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I was heading to Denver to evaluate a particular vintage automobile in the area, but would not able to see it before Sunday. Not wanting to waste all of my time just traveling, I drove overnight Friday to Denver and found an acceptable rate. (I found out after I got there, a game of the Stanley Cup finals was that night and wow were rooms up there). I booked a room at the Hilton in Downtown Denver which allowed me to explore a few places around the city.
I drove west on I-76, and that took me right to downtown exits, which then... well Denver is odd, streets go in so many directions and quite a few one-ways with a lot of street closures. Also the timing on the stop lights is a bit frustrating as you will always be stopping from block to block. (Enjoy that extra exhaust?). Finally, I got to California street from the correct direction and I was able to drop off my bags. I had prepaid for parking a block away for $10 vs. $35 through Hilton.
It's a business, convention, and actually a vacation property. The rooms are nice, and I did get an upgrade to a deluxe something corner room. Not to a suite, but I imagine that the hockey finals had something to do with that.
A better than normal hotel bar, Prospect, is also the restaurant, and it's downstairs below street level. Very well positioned for the event spaces they have. Great wings too.
The pantry here was very small, and now I guess that Starbucks is a regular thing in Hiltons?
They have a gym and a pool that is closed, or maybe perma shutdown, I didn't ask. But anyways, right now the pool is not functioning. The gym is really large though.
The event spaces are spread over 4 floors. The best ones in my opinion are the below ground ones, especially the ballroom floor.
A non-standard type property but still at or above the level one expects at a Hilton. Denver has a lot of really high-end properties and this one can compete.
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