People who are into the paranormal will get more than their share of ghost stories in the hotel. A few years ago, the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa did an extensive refurbishment of the top two floors. During the renovation, the hotel’s historian, Julia Kanellos, was conducting several tours of the historic hotel. She was highlighting the stories of the hotel’s previous residents, and one which stands out from the rest is that of Mrs. Louise Crawford Hill. She ruled Denver society from her room in the hotel, room 904, which was her home for fifteen years.
When Julia and a group left room 904 after recounting Louise’s life stories, the hotel switchboard began getting calls from room 904. When the operator answered, there was only static on the line. The most surprising thing about that was that the room had been stripped of all lights, wallpaper, carpet, furniture, and telephones during the renovation period. Perhaps it was Louise letting everyone know she didn’t appreciate the intrusion. Needless to say, groups began staying out of room 904, and funnily enough, the calls from the empty room stopped. No doubt, Louise Crawford Hill was satisfied that her privacy had been restored.
The hotel’s dining room was originally known as the San Marco Room. It was the home of big bands and the San Marco Strings. One evening a man went to the dining room to investigate sounds coming from there. Upon entering the room, he saw a quartet of musicians dressed formally and in the process of practicing. The houseman said they had to leave, and the quartet answered, “We live here. Don’t worry”. An engineer who was on night duty also saw the ghost of a man who was dressed in an old-fashioned uniform of train conductors. The ghost slowly disappeared through the wall.
The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa is the pride of Denver, Colorado. It has operated for more than a century and continues to please guests to this day. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the hotel has a rich and colorful history.
The distinguished hotel has been open since August 12, 1892, and various changes have taken place over the years. The hotel was named after Henry Cordes Brown, a wealthy entrepreneur from Ohio who moved to Denver. He purchased several acres of land and donated some of it for the State Capitol Building. No expense was spared in the building of the hotel. Architect Frank Edbrooke designed the hotel, as well as other landmarks in Denver, Colorado.
The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa offer comfortable rooms and luxurious rooms fit for any traveler. All rooms have exquisite furnishings, and the hotel is also the only Denver hotel included in the Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond Hotel list.
There are 241 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites. The hotel has six restaurants which offer a variety of cuisines. The hotel’s unique restaurants have served film stars, prime ministers, presidents, celebrities, and normal people. Guests can take part in the hotel’s traditional afternoon tea with tea sandwiches, scones, and pastries. The Ship Tavern is the home of the best prime rib in the region, and it is something that should not be missed by the hotel’s guests. Atrium Cocktails offers drinks and live music daily from four to eight in the evening.
The Spa at the Brown Palace offers various services that will help you relax and rejuvenate yourself. The spa has six treatment rooms and complimentary valet parking. The hotel also has a flower shop that caters to various celebrations such as weddings, birthday parties, and other events.
- Laundry and press service
- Express shoeshine
- Wireless internet access
- Local and long-distance telephone calls
- Morning and afternoon butler cart
- Personal Keurig coffee maker
- Flat-screen cable TV
Things to Do
Denver, Colorado, is a place where guests can enjoy various attractions. Colorado State Capitol stands more than 5,000 feet above ground level. There are free tours on weekends which guests can participate in. The Denver Art Museum has two building which was designed by Italian architecture Gio Ponti. It has the world’s best collection of Native American art, as well as Old West classics.
The Clyfford Still Museum houses some of the best works of Abstract Expressionist painter Clyfford Still. Confluence Park was where Denver was founded as a gold mining camp back in 1858. Today it is the home of Platte River Trolley and the Downtown Aquarium. It also houses The Children’s Museum of Denver, which has interactive plays for children.
- Classic queen room starts at $179
- Signature king room starts at $199
- Signature double queens start at $199
- Palace corner king rooms start at $259
- Palace suites start at $219
- Top of the brown king rooms start at $259
- Tops of the brown double queens start at $259
- Grand suites start at $329
- Royal suites start at $429
- Presidential king suites start at $1,600