Denver, United States

Life House, Lower Highlands

Price per night from$201.00

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Style

Wild West Victoriana

Setting

Oh hi, LoHi!

Victorian romanticism meets the untamed spirit of the Wild West at Life House, Lower Highlands, an intimate frontier-inspired hotel in Denver’s trendsetting LoHi neighbourhood. The building’s austere industrial shell belies a more playful interior where the rugged Colorado landscape is evoked through vivid wildflower prints and patterns. The restaurant serves up Italian-inspired modern American cooking, often with a floral twist: saddle up for wildflower focaccia, mussel escabeche and Colorado courette steak. There’s a dizzying array of locally fermented beers and meads, too: go buck-wild with the flowery, gin-infused Frontier Fog.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

15, including suites and luxury bunk rooms.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £190.88 ($231), including tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of 5% per booking on check-out.

More details

Wildflower, the hotel’s restaurant, offers breakfast and brunch options for an extra charge.

At the hotel

Restaurant, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TVs streaming Apple TV+ and wellness programming such as yoga and meditation, Marshall bluetooth speaker, Revival New York linens, bathroom with shower and Le Labo toiletries.

Children

Bunk rooms sleep up to eight people. LoHi is also an incredibly family-friendly destination with many parks and attractions.

Food and Drink

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Hotel restaurant

Adorned with floral fabrics and framed prints of local flora and cacti, Wildflower more than lives up to its name. Seasonal and foraged plants and flowers feature heavily in the dining experience here, too: fluffy focaccia comes with creamy whipped garlic and an edible wildflower garnish; blooming marvellous cocktails with names like Gimme Thyme and In Full Bloom continue the theme.

Hotel bar

Wildflower’s lounge bar serves an imaginative, bouquet-rich range of cocktails and natural wines. Meads and craft ales from local brewers also feature heavily. Sample a semi-sweet chamomile brew with bourbon vanilla beans from the Dragon Meadery, or a heady Nitro Milk Stout from Colorado’s Left Hand Brewing Company.

Last orders

The lounge bar is open until 1am, allowing plenty of time for pioneering spirits to explore the excellent drinks menu.

Location

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Address
Life House, Lower Highlands
3638 Navajo St
Denver
80211
United States

Life House, Lower Highlands lies in Denver’s hip LoHi neighbourhood in the heart of frontier country, just west of downtown and an hour from the Rockies.

Planes

Denver International Airport is around 30-45 minutes from the hotel via Peña Boulevard and the I-70 freeway. Denver Airport Rail connects the airport to Union Station in downtown Denver: the 37-minute ride costs $10.50 one-way.

Trains

Union Station links Denver with regional destinations as well as other national hubs via Amtrak Rail.

Automobiles

You can hire a car at the airport, but there are no parking facilities at the hotel and valet rates can be expensive elsewhere. Denver is a great city for walking; the public transport system is excellent, too, and includes some free downtown bus services.

Worth getting out of bed for

There are so many things to do in Denver once you’re out of bed. The city is a craft-beer drinker’s paradise, with microbreweries and taprooms on seemingly every street corner. Five minutes from the hotel, Diebolt Brewing specialises in French-style saisons, as well as fruity IPAs and more. There’s even a Vladimir Putin-inspired Russian cherry stout. Sample enough of the potent Electric Cowboy IPA and you may find yourself calling for a trusty steed to return you safely back to your ranch.

If you feel a genuine need for steed, the hotel can arrange day trips and overnight stays with Ranchlands properties, including Chico Basin. Here, you can experience the frontier spirit first hand as you work the vast prairie on horseback, learning centuries-old ranching techniques like herding and maintaining fences, which is sure to be way more fun than it sounds. Day trips to the Rockies can also be organised.

LoHi, and Denver in general, are not short of kid-friendly green spaces. Head over to the vast City Park – Denver’s largest – which has enough to keep even the most demanding progeny entertained for hours. There are multiple playgrounds, walking trails, picnic spots and a boating lake. The park is also home to Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, with its excellent collection of dinosaur skeletons and planetarium.

Local restaurants

A 10-minute stroll from the hotel, LoHi institution Gaetano’s has been serving up home-cooked Italian favourites for 75 years, with carbonara and cannolis so good it's no surprise the restaurant was once a notorious mob hangout. Nowadays, budding wiseguys can order up signature cocktails including the Capone (bourbon, vermouth and campari) and Gotti’s Hot Buttered Rum, without fear of reprisals.

Just across the street, Acova is a sociable spot with cosy corner booths inside and heated patio seating and a kids’ play area outside. Comforting American classics including ribs, nachos, burgers, crab cakes and lobster mac’n’cheese will have you loosening your belt as you reach for the equally indulgent dessert list. Three words: Fried. Apple. Donut.

Local cafés

Huckleberry Roasters is the place to go if you like your latte with oat milk and your toast with smashed avocado. Open from 7am in nearby Sunnyside, it’s a coffee-and-pastry breakfast mecca for hipsters and traditionalists alike.

Exposed brick, dark woods, fluffy croissants and damn fine coffee are the order of the day at Queensberry Coffee. The premises of this independent café boasts a long and fascinating history that encompasses the Coors brewing dynasty, Prohibition-era gambling, mobsters and bare-knuckle boxing, but is thankfully a far more gentile affair these days.

Local bars

Multi-award-winning Mythology’s distillery produces a leg-wobbling variety of gins, vodkas and whiskies, all of which can be experienced neat or in cocktail form in the tasting room. Cocktails here come with a theatrical twist. Try the Violet Beauregarde, a gin-based infusion which – like its namesake – slowly turns blue. Or a rum-and-mezcal Global Warming, which gets hotter and hotter as the ice melts.

The taproom at Crooked Stave may also have you reaching for the alka-seltzer next morning. Craft ales here include Nightmare on Brett, a beast of a dark barrel-aged beer with sour cherry notes, that’s just a shade off 10% ABV. Lower-octane raspberry, blueberry and peach beer infusions promise a more tolerable morning after.

Reviews

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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this frontier-inspired hotel in Denver and unpacked their cowboy boots and crate of Colorado mead, a full account of their break in America’s old west will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Life House, Lower Highlands in the Mile High City...

So dedicated is Life House, Lower Highlands to evoking Colorado’s wild landscapes that the very air here is scented with soft notes of sandalwood and cyprus. Framed pictures of cattle ranchers, delicate wildflowers, and proud Victorian ladies adorn the walls, while painstakingly restored antique furniture adds to the illusion of this opulent frontier fantasia.

The rooms here are (saddle)bags of fun, with configurations to suit everyone from honeymooning couples to large families. The luxurious bunk beds with privacy curtains and double mattresses are fab for slumber parties with friends, and prove that high-rise sleeping isn’t just for kids. Top-bunkers beware though: after one cocktail too many in the Wildflower bar, where the jalapeño zing of a Carmelo Picante will have you rapidly ordering a cooling Colorado Sky, the climb to your bunk may seem more perilous than usual.

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