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Early on Monday morning I arrived at Denver Union Station, a ghostly place that was echoed by the lack of activity in the surrounding streets. Denver's whole raison d'etre was to be a base for gold prospecting in the nearby Rockies. Unfortunately, little gold was ever found, although it did subsequently become a centre for silver mining for a …
We were woken up early because it was Christmas morning. I went upstairs and saw what I had in my stocking. I got some lip balm, a scarf, a Starbucks card and some chocolates. Then after breakfast we went to open our other gifts, I got a magazine subscription, a hair straightener, a pandora bead and an iTunes voucher. Then I went on a walk with Mum ...
... was really cool because it was something we had never done, but after a while we got too cold and had to go home. We drove back home and Donovan and Kinsey built Legos while I did some coloring. Then we had a really nice Christmas dinner, we had a brisket with cranberry sauce. Then we had a really super nice chocolate log roll for desert and went to ...
We woke up and went upstairs to have some really nice pancakes for breakfast. Then Dad, Chris and I went to Jax and then the lab. Jax was a outdoors store which sold fishing gear and bait which is what we needed to get. Near the car park there was a field where there were heaps of really cute prairie dogs digging holes on the ground and wagging their little tails. Then we went to the university where Chris worked at to feed some of his ...
We woke up this morning to find a blanket of snow over everything outside. So we had some breakfast and went outside in the snow, we even got to walk on the frozen river. Then we got ready to drive to Beaver Meadows Ranch. It was about an hours drive and we saw a lot of mountains along the way. We we got outside and it was FREEZING! We walked through the wind and snow to the place where we were going tubing. What you do to tube is grab ...
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Booked hotel through Hotwire and thought I got a great deal ($52/night) but be warned - even though it is one of Hotwire's 3-star "Greater Downtown Denver" hotels it is neither in Downtown nor is it worthy of a 3-star hotel rating. I agree with previous reviewers- the hotel is dingy and depressing as it is located in one of the worst neighborhoods of Denver and is almost completely surrounded by Invesco Field's parking lot. Sure, you see Downtown Denver from the entrance of the hotel but don't bother walking it- the surrounding neighborhood, again is very dicey. As for the rooms, they are dingy...it looks like they haven't been updated since the 1970's. The facility overall needs a major overhaul. The hotel service is okay, no real complaints there. Probably the best service this hotel provides is a free shuttle to downtown- however this service ends at 11pm and it is spotty- the drivers are either really good or not so good depending on who's working the shift. So if you're looking for a budget place to stay, I guess this would fit the bill but for me, and for anyone that really wants to experience the city, I recommended paying $20-30 extra a night to stay at a nice hotel in the middle of Downtown.
Not downtown. Not a three-star. Not fun.
A nice TWO-star hotel. But not a three-star. Just because it has a hair-dryer does not make a hotel a three-star.
We were snarled at when inquiring about a ride via shuttle to downtown Denver -- because, despite the name, this hotel is not even close to downtown Denver. Calling itself 'downtown' is like saying the Rocky Mountains are in Kansas.
Another poster was correct: This place should call itself the "PriceLine Low-Bid Hotel."
There is no bellman or concierge or information desk. If you need a taxi called for you, you have to wait in line at the front desk for help. The management of this hotel doesn't make any effort to please guests. Why not have more than one person available in the lobby?
The only plus: free parking.
Depressing--and don't count on hot water.
According to staff, Red Lion is desperately trying to sell this dreadful property, but nobody will buy it. It feels like a cheap motel, but tries to pass itself off as a 3* hotel. The location is awful, the hot water comes and goes, the sheets are threadbare, and the whole experience is depressing. Motel 6 is a better choice. If you are bidding on Priceline for Central Denver, I wouldn't recommend bidding on 3* or below, or you stand a good chance of getting this place and ruining your trip. The only thing enjoyable about this place is checking out.
Good for the price
We were scared at first to stay at this hotel because of the reviews on this site, but took the chance due to the great rate ($59.00 reserved on their site). For the rate I thought it was worth the money. The room was clean and the swimming pool was nice. The shuttle was very prompt when we used it to go downtown. If you don't want to shell out lots of cash I highly recommend it and it offers free parking!
If I had to use one word to describe this hotel it would be ick. Definately NOT a 3 star hotel. Outdated, in need of renovation. Not in walking distance (as their ad states) to downtown or anything but the stadium. I was very disappointed, place was not as described. I would recommend staying somewhere else.
Sleep at the terminal / April 2004
If you are arriving late into Denver and want to use this as a layover hotel. FORGET IT! Our flight landed on time at 1100PM. We wanted outside in the cold until 100AM for the shuttle to pick us up. Apparently there is only one shuttle that picks up for ALL the hotels after 1130PM and he waits for every airline crew to come in, and drops them off at their hotel FIRST! I told the front desk that it took longer for the shuttle to pick us up than it did for me to fly to Denver on an airplane. Yes, they know was the answer. The room was no different than a motel 6 and the heater/ac was so noisy and full of cheerios that I couldn't sleep. Got a cheap rate, but you do get what you pay for. Coffee shop did not open in the morning to buy coffee.
I stayed at this hotel last February and was not very impressed.
I got this room through Priceline on a bid for what was supposed to be a 3 star hotel, after staying there I can't see it being more than a 1 and a half star hotel. Starting with the high points, it had a good shower, the pool area wasn't awful, and for the most part the staff was friendly. When we walked in our room it felt like we traveled back in time to 1985, as this room had an eighties feel to it. The room seemed to be a bit run-down. The hotel's website says they offer complementary shuttle service to the airport and they don't. The housekeeping staff at the Red Lion isn't the greatest in the world either, we got back to our room at 12:30 in the afternoon and they still hadn't touched the room. After they finally made our beds, the sheets came apart within 5 minutes of laying in the bed. We had a reservation for Monday and Tuesday night and around 5 o'clock Tuesday afternoon the front desk validated our keys to someone else, and we had a complete stranger walk into our room. It was a good thing we were in the room or this could have been more a problem than it was. The front desk then called telling us we had to leave because they thought our reservation was for one night when it was in fact for two. It got to the point where they disabled our keys and we had to go down to the front desk to have them fix the problem, it was quite a hassle. As far as the shuttle service goes the Red Lion does make an effort to assist as many of their guests as possible, the shuttle drivers are great, it is hard when there is only one van for a hotel full of guests. In closing this place needs a major overhaul to compete with other "3" star hotels.
I was very disappointed by the Red Lion. Although recently "remodeled" (I think redecorated is a more appropriate term) the bad location really ruined it for me. I would have much rather paid more to stay downtown and have places within walking distance. The cleanliness of the room was also a question to me. We ate at the restaurant upstairs and the food was mediocre at best. We cut our stay from 4 nights to 3 because of weather, but I was glad to get out of there and won't be going back!
3/20/03 - Family of 3 - We went to Denver to see the Michael Jordan "Farewell Tour" - The Wizards were playing the Nuggets. I found the Red Lion on the internet, and the picture shown is a little misleading, the hotel is actually off by itself, across the street from Invesco Field and is not in a fabulous part of town. We choose this hotel over a true downtown property because of the free parking. I was apprehensive when we pulled into the parking lot, but the hotel has been recently updated and they did a nice job. Our room was nice ( small ) and clean. It had a coffee maker. The bathrooom is very tiny, comes with a hair dryer and fullsize ironing board and iron. The laundry on each floor is a very small closet with a washer and dryer. It was hard to get in and out of the room, but since the building is round they were making the best use of space possible. The "business center" is free for guests ( computer - internet connection - printer and fax ) but it is in a small room and seats only one person, there was no time limit and the times I went to check the room was occupied. My husband did manage to get in to print off a coupon for a museum ( bring your own paper ). The Skybox Grill on the top floor was nice and does give a great view. The food was good ( also pricey -- $9.00 for a cheesburger ). There isn't really a view of the Rockies, but the night time view of downtown was nice. There was a free shuttle service to downtown. We didn't see or use the pool. There was a local paper delivered to our room each morning. Overall, I would stay again on a family trip. I would have to ask for a bigger room however. The free parking and shuttle service make it a nice alternative to some of the more expensive downtown hotels. It wasn't elegant, but it was worth the price!