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Tips For Planning A Trip To Denver


With all the choices available in a city the size of Denver, travel plans might pose a bit of a guessing game. Accommodation options, recommended restaurants and the local nightlife situation are three aspects that many travelers consider before arriving in town. Here is a look at some of the most highly recommended destinations covering all three topics.

Luxury Hotels

The Four Seasons Hotel lies in the center of the downtown area, making it popular for anyone wanting accommodations close to major attractions. The hotel consists of the first 16 floors with private residences located above. Large windows provide spectacular views of the Rockies and over the city. The hotel has 239 spacious rooms and 12 suites. The third floor houses a spa and fitness center along with an exquisite rooftop terrace, pool and hot tub. Guests have the choice of dining in the facility's EDGE steakhouse that features an exterior patio for al fresco dining. Fitness enthusiasts enjoy the convenience of three and six mile jogging paths that lie close to the Four Seasons.

The historic Victorian Brown Palace Hotel remains a jewel of the city. Existing for over a century and lying close to the business and cultural districts, the facility readily accommodated many celebrities, politicians and dignitaries. Guests enjoy numerous room amenities amongst opulent furnishings and décor. The Ship Tavern pub/restaurant offers everything from fast food to a fine dining experience and has the reputation of serving some of the best prime rib in the Midwest. Shopping, museums and theatres lie within two blocks of the hotel and concierge services readily arrange event tickets, tours and transportation.

Fantastic Dining Choices

The Luca D’Italia offers a simple but sophisticated atmosphere featuring darkened walls and crisp white tablecloths and tables lit by candlelight. Chef/owner Frank Bonanno cures meats in-house and breads, cheeses and pastas are all handmade daily. Wait staff remain very capable and efficient. The menus change every month to make the most of seasonal ingredients in each recipe. Multi-course meals provide diners with a full Italian meal experience. Many strongly recommend trying the braised veal tortellini.

Though the interior of the Fruition may resemble an old-fashioned diner with its slender floor space, the facility functions like a well-oiled machine reminiscent of a much larger venue. Chef/co-owner Alex Seidel gained recognition for his use of fresh, seasonal ingredients and owns a farm nearby where he raises livestock and produce for meal preparation. The restaurant serves traditional American cuisine; however, the farm fresh ingredients ensure the ultimate in flavor.

Popular Nightlife

Open since 1934, El Chapultepec boasts a colorful history and appealing charm. The nightclub features live entertainment seven nights a week and typically hosts jazz and R&B artists. The long list of past celebrity performers playing at the venue include Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Guests need not pay a cover charge, but the facility requires a two-drink minimum per set. A fully equipped kitchen prepares an array of fast foods and traditional Mexican favorites.

The Grizzly Rose appeals to country music enthusiasts and offers an expansive 2,000 foot, floating hardwood dance floor. The facility garnered the "Best Country Music Club" from the Country Music Association. The fun-filled venue encompasses 40,000 square feet and houses an arcade room, general store; pool room and shoe shine shop along with a smoke shop. A country western bar is not complete without a mechanical bull and guests are not disappointed. Bands from all over the country play here six days a week and former performers include Chris LeDoux, Garth Brooks and Toby Keith. The Grizzly reserves Sundays for families and additionally offers dance lessons.

Kevin is the owner of Denver Airport Hotel Guide. Kevin enjoys traveling and experiencing different places and cultures. Kevin writes about his travel experiences to help other with their travel arrangements.

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