The Best Hotels to Book Near Denver City Park

Its easy to spend a day at Denver City Park, home to both the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
It's easy to spend a day at Denver City Park, home to both the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science | © Sean Xu / Alamy Stock Photo
Lynn Houghton

Whether you want to see exotic reptiles up close, geek out at a science museum or grab drinks at a retro bar, Denver City Park has something for everyone, and with its vast green spaces, lakeside trails and romantic picnic spots, this Denver institution has a lot to offer visitors. Book your stay nearby with Culture Trip.

In recent years, as old warehouses have been either demolished or upgraded, the entire feel of downtown Denver, Colorado, has changed. The 16th Street zone is full of energy, fun and great eateries, and is also next to City Park, a vast green space that’s home to both the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. You could easily spend a whole day here, renting paddle boats to take out on the lake or watching one of the free weekly concerts. All these hotels are close by, so you can get a taste of Denver life not far from your doorstep.

1. Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

Chain Hotel

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This Sheraton Hotel is a sophisticated stay with a spacious lobby and great amenities such as a heated rooftop pool, fitness center and diverse dining options at the Yard House. It’s got a fantastic location, too, close to the shops and dining of the 16th Street promenade, Union Station and the RiNo part of town with its murals and street art.

2. The ART Hotel Denver, Curio Collection by Hilton

Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

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A cornerstone of the Golden Triangle Creative District, this downtown Denver hotel has curated artwork such as an LED light bulb installation by Leo Villareal and a painting by Sol LeWitt. You’ll see postmodern art by acclaimed artists decorating each guest room, as well as the Portico Gallery, FIRE Restaurant and FIRE Terrance. Continue the art-themed tour with a visit to the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum, or viewing the street art and murals of the post-industrial RiNo district.

3. Hilton Denver City Center


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What’s not to love about this Hilton property in exciting downtown Denver? It’s perfect for the urban jet-setter – there are even bookable rooms that come with your own Peloton and fitness area. You can’t beat the views of downtown, and there is a great dining experience at the Prospect’s Urban Kitchen and Bar, where considered cuisine is served in a relaxed setting around a large fireplace. Great shopping and dining on 16th Street are just a block away, and Union Station, Denver Pavilions, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Buell Theatre are close at hand.

4. Warwick Denver


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For an urban refuge in the Mile High City, look no further than the uber-cool downtown Warwick Hotel. The Warwick Denver was originally built as the Governor’s Court and is still remembered by many for its Playboy Club, the first and only one in Colorado. This sophisticated and stylish boutique property has its own remarkable rooftop pool and bar, and private balconies alongside each oversize guest room. The suites are spacious, and there is fantastic dining at the Gattara, an uptown American-Italian eatery which exudes class and uses only the freshest ingredients.

5. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver, Denver

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

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Kimpton Hotels are usually housed in historic properties, and the Denver Hotel Monaco is no exception. This hotel is spread across two buildings, a 1917 Railway Exchange building and an Art Moderne edifice. The Art Moderne building is a good example of Art Deco architecture in Denver and one of the few left in the city today. A stay here ensures you are in the heart of downtown, within walking distance of the 16th Street Mall and Paramount Theatre, as well as being close to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Boettcher Concert Hall.

6. Hotel Teatro


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In 1863, Governor Evans built a brick cottage for his family, and purchased, then immediately donated, four blocks of Arapahoe Street to the City of Denver. In 1911, he retained architects to design an eight-story office tower for the Denver Tramway company, which is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places and houses the Hotel Teatro. A stay here is like walking back in time, though the lobby and first floor have had a revamp, and there is an on-site restaurant, the Nickel. The rustic-yet-contemporary design scheme comes from Studio Frank.

7. Life House, Lower Highlands


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If you are yearning for a stay at a homestead, the Life House awaits you. The decor of these guest rooms plays on Western and Victorian sensibilities and was created by Life House founder Rami Zeidan. And having spent many years in the boutique hotel business, he knows a thing or two about creating a great place to stay. The design here is all about the original pioneers of the neighborhood and their Italian roots, with lashings of textured glass and floral features, while the on-site cocktail bar and restaurant are wildflower-inspired.

8. The Maven at Dairy Block


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The historic LoDo neighborhood was once home to the Windsor Dairy and is now a micro-precinct with 15 shops, 19 restaurants, seven bars and a luxury co-working space; the Dairy Block is now home to a boutique hotel known as the Maven. Guest rooms are loft-style, spacious and flooded with natural light. Food is taken to another level here at Kachina Cantina, a favorite with locals. Try the green chili nachos, shrimp ceviche, carne asada tacos and chicken flautas before moving to the Pola Lola Social Club for inventive cocktails.

9. The Ramble Hotel


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© The Ramble Hotel / Expedia

Based in the vibrant RiNo art neighborhood, this unique 50-room boutique hotel is a collaboration with renowned cocktail institution Death & Co, and is home to its only location outside New York City. Not only that, it also has the Super Mega Bien restaurant, the brainchild of the folk behind the acclaimed Work & Class eatery. Here, you can enjoy pan-Latin cuisine served dim sum style, then retire to your sumptuous guest room.

10. Sonesta Denver Downtown


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The outdoor heated rooftop pool at the Sonesta has breathtaking city and mountain views and, for those who prefer being indoors, there are inviting spaces to lounge in throughout the premises. The Lockwood Kitchen and Bar has locally inspired farm-to-fork cuisine, as well as Spanish tapas and charcuterie plates. Take your pick from guest rooms or suites decorated in warm, earthy ones.

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