Honey Bees

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is dedicated to sustainability and protecting honey bees in our city.

In 2010, our rooftop became home to five colonies of busy bees. Though The Brown has hosted royalty upon many occasions, never before have we welcomed five queens at once!

Urban beekeeping is a unique initiative to promote environmental health while the worldwide honeybee population is in decline. The Brown’s efforts “pollinate” beyond our rooftop, we donated hives to the Denver Beekeepers Association to help establish more bee colonies in our city.

While guests enjoy the hotel, our royal bees are busy pollinating Denver and producing honey we use every day at The Brown. After our honey is harvested, it is sold in our coffee shop and formulated into a line of sweet-smelling spa products, including lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and body gel. The spa products are available as in-room amenities and for purchase in our spa. Guests can support our honey bees by purchasing Buzz, a teddy bear dressed in a bee costume, sold in our coffee shop. Buzz’s proceeds keep our bees buzzing by supporting the maintenance of our colonies.