Travel, Food, and Attractions Guide (SAAP 2023, Denver, CO)


Westin Downtown Hotel: 1672 Lawrence St, Denver, CO 80202


Westin Parking

On-Site Parking — Daily: $35

Valet – Daily: $46

Off-Site Parking — Discounted parking at the Tabor Center is available in the Park Chirp app. .1 Miles

City website on parking:

Airport (DIA) to Downtown

Fast and inexpensive is the RTD Light Rail A Line to Union Station.

BASICS: IN THE AIRPORT: In the airport, walk to RTD Skyride “A” line train. N.B. You walk as if you were going toward the airport Westin (not our Westin but same chain. There’s one in the airport.)

Go out the doors and go down the escalator to the train.

After de-training, you’re very close. You can (a) take the free Mall Ride Bus OR (b) walk ~10 minutes or (c) grab a Lyft/Uber.

MALL BUS: Take the Free Mall Ride Bus

 WALKING: to Westin Downtown Hotel

RTD Train Ticket phone APP: Before you come, get the RTD app buy a ticket. It will be $10.50 — Regional fare.

TRAIN TICKETS: Link to tickets: Also available at kiosks near the train.

SCHEDULE: About every 15 minutes. Here’s a sample schedule for M-TH in direction of downtown:

Covid-19 and Precautions in Denver

SAAP will follow local mandates regarding masking, and recommends that people do what they think is prudent and sensitive to others.

Masks are not mandatory in most businesses. There should be specific signage if masks are mandated.

The Westin Hotel’s Covid information is here:


Covid-19 Information for Denver is here: and here

Free mask resources:

Mask advice from CDPHE:


Selected Restaurants and Pubs near Hotel and around town

Denver has lots of really good places to eat. This list will get you started.

NOTE: Denver Restaurant Week is concurrent with SAAP this year. This is a special week where many fantastic restaurants have fixed price menus. You need to reserve earlier rather than later. More info is here: and menus are here:

BREWERY/COCKTAILS (all have food, too)

Mellow Mushroom

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

The Nickel (in Hotel Teatro)

Wynkoop Brewery


Brooklyn’s Finest

Illegal Petes (burritos etc.)

Mad Greens Salads (take away mostly)

Modern Market eatery

My Brother’s Bar (a bit of a trek but not that far and a historic place)

Sam’s #3 (breakfast and diner fare)

Snarf’s sandwiches

Snooze (breakfast)

Syrup (breakfast)

The Delectable Egg (breakfast)

What the Pho


D’Corazon (Mexican)

Hapa Sushi

Nola Jane (New Orleans)

Osteria Marco

Rhein Haus (German)

Ted’s Montana Grill (American)

The Celtic

Watercourse Foods (vegetarian and vegan — not walking distance)


Ash’Kara Denver (not walking but wow, is it good)


Cholon Asian Fusion

Fruition (not walking but very good)

Panzano (Italian)

Potager (not walking but very good)


Tamayo (interior Mexican)

Tavernetta (Italian)

The Kitchen (American)

Venice (Italian)

Water Grill (seafood)


Performing Arts

Dazzle Jazz Club (very close by and very, very good)

Denver Performing Arts Center (walking distance; music, opera, theater complex)

Visual Arts

Clyfford Still Museum (take the Mall Ride and walk)

Denver Museum of Art (take the Mall Ride and walk)

Museum of Contemporary Art (walking distance)

Redline Art Gallery (not walking distance but not far; check their schedule)

The Navarre Museum of Western Art (a gem; limited hours)

Other Attractions (** kid friendly/fun)


Brown Palace Hotel (take a look inside!)

Denver Capitol Building (walking distance)

Larimer Square (great shopping; walking distance)

Meow Wolf (an experience)

Union Station (trains and lovely shops, restaurants, gift shops; walking distance)


** Denver Botanic Gardens (some distance; large conservatory!)

** Denver Museum of Nature and Science (some distance)

** Denver Zoo (some distance)

** Downtown Aquarium

** History Colorado Center

** Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (need a car for this)

** Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum (some distance)

Tattered Cover Bookstore (some distance)

Even further

Boulder, CO (buses available from Union Station; takes about 1.2 hrs. by bus)

Garden of the Gods (near Colorado Springs; red rocks? They got ‘em.)

Special Note: Venue for Reception for Participants (Thursday night for registered participants)

NOLA Jane: 1435 Market Street Denver, CO 80202


Walking directions to reception from hotel: (7 min.):