The Oxford Hotel
What We Love
- Complimentary Escalade car service within two mile radius (first come, first served)
- Some rooms have clawfoot tubs
- 24/7 room service
- The spa, which uses local products in many of its treatments.
What To Know
- The Victorian–meets–Art Deco Oxford is Denver’s most historic hotel, a fixture in the Mile High City since 1891
- No two guest rooms are alike, and some can be a bit on the small side
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Victorian–meets–Art Deco Oxford is Denver’s most historic hotel, a fixture in the Mile High City since 1891. A witness to the city’s bawdiest decades, it sat next to a brothel during the silver boom and hosted boozy parties behind a secret wall with underground escape tunnels during Prohibition. The décor pays respect to the past without feeling stuffy. In the lobby, gilded oil paintings, ornate wainscotting and grand fireplaces preside over buttery leather sofas and chenille armchairs in warm natural tones.
Bed & Bath
No two rooms, spread across five floors, are alike, and the owner routinely adds new pieces of art and antique furniture to the constantly evolving design. Antique furniture—four poster beds in some, grand amoires in others—is complemented by all the mod cons, including free WiFi, flatscreen TVs and iPod-friendly Bose audio systems.
The Oxford holds down its stretch of 17th Street with a nautical wink: The hotel’s Cruise Room bar opened up the morning after Prohibition was repealed and is modeled after a bar on the original Queen Mary ocean liner, and the McCormick’s Fish House serves the best seafood in a culinary scene dominated by red meat. Work off your indulgences in the fitness center and then head to the spa, which uses local products in many of its treatments.
In the Area
The Oxford occupies an ideal LoDo location, within stumbling distance of the Performing Arts Complex, Union Station, Coors Field and many of the city’s famed microbreweries. Take a bite – or a sip – out of Denver’s culinary and drink scene with a Local Table Tour. Thematic walking tours include Market to Table and Patio Cocktail trips; check the calendar for what’s on offer when you’re in town. Denver’s most beloved independent bookstore, the Tattered Cover, is nearby, and has multiple floors filled with hard-to-find and locally written books.
How to Get There
The staff are first class and all are eager to please the guests. We had a weekend Date Night package that was a wonderful treat and a surpising bargain. We were upgraded to a deluxe corner room which was a welcome bonus. The rooms include wonderful robes and really comfortable beds with lots of pillows. The hotel always has great seasonal decorations which are worth a visit even if you do not have reservations. Their lounge area is rather small and gets crowded after 6:00pm, but it is definitly worth it, especialli if you can beat the crowd. They have a wonderful casual "steak house" dining room where the food and service are great.
My wife and I were in Denver for a wedding and to see Denver. The amenities and service were so nice at the Oxford we had no need to go outside!!! We'll be back. The evening bourbon tasting was a highlight.
It was a treat to stay at this hotel and take in the atmosphere of the oldest hotel in Denver. It has been nicely upgraded but there are plenty of charming hints to its age.
We stayed in a deluxe classic room that was spacious and included a faux fireplace, old fashioned style writing desk, two chairs and a big TV. Since the hotel is so old, there were also a few quirks with the room. There was no closet, just an armoire that was too small to hold a suitcase. There was a step up to the bathroom which overall was pretty small especially the sink. It was nicely tiled however. The floor creaked a bit and you walked right into the middle of the room from the hallway so there is no buffer to give you privacy. No big deal with any of this, just all part of the charm of the hotel.
We had breakfast each morning in the stylish Urban Farmer restaurant that is attached to the hotel. One entrée and drink is included in your room rate (if you get and turn in your poker chip from the front desk) and our meals were very good. The hotel has a complementary bourbon tasting gathering each late afternoon. It takes place in the old fashioned looking lobby with a touch of art deco ambiance, but after one round, we passed on the experience the next day as these types of drinks are not to our taste. There is also the very vibrant Cruise Room bar tucked away off the lobby. Guests of the hotel have access to the Oxford Club, Spa & Salon which is housed in a separate building next to the hotel. I only used the gym portion where I was able to get a full workout in a cool industrial type space with lots of exposed brick. There are steam and sauna rooms in the locker rooms.
The hotel is located in the lower downtown area known as LoDo. It is the cool place to stay in the city with plenty of restaurants and Coors Field nearby. It is definitely the happening area of town.
We really enjoyed our stay here because of the uniqueness of the hotel. Even the small elevators were fun as each day a mat greets you with the pronouncement of which day it is spelled out on the mat. We had a parking package so I do not know the nightly rate, but the destination amenity fee is $30 per day. Some of that money should go to improving the internet speed which ran slow during our stay.