Award-Winning 4-Star Hotel in Downtown Denver
The Oxford Hotel has been a fixture in the historic LoDo neighborhood since 1891. The opulent five-story building has only improved with time. Just this year, it was voted the No. 1 Hotel in the West by Condé Nast Traveler readers. European antiques, art-deco rooms, and modern amenities such as plasma TVs and en suite Bose iPod docks have kept this landmark stylish and up-to-date.
Fresh seafood graces the menu at McCormick’s Fish House and Bar. The restaurant’s twice-daily happy hour features a variety of snacks and bites for under $5. Swing by the Cruise Room for a classic cocktail at Denver’s first post-Prohibition bar (it opened the day after the law was struck down). The bar’s original carvings are still intact. For massages, skin treatments, and yoga classes, visit the spa, salon, and fitness center. Classes at the fitness center are complimentary, and hotel guests receive a 10% discount on salon products and spa services.
Each room at The Oxford has been individually decorated, though some features—such as floor-to-ceiling Chinese-silk curtains and French and English antiques—are standard throughout. Artwork and furnishings reminiscent of the 1920s distinguish art-deco rooms, whereas superior rooms are outfitted with classic American decor. A complimentary 24-hour shuttle service will drop you off anywhere within a 2-mile radius of the hotel via a Cadillac Escalade.
Downtown Denver: Mile High City in the Rocky Mountains
Modern urban life meets the Old West in the Mile High City. Founded as a mining town in the 1850s, Colorado's capital has never quite lost its rugged frontier spirit. The proximity of the Rocky Mountains probably has a lot to do with it. The great outdoors are bound to stay near the forefront of your mind with such a spectacular reminder crowding the horizon.
If you can tear your eyes away from the scenery, though, there's a lot to see in the city. In the trendy Lower Downtown Historic District—LoDo to natives—you can take a stroll through the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver or mingle with the fashion-forward crowd filling the restaurants, boutiques, and nightclubs of Larimer Square. Downtown, the pedestrian-friendly 16th Street Mall cuts a swath through the heart of the city, past sidewalk cafés, skyscrapers, and plazas filled with street performers.
For an outdoor adventure inside city limits, make your way to City Park, which houses the Denver Zoo as well as the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The museum’s long-standing wildlife hall features more than 90 dioramas and taxidermied animals from around the world, including Arctic walruses and the cheetahs that once guarded Nicolas Cage's mind.
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