There is nothing more grand in the city of Denver, Colorado, than The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa. The 125 year old hotel represents an ideal mix of a hotel in its glory filled with the modern amenities travelers expect. Located in the city center, the elegance of the hotel shines through in every detail, from the lobby to the spa to the enormous suites. Whether visiting the city or family, checking out the museums, or passing through, it’s a must stop on any stay in Denver. Just make sure to add these luxuries to experience a true life done well.
Twenty-five years ago when The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa turned 100, we were there for our honeymoon. Back then, we thought The Brown Palace was a really fancy place and we were so excited to spend part of our honeymoon there.
Twenty-five years later, as the hotel, now part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, celebrates its 125th birthday, we were back to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Guess what? It is just as fancy and luxurious as it was during our first visit. From the 9 story atrium to the elegant lobby, amazing food, outstanding service and spa full of treatments, there is no where else I would want to be in Denver. That, and it holds a special place in my heart.
A perfect day for me at The Brown Palace would be having a massage followed by reading the Sunday paper during the Champagne Brunch at Ellyington’s. Then, I’d have a facial and body treatment followed by afternoon High Tea Service.
Before I get to the luxuries you need to experience, let me tell you just a bit about the hotel and its history…
The Brown Palace Hotel
The Brown Palace has been a cornerstone in Denver, Colorado long before the city was fully built. Taking up an entire block, the flatiron building seems as though the city was built around the hotel. Little has changed to the interior or exterior and the integrity of the past is maintained.
Built back in the days of hoop skirts and high society parties, the hotel hallways are all wide enough for hoop skirts to pass each other without touching. But the lobby is the piece de la resistance with an open ceiling to the original stained glass roof. The light shines through and is simply breathtaking. Everything centers around the main lobby.
The Brown Palace is now part of the Marriott Autograph Collection. Although many updates have been made, the elegant, traditional look has been restored or replicated. Maintaining the uniqueness of each property is a feature of the Autograph Collection.
After you register, you can stop at the concierge to make dinner reservations, spa treatments, or fulfill any other need you have. Opposite the concierge, you will find the beautiful spa. From there, you walk on to the Palace Arms and Churchill Bar or head to the Ship Tavern for good eats and drinks. Ellington’s is the sport for a yummy breakfast, brunch, and/or lunch. There is also a coffee shop and gift shop. We also love all the sitting areas throughout the entire hotel.
The Rooms at The Brown Palace Hotel
There are a variety of rooms at The Brown Palace, from the standard rooms to the Presidential Suite. The standard rooms have all been updated and have a classic look of old and new. We enjoyed a larger suite with plenty of room to spread out. There are a variety of suites, which offer a nice combination of a chic look while maintaining the history. But if you truly want to experience back in the days, then a classic suite would be for you, with textiles and furniture of the time. Although there are no traditional adjoining rooms, a corner room and a private entrance could create a larger suite for a family. I would also recommend The Top of The Brown guestrooms.
Two things you may want to consider when booking. First, the hotel is a flatiron, so there are really no two rooms exactly alike. Many have unique floor plans and layouts which makes them so special. The lobby is open to the ceiling and the sound travels. If you are looking for a quieter room, request one off the main corridor.
I cannot speak highly enough about the staff. From the minute you arrive and your car is whisked away, you truly feel as though you are the only person at the hotel. Much of the staff has been there for years and have a true passion to share “their” Brown Palace.
When we checked in, there were two people in front of us. The bellman noticed and immediately came over and engaged with us, talking about the lobby and welcoming us back. It was as if those little ear buds were telling him, “The Zuckers have arrived at valet and they were here 25 years ago.”
The concierge also stepped from out behind his desk and asked the couple in front of us if they had dinner reservations or needed assistance. And it did not stop there. It is hard these days to find a staff that truly cares about the brand they represent. That is how you feel at The Brown Palace.
4 Luxuries To Experience At The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa
High Tea at The Brown Palace Hotel
High tea is always a favorite of ours and The Brown Place offers a classic High Tea service. At The Brown Palace, it is served in the main lobby area beneath the stained glass ceiling. Depending on the size of your group, you will be seated in the couch areas or at a table. There are a variety of tea services available, but all include your choice of tea and a tower of traditional tea sandwiches, scones, and pastries. You can also choose tea service with truffles, champagne, and other add-ons. All are made in house and taste delicious. The piano plays throughout.
Tea service starts at $40/person and is included in some of the hotel packages. Regardless, reservations are highly recommended.
The Spa is located right off the main lobby. Once inside, you are transported to a world away. It offers a full range of services from massages and facials to hair, nails, and body treatments. So, all of your relaxation and treatment needs will be met. Booking a spa package is the best way to go to truly enjoy a day at the spa in the middle of the city. Many of the products used in the spa also include The Brown Palace’s very own honey. The shop at the spa also carries a variety of local products great to bring back for others or yourself. The products at The Brown Palace uses are truly one of a kind.
The Lobby Experience
The Brown Palace started the Lobby Experience recently on Friday nights. It’s offered in addition to the traditional live music for “happy hour.” The team has joined up with high-end spirit brands to bring tasting and bites to all. You can enjoy the music, learn about a new liquor, and enjoy small bites from the kitchen.
On the Friday night we spent at The Brown Palace, we enjoyed tastings from the Beam collection. This included their Basil Hayden’s Whiskey and the newer Suntory Whisky. The kitchen provided yummy pork belly sliders, along with some small bites from Kentucky. We loved learning all about the Suntory Whiskey from the Beam experts, but that story is a whole other article.
The Palace Arms
The Palace Arms is a true staple in Denver. It is the classic restaurant of all classic restaurants. Think tableside-made Caesar salad and flambé with dinner that has been served on the same china since the beginning of time and you’ll know what I’m talking about. BUT, past the decor and service, there is a new chef in the kitchen. Chef Garrett Kasper has moved into the kitchen and while he has kept the tradition of the Palace Arms alive, there is a new menu being served as well.
Chef has created a tasting menu that combines local ingredients, traditional dishes, and bites to show off the talent of the kitchen. We enjoyed a 7 course tasting menu that was not just one of the best we have eaten in the world, but also, each dish was way more than a bite. Chef uses locally sourced ingredients and products to tell a story through each course. You can also choose to pair your meal with wines. Whether you are staying at The Brown Palace or passing through Denver, a dinner at The Palace Arms is a must!
Final Thoughts on The Brown Palace Hotel
If you’re looking for a city getaway or passing through Denver, we can’t say enough about The Brown Palace. The only issue we had was that we had less than 24 hours to take it all in. There just wasn’t enough time to fully appreciate the hotel. This means we just have to go back again and explore more of Denver as well.