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The Ten Best Denver Hotels for Food and Drink

Super Mega Bien makes the Ramble Hotel a food-lover's destination.
Super Mega Bien makes the Ramble Hotel a food-lover's destination. Danielle Lirette
If your family is coming to town and you'd rather not deal with the stress of putting them up and feeding them during the holidays, there are plenty of hotel options where they'll still feel special — and where you can join them for dinner without doing the dirty work yourself. And even if nobody's visiting from out of town, you can still stop by these ten hotels for great food and drinks.

click to enlarge Ship Tavern is a classic example of old Denver dining. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Ship Tavern is a classic example of old Denver dining.
Danielle Lirette

The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa

321 17th Street
303-297-3111
brownpalace.com

A visit to Denver isn't complete without at least stopping inside the stunning lobby of the Brown Palace to ogle the stained glass, burnished wood and old-world decor. And once you're there, stay for drinks and prime rib sandwiches at the Ship Tavern, which opened in 1934 with its seafaring theme. Or, for a true taste of the Gilded Age, book dinner at the Palace Arms. A recent change in hotel ownership has resulted in a new focus on the menu, modernizing the cuisine while preserving the stellar service and posh surroundings. The dinner tab won't be cheap, but maybe you can get your rich aunt and uncle to pick up the bill.

The Crawford Hotel

1701 Wynkoop Street
720-460-3700
mercantiledenver.com
stoicandgenuine.com
ultreiadenver.com

A stay at the Crawford comes complete with the entirety of Union Station as your playground — and dining hall. Lunch and snack options abound, but make sure you stay for dinner at some of Denver's most exciting eateries: Mercantile Dining & Provision (which just earned chef/owner Alex Seidel the James Beard Best Chef: Southwest award), and Stoic & Genuine and Ultreia, two unique establishments (serving seafood and Spanish, respectively) from chef Jennifer Jasinski, another James Beard winner. Hang out at the lively Terminal Bar for drinks, or head upstairs to the more sedate and serious Cooper Lounge. And a Denver layover should always include pancakes at Snooze.

click to enlarge If you stay at the Halcyon — or even if you don't — you can try this unique lasagna at Quality Italian. - MARK ANTONATION
If you stay at the Halcyon — or even if you don't — you can try this unique lasagna at Quality Italian.
Mark Antonation

Halcyon Hotel Cherry Creek

245 Columbine Street
720-772-5000
qualityitalian.com

Cherry Creek has been loading up with boutique hotels of late, and the Halcyon is one of the best for food and drink. Go pan-Asian with celebrity chef Gregory Gourdet's Departure, or experience a fun and quirky take on tradition with New York City transplant Quality Italian. There's also a rooftop bar and pool for summer visitors and a hidden speakeasy in the bowels of the hotel called B & GC for a sultry night of lounging.


click to enlarge The wood grill is one of the central features of Hearth & Dram inside the Hotel Indigo. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
The wood grill is one of the central features of Hearth & Dram inside the Hotel Indigo.
Danielle Lirette

Hotel Indigo

1801 Wewatta Street
303-623-4422
hearthanddram.com

The Indigo is located behind Union Station in one of Denver's hot new instant neighborhoods. The draw here is Hearth & Dram, which combines wood-fired cooking perfect for meat lovers with a towering bar stocked with one of the best selections of whiskey in the city. Lunchtime is an eye-opener, with a variety of international sandwiches, or book ahead for a whole-beast feast for a special occasion.

click to enlarge The quality of the Italian cuisine at Panzano makes the Hotel Monaco a great choice for a Denver stay. - MARK ANTONATION
The quality of the Italian cuisine at Panzano makes the Hotel Monaco a great choice for a Denver stay.
Mark Antonation

Hotel Monaco

1717 Champa Street
303-296-1717
panzano-denver.com

The Hotel Monaco just celebrated its twentieth birthday, and Panzano has been dishing housemade pastas and fresh-baked bread for that two-decade run. Once a brash upstart amid stodgy downtown hotels, the Monaco now feels lived-in and cozy. And Chef Nic Lebas is ushering in a new era of dining at the restaurant, continuing the Italian tradition while dotting the menu with modern sensibilities.


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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
Contact: Mark Antonation