The huge building of Four Seasons rises up when we arrive in Denver. Being a city hotel it’s not a typical Four Seasons destinations; buts it is definitely an elegant hotel right in the thick of things. As soon as we enter, we are welcomed by a whole range of staff members: all of them are very friendly and we feel very welcome. The lobby area is a perfect place to watch the parade of a variety of guests. Although the hotel feels more adequate for adults (and business people) than children, the staff really made an effort in welcoming our girls as well. For instance they are surprised by a wagon at the lobby with all kind of new toys to choose from. Then there is an overload of sweets in the room and the mirror shows a nice welcome text for them.
Best part is the tent set up in the room. Our kids love it; right after arrival their teddies are sleeping in it. They will never forget this glamping experience and the first night our youngest daughter even wants to sleep in it curled up like a cat. Although she sleeps like a new born baby, the second night she finds herself way too big for the tent, which meant we end up sleeping quite cozy in the double with three of us. There are more complimentary items for kids: cribs, infant bathtubs, playpens, child-size bathrobes and toiletries. Not to forget a library of DVD’s, CD’s and games and a Nintendo Wii. Babysitting can also be arranged.
The room we are staying in, is really comfortable, with some nice, natural stone accents. It is large and very clean. We appreciate the TV in the bathroom as well as the cool huge bathtub. Our view from the room centers on the 40-foot-high blue bear across the street, a creation of a local artist. It was installed in 2005 and has quickly become a bona fide Mile High City icon. Recovering from a jetlag we decide to order a pizza in our room, and at the promised time it is delivered and of good quality. Next day we fully enjoy the high quality of food at breakfast and in the evening we have a nice family diner at restaurant Edge. Being in the US we simply can’t resist the highlighting Colorado-ranched beef. Our daughters are invited in the kitchen to prepare their own dessert with the Chef which is a really nice touch.
Best part for the kids can just as well be the big pool on the third floor; although surrounded by office buildings it is a lovely place to relax and plunge the water. So only one hour after arriving in Denver, we enjoy the warm sun while relaxing at a few pool beds. Being one mile above sea level, we soon discover the sun feels warmer here.
And don’t forget the spa and gym with staff more than willing to help. Kids above the age of 4 are more than welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult. The spa has a lot to offer, from massages to body treatments, facials, nails, hair coloring, makeup and acupuncture. All very welcome to battle a jetlag after a long trip.
As said the Four Seasons Denver is an urban destination in a vibrant city; but nature is still close by with all the adventures Rocky Mountain has to offer. This makes Denver a very comfortable starting point for a trip in this part of the country. But you do not necessarily have to travel far for some action. Within easy reach of your Four Seasons guest room or suite are other options for sports or active enjoyment. Enjoy an early morning jog or borrow a bicycle via the B-Cycle bike-sharing program. We ourselves are having a splendid time at the Natural and Science Museum which is rated one of the best museums in the US and also mentioned in our other review. You can easily spend half a day or more exploring all the amazing exhibits from butterflies to huge dinosaurs. If time permits, do not forget to visit the Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park which is conveniently located downtown.
In winter you might head to nearby resort areas for snowboarding, hiking and snowmobiling. There’s an easy free shuttle from Union Station with connections to the airport. By taxi it will take 30 minutes to get to your plane. For short rides within the city you can make use of the complimentary hotel car.
To sum it all up: a really nice place to base you and your family for a few days to explore this vibrant city!
# The Four Seasons perfectly located to the inner downtown and the University of Colorado. There are a great number of fine restaurants in the area, mostly serving the campus population.
# An excellent rooftop pool as well as a spa. And you don't see that a lot: the spa is accessible for children as from 4 as well.
# The staff takes really good care of families. Everyone is very nice to our daughters and engage in some small talk with them on several occasions. They are consistently warm and friendly, helping with all of our questions, car pick-ups, etc.