Downtown Denver welcomed another new independent hotel in 2017 — and it’s a home run! Say hello to the historical, chic and boutique – The Maven Hotel, just one block from Coors Field, between 18th and 19th Streets on Wazee in LoDo (Lower Downtown), in the Dairy Block neighborhood. Playful, modern, hip and just a fun place to stay, don’t miss an opportunity to stay at The Maven.
Living in the suburbs, a weekend in downtown Denver is always a quick getaway without dreading the I-70 traffic jam to the Rocky Mountains. Our recent Labor Day weekend included a college football game and a stay at the newest Denver hotel: The Maven. I had this boutique hotel on my radar, so when I was invited to check it out — how could I resist?
Located in Denver’s new Dairy Block, the 172-room independent Maven Hotel opened in the Spring of 2017, part of the unique hotel experiences created by Sage Hospitality. Sage is the creative brainpower of other awesome downtown Denver hotels: the boutique Crawford Hotel at Denver’s Union Station, the historic Oxford Hotel, and the funky and fun Curtis Hotel. From my experiences at these other three hotels, I already knew the Maven would be equally impressive.
Arrival at The Maven Hotel
And it did not disappoint. Located two blocks from Denver Union Station with RT rail lines, local bus service and commuter rail access to/from Denver International Airport, The Maven has location locked and loaded. Mix in its location just one block from Coors Field and walking distance to everything downtown Denver — and you’ll discover a home run — and a lot of fun.
The 8-story building blends into the industrial feel of the neighborhood, with a simple yet stylish design and a nod to the historic brick buildings former “life” as Windsor Dairy (thus the name of “Dairy Block”).
Once you enter the building, you are simply wowed. The lobby is an expansive one-floor living room / social experience with unique artsy touches. The 3,600-square-foot lobby expertly drifts into the 7,200-square-foot Kachina Southwestern Grill, Poka Lola Social Club and lobby of the adjacent building. The latter features a pop-art space which included a really fun retro-style TV, showing old movies like the Lone Ranger.
Check-in at the reception desk and the hotel is literally right there, alongside this amazing wall of photos. (I am so going to steal this decorating tip!)
Maven’s guest rooms are loft-style decor with high ceilings and large windows. Our room was a Journeyman King — and so so much space! Drawn to the balcony we realized just how close we were to Coors Field with that view! Surprisingly, though even with a Colorado Rockies baseball game that night the room was soundproof as we did not hear the noise from the game.
And then there’s that bathroom!
As the official partner hotel of the Colorado Rockies and the closest hotel to Coors Field, The Maven is also rolling out several exclusive baseball packages. For families, The Maven Bunk Rooms, with a Twin Bunk Bed and there are also 11 expansive suites, including the baseball-themed Diamond Suite.
Stop in at Poka Lola for a throwback to the “every-man’s” cocktail bar which includes specialty sodas and crafted cocktails. While I ordered a more traditional vodka/soda, my husband tried the Crate
The Kachina Southwestern Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. After the college football game (Go CU!), we returned to the hotel and sampled their Navajo Fry Bread tacos (The Pueblo, The Texan, and the Maricopa) — thicker “flour-like” tortilla, different, yummy, and perfect for late-night snacking.
The next morning, we pampered ourselves with brunch at Kachina — and again impressed with its southwestern twist of ingredients.
Must-tries: House-made Pastries (to die for cinnamon-pull apart biscuit), Kachina Benedict, and Torta (recommended by our server Mars). Paired best with a Kachina Mimosa — because it was Saturday!
Don’t have time for a relaxed breakfast? Stop by the lobby’s airstream for your complimentary coffee and/or purchase quick breakfast bites and pastries.
Room rates start at $189.
The Maven hosted my stay for the purposes of a review; opinions expressed are my own. Photo credits: Courtesy of Diana Rowe / TravelingInHeels & The Maven Hotel