One of my favorite things to do when traveling for work or leisure is to check out the latest places and spaces. It has been hard to keep up in Denver as there has been a constant release of new; so when I journey from my office in Crested Butte to spend 48 hours in The Mile High City, I pack in as much as possible!
The Ramble Hotel in the RiNo Art District has been on my list of places to visit since it opened in May 2018, and this 50-room hotel with 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space doesn’t disappoint. Death & Co. of New York City set up its only other outpost in Denver, so expect an impressive bar in the open lobby/lounge/restaurant space. Just off the lobby is a large meeting space with hip appeal, but perhaps my favorite space is the rooftop garden bar with the neon art installation that says “Wish You Were Here” by local artist Scott Young.
Hotel founder Ryan Diggins is behind many notable development projects in Denver, most recently 25th & Larimer, a mixed-use complex made entirely of shipping containers, located directly across the street from The Ramble.
Have you noticed how amenities for purchase in hotel rooms now go way beyond the Heinekens, Cokes, Snickers and peanuts? They are now curated with care and feature many local products, and in The Ramble’s case there is an impressive collection of spirits (and a Death & Co. cocktail book to flip through) to purchase in-room and not the single-serving versions!
The great in-room snack and beverages options are not the only similarities between The Ramble and The Jacquard Hotel that opened for business Oct. 3 in Cherry Creek. Also by Young is a 16-foot suspended neon sculpture with an LED component changes colors. “I Have Seen Things You Would Never Believe” extends from the ceiling of the hotel’s second floor, where more than 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space is located, and can be viewed from the street.
My son and I had the opportunity to meet Young at a media preview hosted by The Jacquard on Oct. 2. A fun memento from the evening was an air plant terrarium with an attached card explaining the hotel’s commitment to sustainability.
Meeting attendees will love all the windows on The Jacquard’s meeting and event spaces all located on the second floor, an ultra-modern exercise room with Peloton bikes, and a rooftop that is sure to be a big hit for corporate and social gatherings. A clear cover can be placed over the long lap pool and walked on to expand the space’s people capacity, and there also is an attractive bar and patio area on the rooftop.
New and renovate hotels also are becoming savvy with their art collections, with Denver-based NINE dot ARTS selecting works by local and regional artists that complement the interior look and hotel brand, including The Jacquard and The Ramble.
Aurora not only has added Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center and Stanley Marketplace in recent years, the highly anticipated Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center will open its doors in mid-December, with the first groups meeting there in January. I love doing a hard hat tours of properties of this magnitude and hearing insights from the hotel’s engineer and director of marketing was a welcome treat.
Speaking of Stanley Marketplace, our editorial advisory board meet in glass-enclosed community room at Sazza that can be booked for small meetings. Check out the cool chandeliers made from recycled items by a local artist, and don’t miss ordering pizza, sammies, soups and salads and more made from organic and purely sourced ingredients. While many in the industry know about The Hangar at Stanley, some may not be familiar with the fact that there are a variety of venues in the marketplace that can be rented by groups. Look at the options at the marketplace’s new venue website.
Two other stops on my 48-hour Denver journey also involved food, including The Bindery in the Lower Highlands, a light and airy space with tall ceilings and a patio that can be sectioned out for meetings and events or bought out in its entirety for a gathering. Chef/Owner Linda Hampsten Fox also offers catering services.
In our Fall 2018 issue, we featured Eric Robbins as one of five Colorado Chefs Who Dare to Dream, and I was happy to experience a rustic Italian cooking class with Noah and seven others at Uncorked Kitchen & Wine Bar, which he created with his wife, Katie, in Centennial. Groups can select from an impressive list of classes or book a custom cooking experience. The class lasted more than three hours and involved learning cooking techniques and preparing four courses as a group. The garage door windows brought the outside in, and the chef mixed in plenty of humor with tips.
The moral of this story? Try to stay a few more days to fully savor the Denver!