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Michael Gayle

Navigator Michael Gayle feels right at home in Downtown Denver — and he wants guests to feel the same.

Navigator Biography

Navigator Michael Gayle revels in the eclectic spirit of Downtown Denver and is untiring in his determination to help guests experience it to the maximum.After over 10 years in the hospitality industry, the proud Coloradan landed his dream role by becoming Lead Navigator at the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel. “I love exploring new venues in Denver and the surrounding areas and sharing it with guests,” he explains. “I enjoy getting feedback when I send them to a new and exciting place.”Denver is not short on excitement. Surrounded by mountains and one mile above sea level, Colorado’s biggest city has a unique buzz that draws in all types of visitors. The downtown area overflows with attractions — from famous architecture to happy hour bars, museums to music venues. Spanish-speaking Michael is right at home in the cosmopolitan setting. He enjoys the vibrant street music scene (“you can always find a great place to stop by and hear a local music group performing”) and the challenge of adding to his list of favorite haunts, which already includes a menswear store where you can find designer labels, a rip-roaring bar serving pastries, ice creams and drinks, and a late-night cocktail joint.So how does he go about finding these hidden gems? “I have a great Front Desk Team that loves to explore downtown as much as I do. We keep each other updated on the latest goings on in the area.”Outside of work, Michael counts nature photography as one of his major hobbies. With the photogenic Rocky Mountains on the horizon, he could hardly be better placed.


Clyfford Still Museum - find
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Clyfford Still Museum

Browse the collection of one of America's eminent abstract expressionist painters, Clyfford Still at his comprehensive Denver museum.
Explore the work of one of America's first abstract expressionist painters, Clyfford Still, at the Clyfford Still Museum in the Golden Triangle are of Denver. With almost all of Still's artwork displayed, this museum is a comprehensive stop for any fans of the artist or the mid-Century expressionist movement he had a hand in developing. Unique architectural accents incorporating explorations in texture only enhance the experience for visitors to this eclectic gallery.
Address: 1250 Bannock Street, Denver, 80204, United States
Phone: +1 720 354 4880
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM,Friday from 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM,Saturday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
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Confluence Park

The site of a gold discovery that lead to the formation of Denver, Confluence Park is now a favorite among local recreation spaces.
Located right in downtown, Confluence Park marks the site where the Platte River and Cherry Creek meet. It was in this small delta that gold was discovered, leading to a large influx of people that eventually formed the city of Denver. While kayaking is the most visible sport in this small river, a small beach with a swimming area also courts a large number of visitors. Large green areas and long walking trails allow for either relaxation or a brisk walk around the park. 
Address: 2200 15th Street, Denver, 80202, United States
Phone: +1 720 913 0696
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Great Divide Brewing Co.

See how some of the best local brews are made at Great Divide Brewing Co. Tour the brewery and hang out after to sample 16 different beers.
Great Divide Brewing Co. has been making some of Colorado's best beer for over two decades. Get a peek at what goes into making their delicious craft beers on a brewery tour. Afterwards, take your newfound knowledge to the tasting room to sample 16 varieties of beer. It can get packed, but the atmosphere is always friendly. Although they don't serve food, you can scope out the food trucks outside the brewery - you're bound to find something delicious. Try the DPA (Denver Pale Ale), or, if you're looking for something more unique, opt for the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - you'll love the taste of cocoa nibs and vanilla. 
Address: 2201 Arapahoe Street, Denver, 80205, United States
Phone: +1 303 296 9460
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Crema Coffee House

Enjoy the perfect latte at Crema Coffee House. This popular cafe serves up delicious coffee drinks along with breakfast and lunch bites.
At Crema Coffee House, they take coffee drinks seriously. Lattes are beautifully presented with crema artwork, and the rich smell of coffee fills the air. The interior is sparsely decorated, but it still has charm, featuring a chandelier, low-profile chairs and tables, and art on the walls. The oatmeal latte is one of the most popular drinks, but try their carrot, beet, ginger, and apple juice if you're going for something different. Definitely grab a bite to eat while you're here: the sweet potato waffle is to die for!
Address: 2862 Larimer Street, Denver, 80205, United States
Phone: +1 720 284 9648
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 07:00 AM to 05:00 PM
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Old Major

Visit Old Major during happy hour for delicious cocktails, a good wine selection, and savory small plates.
Old Major specializes in "seafood, swine and wine," offering a mouthwatering menu of meaty dishes and a well-curated selection of wine. Stop in during happy hour to get a deal on cocktails, beer, and wine. If you feel like snacking while you're here, try the kimchi pork burger or sausage plate - with one of their famous pretzel rolls on the side, of course. The dinner, happy hour, and brunch menus all feature dishes made with ingredients that have been sustainably farmed. 
Address: 3316 Tejon Street, Denver, 80211, United States
Phone: +1 720 420 0622
Opening hours: Sunday to Saturday from 03:00 PM to 10:00 PM,Saturday to Sunday from 09:30 AM to 02:00 PM
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The Curtis Club

Rustic wooden interiors form the perfect setting to savor eco-friendly, farm food and cocktails like the single malt-based Penicillin.
The Curtis Club has rustic interiors with wood-decked walls and wooden furniture where one can enjoy farm-fresh food prepared using ingredients from sustainable local farms. To the sound of soothing live music, guests can savor oyster platters, organic salads and the soup of the day. The menu features dishes such as Spring Tree Farms Rabbit, Potato Crusted Softshell Crab and Berbere Glazed Tender Belly Pork Loin. Your meal is complemented by beers from American breweries like Oskar Blues, Stone Brewing and Dry Dock. Patrons can also sip unusual cocktails like Curly Wolf, Tom Cat and Grow a Pear.
Address: 2100 Curtis Street, Denver, 80205, United States
Phone: +1 720 420 9898
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 02:00 AM,Sunday from 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM
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Stoic and Genuine

Take a seat at the raw oyster bar or sit near the open kitchen for an unforgettable seafood dinner at ocean-fresh Stoic & Genuine.
The name says almost everything about this business. Stoic & Genuine takes their food seriously, particularly their ocean fresh seafood which is flown in daily to appease hordes of local regulars. The restaurant has several partnerships with fisheries across the nation's coastline, sourcing their ingredients based on freshness and regional specialization. An open kitchen allows guests to witness the tidal shifts of activity during busy service, and counter seating at the restaurant's raw bar lets you get right up close to shucked oysters on a bed of ice and parsley.
Address: 1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver, 80211, United States
Phone: +1 303 640 3474
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM,Friday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
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Domo

More than just a restaurant, Domo pairs its traditional home cooked Japanese cuisine with an onsite museum.
Situated in a warehouse that contains a dojo, Zen garden and Japanese folk art museum, Domo creates a simple blend of healthy cuisine and authentic Japanese country cooking. Each dish comes in large portions with an assortment of side dishes. The Sake Nabe, salmon and vegetables served in a light soy sauce, is an excellent choice. The Portobello Teriyaki also rates as a fine selection. Domo also has an extensive Sake bar. The Japanese country decor provides some interesting visuals including a mammoth tree growing in the center of the dining area.
Address: 1365 Osage Street, Denver, 80204, United States
Phone: +1 303 595 3666
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM,Monday to Saturday from 05:00 PM to 10:00 PM

range Restaurant

New American West cuisine.
range is a New American West Restaurant with an awarding winning chef, Paul Nagan. “New American Cuisine” is a term for upscale, contemporary cooking that combines flavors from America’s melting pot with traditional techniques. My personal favorite is the organic kale caesar salad with Skuna Bay salmon. A must try would be the grilled jalapeno peppers, a mouth watering appetizer.
Address: 918 17th Street, Denver, 80202, United States
Phone: +720 726 4800
Opening hours: 6:30am-10:00pm Mon-Fri; 7:00am-10:00pm Sat; 6:30am-9:00pm Sun

5280 Burger Bar

Creatively topped burgers, housemade ice creams & craft beer served in a casual, contemporary setup.
The Durango, which consists of jalapeño cream cheese, pecan smoked bacon, red leaf lettuce, roasted red pepper and fried onion straws with hand battered onion rings on the side is by far my favorite! Make sure to save room for the incredible ice cream! Everyday there are eight different ice creams to choose from. You're sure to find the flavor that's right for you.
Address: 500 16th Street, #160, Denver, 80202, United States
Phone: +303 825 1020
Opening hours: Sunday - Wednesday 11:00am - 10:00pm | Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11:00am - 11:00pm

The Market at Larimer Square

Easygoing deli that offers hot meals, bakery & a coffee bar.
The Market at Larimer Square is an amazing place to go for fresh pastries, ice cream, sandwiches and salads in an upbeat atmosphere. My personal favorite is the proscuitto & provolone w/ oil and vinegar on French bread. I always make sure to save room for dessert, a must try would be the Key lime chocolate candy.
Address: 1445 Larimer Street, Denver, 80202, usa
Phone: +(303) 534 5140
Opening hours: Sun: 6am - 10pm. Mon-Thurs: 6am-10pm. Fri & Sat: 6 am - 11pm

16th Street Mall

Denver's mile-long 16th Street Mall is the heart of the city.
The 16th Street Mall is a pedestrian and transit mall in Downtown Denver that runs along 16th Street from Wewatta Street to the intersection of 16th Avenue and Broadway. There are free electric shuttle buses that travel up and down the Mall and stop on every corner.
Address: 16th Street Mall, Denver, 80202, United States
Phone: +(303) 534 6161
Opening hours: Open 24 hours