I just recently found out that the Oxford Hotel is Denver’s oldest hotel. The Brown Palace Hotel certainly comes to mind as one of the oldest for many locals but the Oxford was built back in Denver’s gorgeous Victorian era. This beautiful historic downtown Denver hotel opened its doors to the public in 1891, making it the oldest hotel in Denver, Colorado. (Brown Palace Hotel opened the following year in 1892). If you’re into beautiful old architecture and vintage touches like me, then you will absolutely love hosting your wedding at the Oxford Hotel. The exterior is that old classic red brick architecture that is becoming rarer to see in Denver these days. There is so much old-world luxury oozing out of every nook and cranny of this downtown Denver hotel wedding venue. One particularly awesome feature is the cubby behind the front desk housing all of the vintage real keys with tassels. Yup, this place is old school in all the right ways, no modern key cards here! (Don’t worry, they’ll babysit your key if you don’t want to take it with you). Another quaint little thing I noticed about this hotel is that every day they change out the entrance floor mat which has each day of the week printed on each one letting you know which day it is. The Oxford Hotel’s lobby is the epitome of turn of the century elegance with oil paintings and luxurious furniture to lounge in. I’ve been able to capture some truly beautiful wedding photos there.
The rooms at the Oxford where your guests can stay are picture perfect. I know because I’ve photographed inside them before and I can’t get enough of their tasteful, high quality linens both on the bedding and the windows and the furniture is impeccably designed to fit in the smaller spaces (It’s a Victorian era hotel so the rooms are generally smaller than you’ll find at newer buildings unless you book one of the suites). You’ll even find that it’s a Denver Hotel with a Bathtub which is a bonus. And if you’re looking for a convenient Denver location, it will be very hard to beat the convenience of The Oxford Hotel. It’s literally right next to Union Station, so if you’re hosting a destination wedding in Denver your guests can easily ride the A-Line train to and from Denver International Airport. The location is right in the heart of the city so no car is necessary when staying here. The proximity to Union Station is one of my favorite things about The Oxford Hotel because it means I can get beautiful Union Station wedding photos with the iconic Union Station sign as the backdrop right there on 17th Avenue. I also love to get the Oxford Hotel’s sign in there too!
The Oxford Hotel has a variety of different spaces and venues to offer for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Oxford wedding packages available can handle everything from tiny elopements, smaller more intimate celebrations as well as the more sizeable, traditional weddings with large guest counts. The Grand Ballroom is about 3,000 square feet and can host 250 people while the slightly smaller Oxford Theater is 2,850 square feet and can host 150 people. For those looking for a smaller, more intimate space for their wedding, they also have the Sage Room which is 1,600 square feet and can host 100 people. The Sage Room would be perfect for those looking for an Oxford small wedding venue in Lodo. The Oxford Hotel Downtown Denver is one of the most romantic hotel wedding venues available in the city. Be sure to check with the hotel and see what kind of wedding package they can customize for you.
The Oxford Hotel catering staff prides themselves on creating custom menus for their wedding couples with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and a push toward seasonally appropriate cuisine. The catering is created by the Oxford Hotel restaurant called Urban Farmer, a steak house restaurant located right next door to the Oxford. And, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Cruise Room which is the Oxford Hotel bar located on the lower level of the hotel. This iconic art deco bar is one of Denver’s most beloved and prized cocktail lounges. Their concoctions are on the pricier side but are fairly in line with downtown Denver prices. Either way, they are well worth the extra cost for their classic delicious flavors but also the ambiance of the space. I’m an art deco lover and this place is one of a kind. It apparently opened just one day after prohibition ended staying in line with the classic old school historic feel of the Oxford Hotel. I tell everyone visiting from out of town that they have to start their nights out by grabbing a drink in the intimate, romantic, (dare I say sexy?) Cruise Room! Perhaps a wedding day nightcap at the Cruise Room is in order?
Address: 1600 17th St Denver, Colorado 80202