Ramada Denver Downtown
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Where do I begin?
Booked this from their website, which is very misleading. Rooms are very dirty. Pealing wallpaper, dirt on walls, rust and stains throughout bathroom, carpet filthy. Hallways are dingy. Found a homeless person one night sleeping in the hallway. Kids running throughout property, dogs barking in next door room. Neighborhood is scary. Crack house hotel is just one block away. Staff at front desk is very rude and not accomodating at all (we were made to feel as we were imposing on their time with our requests). Restaurant and bar are a joke. Limited menu, felt like a backwater joint found in some bario in a developing country. Place was very dirty and looks like it was renovated in 1975. I had to keep my shoes on when walking in my room, and made sure not to touch the bedspread or blanket when in bed. TV remote has some dried bodily fluid on it. I am surprised that Ramada still allows it's name to be associated with this dump.
If budget is your top concern, Ramada is ok
We stayed at the Ramada in late August 2005 for two nights, and that was plenty.
The hotel is very close to downtown and offers a shuttle, although they make its use very inconvenient. The hotel is a $4.50 cab fare from downtown, and all things considered, is probably the best bet for transportation. We saved $200 compared to friends that stayed at the Brown Palace downtown for two nights. So, in the end, we saved money and had a bed to sleep in.
Now, on the negative side, the bed was terrible. We peeled back the sheet to find a sticker "This mattress was made for Marriott Hotels . . . 1979". The staff were not helpful and made us feel like we were imposing whenever we requested assistance. The rooms were marginally clean, to say the least.
All in all, in a pinch to save $$$, we might consider staying there again, but don't expect much.
Great value - close to downtown attractions
My wife and I spent a week in July at the Ramada Denver downtown and it was very pleasant. Our room was comfortable with a King size bed, a table and two chairs, dressing table and closet outside the bathroom, and a small but clean bathroom.
Overall the hotel was clean, safe, and well located. The staff was courteous and helpful with any requests we made. There is a hotel shuttle which will drop you off anywhere within 3 miles. All you need to do is call down about an hour beforehand and reserve a space.
The area the hotel is in - East Colfax street - is on the upswing. I had been there 4 years ago and it is certainly improving. The neighbourhood is fine and safe as long as you use common sense and good judgement, just as much as many other neighbourhoods in any North American city. Near the hotel are a 7/11, Papa John's pizza, liquor store, some other restaurants, and many amenities.
Denver is very walkable, and the downtown attractions including 16th st mall, denver mint, state capitol, etc are about 10-15 minutes walking. The shuttle can get you down there in 5 mins however.
For the price you pay and the quality you get so close to downtown this is a fantastic property. If you prefer to pay 5 times as much as be 10 minutes closer to downtown, there are lots of choices, but for somewhat budget minded travelers the downtown Ramada is a good choice.
Management made our trip as smooth as glass
Since we were unfamilar with Denver, the courtesy shutle was incredibly convenient. The management ensured we that we had transportation right when we needed it. Free high-speed internet was a nice touch. We also enjoyed a reduced rate becaue we were only staying a few hours.
Good Cheap Hotel Downtown
I stayed here in February 2005. I chose it because of the price and the location. It's about a mile from the Capitol and is cheaper than anything else in the area. Granted, like the others say, the neighborhood can be a bit sketchy (I was panhandled upon walking 2 blocks west). It has a post office, liquor store, and bodega across the street. The Mexican Restaurant kitchen was closed for repairs when I was there, but the bar was open. The restaurant staff was friendly. The room and the hotel were very clean. There were kids playing in the hot tub, but I didn't investigate its cleanliness myself. Hotel staff was courteous and professional. Bottom line: if you're looking for a cheap but clean hotel in downtown Denver and don't mind an occasional panhandler, don't hesitate to stay here.
This Place Rocks!
Definitely not the hotel of choice for condescending middle-class yuppie snobs with the luxury SUV, 2.5 kids and 1.5 dogs who are frustrated because they can't afford the $175 a night Adam's Mark a mile away.
This hotel has character, and the lobby decor is spectacular copper and leather Southwest motif Americana. The hotel staff was very accommodating to me during my visit, and bent over backwards to respond when the toilet in my room developed mechanical difficulties. The mexican restaurant on-site is great, as is the Irish pub across the street, and the gourmet coffeeshop a block down.
If you're in Denver for a conference at one of the ostentatious 16th street hotels, stay here and take the free shuttle to the conference hotel.
If your permanent home is in a gated community or a neighborhood comprised solely of cookie-cutter contemporary homes, this hotel's neighborhood would seem sketchy. To those of us with more real world urban life experience, this is no big deal. I walked from the 16th street hotels to this hotel at 9pm several nights with no problems. Of course, if the sight of an African-American person is enough reason for you to call 911, don't stay here.
Area is sketchy but the hotel is great
Driving to the hotel I got a bit nervous about the location. It's in a sketchy area about 1 mile away from the better areas of downtown. When I spoke to the staff, I was initially unimpressed by their colloquial manner towards me, the guest. As the stay went on, I came to appreciate their friendly demeanor and found them to be very competent from the front desk to the shuttle drivers. The shuttle to downtown, runs every hour and will work with you if you miss the time or pickup. If I were to stay in Denver again, I would choose this hotel over others in the downtown that are twice the price. If cost were not an issue, I would choose one of the hotels closer to the 16th st mall.
Good Value Hotel
Picked this hotel because of the price - relatively cheap. When I arrived I realised why - seedy area indeed. However I can't fault the hotel. The rooms are large clean and with very good amenities. The Mexican restaurant is very good - recommend the breakfast. The Hawalian guy in the bar is very friendly - say hello to him. The pool is a disappointment - small and unclean looking although the sun terrace is nice. If you want a good value hotel within walking distance of the main centre then stay here. But luxury it isn't.
Good cheap option in denver
Well, aberrant billing problems aside, the hotel is an fine basic choice for staying in Denver. Its location, simplicity and price are strong selling points, but the decor, pool, and restaurant are useless.If you've got a rental car the large free parking lot is pretty convenient--esp if you don't want to bother with expensive and annoying valets at downtown hotels. The colfax location is central but just a little seedy--if you appreciate classic downtown diners, country-western gay bars, and funky record stores, this isn't bad at all. The best part was feeling like I could come and go as i pleased, without calling for the car, or walking through a busy lobby scene.However, the country western decor is ridiculous and overwhelming. The pool is more like a bathtub, completely taken over by 3 or 4 splashing kids the whole time i was there. The rooms are kind of bland, almost dingy. But, once again, for $70/night, you're doing okay.No staff or billing problems for me, but my sympathies to anyone who has to deal with crap like that.
Think twice... three... four times before staying at the Downtown Denver Ramada. Perhaps, like me, you might get billed twice for your stay and have to spend hours of your life trying to clear the matter up with a franchise who has no interest in your fate or your money.
I used my American Express card to reserve a room online this fall. Upon check-out, I told the desk person that I would prefer to pay cash and NOT leave the charge on my Amex. I was told this was not a problem and my cash was taken. In a few weeks, to my surprise and dismay, the charge also appeared on my American Express statement.
Despise the fact I never signed a credit card slip, they are saying that the Ramada receipt corporate receipt they have is good enough for them to charge me and, conveniently, their records don't show I paid cash.
I have tried to speak with them but the staff at the Ramada will not even make a pretense of caring. It is, apparently, out of the realm of possibility that a mistake could have been made by the Denver Ramada. My requests that they check their billing, check their cash received, video surveillance, have all fallen upon deaf ears. The staff is completely disinterested in even listening - so much for the customer is always right.... more like the customer is always ignored.
Stay away.... stay very far away....
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