When business brings you to the Mile High City, choose a downtown Denver hotel for its close proximity to business, entertainment and the amenities specially designed to make a road warrior's life less complicated. If your expense account permits the latitude, downtown Denver luxury hotels are equipped with state-of-the-art business services. For the traveler with intense meetings during the day, one of the downtown Denver boutique hotels may be your best solution for a quiet oasis to relax and rejuvenate before heading into the conference room.

Downtown Denver hotel deals can be structured to include the use of one of the hotel's business meeting rooms, convenient for sales meetings and training sessions. If your business trip is brief, the downtown hotels give you easy access to the city center office buildings where many of the city's largest corporations are located.

The Oxford Hotel

Complimentary high-speed Internet service is one of the many modern amenities at the historic Oxford Hotel, located iOxford Hotel - Denvern the LoDo district (Lower Downtown) of Denver. If you prefer not to use WiFi for security reasons, hard-wired telecommunications cabling is available, as is a dual phone line system for each room. The hotel's business center is available 24-hours a day, should you need to use the printer.

Conference and meeting rooms to accommodate from 10 to 250 are available for business functions and events. Conduct a truly impressive business meeting in the Presidential Suite, where celebrities, top executives and, yes, Presidents have stayed. If your Colorado business requires a longer stay in town, consider a short-term lease at the adjacent Oxford Executive Offices, complete with a lobby receptionist, conference room facilities, a digital phone system, and on-site maintenance and management. For outside meetings, the Oxford offers Lincoln Towncar service to downtown businesses.

Classified as a luxury boutique hotel, expect the finest in furnishings, linens and service. Start the day with a breakfast delivered by room service. Later, unwind in the state-of-the-art Oxford Health Club, or treat yourself to massage and haircut at the spa and salon. Relax with a drink in the Cruise Room Martini Bar, the first downtown Denver bar that was originally opened in 1933, the day after Prohibition was repealed. The Oxford Hotel also houses McCormick's Fish House and Bar, perennially listed as Denver's best seafood restaurant.

The Oxford Hotel, 1600 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-628-5400 Website: TheOxfordHotel.com

Denver Marriott City Center

A popular hotel for tradeshow and exhibition attendees, Denver's Marriott in the center of downtown is three blocks from the Colorado Convention Center. The Denver Marriott also has its owDenver Marriott City Centern extensive meeting space, including 24 conference rooms, on-site exhibit space and break-out meeting rooms. All meeting areas in the hotel have wireless Internet access.

In your room, charge up your laptop and electronics batteries using the electrical outlets conveniently placed at desk level. The two-line phone system has a speakerphone feature and voicemail-both handy for communicating with staff back at the home office. There is a daily fee for high-speed Internet connection, which you may access via dial-up, wired or wirelessly, and public areas throughout the hotel have WiFi. If you participate in the Marriott Rewards program, as many business travelers do to get free nights' stays, this hotel is listed Category 5 for point accrual.

For a quick overnight trip, a standard guest room may serve your purposes. A high floor room has the additional advantage of access to a concierge lounge on weekdays where a complimentary continental breakfast is available to start the day. In every room there is desk and ergonomic chair, making it a bit more comfortable to tackle those end-of-day reports and spreadsheets.

Take a break for a hearty meal, though. Stroll to a nearby steakhouse, brewery restaurant, or grill to experience the flavors of Denver. If you choose to eat on-site, the casual Allie's American Grille is open for breakfast and lunch. Or eat at the D-Spot Lounge, open for lunch or dinner, and an appropriate spot for a mealtime business meeting.

Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California Street, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-297-1300 Website: marriott.com

The Curtis

When you need to make a trendy, hip impression in Denver, check into The Curtis. While the décor is contemporarThe Curtis - Denvery, the attention to business travelers is classic. The rooms have large desks and the wireless Internet service is complimentary. Same-day laundry and dry cleaning service is available, along with refrigerators, a coffee maker, a voice-mail system and iPod/mp3 docking station.

Stay in a business frame of mind with a meal at the hotel's restaurant named, appropriately, The Corner Office. Better yet, invite colleagues to join you at the chic eatery with a combination modern-retro ambiance. Start with a martini and cocktails: the Paper Shredder, Hole Punch, the Working Stiff and The Secretary are all on the bar menu. The fresh, flavorful food is inspired by Asian, Latin and all-American cuisine.

The lobby, public areas and guestrooms feature eclectic décor sensibility with attention to comfort. The meeting rooms are set up to keep creativity high, are labeled after the name of kid's games like Patty-Cake and Hide-&-Seek, and come fully equipped with tic-tac-toe notepads. For the serious business, the hotel offers a full range of audio/visual equipment packages. During breaks your team can pop into the 5 & Dime kiosk for a vintage Etch-a-Sketch and old-fashioned pop-bottle soda, watch cartoons in the lobby, or play a quick round of KerPlunk.

The Curtis, 1405 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-571-0300 Website: theCurtis.com

Photo credits:
Oxford Hotel – Denver; by Mike T Ormsby
Denver Marriott City Center; by Mr. Jincks
The Curtis – Denver; by Lowlight (Plug)