A travel journal
to Denver by Steve S.
Quote: Denver is quite possibly one of the most beautiful city settings in the country and in the foothill of the Rockies is a great launching point for a variety of day trips, activities and cultural encounters.
We arrived late and expected to have problems with our reservation which had unfortunately not been secured with a credit card, mistake number one. However, the desk staff was more than courteous and even offered to upgrade our room for us at no cost for the inconvenience that we had experienced in our day long drive into Denver. Truly amazing to me that the staff was willing to play off our misfortune into making us feel at home.
After settling in, we found that the hotel room, which was on the ground floor, had both inside and outside entrances which made it incredibly convenient to park and unload the car at the door without having to disturb our hotel neighbors, especially since we were travelling with our puppy (Hyatt is also a pet friendly hotel, which was nice and there is no additional charge for a small dog or cat).
The room itself was nicely furnished. A feather comforter on the bed and high speed internet ports at the desk would be a welcome addition for any business traveller and the faux marble flooring and added decoration of the bathroom would make even the most weary of travelers feel at home.
The second night of our stay, a quick trip to the front desk to retrieve fresh towels brought with it another surprise. The same desk clerk who had checked us in the previous night, remembering our travel misfortune, offered free drink coupons for the bar and pointed us on our way.
Overall, the Hyatt Tech Center was a great place to stay at a fabulous value ($59/night). The staff truly seem to care about their guests and made us feel very much pampered while we were there.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2002
Hyatt Regency Tech Center
7800 East Tufts Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80237
The restaurant is tiny by comparison to other dining stops in the city. A total of 10 tables or less provide very little seating capacity and during peak times, the line for food and a table seems to stretch endlessly out the door. Trust me, the wait is well worth your time!
Unlike other fast food establishments, Chipotle makes everything fresh when you order it. You'll see the cooks huddled over open grills preparing the steak, chicken and carnitas (Mexican pulled pork). If you order a burrito, you'll watch as they steam the freshly made tortilla wrap as you wait and then add the most flavorful meats you've ever tasted.
The menu is minute. Fajitas, Burritos or tacos is all Chipotle offers. No item on the menu exceeds $6.00 and you'll most assuredly be back to visit again.
The restaurant itself has a very modern style. Metal and wood blend to create not only the tables and chairs (which Chipotle refers to as sculptures not furniture) but the decorations on the walls, the counters, even the trim in the bathrooms.
If you're looking for a Mexican restaurant and an inexpensive meal, Chipotle will certainly not disappoint. In fact, you won't even believe you've eaten in a fast food restaurant.
15280 E. Illiff Ave.
Restaurant | "Beau Jo's Pizza"
The pizza isn't the only reason to visit Beau Jo's. Their beer list includes many local microbrews that offer visitors an opportunity to try something new and the restaurant decor is unlike anything you'll find elsewhere. As a throwback to the early days of mining in Colorado, you'll find antiques from the mines on the wall and around the dining rooms. You too can add to the restaurant's decor on their unique napkin wall where your visit can be memorialized among the hundred of others that make each of the seven locations around the West unique.
The prices are good. A family of four can easily eat at Beau Jo's for $25 or less and the lunch buffet makes a quick and inexpensive (about $6) meal easily obtainable.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2002
2710 South Colorado Blvd
Denver, Colorado 80222
+1 303 758 1519
Attraction | "Tattered Cover"
The downtown Tattered Cover is nice and is convenient to many of the other downtown sites, but a true connoisseur of books will love a visit to the other Denver locations including the truly unique original store in the Cherry Creek area that features, in addition to books, the Fourth Floor Restaurant renowned for their wine list and their fabulous food which truly makes the Tattered Cover someplace where a book love could spend an entire day.
Tattered Cover Bookstore
2955 East First Ave
Denver, Colorado 80206
+1 303 322 7727; +1
Attraction | "Coors Field"
If you're so inclined, Coors Field has a single row of seats in the upper deck that mark exactly one mile above sea level and they are easily distinguishable by the seats purple color which stands out amid the green ballpark seats.
If you're more interested in comfort, spend a few extra dollars on club level seats whih provides a private escalator entrance, carpeted air conditioned walk ways around the ballpark and private concession stands serving everything from standard ballpark fare to specialty foods in a pre-game buffet. Bars are also available in the club level for those who are interested and although the ticket prices are among the highest in the majors, the food prices are reasonably priced compared with other ballparks.
Parking is difficult around Coors, so if you're staying in the downtown area, you might take the time to check into a cab or a city bus or perhaps even a hotel shuttle. What you spend on cab fare or public transportation might well be cheaper than the $10-20 you'll pay for parking near the stadium.
Overall, Coors Field is one of my favorites and a place that I look forward to returning to over and over. I hope you find the same enjoyment!
Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies
2001 Blake St.
Denver, Colorado 80205
Kansas City, Missouri