This upper-middle-range boutique hotel in downtown Denver is housed in a historic building, but inside, it's stylish and contemporary. The rooms are on the small side, but come with up-to-date technology, and high ceilings and large windows make them seem bigger than they are. The hotel offers some great freebies, including a nightly cookies and milk bar, evening happy hours, a 24-hour fitness center (to work off the cookies and milk), Wi-Fi, and a breakfast buffet every morning. There is, however, no pool, unlike at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown.
Modern and stylish, with dark wood accents and historic touches
The Magnolia may be housed in a former bank building that dates to 1911, but inside, the decor is thoroughly modern and stylish. A few subtle touches allude to the hotel's past, such as black-and-white photographs showing the building in the early 1900s.
A $7-million renovation in late 2008 revitalized the Magnolia and reintroduced it to Denver’s boutique hotel scene, and the rooms now have plush bedding, huge Kohler sinks, and dark wood furniture. And the hotel has continued its improvements: in August 2011, the rooms acquired satiny, richly pigmented damask-print bed covers.
An especially appealing part of the hotel is the underground lounge, with its rock-and-waterfall display. The sound of the running water, combined with the lounge's low ceilings and dim lighting, helps to create a relaxing, intimate atmosphere.
In downtown Denver, within walking distance of the city's major attractions
Although the Magnolia is in the heart of downtown, its set-back street entrance creates a feeling of seclusion. The property is within walking distance of many of the city's most popular attractions, among them the Colorado Convention Center and the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall. Various major hotels, including the Hilton Garden Inn and the Hyatt Regency, are nearby as well.
Other attractions in the vicinity include the Denver Mint, the State Capitol Building; Coors Field; numerous restaurants; and microbreweries, for which Denver is famous.
30-minute taxi or shuttle from the Denver International Airport
1-minute walk to the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall
10-minute walk to the Denver Convention Center
13-minute walk to the closest microbrewery, the Great Divide Brewing Company
14-minute walk to the Denver Mint
14-minute walk to the Denver State Capitol
5-minute drive to Coors Field
8-minute drive to Elitch Gardens Theme Park
8-minute drive to Denver Aquarium
8-minute drive to the Pepsi Center
1-hour drive to closest ski facility, Loveland Ski Area
1.5-hour drive to Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park
While the rooms at the Magnolia are not the largest in downtown Denver, they seem bigger due to their tall ceilings and large windows. They are all stylishly decorated with contemporary, dark-wood furniture, and have plush feather down bedding, white comforters and satiny damask accent bed covers, iPod docks and flat-screen TVs.
The sleek bathrooms are possibly the highlight of the rooms. Each has a large oval tub with recessed lighting and modern fixtures, as well as cool, custom-made porcelain sinks from Kohler.
Great freebies and a solid fitness center, but no on-site pool or spa
The hotel offers great perks, including a cookie and milk reception every night, a free breakfast buffet every morning, free Wi-Fi, and a solid 24-hour fitness center. But there is no pool or spa.
The grand Magnolia Ballroom, located across the street from the main building, is a notable feature, with 3,500 square feet and 25-foot glass atrium ceiling, huge columns and a hanging glass chandelier. There is also a separate bar and kitchen. The ballroom hosts wine tastings, business meetings, and wedding receptions.
Harry’s, the on-site bar and restaurant, offers drinks and light fare in a mod space featuring wood accents and bold colors.