Where else but Colorado can you get these stunning mountain views and a downtown skyline? Denver, the capital city of Colorado, is a great place to visit. The statistics confirm another record-breaking year again in 2017 with 31.7 million total visitors including 17.4 million overnight visitors. This boom keeps the hotel business alive and brings a wide selection of hotels to accommodate all travelers. Below we’ve updated the scoop on the Denver Metro hotels recently opened and opening in late 2018, 2019 and beyond.
Within the downtown area alone, there are more than 10,000 rooms (and that number keeps growing) within walking distance of shopping, restaurants and everything cool.
“The Denver metro area was home to 47,097 hotel rooms at the end of last year, 1,946 more than were available at the end of 2016 and roughly 7,000 more than in 2012,” as reported by the Denver Post based on research from STR.
And now the hospitality wars begin to rope in the continued record-breaking traffic from visitors to Denver, which has also brought in a flux of investments in old hotel resulting in many renovated Denver hotels including the historic Oxford. This gives the consumer a lot more hotel choices and better pricing of the Mile High City’s inventory of family-friendly, romantic, and business hotels.
Recently Opened Hotels in Denver
Over the last several years, we’ve reviewed Denver’s newest hotels as they’ve opened including the Crawford Hotel at Denver’s Union Station, the Westin Denver Airport, The Maven, The ART Hotel, and Hyatt Place Denver Downtown. We’ve also written about the scoop of hotel openings and renovations in Metro Denver, including the new Extended Stay Residence Inn Boulder Broomfield/Interlocken and Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder, as well as the renovated historic Hotel Boulderado.
Opened in August 2017, the Kimpton Hotel Born Denver (pictured below) is located next to Denver’s iconic Union Station. The new 199-room hotel features a street-level patio and rooftop patio, a 2,000 square-foot fitness center and two local-inspired, chef-driven restaurants and bars.
Catering to the Millenials, the MOXY Denver Cherry Creek opened in November 2017 as one of the first budget-friendly hotels in Cherry Creek. This boutique hotel is in the heart of this upscale neighborhood with its hundreds of art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and spas. Room rates here start at $125 (while other hotel rates start closer to $200+).
In 2016, Cherry Creek also welcomed another signature and chic hotel, the Halcyon, gifting Denver metro with yet another rooftop pool. Although this Cherry Creek hotel does charge a usually unwelcome resort fee, I’m impressed with the long list of amenities that are included with this fee — check out its Destination Amenity fee here.
New Denver Metro Hotels that Opened and/or will be opening in 2018, 2019 and Beyond
But Denver metro has more! Here’s a rundown of new hotels that have or will open in 2018, 2019, and beyond.
In April 2018 in RiNo (River North Art District) neighborhood, The Ramble Hotel Denver opened an independently owned hotel with 50 guestrooms, featuring an outdoor courtyard and lobby bar, Death & Co. Denver. The latter is an outpost of a decade only New York City bar of the same name. Although I have not stayed here yet, I’ve spent some time at Death & Co. Denver, and it is always packed. Parking is an issue here (and it’s on the edge of a neighborhood with some challenges). The best plan is to opt for valet parking, Uber or Lyft down, or use Denver’s public transit options.
Another independent hotel, the Source Hotel + Market Hall, opened in September 2018. This collection of independent retail, and restaurants, with 100 hotel rooms in the heart of Denver’s River North Art District billed as a “Lifestyle Hotel and Artisan Market Hall.” Again, this is a newly developed area with limited street parking, but there is a parking structure next to the hotel.
With an address near Coors Field, the Hilton Garden Inn Union Station will reuse the historic Denver Hose Company No. 1 building, one of the city’s oldest and most unique landmarks. This hotel is scheduled to open in February 2019.
Staybridge Suites Denver Downtown Hotel is an extended stay option in the Tremont Place Complex of downtown. Opened in June 2018, this hotel offers another budget-friendly option to include complimentary breakfast.
Another Cherry Creek hotel that recently opened in October 2018 with yet another rooftop pool is the Jacquard Denver Cherry Creek. This Denver metro hotels offers 201 rooms and suites ranging from 400 to 585 square feet. Get in touch with nature and soak in the sun with its panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains from its rooftop bar and pool.
Two Element Hotels by Marriott are planned to open in Denver in teh spring of 2019. One will open in Golden Triangle District off of downtown, the Element Denver Downtown East, while the other will be located near the airport, the Element Denver International Airport.
Next up for a been-there-done-that Hotel Scoop review is the August 2018 opening of the Origin Red Rocks. Located near the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, host to amazing concerts, the Origin Red Rocks will offer shuttle service to and from these shows. Since I live in the west part of town and love to go to these concerts, a boutique hotel this close to Red Rocks will be priceless! At the hotel, guests can enjoy a restaurant, bar and event space.
And yet another exciting opening near the Denver International Airport is the December 2018 debut of the Marriott branded Gaylord. The Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora, Colorado, will officially open its doors on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. The brand-new resort, a marquee property for Marriott International, is the fifth Gaylord Hotels resort in the nation and one of the largest hospitality industry projects to break ground in the U.S. since 2016. Once completed, it will be the largest combined resort and convention center in Colorado.
Several years ago, I experienced the Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, and I can’t wait to take the family to the Gaylord Rockies.
Photo credits: The individual Hotels and Diana Rowe.