We are going to be in Denver this summer arriving around noon. We are only staying that afternoon and night....leaving early the next day for Vegas. I have looked a little at the Larimar Square area downtown. I want to be in walking distance of shopping, entertainment, and good food...soak in some local culture and get a feel for the city. Is Larimar Square the area for this and anyone have any experience with hotels that are nice and walking distance from nice things to do with family?
but - as jerryl mentioned, the downtown Marriott is nice, convenient, etc.
here's my data dump: Denver: Brown Palace, Colorado Springs, etc.
and, of course, some pics - if you have time: Colorado: Garden of the Gods, US Air Force Academy, Denver
p.s. if you've never tried Tokyo Joe's, a regional chain, I highly recommend it.... https://tokyojoes.com/
Don't think you will have time to go to csprings if you only have an afternoon . If you want a wild restaurant go to buckhorn exchange . It is an original restaurant in denver going back to 1890 . Has all kind of stuffed animals and you can get all kinds of game including rocky mountain oysters
Agree with jerryl about the Buckhorn Exchange - the oldest restaurant in Denver with an unbelievable collection of animal trophies. Check out the upstairs lounge if you go. Two recent places we enjoyed recently were a tour of the state capital building and a tour of the Denver Mint. The Mint is very popular and requires advance reservations. However, even if it seems fully booked, keep checking, as cancellations occur. Both attractions are interesting and educational. If your tastes run to Indian food, India's Restaurant is one of our favorites - long established and excellent, Indian food.
Another place to visit in the downtown area is the Molly Brown House, home of Molly and John Brown. She was a Titanic survivor, spoke 5 languages and helped rescued survivors. He became rich in the Leadville mining boom days. The house tour - about an hour - provides a good summary of Denver history, Molly Brown's amazing life, and the home and its furnishings are interesting. Not too far from the Mint.
I live in Denver and we go downtown often. When we spend the night we have found a new hotel....Renaissance Downtown City Center. Used to stay at the Ritz and it is still great but this place has some history and is fun. Was an old Bank during the early 1900's and most of the people that work there can fill you in on the history of the building. Some rooms can be a bit small so make sure you ask for a larger room, but the hotel is outstanding and so are the people who work there. Location is perfect. Very close the anything you need or want, plus they have a courtesy car that will drop you off and pick you up if needed. Bar is on smaller side but really good and they actually have their own beer only for the hotel.