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The city's most historic hotel with rooms individually decorated in varying-era decor and a spectacular, elegant lobby
As far as history goes, this hotel has some serious cred. Built in 1891, The Oxford is cited as Denver's first hotel. With no two rooms alike, the decor is both lavish and era-themed, featuring a mix of early 20th century French, English, Victorian and American influences.
While parts of the hotel can feel old and stuffy (and creaky in certain spots), renovations are ongoing, slowly adding updates as needed (such as modern rainfall showers) without compromising The Oxford's rich past and historical charm.
The most dramatic element of The Oxford might just be its lobby -- a sweeping, graceful space richly decorated with a dark wood-wrapped fireplace, black-marble front desk, wingback chairs and interjections of leather at every turn. The marble and wrought-iron staircase (displaying The Oxford’s own logo) leads to a small library and balcony that overlook the lobby.
Outside, this lost-in-time hotel is smack in the middle of modern-day Denver. And although it's conveniently located via a short walk to Coors Field, Denver's Performing Arts Complex, and area restaurants and shopping, two local hot spots -- The Cruise Room (an excellent martini lounge and Denver's first bar) and McCormick's Fish House and Bar are located right within The Oxford's walls.
Located in the heart of the Lower Downtown District (LoDo) within walking distance to major Denver attractions
Thanks to its "I was here first" development, The Oxford has prime real estate just a half block from Union Station, and within walking distance to restaurants, breweries, and Coors Field.
Lavishly decorated in early 20th Century decor, but some rooms may feel a bit dated and stuffy
The Oxford's claim to fame is being Denver's oldest and longest-running hotel. Although it has gone through many renovations over the years, some rooms fall short of modern expectations -- especially for a hotel of this caliber. History lovers and fans of period-style decor will appreciate the individually decorated guest rooms featuring a mix of French, English, Victorian and American styles from the early 1900s. No two rooms are alike, with different furniture, textiles art and even layouts. While some of the rooms offer renovated bathrooms with expansive claw-foot tubs and separate glass-enclosed walk-in showers, not all of the bathrooms have been updated.
The Oxford Club Salon and Spa is the shining star of The Oxford Hotel, with two stories of spa space, manicure/pedicure tables, make-up bar and hair salon stations overlooking Downtown Denver. The fitness center, though down in what feels like an unfinished basement, offers some of the most comprehensive machines in the Denver hotel industry, only outshined by Forza Fitness Center at the Ritz-Carlton, and possibly the Precor Center at The Curtis. The Oxford is pet-friendly, for those traveling with their furry friends.
Popular local seafood restaurant featuring fresh oysters, and a hip, art deco-themed lounge -- which happens to be Denver's first-ever bar
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.
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