We always look for historic hotels in our travels, and we were quite taken with The Oxford Hotel; it is absolutely CHARMING! From the moment we stepped through the front doors, we felt as if we were in London, at the turn of the last century. The hotel has been meticulously renovated, with attention to such details as the staircase railings, the carpet in the elevator (changed daily), the gold-leaf ceiling in the atrium. . . Your room keys are actual KEYS, and you may leave them at the front desk when you go out for the day. Every single member of the staff went over and above to meet our every need--from the front desk to the valets to the housekeeping staff, they were gracious, attentive and professional. Our room was perfectly LOVELY; if you make a reservation, ask for room 202, as it overlooks the front entrance and is a "larger" room. (I especially appreciate the gentleman who made my reservation, for recommending the larger room; I glimpsed a smaller room during our stay, and they face the back of the building and are a little cramped.) Our room was furnished with lovely antiques but included such modern amenities as high-speed internet and cable TV. They do have exercise facilities which are available at no charge, but the hours of operation made it difficult for me to use them while we were there. I also wish they offered breakfast as part of the rate, but apparently very few hotels in the downtown area do this. Thankfully, they have a yummy restaurant (McCormick's and Schmick's) right next door, and are only one block from the 16th St Mall where there are many restaurants open for breakfast, a free bus ride away.
The Oxford is across the street from Union Station; because of the geography, it feels more like it sits in a cul-de-sac than on a downtown street. It's in an excellent location; you can walk to Coors Field, the riverfront parks, and lots of shops and restaurants; the bus and light-rail system is excellent and can carry you anywhere in town you want to go (including the airport).
Our rate was a special package, the "Park and Stay", which included free parking (although we still tipped the valets, of course). If you are traveling by car, I recommend this package, as you can simply leave your car there and walk or take public transportation anywhere you want to go.
If you prefer staying in modern, streamlined hotels, you should not stay here, but if you are like us, and prefer hotels with character and elegance, then I promise that you will fall in love with The Oxford! You'll want to return to it again and again, just like us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Oxford Hotel is Denver's oldest and most historic hotel - located in Denver's popular Lower Downtown neighborhood. Offering luxurious charm with modern day amenities, you'll find no two rooms alike at this independent hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oxford Hotel Denver