The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, at 1881 Curtis Street, hosted a gathering in the lounge of Elway's Downtown last night to celebrate the hotel's AAA five-diamond rating -- the first Denver hotel to achieve that status in the 37 years of the awards.
The timing was also sparkling: The Ritz got the news just days before the shiny new Four Seasons, with its shiny new Edge restaurant, opened a few blocks away at 1111 14th Street.
Rich Grant, spokesman for Visit Denver, was already planning how he could pitch the Ritz's five-diamond rating to conventions and other tourists coming to town.
AAA annually evaluates more than 60,000 hotels and restaurants, rating them on a scale of one to five diamonds. "One diamond properties meet AAA's basic standards for comfort, cleanliness, and hospitality," the AAA website reports, "while five diamond properties are the premier establishments that provide the ultimate in quality and service."
There are only three other five-diamond hotels in Colorado: The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, the Little Nell in Aspen, and the Ritz in Batchelor Gulch at Beaver Creek.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.