Hotel Teatro Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This 110-room luxury boutique, located in a historic building across the street from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, has sophisticated (if smallish) rooms, two of the city's best fine dining restaurants, a grand marble lobby, and theatrical costumes displayed on the walls. But it lacks some amenities you'll find at larger luxury properties, including a spa and pool.
The Oxford Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Oxford is one of Denver's most notable historic hotels, ideally located in the lively LoDo neighborhood and in close proximity to area hot spots. Many of the 80 individually decorated rooms include luxe touches like claw-foot bathtubs, pillow-top mattresses, or bath butler service. Modern updates like free Wi-Fi, iPod docks and flat-screen TVs are standard, but some guests have found some of the room styles to be a bit stuffy and outdated. Despite the lack of a pool, the hotel offers ample entertainment with its beautiful two-story spa and The Cruise Room Bar, Denver's oldest bar.
Hotel Monaco Denver - A Kimpton Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This upscale boutique delivers all the fundamentals of the Kimpton chain: bright, quirky decor, a free nightly wine hour, and an open-arms pet policy. The day spa is recognized as one of the best in Denver, and rooms are stylish, with 37-inch flat-screen TVs. But bathrooms are a bit run-of-the-mill by comparison: small, with shower/tub combos. The lobby is the most unique in Denver, with a colorful ceiling and excentric furniture.
Magnolia Hotel Denver Rating: 3.5 Pearls
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.