs-and-bacon fare.

Choose from thirteen themed floors at the Curtis (from $199), ranging from the horror-movie-themed thirteenth floor to the “Big Hair” floor, where Marge Simpson’s voice greets you when you step off the elevator. Though DoubleTree owns the hotel, the lobby’s interactive video art installation and rentable board games are among the touches that make this a fun, colorful alternative to the generally staid properties in the downtown area.

Relive the Gilded Age inside the elegant Brown Palace Hotel and Spa (from $209), a landmark that’s been in continuous operation since 1892. Beige-accented rooms come with fully modern amenities, but the rest of the building is worth exploring for its throwback features: the nine-story atrium with its original glass roof, an artesian well in the basement that supplies water to the entire hotel, and Churchill, a gentlemen’s-club-like cigar room with a menu of more than 30 single-malt Scotches.

Published on May 16, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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