The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa
In 1888, businessman Henry Cordes Brown retained architect Frank E. Edbrooke to design an "unprecedented" hotel in the popular Italian Renaissance style on a triangular lot in downtown Denver. Four years and $1.6 million later, the Brown Palace opened at the intersection of 17th and Broadway, and Denver’s hotel landscape has never been the same. The soothing sounds of harp and piano greet you as you walk through the front doors, a modest introduction to the grandeur that awaits.
Flanked by pillars and wainscoting of pale golden Mexican onyx, the red-Colorado-granite-and-Arizona-sandstone lobby walls rise into an eight-story atrium that culminates in a stained-glass ceiling. More than 700 wrought iron grillwork panels ring the lobby from the third through the seventh floor. Two of them are upside down, one to serve the tradition that man, imperfect by nature, must put a flaw into his handiwork; the other was sneaked in by a disgruntled workman. A massive fireplace, the mantel supported by two solid onyx pillars, is a welcoming inclusion for those days when the winter winds howl down from the snow-capped peaks to the west.
But you’ll never suffer from sun deprivation; the triangular shape of the Brown Palace allows sunlight to illuminate each of its 241 rooms (in the past, guests even had the option of rooms with morning or afternoon light). Even today, Rocky Mountain spring water flows from the original 720-foot-deep well to faucets in every room. Palace is indeed no misnomer; kings and royalty have made the Brown Palace Hotel their home away from home, but you’ll receive the same presidential treatment throughout the duration of your stay.
The Brown Palace construction costs topped $1.6 million, an exorbitant sum at the time.
Original Property Opened: 1892
321 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 297-3111
Fax: (303) 312-5900
Historic Hotels of America toll-free reservations number (800) 678-8946
The Gilded Age, 1866 ~ 1895
In 1888, businessman Henry Cordes Brown retained architect Frank E. Edbrooke to design an "unprecedented" hotel in the popular Italian Renaissance style on a triangular lot in downtown Denver. Four years and $1.
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