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Patterson Inn
3.5 of 5 Inn   |   420 East 11th Avenue, Denver, CO CO 80203 (Capitol Hill)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 9 Denver B&B and Inns
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“Not your usual B & B”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Enough with the stuffy and musty Victorian B & B image. The Patterson is a unique, Chateauesque boutique-like bed and breakfast, tucked in Denver's hip, urban Capitol Hill area. I can't wait to return in the summer or fall so we can go out and explore the neighborhood's eateries or even walk downtown. We were in the Antoinette room on the first floor and were delighted with it (the most inexpensive of the rooms). The attention to details are unbelievable; the decorator did an fantastic job in coordinating each room's ambience. The use of films to inspire each room's theme is done in a clever and classy sort of way--no tackiness here! The Patterson is an immense house, but specs of dust were few and far between. We loved the plush linens, bedding, and towels. The breakfast spread was laid out buffet style, but it was a notch above a typical continental (quiche and french toast casserole were included). I always appreciate a substantial and hot breakfst--something more than I what I would do at home. The onsite hosts, Mike and Melissa, went beyond the call of duty and were clearly enjoying their roles (Mike spent over an hour giving us an insider's tour of the renovation, Melissa shared a recipe). Most B & B's are pricey anymore, and not a "cheap way to go". Still, we received so much more individual attention than one would get at an upscale hotel. It was a fun, romantic, way to have a special weekend. Plus, we were supporting an historically preserved property! This place has great potential as a venue for weddings, catered events, etc. I'm hoping it will be a success; it is a relatively new business and is finding its stride. The money spent restoring this place was phenomenal, I'm sure. Anyone staying here should appreciate that the Patterson is one more priceless mansion that has been saved from demolition.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Holladay, Utah
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77 reviews 77 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We visited the Inn while in town to watch Saints vs Broncos game. We prefer to stay in b & b's whenever possible and this inn was truly special. The renovation is excellent and the inn is conveniently located near restaurants, shops, etc.

We were pleased by the friendly and attentive staff who were more than capable at dealing with our various requests/needs. My hubby and I were in the middle of 2 stressful moves so we came to the inn in desperate need of quiet time. I'm so happy to report that the inn did not disappoint.

Our room had enormously high ceilings and gorgeous furnishings. The towels & linens were plush and soft. We had such a relaxing weekend (minus losing our football game-lol) that we were refreshed & ready to face our ongoing moves.

We were so pleased with our stay that we wouldn't hesitate staying at the Patterson Inn the next time we visit Denver. We can also highly recommend that anyone else do the same.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

A colleague and I stayed in Denver in November 2012 while attending two conferences. We were supposed to be at the Westin, but the meeting planner there fumbled our reservations and at the last minute we were left looking for rooms somewhere - anywhere - in a nearly fully-booked downtown. It turned out to be a huge stroke of luck for us, as we found the Patterson Inn and had a marvelous stay in a lovely atmosphere. I stayed in the The Library and it was great. It had a fantastically eclectic selection of books ranging from science to biography to 60s gothic novels (one guess as to my selection, ha).

The staff were wonderful - Sue was so helpful and answered any questions we had right away, and Melissa got up super-early several days to make us excellent coffee to-go when we had to be at the conference center before breakfast. She would have made us breakfast too, I'm sure, we just didn't need it on those days. The days we did get to eat breakfast at the Inn were a treat. The full spread included quiche, pastries, fruit, yogurt, etc. and it was all really tasty. I also liked that it was laid out buffet-style so you could pick and choose what you wanted, in contrast to some B&Bs I've visited where they bring out already-filled plates. It was also made available for a couple of hours so you didn't have to "make an appointment" and show up at a previously agreed upon time. Very relaxing.

We also had a car for a couple of days. There's a small parking lot right out front of the Inn and it was very convenient and easy to park. For the days we didn't have a car, we found it a very pleasant walk (20 mins or so) to the downtown conference center. There is also a Whole Foods about 5 minutes up the street; very convenient for late-night snack runs (and I felt quite safe walking round the neighborhood even at night). I'd definitely recommend it, and would stay again next time I'm in Denver.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sue C, General Manager at Patterson Inn, responded to this review, December 21, 2012
Thank you for letting us know of your wonderful stay at the Patterson Inn. Guest comfort is our number one priority - so happy we exceeded your expectations ! It was our pleasure to have you as our guest~hope to see you next time you're in Denver.
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Pasadena, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

2nd floor room was very cold and drafty. In addition to this, the television was not working. After making a request in person, we returned later that evening to a space heater (it helped immensely), & a television that turned on but still was not connecting to the cable box/no signal was getting through. What was most irritating was that not only had that issue not been fixed (the tv), there was no note left indicating that the issue could not be resolved, no offer of moving to another room as an alternative (7 of the 9 rooms in the house were vacant that evening), no offering of price discount, etc.
In comparison to other B&Bs, this felt less like a B&B and more like management-run hotel failing to follow through. A good gesture was that they allowed us to check in a few hours early due to the cold weather and snow. We were just visiting Denver for a weekend so it was nice they let us settle in a few hours early. Upon checkout after explaining our 2 issues mentioned above, there was no offering of price discount and only a half-hearted attempt of 'Next time you are in town, please mention this past incident and we'll be sure to upgrade your room free of charge.' No notes or computer entry was made annotating this conversation, however, so how on Earth would they remember the details to follow through with an empty offer? Made no sense and made me feel far less inclined to trust that I could take their word for it. I should have requested to the lady that she take my info down and note the tv issue not being resolved, but it's not in my nature to get riled up about such petty issues. It was the principal of HOW the issue was handled that determined how my review was going to go.
Thank you for your time in reading this!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Sue C, General Manager at Patterson Inn, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Thank you for your feedback on your stay in October. We take our guests concerns and comfort seriously, so would like to address each of your issues.
Re: Heat: We want you to know that we make a point to check each room prior to a guest's arrival to ensure a comfortable temperature. Whe advised of the cool temperature, our staff immediately provided you with an additional heater. There was an initial service failure and your room was overlooked. Please accept our apology.
Re: Television. Each television is brand new and checked prior to each guest's arrival. When the innkeeper was advised of your television not working properly, they immediately went to your room and ran the cable program, and it was working fine. As you said, you arrived late that evening and wasn't sure it had been addressed - as no note was left for you to let you know.
We apologize for this lack of communication and will provide notes to all guests when an issue has been attended to in their room.
As far as your departure, we are sorry your perception was that we were not concerned about your issues of heat and t.v. not working properly. The notation and offer of an upgraded room for a future stay was already entered into the computer prior to you checking out. We certainly were concerned about your issues as they had been brought up at a staff meeting during your stay.
Again, thank you for writing and hoping you will return to the Patterson to experience our extraordinary service.
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

The high point of our recent trip to Denver was our five-day stay at the amazing Patterson Inn, a beautifully restored 1890’s chateau on Capitol Hill. The stunning wood paneled foyer and staircase, the bright and cheerful breakfast room, the charming pub and the second floor landing reading area immediately impressed us. The friendly, helpful and very attentive staff clearly understands the importance of guest service.
We stayed in one of the two rooms on the first floor, The DaVinci. It was exquisitely decorated, large, sumptuous, quiet and offered everything a discerning guest could desire including a balcony. Over the length of our stay, we got to peek into most of the other eight rooms; each is uniquely and beautifully appointed.
Wine and cheese was served each afternoon. Breakfasts were fresh, delicious and offered a variety of choices.
One evening, with the help of Mike and Melissa (the keepers of the house), we transformed the breakfast room and hosted twenty guests for a catered dinner. The fully equipped, modern, spacious kitchen easily handled the caterer’s requirements and the breakfast room became a perfect dining setting. It is easy to see how small weddings, rehearsal dinners and business groups could utilize the Inn. Our guests were in awe at being entertained in such a special setting.
The Inn has a very interesting history and, if a guest is so inclined, it is worth it to learn about it during your stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

A couple of months ago, I heard about this newly restored mansion-turned-into-inn on Capital Hill, and immediately booked a room even though the website wasn't fully functional and did not have room pictures yet. The owners preserved many interior architectural details, though some are no longer in their original locations. The innkeepers on duty gave us a tour of the house: all the rooms are beautiful, though some have better views than others. We stayed in No. 9, the smallest room in the inn, on the third floor tucked under the roof. It faced front with a view of the Capital dome. Though small, it was comfortable and well-furnished, and had a large, beautiful bathroom with a cast iron clawfoot tub, thick towels, and plenty of storage space with the double vanity. The bed, being new, was very comfortable, with good pillows and nice linens.

The inn is in the final stages before its official launch, so there are some bugs to work out. The good: the innkeepers on duty were really friendly, loved the afternoon wine and nibbles, the hot/cold water dispenser and ice machine on each landing, the air conditioning, the eco toilet. The inn also served a delicious (and generous) continental breakfast of coffee, juice, fresh fruit, pastries, granola, and yogurt. The (minor) peeves: given that there were the hot/cold water dispensers, it would have been nice to have had an accompanying selection of tea also on hand, if not on the landings, then in the dining room. As for the AC, it would have been good to have room control -- AC was not needed on the cool fall evening, and we would have loved to have slept with the window open for some fresh air. It would also be nice to have a lighter blanket alternative available in the closet -- I love goose down comforters, but it was not cold enough for down and not warm enough for sleeping under just a sheet. Finally, we really liked the location of the inn, but parking was a bit of a nightmare, not surprising given the age of the neighborhood and its very narrow streets. The B&B does have 3 off-street parking spots but when we arrived all three were occupied by staff.

Over all, we enjoyed our stay, and look forward to coming back in the near future to try out the other rooms.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Littleton, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Great stay last weekend: here's our review from bedandbreakfast.com: Having already been given a tour of the Inn, we were excited to book a room (The Prague) for our anniversary. It is a beautiful place and the innkeepers were very nice and accommodating. We were given another brief tour and told about some of the history of the building and the renovation. The bed was very comfortable and the shower was great. Overall, a very comfortable, enjoyable and historically interesting place to stay. Definitely recommended! For those interested in the "haunted history," I think I saw one (friendly)!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 420 East 11th Avenue, Denver, CO CO 80203
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Location: United States > Colorado > Denver > Capitol Hill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Denver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Patterson Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A stately and distinguished National Landmark, the Patterson Inn is situated on a quarter acre of exquisitely landscaped grounds in the heart of one of Denver’s original high-end neighborhoods. Historically intriguing yet complete with all the comforts of modern amenities, it offers a luxurious reprieve from the stresses of everyday life. ... more   less 
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