I resided at the Newhouse Hotel during the few last months of 2013, while searching for an affordable apartment in a safe neighborhood in Denver (a hard proposition in any large town).
I was there when the new hotel management decided to renovate the physical property and raise their rates to encourage a more eclectic and upscale clientele. I applaud those efforts! The hotel was a somewhat tattered, but elegant lady when I moved in. When I moved out, she was seeing a much better class of visitors. She also had renewed elegance.
I am writing this review, because the extant reviews are old and do not reflect the post-renovation establishment. This hotel saw hard times during economic struggles in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Much of what was said negative was true at the time of the reviews, but no longer.
Consider staying there if you want a good affordable room in the heart of downtown Denver. The dose of old-world charm and elegance is a bonus.
Please note that this is not a four-star luxury experience, but it is a really good value. There are inconveniences that budget-minded travelers must be willing to accommodate. If these are not a problem for you, then you will really enjoy your stay.
For example, the rooms have very clean, but shared baths (so do many bed and breakfast establishments). Also, one must use the grand stairway to access rooms. The elevator is available for sending up your possessions when you check in and check out. However, due to the antiquity of the period-authentic elevator, insurance prohibits its use for routine comings and goings. Remember that these types of inconveniences are why you are getting a good price on a downtown room.
The atmosphere is grand, although not as it was in its heyday. The staff and management are friendly and helpful. Night staff duly protect access, so you can feel safe there. Solo women travelers seemed quite secure, I would note. There is a kitchen for your use on the main floor. There is a piano available for your use in the grand front hall. The place is clean.
Radiator heating is quite up to par. Note: the grand lobby and halls are very comfortably AC-controlled, however the rooms don't include in-room AC. Many of us chain-locked the front door and kept it cracked, just a bit, allowing for quite adequate comfort in-room.
Also, the location is dynamite! You are a short walk from the 16th Street Mall, the Denver Public Library, the Denver Art Museum, and many good restaurants. The famous Capitol Hill Bookstore is located in what was once a part of the hotel, via an external entrance. The original crossroad in old Denver (Colfax and Broadway) is thriving, just three blocks away.
Stay here especially if you are a history buff! This wonderful 100+ year old establishment was an elegant Grande Dame Hotel during the Roaring 20s and also during the Prohibition Era in the 1930s. A tunnel was built underground, running from the State Capitol Building to the Newhouse Hotel, located directly across the street. The tunnel allowed the Newhouse to discretely serve state legislators as a brothel and as a speakeasy during those eras.
During WWII, the Newhouse Hotel patriotically served as housing for our troups. Soldiers amused themselves by throwing water balloons at passersby from the above windows.
During my stay there, visitors often remarked that they heard ghosts. The place has been rumored for decades to be haunted. I never personally experienced a paranormal encounter, but thats just me.
I recently dropped in during while shopping downtown. The same friendly, savvy staff and management are still there, and they continue to improve the hotel.
There's a lot of history at the Newhouse Hotel. Now she is entering a new era with a fresh face and better prospects. I hope she flourishes.