Hotel at a Glance: Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center
The Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center is housed in the former Colorado National Bank building—which will turn 100 years old in 2015—and touches of that elegant past still remain today. White-marble colonnades flank the lobby’s three-story atrium, which Frommer’s calls a “real showstopper.” The majestic room features 16 murals from Colorado painter Allen Tupper True, all of which were installed in 1925.
- Rocky Mountain eats: The onsite restaurant range specializes in cuisine inspired by the American west, such as smoked tender-belly pork and ancho cocoa elk rack.
- In-room amenities: Elegantly furnished guest rooms feature a 42-inch flat-screen TV, coffeemaker, tea, and complimentary WiFi.
- Catch a game: The hotel is centrally located within a short walk of the Pepsi Center, which hosts the Denver Nuggets.
- Go for a stroll on the 16th Street Mall, where you can shop at local boutiques as well as brand-name retailers, including Banana Republic and Patagonia.
- On the house: Guests receive two welcome drinks upon arrival.
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 taxidermal animals from around the world, including the Arctic walruses and the cheetahs that once guarded Nicolas Cage’s mind.