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Feb 21, 2013 01:53 PM

Denver Dining/LodgingRecommendations July 27-29 for Anniversary

Hello all. My wife and I will be in Denver this July for a short trip. I have only passed through and she has never been. We are looking for some advice on both restaurants, and a nice downtown hotel (heard good things about the Embassy Suites?). As for the dining we are versatile...fancy/laid back, expensive/cheap eats....doesn't matter. We will have time for 1 "nice" dinner, 1 quick dinner before Red Rocks, and a few lunches/brunches. We both enjoy cooking and eating wonderful food. Something local or unique to the area would be a huge plus. Think Colorado Lamb, local Rainbow Trout, etc. As for the hotel, we would prefer the $100-$200 range. LoDo sounds nice, but suggest away please! Thanks in advance for the help.

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  1. You should check out the Oxford Hotel and its distinctive art deco Cruise Room martini bar, as well as the Hotel Monaco, with the overstuffed chairs and seating areas in the lobby, with easy access to the bar and resto at Panzano a few steps down the hall. Both are in your price range, and very cool.

    Enjoy Rodrigo y Gabriela with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks! I have enjoyed the CS many times at Red Rocks, teamed with different artists, often the Moody Blues.

    1. I'm a bit partial, as my best friend's husband is the GM of the Monaco, but it really is a great hotel, I've stayed there a handful of times before moving to CO. They just finished remodeling the lobby and the rooms as well. Plus, the restaurant there, Panzano, is really great, even just for apps and drinks. Great brunch too. The hotel also does a complimentary wine hour in the early evening in the lobby. Oh, and if you are a member of Kimpton's InTouch program (it's easy to sign up online), I believe you get a free in-room minibar item :)

      1. I've never stayed at any of these hotels, but the previous suggestions seem solid. Also good choices could be the Hotel Teatro (with Prima and Restaurant Kevin Taylor in the building) and the Curtis Hotel (which has the Corner Office, a fun casual place for food and drinks).

        All of the hotels mentioned are downtown and within walking distance to any downtown and Lodo restaurants.

        1. For dining, definitely go to the Fort in Morrison (www.thefort,com) for the food and the experience.

          For accommodations, we normally try to avoid central city and stay the Best Western Southwest on South Wadsworth.

          Enjoy your trip!!

          The Jer