I love staying in historic hotels, so on a trip to Denver this week, and dinner plans with friends in LoDo, I chose the Oxford Hotel to stay in. I didn’t know anything about it, except it was near where I needed to be, and had the word ‘historic’ sprinkled around the hotel.com ads.
I was charmed the minute I walked into the door. High ceilings with dark, polished woods, art deco glass, luxurious leather furniture with thick rugs and comfy corners to sit in. The desk manager handed me a real metal. How quaint.
I asked, and he shared, about some of the history of the hotel. The Oxford was opened in 1891, and was a premier location that featured water closets (an innovation at the time), electric lights and gas, and a working elevator. The hotel lasted through the mining booms and the silver busts, and gradually became decrepit with the rest of this area of Denver, until this area was rebuilt and cleaned up in the 1980s. The location is now surrounded by trendy eateries and wine bars, and is walking distances from Coors Field where the Colorado Rockies play.
I also suggested that a hotel this old and historic had its share of ghost stories, and while he didn’t have time to give me details, he said that they were extremely popular at Halloween, and that the TV show Ghost Hunter* had recently filmed there.
My hotel room was beautiful and comfortable, with hardwood floors, rugs, and brightly lit retro style bath. Located in a corner, I had views of the city lights in two directions, although I had to get up at 5 am and close the curtains against the morning sunshine! I had a good breakfast in the hotel that morning, but like many hotels, a bit overpriced for the typical eggs-and-bacon fare.
A better treat was the Cruise Bar. The desk manager told me that it was the first martini bar in Denver and the first bar to open after the repeal of Prohibition. He also told me that it was designed to match the martini bar on the original Queen Mary, but actually opened first. I loved the low red lights and sophisticated air. After a dinner of tapas and wine elsewhere with friends, I and my friend EG wandered in for a night cap and snack. It was the perfect finish to the evening.
If you are in the Denver area and enjoy old but lovely hotels, I highly recommend the Oxford.
*For the record, I am involved in several skeptic groups, and am scientifically trained. There are no such things as ghosts, poltergeists, spirits, mediums, psychics, channeling, or New Age crystal energies. Comments addressing this issue will probably be either blocked or deleted as spam.
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