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
- 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
The Brown Palace was a really great little hotel in Denver, Colorado. High class, multiple internal places to eat or have a drink. Really nice place to visit. Even has a smoking lounge with a efficient cigar and scotch collection.
At the recommendation of our tour guide from the state Capitol, my husband and I walked to the Brown Palace to view the beautiful building, murals and windows. Mary, our tour guide, was correct. It is a beautiful place to visit. While there, we saw they had high tea, and as it was later in the afternoon we decided to splurge on high tea. Both of the women who attended to us, Marina and Ansuka, Were attentive, courteous, polite and aware of our every need. The tea itself was delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was well worth the splurge. It was six dollars more to get the champagne cocktail, so we added that to our afternoon treat.
We stayed 2 nights at this hotel and just loved it. Great Location! We really enjoyed the music in the lounge and the afternoon tea. Had dinner in the Tavern and watched the football game. The food was amazing.
Do you like getting your 6:00am wake-up call at 5:30am? I don’t. Nor do I like finding condom wrappers in the bathroom drawer or linens crumpled up behind the furniture. Night staff minimal and limited. Motel standards are not what I’d expect of this historic institution. Is this new management or are they going broke?
The Brown hotel is a historic hotel in downtown Denver. It is one block from 16 th street where all the shops, restaurants are located. It has great old time hotel charm - doorman, old time elevator clocks etc.
excellent food, excellent location, pretty hotel. Lobby is beautiful. I give the spa a 7/10( mostly cuz they don’t have a jacuzzi). My massage was good so was my scrub.
Room service is delivered quickly and the food is warm. Checkin process was easy and seamless. The food is amazing. Room service is actually excellent. High tea has excellent scones. The tavern has good ambience and excellent food. The blue cheese dressing on the wedge salad is homemade.
Items to be fixed:
Housekeeping and room service need to obey the DO NOT disturb sign. Housekeeping still knocks for turn down service.
Room service calls repeatedly about 35 after your meal to come pick
Up the tray. I found this annoying.
Also- my room was on the 8 floor and had good classic things like vintage curtains, flooring etc but it is time for an upgrade. Shower curtains need to be replaced with a more modern look. Maybe glass doors. I did see on TripAdvisor that some rooms are renovated. Ask for a renovated room if you stay there.
Downside- there is no pool , jacuzzi or gym at this hotel.
Fabiola in the Mini coffee shop is so kind and nice. She welcomes you in the morning with a truly happy smile. Their pumpkin spice latte is amazing. They make the spices onsite.