Mountain Views and Golf Just Outside Downtown Denver
As the jagged mountains undulate in the horizon, they exude almost a hypnotic quality—drawing long stares and droves of weekend travelers who file out of Denver to experience them up-close. The peaks find a way to become everyone's point of focus, and the PGA-championship course at Inverness Hotel and Conference Center is no exception, where the majestic Rockies form a gorgeous distraction in the distance on most holes. A regal quality extends to the rest of the secluded AAA Four Diamond property, too, which presents fine dining onsite, tennis courts, a massive spa, and a shuttle that travels to and from the vibrant downtown area, which sits about 20 minutes away.
A design scheme marked by gentle chestnut browns, tans, and hard-wood furniture lends elegance to the hotel's rooms. Deluxe rooms peer out to either the 18-hole course or the mountains, and the club-floor rooms encourage record-breaking bed jumps with their raised ceilings. Sunken living rooms and private balconies add flair to the executive suites. Both club-floor rooms and executive suites enjoy private concierge service, enhanced amenities, and access to the Mountain View Lounge, which doles out unlimited drinks and appetizers at a nightly evening reception.
The Inverness's PGA-championship course challenges wrists and wits of all skill levels with a panoply of par 3 holes, deep bunkers, and unforgiving slopes. Water comes into play on 11 of 18 holes. Conversely, rich crimson walls work against the stark, dry-wood sculptures that greet guests of the Spa at the Inverness. Soft light and gently flowing water lends to the earthy atmosphere, where skilled specialists pamper visitors with a host of spa services.
Denver: Scenic Mountain Landscape and Dynamic Downtown
The iconic Rocky Mountains block and shape the sunlight as it advances over the valley. This panoramic view can be seen from the hotel's Fireside Lounge every day. Elsewhere at the resort's onsite dining, chefs inject Spanish flair into traditional Colorado dishes at Baca, and a welcoming English-pub atmosphere lends character to the casual Spotted Dog. Further into Denver, there's a strong brewery culture and an emphasis on award-winning farm-to-plate fare.
The Inverness expedites local exploration with its daily shuttle service, running 6 a.m.–11 p.m. Drivers escort guests to a host of destinations, including Denver's hottest restaurants, bars, shopping, and prom after-parties on a first-come, first-served basis. Crowds bustle past bright displays during the Art District on Santa Fe's art walks, which are held every first and third Friday; on the rare un-sunny day in Denver, families can take to sheltered but adventurous activities in the area such as indoor skydiving and go-karting.