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The Best Restaurants Near The Denver Convention Center

With one of our five offices in Denver, we are excited that the GBTA conference will be held here this year. As you’ve been preparing and packing, we’ve been developing a few Denver guides just for you. Let us show you around town, or at least what you can squeeze in between seminars and other events.

16th Street Mall

This outdoor pedestrian mall runs up and down 16th Street from Union Station to the north and the Civic Center to the south. Get a feel for Denver restaurants and shops, surrounded by gold rush era buildings. There is a free mall ride that continually transports pedestrians up and down the strip. Get on and off as you please, it stops at every corner.

Here are a few of our favorite spots on 16th Street

Union Station – This 100-year old landmark is a still an active transportation hub, but recently remodeled to entertain. Now it holds many local restaurants, stores and a hotel. A truly great place to enjoy Denver and people watch.
1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202

Tattered Cover Bookstore – A three-story locally owned bookstore. A must for your visit to 16th street.
1628 16th St, Denver, CO 80202

Illegal Petes – Perfect for a quick but hearty meal on 16th Street. Local to Colorado and quickly gaining popularity. Similar to Chipotle (which is also a CO native restaurant), they are known for their cilantro-lime rice and tasty everything.
1530 16th St #101, Denver, CO 80202

Yard House – High-end sports bar with American fare and large draft list.
1555 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202

Brown Palace Hotel – Since opening in 1892, the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa has never closed their doors. Renowned for it’s architecture and beauty, it is frequently visited by presidents, prime ministers and celebrities. Though a hotel and spa, it has six restaurants and bars for different occasions. Ellyngton’s provides fine dining lunch, dinner or brunch. Or enjoy a traditional afternoon tea, including Devonshire cream shipped in from England. Reservations are recommended. At the very least, step in and look around if you can.
321 17th St, Denver, CO 80202


Larimer Square

Just off 16th Street Mall and four blocks north of the Convention Center is Larimer Square. This center and street focuses on providing chef-driven restaurants rather than tourist traps. You can’t go wrong on this street, but here are a few of our favorites.

Roija – This mediterranean inspired restaurant is one of the top attractions. The owner, Jennifer Jasinski, has been on Top Chef Masters and a winner of the James Beard Award.
Larimer Square, 1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202

ComedyWorks – Looking for a few laughs? Check out Denver’s premier stand-up comedy club.
1226 15th St, Denver, CO 80202

GreenRussell – An upscale bar with a twist. That’s all we can say.
Larimer Square, 1422 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202

Like other capital cities, Denver is always pulsing with new restaurants, flavors and trends.  There’s always something new popping up. Fortunately for you, the Denver Convention Center is right in the middle of the action. Have questions or staying in a different area of Denver? Use the comments below. We are happy to show you around town!

Travel News

New Rail Line Opens Between Downtown Denver and Denver International Airport

This past week, business travel became less of a headache for Denver residents and its visitors. Denver’s Regional Transportation District opened their much awaited rail line, The University of Colorado A Line. The rail runs between downtown’s Union Station and Denver International Airport (DIA), with six stations in between. Denver is now joining only 20 other U.S. cities to offer train transportation from the airport to the city center.

This is the first commuter rail for the Denver metro area. Differing from the city’s existing light rail trains, these trains are heavier and faster. Part of the FasTracks initiative, this is the first of the promised 122 miles of new rail to hit the metro area. With connections to three other light rail lines, two additional lines will be adjoining later this year. The train runs regularly from 3:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. the following day, making it almost 24-hour assessable. Passengers are dropped off at the airport near the south entrance security lines, avoiding additional shuttles and long tarmac runs like other airport shuttle systems.

A major criticism of DIA has always been its location. Located 25 miles outside of the city center, travel to and from the airport is an additional burden for the traveler. With RTD’s new and affordable commuter train, hope is in the air for convenient commuter travel. The cost of a ticket is $9, valid for 24 hours from the purchase of the ticket and standard regardless of purchase location. Considering the added costs of airport parking, car services or car rental fees, this is a deal for frequent business travelers.

With one of Christohperson’s five offices located in Denver, our team is excited for the opportunity to use public transportation to the airport for our future trips. Christopherson Business Travel is a top corporate travel management company. We provide our clients reliable customer service and helpful travel technology. To learn more about our travel management solutions, contact us or call our Denver office at 303-694-3322.

Travel Industry Travel News

Denver Announces New International Carrier

Denver International Airport (DIA) recently announced that Volaris will begin year-round nonstop service from Denver International Airport to Benito Jua?rez International Airport in Mexico City beginning in December 2012.

The airport initiated conversations with Volaris in 2009 after the carrier announced its partnership with Southwest Airlines. Mexico City was ranked as Denver’s second-largest international market without year-round service behind San Jose, Costa Rica.

“Expanding air service continues to be a top priority for us, so we are pleased and grateful to welcome Volaris to Denver,” said Kim Day, Manager of Aviation for Denver International Airport. “Every new destination we add strengthens our overall network. That in turn helps us to land the next carrier or city; our robust network grows here again today. For our passengers, this should be a welcome new offering of a low-cost year-round option between Denver and Mexico City.”

The flight is now available for sale for travel beginning December 8, 2012. Volaris will operate the flight with the 144-seat Airbus A319 twice-weekly from December through April and once-weekly from May through November. The aircraft will arrive in Denver at 3:05 p.m. and depart to Mexico City at 4:25 p.m.

For more information, click here to read DIA’s press release.

Travel Management Travel News

GBTA Convention 2011

We’re taking the business of travel to new heights in the mile high city of Denver for the 2011 GBTA Convention. Christopherson Business Travel has been a long time participant of the GBTA Convention and is excited to be both attending and exhibiting at this year’s conference. The Business Travel Event of the Year® is the one conference thousands of business travel buyers count on each year to find cost-effective solutions to industry challenges.
Christopherson will be sending a team of 10 employees to the conference this year and we look forward to working our booth at the three day trade show. If you happen to be one of the over 5,000 attendees, please come by our booth (#1706) and enter to win an iPad 2!
Keynote speakers for the event are Henry M. Paulson Jr., Former U.S. Secretary of Treasury; Meg Whitman, Former eBay President and CEO; and Sean Penn, Oscar-Winning Film Icon/Humanitarian.
For more information about the GBTA convention, please see

Travel News Travel Technology

Denver Airport’s Newest Addition

A few weeks ago, CLEAR open for business at DIA. As I have mentioned in previous posts (here and here – can you tell I am a big fan?), CLEAR was coming back soon and each month would be adding more airport locations. You can check out their website for more details. There’s even a section to help you tell your local airport that you want this service again.
I renewed my membership and experienced, once again, the ultimate stress reliever at the Denver Airport. Last week the security lines at DIA were about 30 minutes long. In the CLEAR line, there was only me and one other person. Took all of 10 minutes to get checked into CLEAR and then through security. No stress! No hassle! I’m a happy traveler, again!!