The Oxford Hotel
Besting the Brown Palace’s record for oldest Denver
hotel by one year, the Oxford has been open to discerning guests to lower downtown since 1891. Some of the original elements remain, such as the vintage brass keys with tassels, and the second-floor writing desk with functional typewriter (bring your letter to the front desk to be stamped and mailed). Individually unique guest rooms combine old-fashioned details, like clawfoot tubs and antique wooden headboards, with modern amenities like USB ports and Bose sound systems. Upgrade to a Premium Corner room for maximum light and views of downtown. The ultimate in atmospheric, the Cruise Room was based on a bar on the Queen Mary, and was Denver’s first drinking establishment to open after Prohibition. Today it’s known for its classic martinis and cocktails, and collaborations with local distilleries like the artisanal Laws Whiskey House. The Urban Farmer restaurant brings a concept and chef from Portland
, extending farm-to-table cuisine to the steakhouse, with whole-animal cuts of meat. Happy-hour specials include $5 Old-Fashioneds and snacks like confit chicken pops. The spa’s signature treatments also involve culinary aspects, such as a honey exfoliating scrub and a chocolate-ginger wrap. A daily $20 fee covers wifi and local calls, coffee and nightly drinks at the Bourbon Bar, access to the fitness center and group classes, plus discounts on services and products on-site and nearby.