The Spa at the Brown Palace

Denver's historic spa
Debuting in 1892, The Spa at The Brown Palace has become a renowned facility fitting of Denver's oldest and grandest hotel.

Evidence of the rich history is everywhere. An old and very large fireplace that used to heat up the hotel’s atrium shapes the spa’s stately entry. Since the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa’s opening, all of its water comes straight from The Brown Palace's private artisan well, which is why soaks are a specialty.

The 5,000-square-foot, two-story, gray stone and beige-hued facility offers six treatment rooms, couples quarters and lounge and locker areas. The hotel’s Victorian feel carries over to the spa, which also adds more modern elements, too.

Pair your relaxing visit with a stop in the spa shop, which not only sells the goods used by the therapists during procedures, but other local and high-end products as well. That way you can take a little taste of Colorado home and indulge in self-care at the same time.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Make the most of the unique waters and spacious tubs and take one of the essential-oil-infused plunges.
  • The couples suite allows for a particularly indulgent soaking experience with a dual reclining hydrotherapy tub.
  • Try Brown Honey Spa, a special product line made with honey from the hotel's five hives that are located on the property.
  • If visiting from outside the region, it's great to get one of the treatments geared toward adjusting to the altitude and dry climate. These help with circulation, adding moisture back into your skin and high altitude adjustment.
  • The Denver spa incorporates local ingredients into its services. Take the Detoxifying and Cellulite-Reducing Salt Glow, which uses Colorado juniper oil to help shed water weight and blast cellulite.
Things to Know
  • You want to try the Sweet Cheeks Soap Company's line of goods. It's all made especially for the arid Colorado climate and exclusively for the spa.
  • The community lounges are small, so they better suited for smaller groups or solo visitors.
  • If in the mood for a spread of bubbles, tiny sandwiches, fresh scones, little cakes and caviar, pair your spa day with the hotel's luxurious afternoon tea or champagne brunch service.
  • Since there are only six private treatment rooms, it's good to book a service in advance.
  • A 20 percent gratuity is already included in the price of your treatment, though you can add more, if desired.
The Treatments
  • Get one of the moisturizing facials such as the Altitude Adjustment, which has pro-retinol in it; the Moisture's Kiss, which utilizes marine sap, wheat proteins, vitamin B3 and C; and the glycolic exfoliant-focused Fresh Faces facial. 
  • An Altitude Adjustment wrap also proves key to getting used to the area, and the spa's signature wrap uses mineral-rich mud, cream and water to make you feel rejuvenated.
  • Other Colorado-specific treatments feature locally sourced river stones used for massage.
  • Men have a dedicated menu of services, including a body treatment that targets sore muscles with a massage and sugar exfoliation and a deep-cleansing facial for male skin.
  • Get your toes and fingers pampered in the nail salon, and then head over to the hair salon to get your locks shorn, colored and styled.
The Facilities
  • Men and women have their own relaxation areas right off of their respected locker rooms.
  • Highlights of the locker rooms include steam stalls with aromatherapy and Swiss showers, which feature spouts with multiple spray heads surrounding you.
  • Though the luxury spa is two stories, it's small compared to other local venues. But it does prove sleek, clean and well organized, so you won't miss the extra space.
Getting There
321 17th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202
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