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Hockey Night in Denver and Embassy Suites

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A November 2002 trip to Denver by thecopes

Colorados Ocean Journey Photo, Denver, Colorado More Photos
Quote: My son's favorite NHL team is the Colorado Avalanche and since my goal in life is to spoil him rotten, we took advantage of the Veterans Day weekend and cheap airfares to take a quick trip to Denver to watch some hockey.

Hockey Night in Denver and Embassy Suites

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Outside the Pepsi Center Photo, Denver, Colorado
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The Pepsi Center is one of the newest and nicest of the NHL arenas. It may lack the charm of the old Boston Garden, but it makes up for it with the sheer volume of the sound system! We also enjoyed the Ocean Journey aquarium and checked out several shopping malls. In perusing the Denver tourist guides, there appear to be a number of terrific restaurants and other attractions in the area. I hear they have skiing nearby, too (yes, I'm being facetious. In fact, they had so much snow in the mountains while we were there that Snowmass opened three weeks early!).Quick Tips: Get a good map - we got lost on the way to the hotel. While most of the streets are in a grid pattern, there are a numb...Read More

Embassy Suites Denver - Southeast (Hampden Avenue)

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Hotel | "Embassy Suites Denver Southeast"

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I was originally planning to stay at the Embassy Suites in downtown Denver, but the cheapest rate there was $119/night plus another $19/night to park! This one in SE Denver was only $79/night, had free parking, and "is a full-service all-suite hotel with 206 suites conveniently located within walking distance of two shopping malls with six movie screens and 26 restaurants", to quote the Embassy Suites web site. More on the malls, movies, and restaurants later. This Embassy Suites was a pretty typical one - atrium lobby, spacious rooms, indoor pool and exercise room, small bar, and restaurant. While not rundown, everything was beginning to show a little wear, especially the carpets, wallpaper, pa...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 14, 2002

Embassy Suites Denver - Southeast (Hampden Avenue)
7525 E HAMPDEN AVE
Denver, Colorado 80231
303 696-6644

Colorado Avalanche

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Attraction | "Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center"

Colorado Avalanche Photo, Denver, Colorado
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The Colorado Avalanche are one of the most popular teams in the NHL. Since we don't have an NHL team in Seattle, my son has adopted the Avs as his favorite team and future Hall-of-Famer Patrick Roy is his favorite player. We've seen them play in Vancouver, but there's nothing like cheering your favorite team in their home rink. The Avs have had about a billion consecutive sellouts, so the only way to get good seats is to buy them from scalpers or season ticket holders. Since this was going to be our only chance to see them, we wanted to get good seats on the lower level. We found some seats on ebay and only paid slightly more than face value. Did I mention that face value was $108? Each? Yikes! ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 16, 2002

Colorado Avalanche
901 Auraria Parkway
Denver, Colorado 80204
+1 303 405 1100

Colorado's Ocean Journey

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Attraction | "Ocean Journey"

Colorado's Ocean Journey Photo, Denver, Colorado
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We had first heard that this new aquarium wasn't that good but we thoroughly enjoyed it! We found a coupon for two-for-one admission too. Convenient parking across the street is $6. Apparently when the adjacent Six Flags is open, there is a shuttle that runs from the parking lot over to Six Flags so you could go to both places and only pay to park once. Ocean Journey isn't a huge aquarium, and instead of having tank after tank of fish and other sea life, it concentrates on two main exhibits: The Colorado River Journey and Indonesian River Journey. As you follow these two rivers from mountaintop to the sea, the corresponding surroundings and animal/marine life change accordingly. An excellent gui...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2002

Colorado's Ocean Journey
700 Water St
Denver, Colorado 80211
+1 303 561 4450; +1

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We've always felt that when visiting a new city, do what the locals do. So we go to malls! (c'mon, that's what you do when you're at home. You can admit it) There were two next to the Embassy Suites, which turned out to be mostly disappointing so we checked out a couple others as well. Here's the rundown: Tiffany Plaza: This was more like a strip mall and was located across the street from the Embassy. Walgreens, Payless Shoes, and Subway were the BEST stores in the mall. There was an Internet Cafe with no customers and a restaurant called Le Peep that was packed for Sunday brunch. The inside part of the mall had a Wig Shop(!), an empty Chinese restaurant, and one great find: a discount movie t...Read More