Long Weekend at Hyatt Regency Denver at the Convention Center
We're arriving late Thursday and staying through Sunday at the Hyatt Regency at the Convention Center. We have tickets to the King Tut exhibit for Friday at 10:30 am. Saturday will be walking tour of downtown and maybe a visit to the zoo or natural history museum, and we'll leave around noon on Sunday. Where should we eat Thursday night around 9 pm? The Brown Hotel? How about breakfast on Friday before the museum opens? Lunch after our visit? Dinner that evening? On our walking tour Saturday, either downtown or near the zoo/natural history museum? We'd also like to check out the light rail, so any suggestions near any of the stops would also be appreciated. We're both healthy eaters, so multiple lunch/snack stops are anticipated!
Hi Ed, sounds like a great weekend! You have lots of places to choose from.
Do a search of the board for "Downtown Denver" or "Convention Center Denver" and you'll see a lot of the same places popping up that will serve you well for lunch or dinner. For a guaranteed late dinner, hotel restaurants are a safe bet and there are lots of good ones besides the Brown: Panzano in the Hotel Monaco, The Corner Office (can't remember the name of the hotel), Prima in the Hotel Teatro. But the restaurants in Larimer Square would accommodate a late dinner, too, as that block has a hoppin' late-night vibe. (Such as Osteria Marco, TAG, Tamayo, Rioja, Bistro Vendome, the Market).
Friday breakfast at Snooze would be fun (if you get there early enough...lines even on weekdays), it's a place of fancy pancakes. Sam's #3 diner for greasy-spoon. Dozens, a breakfast place, is right down the street from the art museum, but I've never been there so have no opinion. For a light lunch after the museum, Mad Greens (right across the courtyard) has good salads. For a liquid lunch (maybe with a burger to be safe), Pints Pub has the largest selection of single malt scotch outside of the U.K and is also just down the street. It is also a microbrewery.
The zoo and Museum of Nature and Science are both in City Park, and this thread has a lot of recs in that neighborhood:
As for light rail... it's a lot of fun, but if you're staying downtown you may not have any *reason* to use it. The lines connect the southern edge of Denver and the southern suburbs to downtown. For getting around downtown, the free 16th Street Mall shuttle should suffice (as does walking, which you plan to do). A fun light rail excursion, though, would be to ride from downtown to the Louisiana/Pearl stop, and walk a few blocks to the Old South Pearl neighborhood (cross streets Pearl and Iowa). Lots of great eating and snacking spots there: The Black Pearl, India's Pearl, Pajamas Baking Co., Sushi Den, Izakaya Den, Den Deli, Gaia Bistro, Stella's coffee.
Thanks for the recommendations. We ended up at the Brown Hotel on Thursday night (bisonburger and homemade chips), The Delectable Egg, Pete's Kitchen, and Sam's #3 for breakfast; Heidi's Brooklyn Deli for lunch; Osteria Marco and Euclid Hall Bar and Kitchen for dinners. Euclid Hall's "The Works" consisted of four fresh sausages, a house-made pickle sampler, house-made mustards, and "bretzel" bread. Would love to go back and check out the rest of the menu!
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