Denver could quite possibly be the USA’s most underrated city. It’s a bold statement, but trust us, Denver is cool to its core, from its renowned street art scene in the city’s RiNo neighborhood to its plethora of trendy food halls such as Denver Central Market and the Denver Milk Market.
And with the rise of a cool city comes the arrival of trendy boutique hotels; that’s where the new Thompson Denver comes into play. The 11-story hotel sits in Downtown Denver’s LoDo neighborhood and ranks as one of the Coloradan capital’s best places to stay.
Let’s start with the design. The hotel melds mid-century stylings with the likes of an elevated mountain town chalet: wood, stone, and copper conflate within spaces.
The lobby’s high ceilings breathe spaciousness. Its charcoal-blue furnishings, striking marble check-in desk, and pervasive wood finishes feel handsome. In the center sprouts a two-story hearth fireplace. A coffee shop sits in the corner on one side, and on the other, the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, Chez Maggy (we’ll get to the delicious food served here in a bit).
Rooms exude cabin-like warmth and carry out the same understated handsomeness found in the lobby. Those looking to “go big” should book the Thompson Suite, which features an expansive private terrace with seating for eight, a two-sided indoor/outdoor glass fireplace, separate living quarters, wide-plank hardwood floors, rainfall showers, and a freestanding soaker tub.
The sixth floor hosts Reynard Social: a contemporary sunroom and bar lounge featuring small bites and creative cocktails. The space flaunts expansive floor-to-ceiling windows that cast panoramic views of Denver.
Gastronomes will revel when presented with the chance to dine at the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, Chez Maggy. Illustrious Chef Ludo Lefebvre helms culinary efforts at this 90-seat brasserie. The menu offers dishes blending his signature French style with draws of inspiration from the locale’s mountainous landscape. You heard it here: the French Onion Soup, Steak Tartare, and Duck L’Orange are not to miss.
To sum it up, The Thompson Denver is a trendy boutique hotel in an understatedly cool city. If you haven’t been to Denver, definitely put it on your list (and when you do decide to visit, Visit Denver will give you all the info you need when it comes to planning your trip).
Location: Denver, Colorado
The Vibe: A handsome urban mountain chalet that’s indicative of Denver’s burgeoning trendiness as a city.
Amenities: Gym, Free Wi-Fi, Pet-Friendly, Coffee Shop/Café, Two Restaurants/Bars
Food + Drink: Chez Maggy, the hotel’s restaurant, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving French food that’s to die for — our favorite dish was the French Onion Soup. Those who want to grab a cocktail should head to the sixth-floor bar, Reynard Social — you won’t regret ordering the Mountain Blanket, which comprises Irish Whiskey, Rye, Amaro, Aperitivo, Sweet Vermouth, and Balsamic Vinegar.
Any neighborhood recs? Technically not in the neighborhood, but a short drive away in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood is The Bindery, an inviting restaurant that serves farm-to-table dishes. Weekend brunch here is a must. After brunch, and for a wellness experience you’ve never heard of (or even thought about, most likely), head to the Beer Spa, a one-of-a-kind health spa offering nourishing treatments using the salubrious ingredients found in beer (yes, you read that right) — it’s a must-try if you ask us!
Rooms: Out of the 216 rooms, our favorite is The Thompson Suite due to its spaciousness and varied splendors.
Pricing: Rates start at $239
Closest Airport: Denver International Airport