The Ritz-Carlton, Denver in a Nutshell:
Denver's first five-star, five-diamond hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Denver is a well-designed and very comfortable luxury hotel inside a tower that holds both guest rooms and private apartments. A spa with a couples suite, Elway's restaurant named after a local sports hero, and a vast gym with a lap pool make this a popular perch for couples on a Denver honeymoon or romantic getaway.
Guest Rooms at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver:
The 202 guest rooms at the The Ritz-Carlton, Denver are spacious and convenient for both work (a good size desk features a drawer of plugs for traveling technocrats) and play (bathtubs big enough for two). The beige-and-mustard palette is soothing, and bed pillows have more feathers than a gaggle of geese. Features couples will appreciate include HBO, a DVD player, iPod player, Nespresso machine, Frette bathrobes, slippers, a lighted magnifying makeup mirror, and an ankle-high, motion-sensing night light. Bathroom amenities are the luxe Bvlgari line.
Dining at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver:
Elway's is the singular restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver. It's a comfortable room that doesn't overdo its sports connection. Breakfast choices range from a light Boursin-and-asparagus frittata to a hot-and-heavy burrito. At 4 pm daily, a sushi chef pulls out his knives and gets to work. For an additional $100 per room, guests can access the 12th floor Club Lounge, where they can enjoy continental breakfast, a mid-day snack, evening hors d'oeuvres, and candies and cordials in the evenings.
Weddings at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver:
The Ritz-Carlton, Denver hosts some 25 weddings annually. Located on the same floor as the hotel's ballrooms, the Event Design Studio is set up for brides-to-be to sample the hotel's decor, table settings, reception menu options, and cakes for weddings. By appointment the house wedding planner, chef, and special events coordinator can present the hotel's many options and help couples customize their ceremony. Venues include a large ballroom and an outdoor wedding on the terrace.
Honeymoon/Romantic Packages The Ritz-Carlton, Denver:
Depending on the time of year, a variety of romance, dining and cultural packages are available at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver. The Great Escape package, for example, combines a city-and-mountain holiday that includes stays at both The Ritz-Carlton, Denver and The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.
Activities at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver:
The Ritz-Carlton, Denver features a spa that will appeal greatly to couples. The treatment room within its private couples suite has two spa beds with Tempur-Pedic mattresses. Right outside -- just for them -- is a private relaxation room with a sectional sofa, wet bar, flatscreen TV, and bathroom. This spa is located on the same floor as the vast 55,000 square-foot Forza gym that contains a basketball court, Pilates studio, climbing wall, and lap pool.
Nearby The Ritz-Carlton, Denver:
Nothing in the city is very far from The Ritz-Carlton, Denver. The free bus that travels up and down the 16th Street Mall is just about two blocks away, and this conveyance easily transports couples to restaurants and shops.
Drawbacks at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver:
Kids have invaded the Club Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton and they tend to be noisy; expect to encounter them unless you visit late at night. And housekeeping was a bit lax. There was a bad smell in the closet of the first guest room we checked into. The hotel initially sent up a worker with a deodorant spray, but we still didn't want to hang our clothes in the closet. Helpful front desk personnel arranged for us to move to the same (odor-free) room on another floor. Additionally, there was no turndown service on our first night. And like many high-end hotels, The Ritz-Carlton sins by charging a fee for wi-fi.
The Ritz-Carlton, Denver Vibe:
The Ritz-Carlton, Denver draws a mix of business, family, and romantic travelers. Professionally run, the hotel goes out of its way to please guests, remembering their names and their preferences.