Brown Palace Hotel

Historic hotel in Denver

Standing agape under the stained-glass-crowned atrium, it’s clear why this palace is shortlisted among the country’s elite historic hotels. There’s deco artwork, a four-star spa, imported marble and staff who discreetly float down the halls. The smallish rooms, which have hosted presidents since Teddy Roosevelt’s days, have a unique elegance – some modern, others hearkening to a distant era.

If it’s out of budget, consider taking a guided tour ($15) or hang out for a while in the lobby and just pretend. The martinis are predictably perfect and served with a sterling bowl of warm pecans.