Denver is an active city. Known for skiing, hiking, climbing and mountain biking, it's the kind of place people go to push their body to its limits. That includes meeting attendees, many of who love to combine business with pleasure by squeezing in outdoor workouts or adventures while attending events in the Mile High City.
Of course, all that activity can lead to sore, tired muscles to go with the fatigue borne of a long day of meetings. In either case, the remedy is simple: a spa.
Fortunately, Denver has them in spades. One go-to facility is the spa at Hilton Denver Inverness in south suburban Englewood, Colo., which recently announced that it has new management: Atlanta-based hotel management company Davidson Hotels & Resorts.
"There is a new energy in Denver with a young, entrepreneurial spirit that matches our high-touch, personalized service and progressive approach," said Davidson Hotels & Resorts chief operating officer Thom Geshay. "With our deep experience in the conference center space, we plan to further enhance revenues and guest experience at Hilton Denver Inverness by implementing proven Davidson best practices."
Formerly the Inverness Hotel & Conference Center, the property became a Hilton in 2017 following a multimillion-dollar renovation. Along with an 18-hole championship golf course, the resort offers 302 guest rooms, three tennis courts, a 24-hour fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, an executive floor lounge, five onsite restaurants and over 62,000 square feet of IACC-certified meeting space, including a 5,400-square-foot ballroom.
As for the spa: It spans 4,500 square feet and has seven treatment rooms, plus a relaxation suite, a private hot tub and a patio with a fireplace. For active attendees, a highlight is the Sports Massage, which incorporates stretching and focuses on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive movements.
The Hilton Denver Inverness is ideal for groups that want to meet outside the city, where there's extra space and amenities, like golf. Groups that want to stay in Denver proper also have excellent options. Here are four of them.
• The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa — Part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa in downtown Denver opened in 1892 and is the second longest-operating hotel in Denver. Along with 241 guest rooms, there are six restaurants and bars and nearly 20,000 square feet of meeting space. The spa, which has six treatment rooms -- including a separate manicure/pedicure room, a hair salon and a couples' VIP suite -- "blends Victorian elegance with the best of the postmodern West," according to the hotel. Offerings include special soaks that use water drawn from a natural artesian well located 750 feet beneath the property. Meeting attendees will appreciate, in particular, the Travelers Relief massage, which combines deep-tissue and pressure-point techniques with a special aromatherapy blend to ease the aches and fatigue of traveling.
• The Ritz-Carlton, Denver — In downtown, the Ritz-Carlton, Denver offers 202 guest rooms and suites whose plush amenities include featherbeds, oversized bathtubs, rainforest shower heads and terry robes. There's also 13,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center and a signature restaurant, Elway's, named after NFL Hall of Fame inductee and former Denver Bronco quarterback John Elway. The 6,000-square-foot spa, which features a salon and relaxation lounges with steam rooms and whirlpools, specializes in signature treatments that utilize local resources. A highlight is the Microbrew Ex'beer'ience, which uses craft beers from local brewer the Great Divide Brewing Co. to smoothen, tighten and hydrate skin.
• Four Seasons Hotel Denver — Although it offers spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, the Four Seasons Hotel Denver prides itself on giving visitors a reason to stay put in the city instead of retreating to the mountains. Along with 239 guest rooms and 17,000 square feet of meeting space, it offers a signature steakhouse serving Colorado-ranged beef, a fitness center and a rooftop pool. With 10 gemstone-themed treatment rooms, the spa blends seamlessly with Denver's mountain landscape thanks to wood and stone elements, which also figure prominently in treatments. For instance, the Evergreen Massage is a deep-tissue treatment that uses as a key ingredient evergreen oil, used for centuries by Native Americans for its antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
• The Oxford Hotel — Opened in 1891, the Oxford Hotel is Denver's oldest and most historic property. Located in the city's LoDo neighborhood, it has 80 guest rooms and suites, its own curated art collection, a signature steakhouse, a Prohibition-era bar, a fitness center and over 8,000 square feet of meeting space. The Oxford isn't just historic, though; thanks to its spa, it's also relaxing. The signature service is Bee My Honey, a "farm to (massage) table" treatment that blends honey from the hotel's restaurant with olive oil, sugar and lavender essential oil, the result of which is used to exfoliate your skin prior to a skin-smoothing milk and honey body butter massage.