Photos: Fifteen Reasons Why Denver Is the World's Largest Apres Ski Town
Last week, we noted that of the ten most popular apres ski hotels in America listed by CNN, five are in Colorado. Not to be left out, our friends from VISIT DENVER have now declared the Mile High City to be "the world's largest après ski town," as well as "a great place to gear up, find deals, and acclimatize before you hit the higher Rocky Mountain slopes of Colorado."
As evidence, the tourism agency has assembled a collection of fifteen places to go and things to do before and after skiing. The roster includes hotels, restaurants, special events, outfitting and more. Continue to see the photo-illustrated selections, featuring VISIT DENVER text.
New -- and Notable -- Hotels:
The Crawford Hotel
This historic 112-room property opened in August 2014 as the centerpiece of the newly restored 1914 Union Station and offers three styles of rooms. The "Pullman" rooms on the second floor are modeled after the luxury private sleeping cars of old. The "Classic" rooms on the third floor come with tall ceilings and large windows. The former attic area is now the "Loft," featuring exposed wood timbers, vaulted ceilings and a more contemporary design. To make the most of the architectural features, most of the rooms in the hotel are one-of-a-kind designs and shapes. The hotel shares The Oxford Club Spa with the award-winning Oxford Hotel across the street. Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center
This full-service, four-star, 221-room hotel opened in May 2014 in the restored Colorado National Bank Building, which was originally built in 1915 from the same white marble used in the Lincoln Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The hotel incorporates many historic details from the old bank, including three vaults with 33-inch thick doors that now serve as meeting rooms. The elegant ground floor restaurant, Range, specializes in foods of the American West with many Colorado specialties, while the lobby bar is surrounded by huge, wall-size murals painted by local artist Allen Tupper True. Considered one of Colorado's premier native-born artists, True focused his work on Western subjects. The murals in the hotel depict the lives of American Indians on the Plains before white people arrived. The ART Hotel
Coming in 2015, The ART Hotel, will be a 165-room boutique hotel next to the Denver Art Museum. The look and feel of the hotel will be unique with guests arriving through a portico-like entrance past open spaces that will be a showcase of modern art. The hotel has its own curator, Dianne Vanderlip, former curator of modern and contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum. Each suite will feature a vibrant wall covering. The rooms along 12th Avenue and Broadway will have seats in "pop-out" windows where guests can enjoy views of the city or the Rocky Mountains. The architect is Guadalupe Cantu of Davis Partnership Architects, the same firm that worked with Daniel Libeskind when he designed the spectacular Frederic C. Hamilton Building addition to the Denver Art Museum.
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