When Dev and I began planning our trip to Denver a few weeks back, we discussed our itinerary before we discussed where we would stay. Remarkably forward thinking for us, actually. After looking at the map, we decided to stay in the "LoDo" area of Denver, which I think stands for the lower downtown district- or the older part of town. We looked up bed and breakfasts and came upon a little gem called The Gregory Inn. This picture is the view of the Denver skyline from our room.
I have to admit that as we drove off the highway to it, I was concerned. As in most American cities, the area of town where the Gregory is located was once a very posh address, but as the city has grown, the poshness left with it. To give you an idea, the Greyhound bus station is across the street. Nuff said.
But I'm so glad we hung with it. While you're inside, you completely forget where you are. We were met by the man that I assume is the owner (he lives in the house next door). I think he said his name was Stephen. I'll make sure to clarify that next time we go- and we will go again. Anyhoo- he was the nicest guy EVER. He let us into our room, showed us all the bells and whistles (gas fireplace, garden tub with massage jets, projection tv- already programmed to foodtv- a bag of ice in our freezer, etc). When we asked about walking around in the area, he told us that for the last 12 years they had had no problems. Then we asked about our dinner reservations and he recommended a very reasonably priced car service, as it would be very late when we would be getting back.
Our room was small, but so luxurious. The bed and linens were exquisite. When you sat on the bed, you just sank down into plushness and comfiness. The sheets were beautiful and so soft. There was a gas fireplace and a garden jet tub. After walking as much as we did the two days we were there, that tub was a wonderful thing to have. I didn't take any pics of the room because we were too busy enjoying it. I will next time, though!
We were able to walk to the 16th street mall area of town, which is a very trendy, shoppy place. It was about 7 or 8 blocks from the inn. If you prefer not to walk, there are public pay lots all around. On the mall you will find a shop for everything, as well as all kinds of bars and restaurants.
Speaking of pics, I did take some pics of the breakfast area of the inn. The place was very sumptuously decorated. It felt expensive, but comfortable. Take a look for yourself...
Now, let's talk about breakfast. The whole reason one stays at a bed and breakfast is for the extra service and the breakfast. The Gregory does not disappoint on either count. The first morning we were there, Tracey made vanilla silver dollar pancakes, ham and cheese omelettes, fresh fruit and blueberry vanilla yogurt parfaits. The second morning it was a crustless egg/green chile quiche with more fresh fruit and toast. It was heavenly. Next time we go, I want to trade breakfast recipes and take a peak in the kitchen!!
Next time you're planning a trip to Denver, I can not tell you how happy you will make yourself if you plan to stay at The Gregory Inn.