Before booking this property I read many negative comments on Trip Advisor about this property and was a bit apprehensive. But I decided that I was going to try it anyway. In checking rates in the area, I could not find reasonable accommodations under $125.00 a night.
I stayed at this property for three nights, Wed-Sat. It's located 3 miles from the Colorado Convention Center, which was where I was attending a conference. The hotel looked to be built in the mid 80's. The lobby was very spacious, offering many seating options and a large flat screen TV. Ample brochures on tourist attractions were available, something I always like to check out. The tile floor and cowboy themed pictures and lighting fixtures gave the place a bit of a rustic feeling. There is an outdoor courtyard offering a pool and hot tub. It was landscaped very nice.
I was checked in by a very informative man. My reservation was in order and I proceeded to my room at about midnight. For $79.00 a night I had the largest room I have had in recent memory. It was absolutely wonderful. The king size bed had wonderful, comfortable & clean linens. The furnishings were nice and the room well lit. The A/C was a window style unit and I did notice that when in the bathroom, the cooling effect of the unit was not as what it should be, however it was not awful. I would recommend that the window unit itself needs to be upgraded to a much larger BTU unit for proper cooling. There was a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker also in the room and all in working condition. The room itself, as are the hotel hallways, are a bit dated. Dark colored chair rails, some nicks in the paint etc.... However It did not bother me as at some point all hotels need touching up. Everything seem to be in a cowboy, mountain theme and it all worked very well considering it is Denver. The most important thing to me was that the room was CLEAN! The rug was vacuumed daily and the bathroom floor cleaned each day. I opted for fresh bed linens each day and they were changed without issue. The bathroom amenities package was absolutely wonderful! It was packed with wonderful soaps, shampoos etc... but also included a comb, shaving material and even a tooth brush and paste. The bathroom was small and crowded. The layout made it tight. Again, the age of the property showed here as newer places would have larger bathrooms. There was a shower massage shower head and the towels were fluffy and clean. A safe was available in the room and when I was checking out I noticed I was charged a dollar a day for it's use....but then on the bottom of the invoice the front desk agent had already credited the charge off my invoice. She noted that the charge is automatic during the posting process and that most of the guest ask for the credit as not many use the safe anyway, so they automatically credit the safe charge off the bill.
I did notice that the hotel was popular with young people, no doubt due to the affordable rates and also the area has many clubs and bars with live music etc... I saw a number of people with instruments in the hotel so I assumed there were preforming in the local venues.
Ample free parking was also an attractive bonus as most other hotels in Denver charge for daily parking. However there were a number of burnt out lights in the parking lot which I did bring to the attention of the front desk employees.
Across the street is a coffee house and down the road, within walking distance, is a wonderful breakfast place name Spices. Both were excellent. The location of this place is great. They have a shuttle bus where they will bring you to any place downtown and pick you up too. This saves on parking and the hassle of driving downtown.
One item not to my standards was the service in the Restaurant. I went in for breakfast one morning and waited and waited for a staff member to great me. I heard them in the back talking but no one was coming out front. After a few minutes I decided against dining at the hotel restaurant and went outside and down the street. So my recommendation is that the Restaurant either hire additional staff to ensure someone is always out front or have a bell of some sorts.
The hotel did have guest coin op laundry facilities, which was important to me as I was on a three week business trip and needed to do some laundry. The prices were most reasonable but the dryer was not working properly and did not dry all my clothing. I had to hang the clothing up in the room to air dry. Not a huge issue, but I did bring it to the desk clerks attention.
The hotel did not offer free coffee in the morning. Nowadays this is almost a given that all places will have free coffee in the lobby for the guest in the morning. So I would suggest they implement this benefit as it involves a minor cost yet is seen as a nice benefit.
I cannot say enough about this place. Yes, it is old and bit dated, but it was clean and appeared to be staffed by friendly and competent people. I would definitely recommend this Inn if you are looking for affordable accommodations in Denver. The value I received for my room was excellent. I will definitely stay here again when in the area.
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- Ramada Inn Downtown Denver Hotel Denver
- Ramada Inn Denver
- Ramada Downtown Denver