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Take A Sip Of History in the Brown Palace Hotel Lobby

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  Site Where: 321 17th Street [map], Denver, CO, United States, 80202
April 9, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | ()

Ask anyone in Denver about the city's oldest hotel, and they'll either point you towards the Oxford Hotel or the Brown Palace (technically, the Oxford opened a year earlier, in 1891, but in our eyes, they're both pretty special). However, in terms of star power, we think the Brown Palace wins out.

The hotel, which recently became an Autograph Collection property in September, has hosted every president since Teddy Roosevelt, with the exception of Calvin Coolidge and Barack Obama. And on the ground floor, the room that Henry C. Brown (the hotel's founder) used as his office is now a kick-ass cigar lounge named Churchill, with a customized humidor of over 60 cigars.

But our favorite feature about the hotel is the thing you see above. It's a water fountain, yes, but the story goes deeper than that.

The fountain is one of several scattered throughout the lobby, whose water source is an artesian well that reaches 720 feet deep beneath the hotel. That's 60 stories, which means the well is roughly as deep as the Dallas Fountain Place skyscraper is tall.

Even more impressive is the fact that the well still functions as the hotel's main water supply (guest rooms, kitchens, the spa—you name it, the water all comes from here), just like it has for the past 120 years.

To celebrate the Brown Palace's 120th anniversary last year, the hotel's Ship Tavern a teamed up with a local craft brewery to brew an "Artesian Lager," made with (you guessed it!) water from the well.

The limited edition beer ran out in September, but if it's the water you're after, all you have to do is walk into the lobby, locate one of the fountains, and drink. Simple as that.

Rates from $279/night.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

Archived Comments:

The unsinkable Molly Brown!

I always thought she was married to the hotel's founder but Wiki says she stayed here just a week after the Titanic disaster.


She had a mansion in Capitol Hill, which you can still tour today. But yes, she was here at some point. So were the Beatles!