Downtown Hotel Near State Capitol and Other Attractions
On a set of stairs leading up to the Denver State Capitol Building, one step is emblazoned with the words “one mile above sea level.” While some debate its veracity, the step supposedly marks the precise point where the elevation reaches 5,280 feet—hence Denver's nickname as the Mile High City. Tucked among the skyscrapers about a half-mile away from the capitol building is the Crowne Plaza Downtown Denver, a high-rise hotel with close proximity to Denver's hopping epicenter. Though the Rocky Mountain metropolis is proud of its rugged environs and frontier heritage, it's still firmly an urban metropolis with a vibrant arts scene, lively nightlife, and a true-blue skyline.
Located in the main lobby, the upscale Off Sixteenth restaurant serves traditional American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including steaks, sandwiches, seafood, and salads. Slip into the onsite The Place lounge to sip on a nightcap or sidle up to the bar to watch a game. The Crowne Plaza's outdoor rooftop pool, open seasonally May–September, overlooks downtown Denver's skyline.
Visitors walk into guest rooms with creamy beige walls and light-green curtains. All beds come with plush duvets and seven pillows, ideal for waging pillow fights against floor-mates. The king suite features a separate bedroom with a king-size bed and a pair of 32-inch flat-screen TVs, with one in the bedroom and one in the living room.
Denver: Pedestrian-Friendly Outdoor Shopping and Museums
LoDo (Lower Downtown Historic District) is a trendy part of the Mile High city that’s located where the town was founded in 1858. The revitalized neighborhood is now home to the historic Union Station, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the fashion-forward Larimer Square. For more window-shopping, the 16th Street Mall pedestrian area stretches from LoDo to the area surrounding the Crowne Plaza hotel. Visitors can peruse the tree-lined boulevard and patronize the outdoor cafés, boutiques, and retail stores.
Located about 3 miles east of the hotel, Denver's City Park houses the Denver Zoo as well as the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Current exhibits include a wing with more than 60 live lizards and snakes from five continents. A walk through the museum’s long-standing wildlife hall reveals more than 90 diorama-esque scenes of taxidermy animals from around the world, including the walruses of Antarctica and the cheetahs guarding Sean Connery’s castle.