Best Places to Stay in Denver

Where to Stay in Denver, By an Area Local [2022]

Denver is quickly becoming one of the hottest cities in America for tourism, which leaves many people wondering where to stay in Denver.

I am a Colorado local who has spent years living in many different areas in Denver. These days I travel the world full time and write about it on this blog, but every time I come home I take a moment to take stock of how the different parts of Denver are changing.

And I can assure you of one thing: where you choose to stay in Denver will have a big impact on how much you enjoy your trip to the Mile High City. So to help you out, I created this local’s guide to staying in Denver, as well as a separate post where I rank the best hotels in Denver.

Oh, and before you dive in, be sure to bookmark my list of the best day trips from Denver, which is filled with awesome excursions from the Mile High City, and my epic list of the top Denver activities.

Best Places to Stay

The author at one of the top places to stay in Denver
You can’t go wrong staying at the incredible historic The Oxford Hotel!

Just looking for a quick answer on the best places to stay in Denver? Here are my top picks:

If you want to deep-dive further, go check out my mega post on the best hotels in Denver. Otherwise, let’s dive into the best areas and neighborhoods to stay in Denver.

9 Best Areas to Stay in Denver

Denver is composed of dozens of neighborhoods, each with its own unique character. See this map to get a sense of how the city is broken down. There are technically 78 Denver neighborhoods, far too many to cover fairly in this guide. Instead, I’ll cover the 9 Denver neighborhoods that are most popular with visitors and tourists. If you’re looking to move to Denver, I’d suggest you instead see my guide to the best Denver neighborhoods to buy, rent, or live in 2021.

1. Union Station / Lower Downtown (“LoDo”)

View of the lobby of The Maven in the LoDo area of Denver
Downstairs from The Maven Hotel you’ll find Dairy Block, one of the coolest “micro-districts” in Denver

👉 Best Area For First Timers and Tourists | ✨ Best LoDo Hotels: The MavenThe CrawfordThe Oxford

Since 2014, when the historic train station re-opened to the public after a major renovation project, Union Station has quickly established itself as the cultural heart of Lower Downtown (“LoDo”) Denver. If you are figuring out where to stay in Denver, and want to be in the center of it all, Lower Downtown is the area for you.

The surrounding neighborhood consists largely older warehouse-style buildings to the east of the station and newer construction to the west, all filled with some of Denver’s best restaurants, boutique shops, bars, hotels, and Coors Field (home to the Colorado Rockies baseball team). 

If you can afford it, my top recommendation for first-time visitors is that the Lower Downtown area is the best neighborhood to stay in Denver! You’ll be in the middle of it, all with easy access to transportation options, fine dining, sports and performances, nightlife, and the most vibrant parts of the city.

Pros of Staying in LoDo / Union Station Neighborhood:

  • Located in the center of the action
  • Tons of restaurants and bars
  • Easy to walk to much of the city, a short Uber or scooter ride to the rest

Cons of Staying in LoDo / Union Station Neighborhood :

  • Hotels are relatively expensive

📚 Union Station Mini Guide 📚
Best Area to Stay for First Timers
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2. Five Points / RiNo

Colorful street art in RiNo district Denver
The alley behind Denver Central Market

👉 Best Area For Nightlife and Art | ✨ Best RiNo Hotels: The Ramble The Source Hotel

Just north of Union Station lies Five Points, one of Denver’s most historic neighborhoods and probably the best neighborhood to stay in Denver for nightlife. At one point it was known as the “Harlem of the West,” with discriminatory housing laws in the rest of the city resulting in this neighborhood becoming the focal point of the city’s African American community. In recent years, Five Points has been the target of heavy development and gentrification, with the areas along Larimer and Lawrence streets, in particular, seeing a boom in construction projects over the past five years.

Today, Five Points (aka River North or RiNo) is home to a growing number of hot clubs, cool breweries, and fun and innovative dining options like Denver Central Market, where restaurants, a deli, a cafe, and an ice cream shop all share a single roof, with colorful art in the back alley. RiNo is a great place to spend your evenings while traveling to Denver and this could be your best area to stay in Denver if nightlife and dining are on the top of your list of things to do while in Denver.

Pros of Staying in RiNo Neighborhood:

  • Best nightlife area in town
  • Solid restaurants, great street art
  • A fun and lively area

Cons of Staying in RiNo Neighborhood :

  • Nightlife means it can get loud on weekends
  • Things are spread out, so walking to downtown is a bit of a hike

📚 Five Points / River North Mini Guide 📚
Best for Nightlife and Art
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3. Cherry Creek

View of the author at the Halcyon in Cherry Creek Denver
The apartment-style rooms at the Halcyon are amazing!

👉 Best Area For Luxury Travel and Shopping | ✨ Best Cheery Creek Hotels: Halycon HotelThe Jacquard Autograph Collection

The Denver Cherry Creek neighborhood is best known for its high-end residential units, as well as it’s enormous shopping complex by the same name. There are also a number of dining options here, though quite a few of them fall into the chain variety. Denver’s Cherry Creek is the best area to stay in Denver if you’re intent on doing a lot of shopping or if you want a high-end hotel outside of downtown Denver. Otherwise, I’d candidly recommend giving it a pass as it can feel a bit sterile to visitors.

Pros of Staying in the Cherry Creek Neighborhood:

  • Large, clean, expansive streets that are great for walking
  • TONS of shopping options
  • The most high-end/luxury part of town

Cons of Staying in the Cherry Creek Neighborhood :

  • It’s far from everything – you’ll definitely need a car or frequent Ubers

📚 Cherry Creek Mini Guide 📚
Best for Luxury Travelers, Shopers
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4. Central Business District (CBD)

View of Denver Convention Center and Blue Bear
The Blue Bear outside the Denver Convention Center in Denver’s CBD

👉 Best Area For Business Travel & Conventions | ✨ Best CBD Hotels: Le Meridien HotelThe Brown Palace Hotel

Sporting soaring office skyscrapers and a long pedestrian mall along 16th street (complete with a free shuttle service that runs the entire length of downtown Denver from the Capitol to Union Station), the Central Business District is the center of Denver’s growing business community. It’s also home to the Denver Convention Center, a huge multipurpose space that plays host to a wide variety of conferences and events (including the annual Great American Beer Festival), and the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

If you are traveling to Denver on business or for a convention, the many hotels in Denver’s Central Business District neighborhood make for a convenient option. But, in my opinion, the area can be a little dull at night (because almost nobody actually lives here). This is really only the best area to stay in Denver for business travelers, those loyal to a particular hotel chain, or those who plan to spend all of their time at the Colorado Convention Center.

Pros of Staying in the CBD Neighborhood:

  • Great for attending conventions
  • Close to downtown office buildings
  • Lots of Denver attractions within walking distance

Cons of Staying in the CBD Neighborhood :

  • Not a residential area, so can feel a little dead at night (especially on weekdays)

📚 Central Business District Mini Guide 📚
Best for Business Travelers, Convention Attendees
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5. Capitol Hill

View of the author in front of the Colorado State Capitol Building in Denver

👉 Best Area For Budget Travelers | ✨ Best Capitol Hill Hotels: The Art Hotel Denver

Home to the Colorado State Capitol and the Molly Brown House Museum, Capitol Hill is a blend of residential housing (largely townhomes and low-rise apartment buildings) and gritty but more affordable nightlife and dining options.

Denver’s Capitol Hill is also home to some of the more interesting stretches of Colfax Avenue, which Playboy once called “the longest, wickedest street in America,” and where you can find tattoo parlors, marijuana dispensaries, and run-down liquor stores nestled between trendy breweries and value dining options.

If you’re the kind of traveler who likes Williamsburg or Silverlake, or if you’re just looking for an affordable but central alternative to the city’s more expensive neighborhoods, you’ll love Capitol Hill. Despite its grit, Capitol Hill is the best place to stay in Denver on a budget.

Pros of Staying in the CBD Neighborhood:

  • Great for attending conventions
  • Close to downtown office buildings
  • Lots of Denver attractions within walking distance

Cons of Staying in the CBD Neighborhood :

  • Not a residential area, so can feel a little dead at night (especially on weekdays)
  • While I personally feel safe here, safety might be an issue for some. Read our article on safety in Denver to make sure this area is within your personal comfort zone

📚 Capitol Hill Mini Guide 📚
Best for Budget Travelers
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6. Lower Highlands / LoHi

Exterior view of Senor Bear restaurant in Lower Highlands neighborhood
Senor Bear, one of many superb restaurants and bars in LoHi

👉 Best Area For Families | ✨ Best LoHi Hotels: Life HouseFairfield Inn & Suites

LoHi was my home for many years and is still one of the hottest residential locations in Denver. Highlands — as the name suggests — is located up a bit of a hill that gives many spots stunning vistas of the downtown Denver skyline. The southern part of the neighborhood, often called “LoHi,” is home to some of the most expensive restaurants and bars in the city, including the ever-trendy Linger, which is set in a former mortuary. There is also a stretch of cool bars, restaurants, and shops further north in Highlands along Tennyson Avenue.

The neighborhood is a great base for those looking for a quieter scene, as LoHi tends to calm down a bit after sunset. There are a number of larger Airbnbs on offer here, as well as mid-market hotels fronting Speer Avenue that may offer value given their proximity to downtown Denver, such as the solid Fairfield Inn & Suites. Don’t miss ice cream at the iconic Little Man, where servers scoop up the good stuff from a building shaped like a milk can. 

Pros of Staying in the LoHi Neighborhood:

  • Amazing restaurants
  • Reasonably close to downtown
  • Lively but still quiet at night
  • Has a great residential ambiance, with lots of greenery, parks, and fewer cars

Cons of Staying in the LoHi Neighborhood :

  • The hill makes the walk back from downtown a bit of a chore

📚 LoHi Mini Guide 📚
Best for Families
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7. Uptown / North Capitol Hill

👉 Best Area For Longer Term Stays | ✨ Best Uptown Hotels: The Warwick

The smaller Uptown residential neighborhood is a quick walk away from Denver’s CBD, and a good value option for those visiting on business or looking to move to Denver (I lived here for years, and in fact still own a home there). Though not as lively as the surrounding neighborhoods, there is a mini-stretch of dining and nightlife along 17th Avenue that can still “Uptown funk you up.”

If you want to hang out on Colfax without having to actually stay on Colfax, or if you need to be downtown but want a little more character in your neighborhood, Uptown is a good area to stay in Denver for you. Don’t miss Ace, where modern Asian food, stylish but affordable cocktails, and ping pong (yes, ping pong!) all combine in an unexpected mix that works much better than it sounds.

Pros of Staying in the Uptown Neighborhood:

  • A very residential area with lots of locals
  • Pretty centrally located

Cons of Staying in the Uptown Neighborhood :

  • Fewer hotels to choose from

📚 Uptown Mini Guide 📚
Best for Longer Term Stays in Denver
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8. Baker / South Broadway

The author standing in front of Denver's The Mayan Theatre
Me in front of the historic Mayan theatre, my favorite place on South Broadway

👉 Best Area For Young Professionals | ✨ Best Uptown Hotels: Towne Place Suites by Marriott

In recent years, the area along South Broadway has become the hip spot for Denver’s younger professional set. The anchor attraction here is Punch Bowl Social, a huge complex that includes a restaurant, several bars, a bowling alley, shuffleboard, and an upstairs game room. But you’ll also want to check out the rest of the many smaller, hip joints that dot South Broadway from 1st Street down to Alameda Avenue.

From swank restaurants to cheap eats, there are plenty of places to grab a bite. And if you’re in a shopping mood, skip the chain stores and check out the many incredible boutiques that line South Broadway. If you want a fun area to stay in Denver outside of downtown, this is it (along with RiNo).

Note that most of the accommodation in the area is Airbnbs, are there aren’t a ton of hotel options. The one exception is the Towne Place Suites by Marriott which is a decent budget option if you’re looking for a cheap place to stay in Denver.

Pros of Staying in the Baker / South Broadway Neighborhood:

  • South Broadway is filled with lots of fun bars, restaurants, and shops
  • Still pretty quiet once you are a block away from South Broadway
  • Always a pretty lively area

Cons of Staying in the Baker / South Broadway Neighborhood :

  • Fewer hotels to choose from
  • Far from much of the rest of Denver

📚 South Broadway Mini Guide 📚
Best for Millennials, Young Professionals
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9. Washington Park

The author looking out over Washington Park in Denver
Me in Washington Park

👉 Best Area For Families and Outdoors (But no hotels!)

Home to many students and younger families, the Washington Park (“Wash Park”) neighborhood is a residential area set around the expansive park by the same name, which is worth a visit while traveling to Denver — especially during good weather, when the park comes alive with bikers, runners, skaters, basketball players, and more.

Although it is a wonderful Denver neighborhood, it’s a little far out from the rest of the city, so I wouldn’t recommend staying in Washington Park unless you have a car or willing to spend some time taking Denver public transportation. The other problem is that there are no hotels in Washington Park, so you’d need to get an apartment rental to stay in this neighborhood in Denver.

Pros of Staying in the Washington Park Neighborhood:

  • The park is huge and a great place to get outdoors in the city
  • Very pet friendly

Cons of Staying in the Washington Park Neighborhood

  • Zero hotels to choose from, so you’ll need an apartment rental
  • Very far from the rest of Denver (you’ll definitely need a car or bike)

📚 Washington Park Mini Guide 📚
Best for Families, Outdoors Types
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4 Tips for Where to Stay in Denver

Tip 1 – Don’t Stay at Denver International Airport

If you are new to Denver and searching for hotels on many booking sites, you may be tempted by relatively good deals for hotels near Denver International Airport (DIA). Unless you are specifically coming for a conference that takes place in one of those hotels, or unless you are just transiting through DIA, do NOT stay at or near DIA.

The airport in Denver is ridiculously far from the city, owing to the location of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge, so staying at the airport means being isolated from pretty much anything else in town.

👉 First Time in Denver? Don’t miss Abigail’s list of Denver travel tips!

Tip 2 – No, It’s Not Just You, Denver Hotels Are Really Expensive

A lot of people come to Denver thinking the town will make for a great budget vacation destination. That may have been true a decade ago, but these days Denver is one of the most popular business and travel locations in the United States.

Prices for Denver accommodation reflect the city’s popularity, so it’s pretty much impossible to find any true “budget” hotels in Denver. A “good deal” in Denver these days is pretty much any hotel in Denver under $250/night. In fact, there really isn’t even a single neighborhood in Denver where you can find truly budget hotel stays, although the Capitol Hill area comes closest.

Denver is the most expensive part of the state by far. If you’re on a budget and have the flexibility to check out other destinations in Colorado, consider visiting one of the many other places to see in Colorado instead. There are a lot of activities to do in Colorado beyond just Denver!

Tip 3 – And You May Save Money by Paying More

A lot of travelers are penny wise, pound foolish when it comes to booking accommodation. Don’t get a hotel that is really from downtown just because it cost $20 less per night. You will easily end up spending more than that on transportation costs to get around.

Instead, you can actually end up saving money by staying in one of my recommended areas in Denver, even if it means paying a bit more for your hotel, becuase it will put you in walking or public transit proximity to the many things to do in Denver (most of which are centered around the core of the city).

Tip 4 – Denver’s Neighborhoods Use Many Different Names

Note that one confusing thing about Denver’s neighborhoods is that the “official” terms for some of the more popular neighborhoods don’t necessarily align with the terms that locals will throw around.

For example, in recent years the slang “RiNo” (standing for “River North”) has come to be used to describe large portions of the historic neighborhood Five Point (astute travelers will observe that the newer slang terms often correspond to gentrifying areas).

⛰️ Exploring more of CO? Check out our complete guide to the best areas to stay on vacation in Colorado.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best area to stay in Denver?

The best overall area to stay in Denver is the Lower Downtown neighborhood, also known as “LoDo” or Union Station. Other top areas to stay include Five Points and the Central Business District.

Where should I stay in Denver for vacation?

If you are coming to Denver for tourism, great areas to stay include Lower Downtown, Capitol Hill, or the Five Points neighborhood.

Is Denver a walkable city?

Denver is a somewhat walkable city, with an overall Walk Score of 61 according to WalkScore.com. For tourists to Denver, many attractions are within walking distance, although it greatly helps to have a rental car if you can. See our guide to getting around Denver for more information.

Where should I not stay in Denver?

Areas to avoid staying in Denver as a tourist include anywhere that is too far from downtown Denver, as well as the northern parts of the city between City Park and Five Points (which have some of the higher crime rates in the city). It is also generally inconvenient to stay at Denver International Airport as the airport is located far from the city.

👉 Read Next: Where to Stay in Boulder, Colorado

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That’s it for this guide to where to stay in Denver. If you have any questions or any need personalized advice, feel free to scroll down and leave a comment. You’ll just want to bookmark this page and check back for my response (I try to respond within a day).

Enjoy the Mile High City!

28 Comments

    1. Hi Lynne,

      Most hotels downtown are going to be about as reasonably close to Empower Field as you are going to get anyway. If you’re on a budget, there are a couple of relatively budget-friendly hotels clustered on Speer and Zuni Street in LoHi: the Hampton Inn, the Fairfield Inn, and the Residence Inn. From there you can walk along the river to Empower field on the footpath, which I think is a pretty cool experience before and after the game or concert.

      Hope that helps! Enjoy whatever game or show you’re going to!

      Cheers,
      Nate

  1. Hi Nate,
    Great article.Need some help still. We are flying in to Denver on friday for football game at North.Colo Univ. on saturday, staying unitl sunday. got a very early flight 7am on sudnay so dont want to be too far from airport. Was thinking about Westin Downtown or ?…Questions: 1.Is that westin downtown descent area and close to LoDo ? 2. Is westin descent or for the price would you recommend diff.? looking for hotel $200/night (ish)
    thx you!

    1. Hi Jason,

      The reality in Denver is that the only thing really close to the airport are the actual airport hotels. Because the airport is on the other side of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Reserve, it means no matter where you stay (again, unless actually at the airport or one of the hotels that services it, but isn’t near anything else), you are looking at 30 minutes minimum to get there.

      Now, with that said, any of the downtown hotels – including the Westin should work fine. The big problem with getting to DIA is the traffic along I-70, but at that hour you are unlikely to have problems. You could drive, take an Uber, or even take the train from Union Station. The train goes to the airport in about 37 minutes and is very convenient.

      If being within walking distance from Union Station mattered, I might suggest The Maven as it is only a couple blocks away but still often has rates below $200. But, again, the Westin is a great choice as well!

      Enjoy your trip and the game!

      Cheers,
      Nate

  2. Hey Nate, thanks for the tips and great article… quick question, I’m curious to where I should stay for the weekend if I’m looking to do as much site seeing and visit the national parks but also enjoy the downtown area a bit and not be too far from the sites, which area would you recommend?
    Joe

    1. Hi Joe!

      Really comes down to a question of budget. If you can swing it, just stay in LoDo or RiNo. You’ll be close to I-70, so easy to get up to the mountains, but also within walking distance to all the downtown sites. The Maven is my personal favorite pick, and they do offer reasonable parking.

      Any place in LoDo, CBD, LoHi, or Capitol Hill should probably work pretty well for your situation though! I hope you enjoy Denver.

      Cheers,
      Nate

  3. Hi, thanks for the article is really helpful. I would like to know what are the best ski places near Denver for beginners, should I stay at red rocks?

  4. Greetings!
    Thank you for your insights into Denver and the surrounding areas. My husband and I will be visiting Denver and RMNP for the first time this July,2022. LoDo sounds like our type of area. We are wondering if Airbnbs would be a good choice? We will be renting a car and wondered about parking? Any thoughts?
    Thank you for your help !
    Terri

    1. Certainly there are Airbnbs in LoDo. Just be prepared to pay average nightly rates of $250 or (much) more. And also try to get one that comes with parking, otherwise you will have a hard time. There are some lots in the area that charge in the neighborhood of $35/night or so for parking, so that is also an option.

  5. Wanting to take in a concert at Red Rocks in June, would be flying in. I don’t want to rent a car. Looks like maybe the train is easy to figure out to get to hotel? Looks as if there are a couple Bars that have a shuttle service to the Red Rocks concert venue? Any suggestions would be helpful. Have never been to Colorado. My biggest concern is getting around without renting a car. Thinking of staying near Union Station just for the convenience, hotels in that area seem very pricey.

    1. I highly recommend taking Bus to Show to Red Rocks! It’s a ton of fun. They meet at bars in LoDo and in Capitol Hill, take you to the concert, then return after. I’ve done it a couple times and loved it. In terms of hotels, yes Union Station area can be a little on the higher end. Try The Maven though – sometimes they offer pretty good nightly rates, depending upon when exactly you’re visiting.

  6. I am looking to stay in the LoDo area but would like to still go somewhere and see snow, snow tube/snow mobile and we would have a rental to get around in. Any recommendations for places. Also what about bars/nightlife? A day trip to Breckenridge maybe?

    1. Hi Mireya – you’ll find tons of bars and nightlife in LoDo. LoDo and RiNo are definitely the places to stay for that. I suggest checking out Pon Pon Bar, the Union Station area, Our Mutual Friend Brewing, and Dairy Block. If clubs are more your style, there are a ton around Coors Field. To get up to the mountains, a rental vehicle is best. Breckenridge is great but a potentially long day trip if you are traveling during peak traffic periods. You can check out our list of ski resorts near Denver or day trips from Denver for ideas. Enjoy Denver!

  7. Great suggestions, Nate….thanks so much. We will be staying at The Oxford in September and wonder if you could suggest any “locals” bars in the area that aren’t sought out by tourists. We also would appreciate any little local joints that serve vegetarian, farm to table type food. Thanks!

    1. If you’re at The Oxford, you must check out The Cruise Room on the first level – it’s the oldest bar in Denver and has a fascinating history! Honestly, you won’t find many “touristy” bars in Denver except along 16th Street. Denver is a pretty big city, so most bars cater to locals (or at least people who live in Denver, since most people who live here moved here these days). There are plenty of tourists in Denver, but they tend to be outnumbered by residents.

      Personally I’m a big fan of Pon Pon bar, which is about a 10 minute walk from The Oxford. I also frequently meet my friends at The Terminal in Union Station. Machete Tequila is also right around the corner from you, and is excellent too (my friend who lives downtown and loves bars is a regular there). Wynkoop Brewing is also around the corner, and definitely pretty local (it was founded by the former mayor and Governor John Hickenlooper). Since you’re vegetarian, you might also like Mercury Cafe (more of a dive bar that also serves good veggie options).

      I am vegetarian myself and highly recommend dinner at City O’ City. Call ahead for a reservation. Watercourse is also solid. Both are located in Capitol Hill. A bit further away, you can try Vital Root in LoHi or Leaf on Pearl Street.

  8. Hi!
    I will only be in Colorado for two days. On the first day I will probably make a day trip to Colorado Spring for a hike and sightseeing, and then come back to stay in Denver for the night and hang around downtown the 2nd day. I will not have a car that day. I won’t be in the room other than sleeping, so I am looking for affordable but clean, but also close to everything. I’m both a Hilton and Marriott member. Thank you 🙂

  9. Awesome article!

    It will be my first time in Denver. I’m in my mid 30s, working professional. Visiting to see a concert at Red Rock on a Thursday evening and staying till Saturday. Where should I stay for my trip?

    Thank,
    Jon

    1. If visiting Denver primarily for a Red Rocks concert, you could stay at Origin at Red Rocks, which is the only hotel close to the venue. But given that you have extra time and presumably want to enjoy downtown Denver too, I would recommend staying in Union Station or RiNo. Take the Bus to Show party bus to the Red Rocks concert. Personally, I think you can’t go wrong staying at The Maven. It’s right in the Dairy Block, so puts you in the center of the action. For a slightly more budget option, check out the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station, which also has a solid location. Enjoy Red Rocks!

  10. Hi Nate,
    Thanks for your awesome article! Just wondering, how active is Uber/Lyft? We’re planning to spend one night in LoDo, however, we have an early morning flight (6AM) back. What are the chances of catching an Uber/Lyft @ 330-400AM? Is it safe enough to catch the train from Union Station?

    1. Uber and Lyft are both very active in Denver, and you shouldn’t have a problem getting a car at any hour (though it’s always best to order a little earlier at that time). The RTD A Line to DIA from Union Station starts up at 3 am and is also an option. In general, Union Station is safe at any hour, though you definitely should expect to encounter some sleeping homeless individuals (true in any part of Denver though). I personally would feel more than comfortable taking the early morning train and, indeed, have done so so many times myself. I hope you enjoy your trip to Denver!

  11. HI Nate
    Thank you for the post which is very useful and interesting. Especially as a first-time visitor to the city, lots of information are there, Our family visiting Denver and colorado springs from Iowa at the end of the month. We plan to stay at the Radisson hotel for two nights. As we may arrive late from Iowa, on our first day, the hotel is just to rest and then the next day we are going to see RMNP and return to the hotel before we head to colorado springs. After reading your article, I am just wondering whether the Globeville area is safe enough at late night.

    You are right, Hotels in colorado are very expensive in general no matter where you plan to stay, Our plan is to stay 4 days in Denver and two days in Colorado Springs. So for two days, we thought of staying closer to 16th street area, As we still have our options to change the hotels, I would be happy to hear from you if you have any suggestions for the best places and safe places now a days. Thank you again for your time

    1. Hi Sam,

      Globeville is a lesser-known neighborhood and isn’t somewhere I’d usually recommend as the highways cut it off from the rest of the city. But for a short trip like you describe, it could work just fine. While it does have a bit of a reputation for having a higher crime rate, personally I feel safe in Globeville and I think you are very likely to be fine there, especially staying at a big hotel like the Radisson. The Radisson does not get great guest ratings, but if it is more affordable than other hotels for your stay, it may be worth it.

      Other more budget friendly, but more central, hotels to check include The Warwick & The Hilton Garden Inn Union Station.

      I hope you enjoy your trip to Denver and to Rocky Mountain National Park!
      -Nate

  12. Hi! We are going to Denver for two nights. I saw you recommended the Lodo/downtown area but it looks like that will be a bit too expensive. There are some places available around the cheesman park area/south of city park. Do you recommend these areas?

    Also, we are debating between getting a rental car and relying on public transport/uber/scooters. I know parking may be difficult downtown. Is it easier to park around these or the Baker/South broadway area?

    Thank you and the guide is very helpful!

    1. Cheesman Park and City Park are perfectly fine if you have a car. It’s a bit of a far for scooters to downtown for me personally, but if you don’t mind a long ride it might be ok. Certainly Uber is very functional in Denver, though if you’re taking more than 2 trips per day it can quickly eat into any accommodation savings, so you’ll want to be strategic. A rental car would definitely be helpful. Parking is difficult downtown but not impossible. There is street parking, but it’s often hard to find a spot, and the garages are pretty pricey. Most other parts of Denver typically have better parking, though it always takes some patience to find a spot.

      I hope you enjoy DEnver!

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