The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa – Downtown, Denver

Brown Palace -Outside We have now lived in Colorado for over 8 years and had never been to the Brown Palace. We have heard a lot of things about this historic downtown Denver hotel, but up until a few weeks ago, we had not taken the time to go in and check it out. The first thing that I have to say was that it was bigger and smaller all at the same time if that is possible. Apparently being tall and skinny makes it look bigger. I loved how stylish it is, and how inviting all the staff made me feel while I was there. I talked to a desk clerk as well as the concierge. They were very helpful and even gave me a self-guided tour book of the hotel. They do have guided tours, which I will get into later, but I ended up just doing the self-guided tour the day I was there.

Brown Palace - LobbyAs stated, the first thing that I noticed was its elegance and sophistication. I loved the cast-iron panels that surround the balconies of the eight floors of the hotel. For some reason, which they do not even know why two of the panels were installed upside down. There is also a huge stone right at the entrance of the spa which is Mexican Onyx. It is absolutely beautiful. There are actually 13,400 surface feet of Onyx which was the most ever used in any building when the hotel was constructed and opened on August 12, 1892.

Brown Palace - SpaAnother note of interest is the clock above the front desk. I found out it was sculptured by the artist Robert Shure and features the Brown Palace Griffin Logo. I was immediately intrigued as my maiden name was Griffin and it was also the mascot for the high school I went to. Just thought it was very interesting. For those who may not know, the Griffin is a mythical creature that is half eagle and half lion. What I did not know was that it’s supposed to represent the guardian of treasure. Extremely cool.

Brown Palace - ClockWhy not enjoy a meal or two while staying or visiting the Brown Palace? There are several bars and restaurants that look like they would provide a very pleasant dining experience. The first one you see when you walk in is Ellyngton’s which serves contemporary American breakfast and lunch.

Brown Palace - Elly'sThe restaurant/bar that really grabbed my attention was Palace Arms and Churchill Bar. While the Palace Arms is the jewel of fine dining at the Brown Palace, the Churchill Bar is a great place to enjoy a sophisticated retreat in a quiet club atmosphere.

Brown Palace - ChurchillThe other bar I wanted to share was the Ship Tavern. What’s cool about this place is that it was opened in 1934 shortly after the repeal of prohibition. Today they state that they serve the region’s best prime rib, as well as exceptional micro-brewed beers and wines.

Brown Palace - Ship-TeavernAs I mentioned earlier, the hotel offers tours on the general history of The Brown Palace Hotel every Wednesday and Saturday at 3 p.m. Tours are approximately 1h 15min in length and cost $10 per person. Children must be 10 years of age or older. Below are some of the themed tours offered:

  • The Ghost Tour – Highlights tales of unexplained phenomena and spirits
  • Architectural Tour- Appreciate the building’s past grandeur and present-day preservation.
  • Affairs of the Heart Tour – Learn about the secrets from the infamous 1911 murder to employee love stories.
  • Presidential Tour – Discover their connections and history-making presidential visits.
  • Ladies of The Brown Tour – Find out about the women who played an important role in Brown Palace history.

Brown Palace - BridgeWith a hotel that has been open so long, you can imagine that a lot has happened in those years. Here are some interesting facts that I would like to share:

  • On Aug. 12, 1892 – The Brown Palace Hotel opened its doors in the heart of downtown Denver. The hotel has remained open and welcomed guests every minute of every day since opening.
  • Every U.S. president has visited The Brown Palace since Teddy Roosevelt (1905), with the exception of Calvin Coolidge.
  • The hotel’s original artesian well is located 720 feet deep beneath the Ship Tavern floor and still provides water to every faucet in the hotel.
  • Four of the hotel’s suites are named for famous guests: The Beatles Suite, Eisenhower Suite, Reagan Suite, and Teddy Roosevelt Suite.
  • The Brown Palace Club, located on the second floor, served as campaign headquarters for Dwight D. Eisenhower prior to his election as president.
  • Except for crackers and sandwich bread, the hotel prepares all of its own baked goods in a unique, carousel oven – cataloged at more than 65 years old. The oven is one of only three in the world known to be in existence and is still used every day.
  •  President Eisenhower hit a wayward golf ball while practicing in the room and made a dent in the fireplace mantel in the Eisenhower Suite. It remains today in a shadowbox as a souvenir.

Brown Palace - Lobby 2I really enjoyed checking out the Brown Palace and want to come back for dinner and a beer at the Ship Tavern.  I wish we hadn’t taken over 8 years to check out this wonderful hotel. It is quite unique and exciting to roam around and soak up the history that is the Brown Palace. Here is a link to their website if you want to plan your own visit.

Brown Palace Hotel and Spa Information


321 17th St, Denver, CO 80202





Denver International Airport is approximately 22 miles from the hotel and takes between 25 to 40 minutes of driving time, depending on the time of day.

  • Exit the airport on Pena Boulevard
  • Drive 10 miles to I-70 west
  • Drive on I-70 west 7 miles to Colorado Boulevard (exit 276B)
  • Turn left on Colorado Boulevard
  • Drive south on Colorado Boulevard 2.3 miles to 17th Avenue and turn right
  • Drive west on 17th Avenue 2.5 miles
  • (Note: As York street is crossed, 17th Avenue becomes 18th Avenue)
  • Continue heading west on 18th Avenue to Tremont Street
  • Veer left on Tremont Street. The front entrance of The Brown Palace Hotel will be on the left


  • From the foothills take 1-70 East to 6th Avenue Exit Continue on 6th Avenue Freeway East for approx. 10 Miles Turn Left at Lincoln Street
  • Continue on Lincoln Street to 18th Avenue (turn Left) Take 18th to Broadway and soft Left on to Tremont Street (follow green signs above)
  • The Grand Entrance to The Brown Palace Hotel is on Tremont Street A Doorman will be at the entrance to assist with valet parking


  • Take I-25 North until you reach the Lincoln Broadway Exit (exit right on Lincoln)
  • Continue on Lincoln approx 2 miles to 18th Avenue (turn left on 18th) Take 18th to Broadway and a soft left on to Tremont Street (follow the green sign)
  • The Grand Entrance to The Brown Palace Hotel is on Tremont Street A Doorman will be at the entrance to assist with valet parking


  • Take I-25 South to the Park Avenue Exit (turn on to downtown exit) Take Park Avenue to Broadway (turn right)
  • Continue on Broadway to Tremont Street (turn Right)
  • The Grand Entrance to The Brown Palace Hotel is on Tremont Street A Doorman will be at the entrance to assist with valet parking


Overnight valet parking is available in The Brown Palace motor lobby for $52 per night.

  • 0-6 Hours – $20
  • 6+ Hours – $39
  • Overnight – $52
  • Enjoy $14 discounted parking before 5 pm when validated at Ship Tavern, Ellyngton’s, and Afternoon Tea.
  • Complimentary day and evening parking when validated at Dom Perignon Champagne Brunch and Churchill Bar.
  • Enjoy complimentary parking after 5 pm when validated at our restaurants.
  • Reduced and complimentary parking does not apply to overnight parking


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3 thoughts on “The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa – Downtown, Denver

  1. I’ve been to Denver quite a few times for work purposes and together with my husband on vacation, and somehow the vast majority of times I tended to stay at the Brown Palace hotel. Maybe it’s because I fell in love with this place the first time I stayed there. Combining the eternal elegance with progressive service and technologies, the Brown Palace hotel shot me right in the heart. Also, I totally agree with the author of how polite and light-hearted all the staff members are. They really make you feel like you’re home.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment. We hope to stay there sometime to have the whole experience. Glad you enjoyed the hotel in the past. When we do make it, I will update you on our visit. Thank you again for the comment.

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