Maybe I was drunk off the day’s hike in Colorado’s endless sunshine; perhaps I was enamored by downtown Glenwood Springs’ charm; or possibly I was thrilled with the historic sounds of the California Zephyr as it roared into the Amtrak Station across the street, but I was blown away by the Hotel Denver as soon as I walked through its inviting doorway.
Great attention to detail is the only way I can describe the hotel lobby and lounge area. From its rocking chairs to its old-school telephone booth, the lounge warps you back in time. I was weary from a long hike up Grizzly Creek and couldn’t wait to get to the comforts of our room. However, I was determined to bring Jack Kerouac back to the rocker tomorrow.
The hotel clerk handed me the keys to Room 330. She grinned as she offered parting words to enjoy the view of the Colorado River. I wondered just what she meant by that smile and figured I’d find out soon enough. 😉
Our one-year-old daughter was ecstatic that she got to push the elevator button that lifted us to the third floor. We walked through the art and stained glass filled halls to our door. I fumbled with the keys before handing them over to Liz.
Liz swung the door open and gasped as she said, “You absolutely won’t believe this room! Oh my gosh, this has to be the most scenic spot in all of Glenwood!” I’ll get to the details of the room in a second, but first let me pay homage to the view. Our jaws hung to the floor as we peered out to the north. The Amtrak Station stole the show in the foreground. It was nearly rivaled by the Colorado River, Glenwood Springs Hot Springs, and towering ridge line layered behind.
After taking five solid minutes to absorb the panorama, we starting sifting through our luggage. Room 330 had all the luxuries anyone could ask for. The lightly sprinkled décor, brick walls, and double bathroom made us feel right at home. We took a catnap before sauntering down to Glenwood Canyon Brewing for dinner and a nightcap flight of craft brews.
Located right across the street from the Amtrak train station the heart of Glenwood Springs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Glenwood Hot Springs, Glenwood Springs Center For The Arts, and Frontier Historical Museum. Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves and Red Mountain Trail are also within a mile.
The Hotel Denver has a restaurant, bar/lounge, and coffee shop/café. Free WiFi in public areas and free self-parking (located on the east side of the building) are also provided. Additionally, you can find coffee/tea in a common area, conference rooms, and concierge services onsite.
Glenwood Canyon Brewing – Located on the ground floor of the Hotel Denver, this pub specializes in American cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children’s menu is available. The brewery is open daily.
All rooms are individually decorated and offer free WiFi and local calls. Every room has flat-screen televisions.