Mile-high luxury with mountain views

The Ritz-Carlton, Denver opened its doors in the beginning of 2008 and proved to be a luxe, stylish addition to the city. Recently, under the guidance of designer Hirsch Bedner, the hotel revitalized its guest rooms, pulling in airy shades of blue, cream and light beige to lighten and give spaces a fresh look, not unlike the blue skies and white-capped Rocky Mountains that can bee seen in the distance.

And just because rugged landscape is nearby, don’t expect any skimping on the amenities here — this place has all the trappings of big-city luxury hotels including a top-notch steakhouse, locally inspired spa treatments and lavish in-room amenities. 

The Rooms

Each guest room features a five-fixture, marble-accented bathroom complete with a deep bathtub and, in some, a Jacuzzi tub. Expect to see Asprey luxury bath products from London on the counter, a line of products found at many Ritz-Carlton locations.

All rooms also offer 400-thread-count Frette linens, a Nespresso coffee and tea maker, plush Frette terry robes and overhead reading lights on each side of the bed. Make sure to take a gander at the rug beneath your feet; with waves of beiges, blue and interesting textures, it gives off a topography vibe, almost as if you are looking down on the foothills near Denver. You might not be able to gaze at those natural wonders from above, but the view from the rooms does afford various sights of snow-topped mountains and the downtown area.

Keep in mind that when you view the towering building from the outside, you might notice a quirk in the property's height. The edifice housing The Ritz-Carlton has 37 stories, but only 14 of those floors belong to the Denver hotel. So while the 3,030-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Suite is a stunning space complete with a media room, it's not on the top floor.

The Club Level

Another feature that mirrors many Ritz-Carltons all over the world is the Club Level — it’s a tier of booking that gives access to the lounge on the 12th floor. Guests of the hotel who book the Club Level rooms get to take advantage of this relaxing, earth-toned spot, which offers continuous food and beverages, a light breakfast, lunch and dinner and, maybe the most important of all, a dedicated concierge staff.

This team acts as your personal butler service, so whether you choose to sit back and watch a movie on the giant, wrap-around couch, enjoy a glass of wine while taking in the view of Denver, or simply want someone to give you suggestions about what to do, it is ready for you. Plus, if you hit the lounge between meal times, you’ll always have drinks, fresh French-style macarons, candy and gluten-free treats available.

The Amenities

The luxury hotel also has a business center, nine meeting rooms, two ballrooms, a full gym and a decadent revamped spa, complete with a hair and nail salon.

Dining options include Elway's, a high-end steakhouse named for the famed and much-loved Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway. It's also the kitchen that prepares all the room service, a 24-hour feature so you can eat any time you want.

The Neighborhood

Situated on the edge of downtown Denver, the Ritz-Carlton's position proves great for those looking to wander around the city, catch a show at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, see the government buildings or head to the Denver Art Museum.

It's also close to the hip RiNo (River North), a neighborhood where many of the hottest new restaurants, bars and breweries have popped up. The venues in this area prove so laid back, you won't even need the hotel's complimentary overnight shoeshine, but that shouldn't stop you from dressing to the nines.