The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- The spa offers special therapeutic soaks using water drawn from an artesian well 750 feet beneath the hotel
- Dom Perignon Sunday brunch at Ellyngton’s restaurant
- Daily live music in the lobby and Ship Tavern provided by three rotating pianists
What To Know
- Formal attire is suggested for the hotel’s fine dining options
- The hotel is a popular Denver wedding venue; expect to cross paths with large parties on weekends
- The Brown Palace has played host to every U.S. president (except Calvin Coolidge) since Teddy Roosevelt stopped by in 1905
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Renaissance meets Victorian meets Art Deco. The triangular building, reminiscent of New York’s Flatiron Building, was designed in Italian Renaissance style and clad in local red granite and sandstone, with elaborate castle-style arched doorways and the hotel crest of twin griffins prominently displayed in stone and stained glass. This was the nation’s second “fireproof” building, so wood is nowhere to be seen; the eight-story lobby atrium is lined in onyx and surrounded by balconies with elaborate wrought iron railings.
Bed and Bath
Rooms are furnished either in staid Victorian, retro Art Deco or typical hotel style, with curtains, dark wood accents and such classic touches as pedestal sinks and ornate carved headboards on four-poster beds. Many suites are named after the hotel’s most famous guests: the Beatles, Eisenhower, Reagan and Roosevelt, to name a few. And while the style and decor feels largely old-fashioned, all rooms have been updated with features such as Keurig K-Cup coffeemakers, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations.
For a city hotel, the Brown Palace packs a lot under one roof, including five bar and restaurant options. The classic Ship Tavern is a nautical-themed pub and a casual exception to the hotel’s more formal dining scene, with lots of local Colorado microbrews, burgers and steaks. At the other end of the spectrum, Churchill is an all leather and brass cigar lounge pouring single malts and small batch bourbons. The large spa and salon is a sea of Victorian marble elegance and offers a full slate of bath, body and massage treatments. The hotel, which has been a home away from home for rock stars, presidents and royalty, offers public guided tours every Wednesday and Saturday, and private tours on demand, which can be tailored to explore the Brown’s ghostly past, architecture or presidential history.
In the Area
The Brown Palace is within walking distance of the Rockies’ Coors Field, the pedestrian-friendly 16th Street Mall, Union Station and historic Larimer Square, Denver’s oldest block, which is now full of hot eateries and bars. Top attractions include the nation’s fourth-largest public library, designed by Michael Graves, the Denver Contemporary Arts Museum and the $120 million History Colorado Center, an extremely interactive 200,000-square-foot museum opened in 2012 where visitors can virtually drive across the plains in a Model T Ford or travel to Steamboat Springs circa 1915 and fly off the town’s ski jump.
How to Get There
From the moment we walked into the lobby until we checked out, the hotel staff made us feel like royalty (we are definitely not). Warm greetings and wide smiles. We enjoyed the quaint room with its 1920s decor yet up-to-date amenities. The hotel even rewarded us when we reported a couple of minor issues with our room. Our breakfast was elegant and tasty. Check-out flawless. We will very likely return if we need an overnight in Denver again.
The hotel is charming and it's old charm has been maintained nicely. The staff was very accomodating. The restaurants were fun and lively. The room needed some attention. Table was warped from liquid spill and part pulled off exposing under wood. Much of the wood throughout room scraped down through the colored stain. Cabinet door in bathroom barely attached. Caulking around shower leaked water out onto floor. Shower heads barely spray. Old hotels need constant upkeep, but this appeared to be continued neglect.
Would still recommend hotel but encourage management to inspect and maintain this local treasure.
We were so discourteous find that our Brown Palace no longer cares about the condition of its customer experience. When we walked in to our room, the lamp shades were all sideways. No tv remote, and the shower curtain torn. The shower head sprayed in all directions and was scalding hot, then freezing cold. We realize this is all a product of maintenance and housekeeping....but all management and staff should be concerned