Denver is a gateway to the famous Rocky Mountain ski resorts and it deserves a spot on any Colorado itinerary. My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the Mile High City’s hip cultural scene including the mind-blowing number of outstanding farm-to-table restaurants and a surprisingly long list of fantastic things to do with kids.
Generations of my extended family have called Denver home since World War II and I regret that it’s taken me this long to visit during summer vacation. The relaxed vibe as well as the health-conscious and compact nature of the city makes touring with kids in Denver incredibly easy, especially when your base is Four Seasons Hotel Denver.
Did you know that the sun shines in Denver on an average of 300 days per year?
Four Seasons Hotel Denver Location
Four Seasons Hotel Denver is located exactly where you want to be in downtown Denver. Most popular attractions are within a complimentary house car ride (within a 3-mile radius) away or within walking distance. To give you an idea, the historic Larimer Square shopping and entertainment district is just a few blocks away as is the Denver Performing Arts Center. A bit further afield by foot awaits the Denver Art Museum or the hip Union Station (definitely go here). Or, catch a Rockies game at nearby Coors Field, passing a number of cool gastropubs and restaurants a long the way.
Transportation to and from Denver International Airport can be arranged through the hotel. Depending on traffic, the ride should take about 20-40 minutes. Ubers are easy to come by in Denver, too.
I checked in with the new Four Seasons app so had keys in-hand within seconds of stepping into the lobby. The app also showcases restaurants and things to do in and outside of the hotel… definitely download it.
Rooms with Views
A pop-up tent near the window complete with bedding inside made my daughter’s stay. She insisted on sleeping in it so I let her. Why not?
Our Deluxe King room boasted a lovely view of the Daniels & Fisher clock tower and the downtown area. Sunsets viewed from our room were completely spectacular. And, the bathroom was worth taking interior design notes from with its egg-shaped, freestanding tub and beautiful stone tiles. L’Occitane bath amenities were generously replenished and they had written my daughter’s name on the mirror.
Four Seasons beds and linens are always comfortable and you can even request pillow type here. In-room Nespresso coffee and tea are provided along with mini bar amenities, glassware and bottled waters at turn-down service (though you can request more water and other amenities through the app).
Let the hotel know if you need babyproofing or gear such as a baby bath tub. And, yes, the pop-up tents are always complimentary for young kids.
A Blissful Spa
Spending time at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Denver is a sure way to adjust to the change in altitude. Colorado-themed treatments incorporate local ingredients like evergreen oils, sunflower oil and river stones.
I was treated to a 5290 Massage, a nod to the city’s elevation that involved long medium pressure strokes using a blend of azurite gemstone oil infused with herbs. It was the kind of massage that I dreaded the end of minutes after it began because it was so relaxing with exactly the pressure I had requested.
If I was local to Denver, this is a spa I would frequent and have told my relatives to check it out. I appreciate its intimacy and obvious attention to detail. In addition to a full range of services (facials, wraps, teen treatments, nails), a whirlpool, relaxation room, steam room, rain showers and changing room stocked with amenities round out the experience.
Definitely arrive early to take advantage of these lounging facilities as you may not want to wash off the natural oils applied during a treatment as they are designed to keep you hydrated and happy at high altitude. Plan not to be in a rush, either.
Hearty and Healthy Dining
One of the reasons why we stay at Four Seasons properties around the world is because the food is reliably excellent and Four Seasons Hotel Denver is no exception.
Our breakfasts were all enjoyed from the comfort of our room, partially due to our scheduling and my daughters love for the tent. We did have brunch at the hotel’s signature EDGE Restaurant, which is known for steaks, locally-sourced produce and an incredibly long wine list. While I was sorely tempted to order from the “Be Bad” menu of delights ranging from chicken and waffles to the famous Over-the-EDGE burger (wagyu beef, seared foie gras, fried egg, black truffles, carmelized onions), having stuffed myself at Union Station the prior evening I opted to “Be Good” with an amazing quinoa salad with salmon on top that I would love the recipe for.
We did splurge on warm sticky pecan buns as starters. Kids’ menu portions are also large and offer healthy options like salmon and veg (which my daughter ordered and devoured). Not going to lie… I regret not ordering the burger during our stay. Next time.
Our nights were always finished with a room service order of a glass of red wine for me and two scoops of locally-made ice cream with sprinkles, Oreos and chocolate sauce for my daughter. The blueberry flavor is particularly awesome.
Veuve Clicquot in the Pool
Do I have to say any more? Plenty of festive guests cooled down in the pool with drinks in-hand. Kids ordered smoothies galore and I saw everything from margaritas to ice-cold beers being sipped thanks to a full-service bar steps from the pool. Servers take drink and food orders from lounge chairs or you can flag them down from the pool. I was handed my Veuve Clicquot while still in the pool watching my daughter doing various flips and tricks. It’s an excellent way to holiday.
The pool is located near the fitness center and spa on the 3rd-floor terrace which is softened by over 60 juniper, aspen and pear trees as well as lovely container plants. And, the water is heated.
Awesome Service Everywhere
I booked babysitting twice: once during my spa treatment and again to attend my great uncle’s memorial service. The sitters are hotel employees which I thought provided additional peace of mind. Largely because of the tent, my daughter chose to stay in our hotel room but both sitters offered to walk her around the hotel or even to a nearby museum with my permission. My daughter loved both ladies and had a great time.
The bellman, valets and house car drivers were all incredibly friendly and awesome when it came to navigating us to various attractions and restaurants around Denver, always remember our names and asking what we thought of wherever we went.
Breathtaking Luxury Hotel Flowers
I have a thing for luxury hotel flowers and was fortunate enough to see an arrangement change during our stay. I loved their chosen florist’s use of multiple vases as well as the mix of flowers and foliage. There is just so much going on but yet in an uncluttered manner… these arrangements are like art!
Good to Know
Denver is an incredibly pet-friendly town and we saw tons of dogs dining al fresco with their owners. Four Seasons Hotel Denver allows small dogs to check-in and it was a treat to see several around the property.
It does rain in Denver during the summer but we’re told that it mostly happens in the afternoon so that it’s wise to plan outdoor outings in the morning. A little rain certainly didn’t deter kids from diving in the pool as temperatures were still quite warm.
I’ll say it again, but the hotel’s location could not have been better for a family vacation.
(Four Seasons Hotel Denver is one of the hotels I can book for you with agent-exclusive amenities that will enhance and add value to your stay. Please send me your dates and I’ll tell you what’s on offer.)
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Four Seasons Hotel Denver
1111 14th St
Denver, CO 80202
Room and spa photos are used courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Denver.
Thank you to Four Seasons Hotel Denver for partially hosting our stay as well as our brunch and my spa treatment!