The Denver Tourist & Publicity Bureau promoted a variety of front range hotels in its 1918 brochure Come Up To Colorado. Here is a sample. The prices certainly sound appealing!
“Denver has 252 hotels with a capacity of 50,000 daily, over 700 rooming and boarding houses, and there are over 400 mountain resort hotels and cabins.”
Hotels listed their prices as European Plan or American Plan per day or per week. The European Plan was a room only. Guests had the opportunity to try a variety of restaurants on this plan. The American Plan included a room and three meals per day provided by the hotel kitchen.
Denver’s most expensive European plan hotel was the Wellington at a daily rate of $2.75. The Earl, Hyde, and Lancaster hotels were priced at $2.50 per day. The Brown Palace, Albany, Savoy, Shirley, and Argonaut hotels seem like a comparative bargain at $1.50.
By contrast, the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs was priced at $8.00 per day European Plan. The Antlers Hotel was more in line with Denver rates at $2.50 per day European Plan and the Acacia was priced at $1.50.
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park cost $28.00 per week on the American Plan. Other hotels in that community offered a range of by-the-week prices from a high of $21.00-$45.00 at The Crags to as low as $12.00-$20.00 at the New Rickdale Hotel.
In Manitou, the Cliff House offered an American Plan daily rate of $3.00. Guests at the New Hot Springs Hotel in Idaho Springs paid $3.50 per day American. A room at the Palmer Lake Hotel was just $1.50.
Photo of Denver’s Brown Palace and Savoy Hotels courtesy Denver Public Library, Western History Collection.
Quoted text and hotel prices from “Come Up To Colorado” a free promotional booklet published by The Denver Tourist & Publicity Bureau about 1918.