Mile High Holidays:
The winter months are one of the best times to find a downtown Denver hotel discount. Mile High Holidays begins around Thanksgiving and continues through early February for many participating hotels, making it one of the best things to do in Denver in winter.
They set aside a certain number of rooms each day for those of us wanting to enjoy the holidays away from home at low rates. This gives you a chance to enjoy downtown Denver attractions such as LoDo, Larimer Square, and Capital Hill. You might also want to attend a convention or a show at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in the Theater District. Typically these are classic Colorado hotels that offer a unique experience you won't find at the major discount chains.
Mile High Holidays Update for Winter 2015-2016:
In the past, rooms at some of Denver's best hotels were available for $52.80 per night. This is no longer the case and each hotel determines their own minimum price. Be careful when browsing the list of hotels because there are a lot of hotels on the list that aren't particularly worth the discount, such as chain hotels outside of downtown that don't really offer much of an experience. Based on my own experience over the years I have two primary recommendations:
1. Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Denver on the 16th Street Mall. Marriott has continually been one of the best downtown Denver deals year after year unlike many other hotels which dropped off the list in recent years.
2. The Curtis is a fun and funky deal especially if you're in Denver to see a show in the theater district. They have rates starting at $62 this year making them one of the more affordable getaways.
For some hotels you can book online, for others you have to call them directly. The following web site takes you to the full list of participating hotels and their reservation information:
Denver Restaurant Week:
In addition to Mile High Holidays, many hotels reduce their rates for Denver Restaurant Week in February.