Although Denver has been slowly transitioning over the past decade from a mountain town to a vibrant metropolitan area, 2014 seems like it’s going to be the year that the flowers really begin to bloom.
The Mile High City will welcome a handful of new hotels next year, adding four with a total of 647 new rooms to its downtown area alone by mid-summer (plus a 500-room Westin at Denver International Airport). This is an incredible growth spurt for the city as it continues to evolve its downtown area to complement its already well-established, well-known outdoor opportunities. Below is a rundown of the new properties and what to expect on your next visit to Denver.
The Art Hotel
Aloft Downtown (Starwood)
The goal of any city is to reduce and remove its eyesores, and the Aloft Downtown will provide just that for Denver by redeveloping what is currently an abandoned Burger King at the corner of 15th and Stout. The hotel will be six stories, have 140 rooms, and reside within walking distance of Larimer Square. Aloft hotels are known to be geared toward younger, “always-on” travellers, so expect a focus on technology and a modern aesthetic. It is set to open in summer 2014.
This property is likely to be the most talked about given that it will be housed in the redeveloped and historic Union Station in “LoDo.” The station is a reminder of the city’s past as a transportation hub of the old west and a good-looking building with a lot of character, including a crown-like vintage sign that reads "Union Station: Travel by Train" in giant red letters. Of the 112-rooms, one category’s design will show inspiration from the interiors of old railroad cars, and another will feature exposed brick, wooden beams, and 20-foot ceilings. Don’t worry – all rooms will be soundproofed to keep out the noise of the trains. Recently renovated itself, Union Station’s main terminal will have four restaurants, several boutique shops, and a beer hall. Look for the hotel opening in mid-summer 2014.
Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center at the Colorado National Bank
Another historic building will also welcome a new hotel in April 2014, as the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center at the Colorado National Bank. The hotel will feature 230 guestrooms and a restaurant called Range serving Rocky Mountain western cuisine. There will also be a complimentary walking tour available to guests via Smartphone that will explain the banking history of Colorado and the building’s role within it. While the rooms will be modern, the true charm might lie in the details of the Bank Building itself, including large monogrammed bronze doors, marble flooring, bronze accents and vaults with 60,000-lb doors.
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Written by Will McGough
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Will McGough is a writer focused on all types of travel, from swimming with pigs to parties in ice hotels. He is inspired by the spectrum of ways in which people live their lives in the different parts of the world. He enjoys the idea of waking up every day to new opportunities, new landscapes, and the new feelings that the former inevitably evoke. When not on the road, he makes his home in Denver at the foot of the Rockies, and writes about his adventures on his blog, Wake and Wander (www.wakeandwander.com).