Located in the historic area of downtown Denver, The Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast Inn has a long and storied history in the city. Today, this beautiful and historic home gives travelers a true taste of Denver’s local culture, beauty, and food as it welcomes them with its unique environmental and organic style.
Colorado royalty and a piece of Denver history
This Victorian home was built in 1879 for members of the Tabor family. Horace Tabor served as Lieutenant Governor, Senator, and Postmaster of Denver in Colorado during the 1880s and 1890s. Because of his family’s wealth achieved through silver mining, the Tabor family was well known and respected in Colorado.
The Victorian homes were built for members of his family and remained a piece of Colorado history until the mid 1970s. When the Winter Olympics came to Denver in 1976, this area of this city was set to be torn down so a Press Village could be built.
Frank Edbrooke, the dean of Denver architecture, built the famous Brown Palace Hotel in Denver as well as the Queen Anne house for the Tabors. In an effort to preserve and protect these homes in the area, a group of architects used the work of Edbrooke to prevent these homes from being destroyed. They became part of the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1987, Chuck and Linda Hillstead purchased these two homes and turned it into the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast. The Hillsteads renovated the place by adding bathrooms to every room.
In 2008, Milan Doshi and his wife bought the place and transformed it into the best hotel in Denver.
Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast – a community hotel
With its location on Tremont Pl across the street from the spacious Benedict Fountain Park, this B&B is located downtown just a few minutes from Denver’s most popular attractions. Despite its location in the heart of the city, it feels like you are miles away.
As I checked into the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast, I loved the look and feel of the neighborhood. I was greeted by Mary who gave me a quick history of the place and told me about the community and environmental approach of the B&B.
Intrigued by its history and charm, she scheduled some time in the morning so I could learn more about this place from Milan. I checked into my room and looked around the place before heading out to explore downtown Denver and the Colorado State Capitol building.
As I headed out the front door, a number of people were hanging out, throwing a frisbee, and enjoying a warm evening in the park across the street. This place was more home than hotel.
The neighborhood was quiet yet within walking distance of downtown Denver attractions including the Denver Art Museum, the Colorado State Capitol, and Coors Field. After a peaceful night’s sleep in Colorado’s capital city, I woke up, headed downstairs, and greeted Milan as he made breakfast.
Each morning, Milan cooks for his guests – a home-made breakfast that’s appealing to the palate and in presentation. This morning, we enjoyed Aloo Paratha (Indian flatbread style pancakes with potatoes) with scrambled eggs and fresh fruit – very delicious.
While Milan finished making breakfast for the guests, I ate outside in a sun-filled garden surrounded by an array of flowers and colors. After a peaceful, quiet morning with the best breakfast I’ve had in months, I headed inside to learn more about the Queen Anne B&B from Milan.
Aside from its beauty and charm, this B&B is much more than a historic Victorian home in a quiet neighborhood. Milan created a place that is eco-friendly, a retreat for travelers, and a benefit to the community it serves.
When Milan took over, he renovated the entire house. He tore out the floors, took down the decorations, and changed the look of this Victorian home making it even more beautiful.
To do work on the house, you had to be located within 5 miles of the house. All Materials for the home were from the state of Colorado. Thirteen different types of Colorado wood were used for the floors. The furniture and art for the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast were all produced locally, including custom built beds for all of the rooms.
To say the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast is environment friendly would be an understatement. Along with all the work done by the community, Milan used environmentally-safe paints and low flow shower heads and flush toilets.
Thirty percent of produce comes from the garden outside. The rest comes from an organic community garden across the street which Milan leases from the city. For breakfast, even the eggs, milk, and fruit all come from local farmers and vendors. What isn’t used is composted and recycled.
As Milan finished cooking and cleaning, his charm and personality only made this place more delightful.
Staying at the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast
Each room is simple and pleasant and comes with its own bathroom, style, and decor. None of the rooms have a TV but the home comes with a large living room, dining area, and patio outside. Guests are encouraged to chat with one another downstairs or hang out with Milan as he cooks breakfast in the kitchen.
Other amenities of the B&B include a happy hour each evening with a variety of Colorado wines and cheese from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. Each room also has free wireless internet as well as free parking at the B&B. Breakfast is served each morning from 7:15 – 9:15.
The Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast also hosts weddings, baby showers, and corporate and non profit board and staff retreats. Guests include both leisure and business travelers.
Rates range from $135 to $210 with occupancy rates around 85 – 90% in the summer and 30 – 35 % in the winter. With all the amenities, comfort, style, and environmental and community efforts, Lonely Planet recently named the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast the #1 hotel in Denver.
A home away from home
After spending a night here, it’s hard to argue with the rating. Milan was a wonderful host who makes guests feel welcomed and a part of the community. The rates for the B&B are comparable to many of the hotels in the area so getting a good value for your money isn’t a problem here.
The Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast has created a home away from home for travelers that benefits not only those who stay here but also the community itself. This is a place that understands how to give back while offering a pleasant, comfortable stay in the heart of Denver.
The Queen Anne B&B is located at 2147-51 Tremont Place in Denver. Thanks to Milan for his hospitality, the history lesson, and his passion for this place and the local community.