This Denver Hotel Lobby is Being Called the Most Beautiful Room in the City... And We Agree
Kicking off what is set to be a big summer for new hotels in downtown Denver, the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center, or as we prefer, the Ren Den, officially opened its doors late last month in the former Colorado Bank Building at 17th and Champa.
We knew to expect a sense of grandness given the pre-opening reports that the hotel would keep the major columns, vaults, and historical features of the building intact, but when we walked in for the first time last week, it was immediately clear that the hotel had done much more than simply overtake a historic building. No, this was something much more epic. This was the lobby that the local Denver press is referring to as the most beautiful room in city.
Despite being immediately impressed by how vast the room is and feeling small beneath its towering ceiling, it's all in the details at the Renaissance. Overhead, the Bank's original murals still hang, and the former safe, just off the lobby with the 62,000-pound door always propped open, has been converted into a meeting room. A drink at the lobby bar is an absolute must to take it all in, and be sure to take a walk downstairs, one floor below the lobby, to check out several other old vaults. Check out the photo gallery below to get a sense of the experience.
We stayed in a Club Level Room, which includes complimentary breakfast and hors d'oeuvres (Internet is free for all guests). The on-site restaurant, range, features modernly prepared American West cuisine. Think steak, pork, rabbit croquettes, and charcuterie boards. With its own street-level entrance apart from the hotel (in addition to the one off the lobby), Range hopes to stand out with the local crowd as well as guests of the hotel. Based on what we experienced, we can't see a reason it won't be amongst the conversation when it comes to the best hotel restaurants in downtown Denver.
We highly recommend checking out this beautiful refurbishment project with a night's stay, but at the very least, pop in next time you're in town for a drink and to see the lobby. It is indeed the city's most beautiful room.
Rates start at $299 per night this summer.
Disclaimer: Will was on assignment for another publication when staying at the Ren Den, but all opinions are his own.
[Cover Photo: Will McGough; Gallery: As noted]