When you walk through the grand front doors of The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in downtown Denver, you’re automatically transported to the 1800s. With its eclectic gold accents, cathedral-high ceilings, intricately designed railings, artistic carpets and wallcoverings, and decadent old-world fixtures, everything is kept perfectly intact and beautifully preserved—it’s difficult to imagine the hotel first opened its doors more than a century ago. In a way, I felt like Victorian royalty.
Having played host to presidents, celebrities, and royalty for more than 128 years, The Brown is known as one of the city’s oldest and most prestigious businesses. Encompassing 241 richly appointed guestrooms and presidential suites, six iconic dining options, more than 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, and the luxurious spa, The Brown Palace captivates guests with its historic heritage fused with modern-day amenities. Interestingly, Dwight Eisenhower made The Brown Palace his campaign headquarters—and every U.S. president since the 1890s (except Obama and Trump) have experienced their luxury suites.
During the Great Depression, the top two floors were converted into the Skyline Apartments to secure a steady stream of income for the hotel. Tenants resided there until the 1980’s.
Today, these top two floors are home to the Top of the Brown Guestrooms and Royal Suites encompassing 33 modern Denver hotel rooms with many luxury amenities. The Royal Suites are designed in Art Deco style and include full marble fixtures, a Roman soaking tub, and tranquil rain shower. Accessed via a private corridor, I had the pleasure of staying in one of their Grand Suites which exudes spacious- ness and sophistication with classic French doors separating the king bedroom from a sun-filled parlor; complete with a full-size sofa, table, and chairs. The themed suites include the Roosevelt Suite, Eisenhower Suite, Reagan Suite, and Beatles Suite.
For the full article, including where to eat, what to do, and even more on the history of the Brown Palace, grab a copy of our November 2020 issue!