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“Spacious rooms, close to downtown” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Holiday Chalet
Ranked #7 of 11 Denver B&B and Inns
Key Largo, Florida
Level Contributor
27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Spacious rooms, close to downtown”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

After reading reviews about this place we decided to book a suite for two nights. We had room 21, a very spacious suite with two queen beds, full kitchen (with retro appliances which were pretty neat) and a nice little sitting area surrounded by windows with a comfy chair to sit in. The room was nicely furnished with two desks, plenty of windows and plenty of seating, and wood floors. The room could use a little tlc (the wallpaper in some places is coming unattached in the bathroom and other little things that don't really make a huge difference to me, it's kind of part of the charm of a building that's over 100 years old). The only downside to this room is that it's located directly on Colfax which is a very, very busy street. My boyfriend had no problems sleeping, but I had to wear earplugs. Maybe a room on the other side of the house would be quieter. We saw the inside of another room (room 25) and thought that if we returned here, we'd probably request that one. It was a little smaller, but had a small kitchen, too, and it was on the opposite side of the hall (so probably quieter).

The only other reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the area is a little shady. There is a gas station and bus stop across the street, so there are always people just kind of hanging around, and quite a few homeless in the area. It's funny though because the cross street the B&B is on has gorgeous upscale houses, and a few streets down is a beautiful neighborhood. I guess it's just like any other city, with some rough parts, not necessarily unsafe, but not ideal. I would just recommend driving around, rather than walking. The location is pretty good though, only about 3-5 minutes to downtown (LoDo) and Colfax is a major road to get around on, a lot of destinations located on, or just off of it, such as the Twist and Shout record store and the Tattered Cover, as well as a large beautiful park and the Denver Zoo.

The house has a parking lot located to the west of it, not directly on property, but not far. We parked there two nights and had no problems. There is a little jewelry/clothing shop inside the house that the owner makes and sells, which is neat, lots of little cute things for gifts. There are cookies or brownies or other homemade goodies available all day long in the breakfast room. There is a nice little patio outside with tables and chairs and a grill. Breakfast was awesome, we had the French toast and pancakes (both of which were topped with fresh berries and soooo good). The quiche looked awesome, too. There is also a house dog, Clementine, who's a big sweetheart, but she isn't always out so don't worry about this dog just roaming the halls (though I wanted to see more of her because she was just so sweet). There is free wifi in the rooms which was great (that's where I'm typing this from actually).

Anyways, the house is definitely a neat place to stay and the people who work here are super nice. I was originally checking out the Castle Marne, but the people who worked here seemed a lot nicer on the phone, and I think we got more for our money here (as I said, our room was pretty big). I would definitely stay here again and recommend it. Don't be put off by the area around it and driving to it, it's not the house's fault Colfax turned into a major street. It was built before most of this was here. Just don't be surprised to see some shady people lingering around the area, like any city. The side streets are really beautiful, we enjoyed driving around and looking at the pretty houses, dreaming about living in them. The house is super safe though, locked up tight, so no randoms can get in and we really felt like we were the only people staying here (until we went to breakfast and were surprised to see there were quite a few others here). Overall, it was a really neat place and I enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: Room 21 is a huge suite with two queen beds, full kitchen and sitting area, located right on Colfax...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Bowie, Maryland
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

I accidentally found this place looking for someplace close to my daughter. It was AWESOME!! Decent prices for downtown Denver, very close to City Park. Awesome rooms - mine was basically a studio apartment. It's right on Colfax, so higher rooms are better to avoid street noise. The main street is sketchy, but side roads seem safe. Parking was no problem. made to order breakfast was excellent. Staff was nice and helpful. Excellent restaurants within walking distance. The boutique store was fun. I bought some designer jewelry as gifts. The owner was charming. I'm definitely staying here again. Just a great place to stay.

Room Tip: Top floor is best for street noise avoidance, as long as you don't mind climbing stairs. They h...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Slow_Doc
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Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

This is a great spot with plenty of good character. With the kitchen in your room you could stay for a while. I just dropped in for a night. Loved the decor, and the sofa in my room was very hip. See photos below. It's owned by a local fashion designer. Ellie was a great hostes and made a good breakfast too (free by the way). Would stay here again for sure.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ryan H
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Providence, Rhode Island
Level Contributor
18 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

The staff at Holiday Chalet are wonderful: friendly, kind, generous, knowledgable, an all-around-awesome. The room was very comfortable and very big; we paid less that we would have at a budget hotel and got 2 queen-sized beds, a galley kitchen, a sitting room, a spacious closet and breakfast every morning. The room was clean and welcoming, though there's a certain "shabby chic" aspect that may turn some people off.

I thought the neighborhood was delightful. Lively, with interesting shopping and great restaurants. It's a busy street in a vibrant city, sure, but we felt totally safe walking it at all hours of the night. Free street parking was always available in the neighborhood, and we felt like we were very centrally located: everything we wanted to do in Denver was within a few miles.

I cannot recommend this place highly enough. We really loved it!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank LizRH
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Gilbert, Arizona
Level Contributor
222 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2012

Staff was really friendly and being greeted by Clementine the B&B dog was AWESOME! The room was clean and cute, the breakfast was really, really good. The only drawback is that this property is on Colfax which is a major through fare and it was very noisy. It is near a hospital so there were sirens. The garbage truck went through the alley bordering the inn at 4AM. However, if you are a heavy sleeper or at the very least bring ear plugs you might be okay. It is very conveniently located to the capital and historic district and there are good restaurants nearby. I would stay here again but only with a pair of ear plugs.

Room Tip: Get a room that does not face Colfax
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank KGodinez
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MySuiteCase
Level Contributor
42 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2012

i spend some 70% of may days staying in hotels. I try to avoid them as much as i can. i always look for bed and breakfast or the kind.
the minute i read about The Holiday Chalet, i knew it was for me. the minute i spoke on the phone with Crystal, we got in love.
she is a gifted person, out of the box.
the house is like taken from a victorian movie.
i loved the place.
yes, the neigbourhood is not the best, with some homeless people and weird shops. But this is only going to change with the effort and investment of people like The Holiday Chalet.

i walked, by my self, from the B&B to the 16th Mall Street (2 miles aprox.) and back later than 9pm. the weird people is there, they just look at you and say "how ´r ya man!"
this issue is to blame the goverment, not the private businesses.

i Read the 3 "terrible" ratings on this web page and i noticed they are kind of old (2006, 2008, etc) the breakfast, today, is perfect, with different options of fresh fruit, juice, coffe, a selection of teas, etc.
the staff is very welcoming without being on top of you all the time.
it is safe, clean and stylish. so much, that they didn´t make me feel i am on a business trip.
i support this place and i suggest you to stay here.

Saludos.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Aereal
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Littleton, Colorado
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2012

We loved loved loved the service, breakfast and the staff was amazing!!!! We felt very welcomed!!!!! The owner even lugged our double stroller down from the second floor and outside for me!!!

The negative part was our room facing Colfax....noisy....sirens....people outside screaming all night.....not alot of sleep. However I am sure rooms towards the back of the house are probably alot quiter.

Oh and the owner is an amazing designer that has her stuff downstairs to purchase!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ggangela
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Property: Holiday Chalet
Address: 1820 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80218
Location: United States > Colorado > Denver
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Denver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holiday Chalet 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel is a fully-restored Victorian, brownstone mansion originally built in 1896 for prominent Denver jeweler Henry Bohm of Bohm Jewelers. Elegant period décor along with high ceilings, hardwood floors, intricate moldings, private baths and kitchens make us Denver's most alluring and comfortable bed and breakfast. From our eclectic Capitol Hill location visitors enjoy Denver's best sight-seeing, shopping, music, art, and nightlife all within minutes of our front door-the neighborhood described in the Jack Kerouac classic, On the Road. The Holiday Chalet enjoys the benefit of an exciting, high-energy central location within the vibrant heart of the city amid an eclectic mixture of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. The creative spirit in our neighborhood appeals to artists, architects, designers, writers and musicians alike. However, enveloping warmth, charm, comfort, and security within the hotel also make The Holiday Chalet a convenient home away from home for business and leisure travelers alike. As a Bed and Breakfast we begin each morning in true style with a full, home-cooked breakfast served from 7:30 to 10:00 am. A variety of delicious homemade offerings are made fresh including Cowboy pancakes, crustless veggie or bacon quiche, French toast, eggs and bacon, fresh fruits, juice, tea, and premium coffee. ... more   less 
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