Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver

Encircled by majestic peaks and a history dating back to the Wild West era, the Colorado capital which sits at the threshold of the Rocky Mountains, is a heady, eclectic mix of glittering skyscrapers, landmark 19th-century buildings, upscale restaurants and boutiques and shops geared towards outdoor pursuits all perched high in the clouds (hence its nickname the Mile High City).

Although some might say it’s pretty late to the party, the city is also undergoing an increasing ‘hipsterfication’ with a burgeoning culinary and arts scene, brewpubs, hipster bars, striking street art galore and an increasing artsy, progressive population. So much in fact that just a couple of years ago it was the third most hipster city in the USA. So now Denver is newly cool, we’ve selected 15 of the best cool and unusual hotels to trendify your stay…

The Curtis Hotel – trendy pop-culture themed

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

The highly rated Curtis Hotel is situated directly across the road from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, this fun and trendy hotel is close to all of the major attractions and the creative hub of the city. A pop culture theme runs throughout the hip Denver hotel, with bright, spacious bedrooms offering comfortable beds and bright decor, while the stylish bathrooms have soaker showers and a modern vibe. The on-site restaurant serves up comfort food from all around the world and even features its very own martini bar. The hotel also offers a fitness centre, a Starbucks coffee shop, and even a gift shop that sells retro treats and games – easily one of the coolest hotels in Denver! 

  • Prices from $160 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Curtis Hotel

The ART Hotel – award-winning art boutique

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

The iconic 4-star exceptionally rated ART Hotel offers a heady mix of luxury accommodation and refined comfort, deep in the heart of downtown Denver. With two dedicated galleries and stunning art pieces in every room, this trendy and stylish Denver hotel really is arty by both name and nature. With many pieces gathered by Denver Art Museums own curator, Dianne Vanderlip, staying here is like visiting a world-class art gallery every day.

Walls of glass offer extensive views out across the city and the mountains beyond, whilst chandeliers and kinetic sculptures add charm to the contemporary surroundings. The high-end guest rooms, many with mountain views, offer state of the art technology, luxury linens, and marble bathrooms, while the FIRE restaurant, lounge and terrace offer classy cocktails and dishes that are every bit as beautiful as the artwork on the walls around you.

Nativ Hotel – unique, stylish and fun

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Playfulness and sophistication live side by side at the highly rated NATIV Hotel, as this unique Denver hotel offers luxury and five-star service in funky, bohemian surroundings only a 3-minute walk from Denver Union Station. Well-appointed rooms are swathed in opulent touches like velvet headboards, flat-screen HDTVs and vintage furnishings and city views, while the bar and communal areas are trendy and retro in equal turns. Opt for an upgrade and expect private patios suites have rooftop patios and whirlpool tubs. 

The exterior is equally as unique, with the huge NATIV mural that adorns the flank of the building, you won’t be able to miss this stylish retreat. Dine in style with celebrity inspired menus, or stay for a cocktail or a craft beer and enjoy regular live entertainment and energy-charged nightlife in one of the city’s hippest neighbourhoods.

  • Prices from $120 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for NATIV Hotel

Moxy Hotel – eclectic chic boutique

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Surrounded by hundreds of art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and bars, Cherry Creek is the place to stay if you are looking to experience Denver’s most walkable district. Adding a European flavour to downtown Denver, the exceptionally rated Moxy Hotel is a beautifully creative boutique hotel with plenty of mid-Century modern touches, cool and spacious bedrooms (most with superb mountain views) and state of the art additions like super-fast Wifi and 50” TV with streaming capabilities. Stunning views out across the Rocky Mountains will remind guests at this hip and funky Dever accommodation that this central location is just a stone’s throw from some of the most iconic American scenery, while the hip industrial-chic bar serves up creative beverages and Moxy Pickups restaurant offers flavours from around the world.

  • Prices from $140 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Moxy Hotel

Warwick Denver Hotel – a modern urban retreat

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Boasting an enviable location that borders both the vibrant downtown area and the charming uptown, this classy yet classic hotel offers newly renovated rooms and plenty of style. The 4-star highly rated Warwick Denver outstanding views across the Denver skyline, you can relax after a busy day exploring in the uber comfortable bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and take advantage of the LCD HD TV, room controlled air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and private balconies. If you are feeling peckish, book a table at Randolph’s Restaurant & Bar, that offers the very best of Colorado cuisine, made with care using fresh, local produce, or enjoy a drink at the bar. Guests also have use of the state-of-the-art fitness centre, heated hip rooftop pool and complimentary use of the Warwick Bicycles.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco – bold, vibrant and stylish

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

With bold styling throughout, the newly renovated 4-star exceptionally rated Monaco Hotel delivers the luxury amenities that you would expect from a Kimpton hotel. Beautiful period style bedrooms are warm and inviting, with soft patterned wallpaper, button leather headboards, Italian linens and industrial lamps as well as yoga mats and great views out across the city. Opt for a suite and expect a soaking tub. The spectacular lobby at this glamorous Denver hotel is reminiscent of a high-class living room and is the perfect place to meet up with your fellow travellers.

If you are feeling peckish, eat at the Panzano Italian restaurant, with industrial design touches and first-class cuisine, or take a drink at the bar that offers a nightly social hour. Overindulgence can be deftly managed with a workout in the state of the art fitness room that is open to guests, or a relaxing session spent in the on-site Veda Salon & Spa. Then head to the hip rooftop bar or the cozy adjacent pub serving up classic American food. 

Crawford Hotel – train station turned elegant boutique

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Located in the upper floors of Denver’s century-old Union Station, the 5-star exceptionally rated Crawford Hotel overlooks the Great Hall where travellers and locals generate a vibrant energy. Every bedroom is seriously stylish, uniquely designed and offers plenty of Art Deco design features and nods to the golden age of trains, complete with rainfall showerheads, iPads, 46-inch flat-screen TVs and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the platforms.

For upgraded rooms and suites expect exposed beams, vaulted ceilings and original art. Located in the popular and hip LoDo neighbourhood, this trendsetting Denver hotel is within easy reach of great shops, cools bars and first-class eateries. Contemporary and uber-chic, the Crawford is truly unlike any other accommodation on offer in the city of Denver!

  • Prices from $200 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Crawford Hotel Denver

Born Hotel – alpine inspired upscale retreat

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Located close to Union Station, in the ever-popular hip LoDo district of Denver, the 4-star exceptionally rated Born Hotel is an authentic urban refuge with an arty vibe. Inspired by the Rocky Mountains that surround the city, the interior is a heady mix of urban chic and Alpine touches that blend beautifully with a carefully curated art collection.

The cool and unique bedrooms are well designed with muted tones, flat-screens, yoga mats, and floor-to-ceiling windows with city or mountain views, while bathrooms offer stunning stand-alone bathtubs and lashings of wood and marble. Guests at the contemporary Denver abode can enjoy rustic wood-fired fare at the Citizen Rail restaurant, authentic Italian cuisine at the Tavernetta, or simply enjoy a cocktail or two before heading out to explore the nearby shops, eateries and nightlife – wonderful!

  • Prices from $160 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Born Hotel

Le Méridien Hotel – sleek and creative boutique

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

This is a well-appointed sleek and chic boutique hotel just moments away from the Arts District, the Colorado Convention Centre and the Pepsi Centre as well as a wide range of shops, restaurants, bars and nightlife. Located in the heart of the city, the 4-star exceptionally rated Le Meridien brings European flair and luxurious surroundings that are a welcome retreat from the busy city streets. The bedrooms at this swanky Denver accommodation are modern with soft white bedding and luxury linens, while the communal areas are bold with oversized armchairs and plenty of mid-century touches. Join your fellow guests for a cocktail on the open-air rooftop bar, 54THIRTY, or enjoy coffee and breakfast at The Lobbyist bar.

Brown Palace Hotel and Spa – upscale historic chic

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

An award-winning luxury hotel that has seen such luminaries as King George V, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and a ton of American presidents walk through its doors, the 4-star exceptionally rated Brown Palace Hotel (part of the prestigious Autograph collection) is still as highly revered today as it ever was. The triangular sandstone building has been a city landmark since 1892 and now offers an eight-storey Italian Renaissance atrium, swathed in Florentine arches, walls of topaz and a stained-glass ceiling.

Quirkily stylish bedrooms are fabulously appointed with dark woods and crystal chandeliers, whilst the beautiful lobby is the perfect place for afternoon tea. Hungrier diners can find more substantial offerings at the Palace Arms restaurant, before heading out to explore the cultural district of Denver. Other unique hotel highlights include vintage English-style tavern with live music, a swanky cigar bar, an upscale spa, and an atmospheric cafe offering lavish champagne brunches.

Aloft Downtown Hotel – cool and funky midrange

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

This modern and exceedingly upbeat hotel is perfectly located in the heart of downtown Denver. Just one block away from the both the Colorado Convention Centre and the 16th Street Mall, guests at the highly rated Aloft Hotel have easy access to a whole world of great shopping, dining and entertainment. Bedrooms at this fun, funky and cool hotel Denver hotel are contemporary and comfortable, whilst communal areas are designed with socialising in mind. Sip signature cocktails in the hotels own W XYZ® bar, or go for a game of pool with a cold beer in the Re:mixSM Lounge. Complete with its own state of the art Re:charge℠ gym, the Aloft attracts a cooler, younger clientele who want to be at the heart of the action in Denver.

  • Prices from £100 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Aloft Hotel

Maven Hotel – unique art-inspired sophistication

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

With more than 400 pieces of art hung throughout the hotel, the exceptionally rated Maven Hotel is an urban retreat that is dedicated to capturing the creative spirit of the city. Cool, chic interiors give way to whimsical artwork and original pieces to provide a very sleek and sophisticated downtown LoDo hotel within easy reach of the 16th Street Mall and other attractions (and only a 6-minute walk from Union train station). The stylish contemporary bedrooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, some have balconies with gorgeous city views. For upgraded rooms expect patios and sitting areas.

The ultra-hip Denver hotel takes its food as seriously as it does its artwork, and guests can choose from a total of three on-site eateries offering everything from Navajo Tacos in a Southwestern cantina to margaritas and beer with chips in a converted Airstream in the lobby – very cool indeed!

  • Prices from $180 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Maven Hotel

AC Downtown Hotel – contemporary and creative luxury

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

A polished, modern hotel with easy access to the Golden Triangle and City Park West, as well as a host of other city attractions. Offering a wonderful blend of European style and modern luxury, the exceptionally rated AC Downtown Hotel has designer bedrooms with plush beds and sleek interiors, as well as workstations, WiFi and flatscreen tvs and floor-to-ceiling windows. The Corinne Restaurant offers locally inspired comfort foods, whilst the AC Bar and Kitchen offers bites and beers from around the world and there’s also a popular tapas bar. Communal spaces are bright and ooze mid-century charm, the on-site fitness centre is full of state of the art equipment and machines and the open-air rooftop bar makes a gorgeous place to sip on cocktails while soaking up the divine city views. 

  • Prices from $150 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for AC Downtown Hotel

Halcyon Hotel – hip and trendy boutique

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

A modern, upscale Denver hotel that is nestled nicely amongst the shops, bars and restaurants of the exclusive Cherry Creek neighbourhood. With a sleek and chic vibe, the 4-star exceptionally rated Halcyon Hotel is light, bright and welcoming and designed as an urban retreat in the heart of the city. Metro tiling, industrial lighting and deep leather sofas define the uber trendy style of the Halcyon. Bedrooms offer crisp white linen and en-suites with stand-alone tubs, city views, free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and Nespresso machines and upgrades offer provide soaking tubs and/or ultra-hip loft sleeping areas. With a kitchen bar that doubles as a reception desk, a first-class Asian restaurant, an on-site gym and a very cool rooftop pool, bar, hot tub and deck with city views, this beautiful city hotel makes a great alternative to some of Denver’s more traditional establishments.

  • Prices from $200 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Halcyon Hotel

Hotel Teatro – sophisticated Denver charm

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Denver Global Grasshopper

In mile upon mile of skyscrapers, the beautiful 4-star and exceptionally rated Teatro Hotel housed in a historic 1911 building offers a glimpse of the city’s Western heritage. An original Renaissance Revival building that was once the headquarters for the city’s tramway system, this trendy Denver hotel is rich in period features. Bronze mail chutes, leather upholstery and dark wood panelling transport guests back to days of old, whilst still being surrounded by modern day comfort and luxury. Bedrooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows, marble and muted colours, whilst bathrooms are cool and contemporary with rainforest showers or marble soaking tubs. The cosy and comfortable Barrell Bar is a great place for a beer, or fill your boots in the highly renowned Nickel Restaurant serving contemporary American cooking 7 days a week.

  • Prices from $150 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Teatro Denver

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Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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