The newly-renovated and striking lobby at the Inverness.

Several years back, the word “staycation” became “a thing.” Combining the concept of vacationing in your own city or state became a way of making people feel okay about not venturing very far to get away from it all. The benefits are many such as no transportation costs, no luggage to check and no TSA lines. It’s pretty wonderful how just having that change of scenery and some pampering, can make you feel renewed and restored. Plus, Colorado is a totally awesome place where people travel to all the time! Aren’t we lucky that we get to live in one of the best vacation destinations in the world? Recently, badly in need of a getaway, we revisited the Hilton Denver Inverness with its beautiful western views of the mountains (and IKEA which called to us, we must admit) and eastern views of the hotel’s golf course and Centennial Airport.

We’ve been before and loved it but this time, we got to experience some of the renovations the luxury hotel and resort in Englewood has made. The first big change is that it’s now part of the  Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand. The guest rooms are elegant and sleek with renovated bathrooms and other nice touches. The hotel’s lobby, entrance, food and beverage outlets had received a new look in 2015 so it’s practically a new hotel at this point. Take a look…


The new rooms at the Hilton Denver Inverness Hotel
The new look of the rooms incorporates angled headboards that are reminiscent of Colorado’s mountain range, which is visible on the west side of the hotel. After this picture was taken, I took a running dive into those pillows!
Hilton Denver Inverness Hotel bathroom.
Such an elegant bathroom! Loved the marble and loved the PeterThomasRoth bath products. They smell so good!

Last time we stayed there, we used it more as our homebase, going out to eat at one of the many area restaurants. This time, we stayed in and had a burger, sandwich and drinks at the romantic, jewel-toned Fireside Bar & Grill. By day, it’s very pretty. At night, it’s pretty sexy. 

The Fireside Bar & Grill at the Hilton Denver Inverness Hotel.
With a place like this to settle into at a cozy table, there’s no need to leave the hotel for a romantic dinner.

After dinner, we popped downstairs to The Spotted Dog, the lively, fun English pub where we played a few rounds of darts. First thing in the morning, we grabbed some coffee from the Elevate Coffee Bar in the lobby before the Garden Terrace opened for Sunday Brunch. The only on-site dining option we didn’t check out was The Golf Grille.

The seafood table at The Garden Terrace in the Hilton Denver Inverness Hotel
Come to mama! Oh, the seafood station at the Sunday Brunch at The Garden Terrace! It’s a dream come true for me. The shrimp is the best I’ve had, anywhere. Anywhere! 
Food at the Hilton Denver Inverness Hotel
You can eat as healthy (or not) as you want during brunch at The Garden Terrace. In addition to roast beef at the carving station, for instance, you can have seared ahi tuna and a wide range of salads. 
Grilled vegetables at the Hilton Denver Inverness Hotel.
Egg dishes, pastries, breakfast meats and more but also some nice, grilled veggies. You don’t often see that at all-you-can-eat buffets!

One of the pleasures of staying in a major hotel is that you get to see so many slices of life. Someone famous was staying on our floor (we never found out who but they had guards); there was a wedding going on and the bridal party hung out in The Fireside Bar & Grill while  waiting for their cue. A Bar Mitzvah was happening with multiple generations coming and going.  And some big business meeting was happening too with a bunch of suits letting loose after a long day at their conference. Good times, good times.

Here’s something to plan for: The Hilton Denver Inverness will be celebrating Valentine’s Day by hosting a Valentine’s Day-themed brunch buffet from 9am-1pm on Sunday, February 11. The cost is $41.95/adult; $19.95 for children aged 6-10; free for kids five and under. There will be an unlimited Bloody Mary Bar ($14), with House Infused 11 Vegetable Colorado Vodka Unlimited Champagne, and Mimosas ($12). The hotel will be decorated with Valentine’s décor and the Garden Terrace restaurant will serve heart-shaped French macarons, Parisian cream puffs, petit fours and more. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling: (303) 397-6411.

Hilton Denver Inverness is also offering a spa special for the month of February – Indulge that special someone with a Spa Day for $250. The package includes a 50-minute facial, a 50-minute massage, and a classic manicure, plus a complimentary glass of champagne. I’ve enjoyed some the spa’s treatments before and I can tell you they are wonderful. The pedicure I had lasted longer than any I’ve ever had. 

The Inverness Hotel is located at 200 Inverness Drive West in Englewood, Colorado. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 1-800-832-9053.

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