Recently I went to Denver Colorado for a conference. The conference was held in the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center. I have long since learned that when attending a conference, it is almost always a good idea to stay in the same hotel the conference is in, so I stayed two nights there. In this Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center hotel review, we’ll take a look at the cost, location, food options, wifi and amenities. I’ll share my experience at the hotel – hopefully that can help you decide if the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center makes sense for you for your next stay in Downtown Denver.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center Location
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center is located at 1420 Stout Street, Denver, Colorado 80202, on Stout Street in between 14th and 15th streets in the LoDo area of Denver. I took the train in from the airport and then the free 16th Street shuttle from Union Station. After riding on the 16th Street shuttle for a few stops, the hotel was only a quick 2 block walk.
(image credit from hilton.com)
The hotel is right across the street from the Denver Convention Center and I would say that the area is mildly sketchy. I didn’t feel particularly unsafe myself, but you do have to use your key to get into the hotel, and the lobby of the hotel is actually up on the 4th floor of the hotel. Valet parking is $49 / night (ouch!) and self-parking is not available.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center hotel review – Cost
I originally booked the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center through a conference rate of $159 / night, but of course the rate you get will wildly vary depending on when you’re booking and what other things might be going on. It’s certainly possible that you could be some random dates, it was rare to see rooms under $150 / night, and many nights were pushing $200-$300 or more. Hilton now does not have a set award chart for points redemptions, which means that the redemption rate in points also varies with the cash rate. Most nights I saw were 50,000 points or higher, which is not a great redemption of Hilton points for a random hotel in the middle of a city. One thing that you can and should do is keep checking your Hilton reservations for price drops. I set myself a reminder to check the price every week or so and I eventually got the price down to $129 / night.
Denver Downtown Embassy Suites by Hilton review – Room
The Embassy Suites is an all “suite” hotel, with “suite” in quotation marks because the rooms don’t have a separate room with a door, which is required for a suite in my mind. When you walk in, there is a living room with a pull-out couch and a desk.
Here’s a look at that room from the other direction. You can also see through the window the lobby of the hotel. The Embassy Suites Denver Downtown has an open lobby that goes all the way up the middle of the hotel, with the rooms arranged in a rectangle around the open lobby. My room was on the 7th floor right near the elevators. Despite that, I didn’t have any trouble with noise – probably because the bedroom is at the back of the room away from the elevator. I did keep that window closed since otherwise it’s weird having everyone that is walking by be able to see into your room.
I booked a 1 King bed room – the bed and pillows were comfortable
The bathroom was small but the shower was good and the hot water and water pressure were excellent.
Denver Embassy Suites Downtown WiFi and Amenities
WiFi at the Denver Embassy Suites Downtown was good. Normally I try to do a speed test but I can’t seem to find any notes of that. Still, it was easily accessible and fast in my room, the lobby and the conference rooms.
There is a small business center down on the 4th floor with the lobby.
There is also a rather large fitness center and an indoor pool, though the indoor pool was closed for renovations when I was there.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center Review – Food
Breakfast at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center is complimentary for all guests. It’s a refreshing take given that Hilton is trying to move away from the “free breakfast” benefit for Golds and Diamonds being just a daily credit (that doesn’t really cover anything).
The breakfast at the Embassy Suites Denver Convention Center is above average. There are several hot dishes as well as an omelet chef that will make you an omelet with whatever toppings you want.
There is also a wide variety of cold breakfast items (breads, yogurt, fruit, etc) and drinks including coffee, juices and a pop machine.
The seating area for breakfast is spacious all around the 4th floor.
There is a nightly “evening reception” which is advertised as appetizers and drinks. I’ve stayed in many hotels where this type of thing is offered, and found that it varies from finger foods to full-on dinner. The evening reception here was definitely on the lighter side, with just chips, hummus, vegetables and salad dressing.
There were also drinks served but since I don’t drink, I can’t comment on that. I went down one night and got a bit of chips and hummus but it was definitely not “dinner”. Thankfully 16th Street is only a few blocks away so I walked out to get some dinner and brought it back to my room.
All in all, my Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center hotel review is that it was a pleasant stay. As I mentioned, the manager’s reception was worse than I have seen at other hotels. I don’t know if that’s normal for this hotel or if it is a COVID-related cost savings or what. Still, it is conveniently located if you are attending a convention.
Have you stayed at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center? What did you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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