Magnolia Hotel Denver Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Central Business District, Denver, Colorado

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Pros

  • Great downtown location
  • Rooms have stylish, contemporary decor
  • Nightly cookie bar, with fresh-baked cookies and milk
  • Free nightly happy hour, free Wi-Fi, and free breakfast
  • Solid 24-hour fitness center
  • iPod docks and flat-screen TVs
  • Harry's Bar, with mod decor and light fare
  • Spacious lounge with billiards, bar and dinner menu
  • Suites have kitchens or kitchenettes, and in some cases gas fireplaces

Cons

  • Rooms are a bit small
  • Overnight fee for valet parking
  • No pool or spa

Bottom Line

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.

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 Scene

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.

 Location

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

 Rooms

Stylish contempory decor and sleek bathrooms

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.

Over half the rooms at the Magnolia are suites, and they are well worth the price, offering full kitchens or kitchenettes, dining room tables, and (on the upper floors) gas fireplaces.

 Features

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.
  • The Magnolia Ballroom hosts meetings and wedding receptions.
  • Free cookies and milk every night
  • Free nightly happy hour
  • Free breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Large downstairs lounge with beautiful rock-and-water display, billiards, bar, and dinner menu
  • Solid 24-hour fitness center with modern machines and mood lighting
  • On-site Starbucks

 Bottom Line

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.

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Address

  • 818 17th Street Denver, CO 80202

Room Types

  • Cozy King
  • Deluxe King
  • Double Queen Room
  • King Fireplace Suite
  • King Suite
  • Signature King Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 246
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Central Business District, Denver
Address: 818 17th Street Denver, CO 80202
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