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.
- 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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- Holiday Chalet Hotel Denver