The front doors of The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa in Denver opened on August 12, 1892 – they have never been locked since.
From the beginning and for the past 125 years, Brown Palace Hotel has attracted royalty, presidents, and celebrities, as well as being the grand dame hotel in the Mile High City for business, political and social events.
Dwight D. Eisenhower made the hotel his headquarters for his presidential elections; the Beatles stayed here before performing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 1964; and President Bill Clinton chose the hotel for important meetings during the 1997 Summit of the Eight.
The hotel’s early motto “Where the World Registers,” still applies.
Actors Jane Fonda and Robert Redford just filmed a movie here, and guests have included the Rolling Stones, Snoop Dogg, Taylor Swift, the Spice Girls, John Wayne and Western film star Monte Montana, who once rode his horse into the lobby and up the grand staircase.
For its 125th anniversary year, The Brown Palace Hotel will offer a number of specials throughout 2017, including whiskey-paired dinners, re-creation of historical dinners, introductions of special craft beers (several using locally produced honey in honor of The Brown’s rooftop bee hives and water from the hotel’s 750-foot deep artesian well), and value-added spa packages and dining packages, some of which will include $125 credits at the hotel’s four restaurants.
Details about the year-long packages and special events can be found at the hotel’s website. In August, the hotel will host a spectacular community celebration to commemorate the hotel’s anniversary date. Details will be announced soon.
Mark Shine, director of sales and marketing for The Brown Palace Hotel, said the hotel was thrilled to celebrate this milestone all year long in so many different ways.
“For 125 glorious years, we’ve hosted weddings, formal balls, family gatherings, community meetings, power lunches, romantic dinners, you name it. We are deeply honored that The Brown has played an important role in the history of this amazing city and in so many individual citizens’ lives.”
Shine added its hope was that its year-long celebration will give Denverites the opportunity to visit The Brown and reminisce about their special memories here while making new ones too.
The Brown Palace Hotel has a longstanding reputation for supporting Denver nonprofits and will continue that tradition in 2017 with several initiatives. One that will soon be unveiled is in collaboration with the Art Institute of Colorado. Students from the Art Institute will theme the outside windows of the hotel in honor of the anniversary.
The Brown Palace Hotel will also continue its very popular events, including historic tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Ghost Tours in October (The Brown is purported to have several unregistered guests, including a bartender who walks in and out of walls), and the famed Champagne Cascade in November.
The hotel, the first steel frame building in Denver and the tallest building in the city when it opened, is known for its unusual triangular shape and for its grand eight-story atrium, the first hotel atrium in the world, which is capped with a stained glass roof.
An elegant, traditional high tea is served in the atrium lobby every day, accompanied by piano or harp music.
Outstanding service and attention to detail have helped the Brown Palace Hotel win a Forbes Four Star rating as well as AAA’s Four Diamond rating for more than 30 consecutive years.
The Brown Palace Hotel is the only Denver hotel to receive both of these prestigious awards. It is also the only hotel to have two concierges who have both received the Les Clefs d’Or.
Founded in 1929, Les Clefs d’Or, which is French for “keys of gold,” is a prestigious group of seasoned hotel lobby concierges from the world’s best hotels.
The four restaurants of The Brown Palace have long been known for culinary excellence.
The traditional wood and red leather of the Palace Arms, with its Napoleonic décor of flags, uniforms, and weapons (including a set of dueling pistols once owned by Napoleon), offers a mixture of beloved French dishes with a Rocky Mountain twist, including buffalo and Colorado lamb.
Today, the restaurant also offers a wide array of changing dishes to take advantage of seasonal and locally sourced foods.
Ellyington’s has long been known as the home of power meals for politicians from the nearby Colorado State Capitol, while the Ship Tavern offers a nautical theme of historic model ships and a “crow’s nest” to match a changing menu that includes Alaskan king crab and buffalo burgers.