ABOUT DENVER

In the summer of 1858, a small group of prospectors from Georgia crossed the great plains of the Colorado Territory and made a region-changing discovery at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Gold. And although not much of the precious metal was found, the mere whisper of the word was enough to start a veritable stampede into the region.

THE BROWN PALACE HOTEL AND SPA

Downtown Denver’s Brown Palace opened its doors on August 12, 1892 – and hasn’t closed them for a single moment since. This luxurious four-star hotel remains one of the city’s crown jewels today with its stunning stained glass atrium lobby, extravagant suites and four extraordinary dining venues. 

The Brown Palace was the brainchild of real estate mogul Henry Cordes Brown, who saw the need for an upscale hotel that would cater to the increasing number of travelers passing through Denver on their way east or west. He selected the triangular plot of land at the corners of Broadway, Tremont and 17th St. (where he had previously grazed his cow) as the site of his masterpiece, and hired renowned architect Frank E. Edbrooke to design the building. Working in the Italian Renaissance style and using Colorado red granite and Arizona sandstone for the exterior, Edbrooke and his crew began construction on the Brown Palace in 1888. 

When the hotel was finally completed four years later, guests – who originally paid the princely sum of $3-$5 a night – were amazed by the results. This wasn’t a typical Wild West stopover; in terms of amenities, style and elegance, the Brown Palace could hold its own with any luxury hotel in New York City, Boston or Europe.

Over the years, it became Denver’s “go-to” hotel for the rich and famous, hosting numerous presidents, various kings and royalty, the “unsinkable” Molly Brown and the Beatles.

Getting To & Around Denver

Denver’s downtown has a mile-long pedestrian promenade, tree-lined streets, flower gardens, parks and outdoor cafes. More than 65,000 people live downtown in a 1.5-mile circle, mostly in lofts that are located above restaurants and shops or in nearby neighborhoods like Uptown, LoDo, RiNo, Riverfront and Highlands.

Whether on foot, by car, by bike, or by light rail, there are plenty of options for getting around downtown Denver. Denver offers free public transportation with the Lightrail and B-Cycle makes Denver even more bike-friendly.  In 2010, Denver launched the nation’s first major bicycle sharing program, B-cycle, with 800 shiny red bikes available for sharing at more than 80 stations.

Downtown Denver has more than 300 restaurants serving all varieties of cuisine. Area specialties include Southwestern dishes, buffalo, Colorado beef and lamb and fresh produce such as succulent Palisade peaches and sweet Olathe corn. The city is gaining a reputation for its innovative collection of farm-to-table, chef-owned restaurants.

Denver brews more beer than any other city with 200 different beers brewed in town daily and at the Coors Brewing Company, the largest single brewing site on earth. The world’s largest beer festival is held every September, the Great American Beer Festival®, with a Guinness World Record 2,800 different beers available for tasting in 2013.

FLYING TO DENVER

The Mile High City is easily accessible from Denver International Airport.

Denver International Airport (DEN) is a major airline hub in the United States with nonstop service to more than 200 destinations worldwide. Since the airport opened in 1995, it has consistently won readers’ choice awards from publications like Business Traveler Magazine, and in 2018 the Wall Street Journal put DEN at the top of its first U.S. airport rankings for treating travelers better. The airport offers free Wi-Fi access in public areas and a diverse array of dining and shopping choices. 

DOWNTOWN PARKING

The conference does not provide validation or vouchers for parking. Parking rates at the Brown Palace.

All nearby lots are private, require payment, and have their own guidelines. If you park somewhere other than the hotel, make sure that you carefully review this information at the lot’s pay station.

FROM DEN TO DOWNTOWN

The DEN Ground Transportation Information Counter is located on Level 5 of the main terminal, in the center core. Passengers will find all commercial transportation outside the Level 5 doors.

Passengers must proceed outside to the appropriate island to obtain transportation. *Note: East side has odd numbered doors; West side has even numbered doors.

TAXI SERVICE

All companies charge a flat rate from DEN to downtown, $51 plus $5 each additional drop. A gate fee of $4.57 is added for trips to the airport.

SHARED RIDES: Uber and Lyft are available from Denver International Airport. If you’re a new Lyft user, enjoy up to $20 in ride credits. Simply download the Lyft mobile app, enter the VISITDEN code under the app’s “Promos” section, request a ride and you’re on your way!

TRAIN

At a cost of only $10.50 each way, travelers can now take the A Line train between DEN and Union Station downtown. The new airport rail has six stops between the airport and Denver Union Station and the ride takes about 37 minutes. The platform for the airport rail service is located on Level 1.

SHARED RIDES

Uber and Lyft are available from Denver International Airport. If you’re a new Lyft user, enjoy up to $20 in ride credits. Simply download the Lyft mobile app, enter the VISITDEN code under the app’s “Promos” section, request a ride and you’re on your way!

SuperShuttle Denver  303-370-1300 or 800-BLUE-VAN (258-3826) or 800-525-3177

SHUTTLE

Super Shuttle operates daily from 4:30am until midnight, serving all downtown hotels to/from DEN. The full price between the airport and downtown hotels is $25 each way. Travel time is 45-60 minutes, depending on hotel location and number of stops. Reservations may be booked on-line, via the SuperShuttle app, via telephone or just stop by the SuperShuttle counter on Level 5 at the airport. Shuttles will stop at the Colorado Convention Center with advance reservation (2 hour minimum notice).

SuperShuttle Denver  303-370-1300 or 800-BLUE-VAN (258-3826) or 800-525-3177

HIGH ALTITUDE TIPS

HIGH ALTITUDE TIPS

Before your trip to Denver, and while you are here, drinking plenty of water is the number one way to help your body adjust easily to our higher altitude. The low humidity in Colorado keeps the air dry, like the desert, so you need about twice as much water here as you would drink at home.

Alcoholic drinks pack more of a wallop than at sea level. It is recommended that you go easy on the alcohol in the mountains and in Denver, as its effects will feel stronger here.

Potassium-rich foods such as broccoli, bananas, avocado, cantaloupe, celery, greens, bran, chocolate, granola, dates, dried fruit, potatoes and tomatoes will help you replenish electrolytes by balancing salt intake.

The effects of exercise are more intense here. If you normally run 10 miles a day at home, you might try 6 miles in Denver.

With less water vapor in the air at this altitude, the sky really is bluer in Colorado. But there's 25 percent less protection from the sun, so sunscreen is a must. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm... even in winter.

Two days before your trip to Denver, check the weather and use this information to pack appropriately. Because the sun is especially powerful in Denver, it can feel much warmer than the actual temperature during the daytime, but then become very chilly after sundown, particularly in the Spring and Fall.