Moms deserve a little indulgence now and then and the Oxford Hotel in Denver couldn’t be a more ideal destination. Built in 1891 across from Union Station, the Oxford is Denver’s first and most historic grand hotel hosting such notable guests as the Clintons, the Dalai Llama, Lauren Bacall, Robert Redford, Lyle Lovett and more. With its classical opulence and desirable location in the heart of lower downtown (LoDo) it offers the perfect escape from the ordinary.
Though 119-years-old, this historic, boutique hotel has found a way to marry its past with the present. Every room is individually decorated in elegant 20th-century American, French, English, Victorian or Art Deco decor and boasts high-tech amenities such as flat-screen televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi and Bose Wave radios with iPod docking stations. I was in love with our floor-to-ceiling, Chinese silk curtains and the luxurious new pillow top mattresses and 400-thread-count bedding in our large, 400-square-foot Queen/Queen room.
Starting at $160 per night per person, The Oxford Girlfriends Getaway package includes:
- Overnight accommodations in a Queen/Queen or Parlour Suite
- Chocolate Truffles and Champagne
- Choice of a 50-minute Apricot Facial or 50-minute Swedish Massage at The Oxford Club Spa & Salon
- A Signature Martini in the iconic Cruise Room Bar to start your evening
- 24-hour Town Car Service within a two-mile radius downtown
To start our weekend off right, my girlfriend and I began with some pampering at the Oxford Club Spa & Salon, featured as one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top 75 U.S. Hotel Spas” for 2012, following a little champagne and chocolate truffles in our room. Fully refreshed from our signature facials and pedicures, we returned to our room to get ready for a fun night in LoDo, and to finish the champagne of course!
Since the Oxford is within walking distance of so many great Denver restaurants, clubs and shopping we walked nearly everywhere or took the free shuttle along the mile-long, 16th Street Mall just a block from the hotel. But, it was reassuring to know there was town car service available to us at any time should we desire it.
At the end of the night, we returned to the Oxford and one of Denver’s best and most happening cocktail lounges, The Cruise Room Martini Bar. We arrived just a few hours before closing to find it still hopping, so we each took a seat at the bar and ordered two of their award-winning martinis recommended by the bartender. The Art Deco atmosphere is made complete with the female servers in flapper headbands. All so apropos considering the Cruise Room opened the day after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.
You don’t have to go far for some of the best dining in the city either. Connected to the hotel is McCormick’s Fish House and Bar, featuring a fresh seafood menu flown in daily and a twice-daily happy hour. We had lunch at McCormick’s just after checking out and saying goodbye to the Oxford. The selection for lunch was quite varied and reasonably priced. I can highly recommend the Bloody Marys too, which are almost a meal in themselves.
Among other awards, the Oxford was featured on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2013 as one of the “World’s Best Places to Stay,” and voted #1 hotel in the West in their 2012 Readers’ Choice. And it’s certainly a favorite getaway hotel for the locals too. This mom included.
The Oxford Girlfriend Getaway package is available on an ongoing basis, subject to availability; tax is not included. To book, please phone (800) 228-5838 or visit www.theoxfordhotel.com.
For larger groups or those in need of some serious spoiling, The Oxford Hotel has a special offer: book $1,000 worth of services at the Oxford Club, Spa & Salon and receive an overnight stay in our stately Presidential Suite for free!
Photo credits: Exterior, lobby and Cruise Room photos courtesy of The Oxford Hotel.