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. Below we’ve updated the scoop on the Denver Metro hotels recently opened and opening in late 2020 and beyond.
I’ve been updating the amazing growth in the Denver Metro and Colorado regions for the past few years. Click below to start with 2020 and beyond, or click to explore the openings of past years and their reviews here at Hotel-Scoop.
2020 and Beyond Denver’s Hotel Boom
For the third consecutive year, Denver confirmed another near record-breaking year in 2018 with 31 million total visitors and matched the 2017 record total of $6.5 billion with 17.3 million overnight visitors. (And 2019 statistics are meeting or exceeding those numbers!)
The biggest growth continued with leisure travelers increasing for the 15th straight year, reaching a record 7.1 million. This boom keeps the hotel business alive and brings a wide selection of hotels to accommodate all travelers — and new and newly renovated hotels adding to the mix.
Downtown Denver offers visitors a whopping 11,000 rooms within a short walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center, and for those leisure travelers searching for luxury, discover nearly 50,000 first-class hotel rooms in the greater metro area. Here’s a rundown of new hotels that will open in 2020 and beyond.
Slated to debut in April 2020, the Sheraton Denver Downtown has kicked-of an $80M transformation that affects the entire hotel from a new arrival experience to renovated meeting space and 1,231 newly redesigned guest rooms — and more. Sheraton Denver Downtown is one of the Sheraton brand’s flagship properties and among the first in the country to undergo the larger brand revitalization that will ultimately transform all future Sheraton hotels.
To be located across from the Colorado Convention Center (see above rendering), the 28-story Marriott proposed 525-room hotel has plans to be one of the largest in downtown. Denver based Focus Property Group reported groundbreaking in early 2020 at 727 14th Street, with a projected opening in 2022.
Earlier this month, Central Street Capital, Inc. announced Hotel Perenne, the first-ever boutique hotel to open in Denver’s thriving Lower Highlands (LoHi) neighborhood. Located at 2500 18th Street, Hotel Perenne will feature 70 rooms and an upscale bar and restaurant. The 70-room hotel, complete with an upscale restaurant and bar, is anticipated to break ground in summer 2020 and open by summer 2021.
The 8-story, 153-room Even Hotel by InterContinental Hotel Group will open in late 2020 at 2250 Blake Street in Denver.
The McGregor Square Hotel by Sage Development will open in 2021 at Coors Field near 20th Street as a luxury 176-roo hotel with meeting space. It will also house the Colorado Rockies Hall of Fame and a 30,000 square feet of outdoor plaza.
Several hotels in the works with opening dates to be determined including:
- Stonebridge Companies will open a downtown 7-story hotel at 1701 Blake Street.
- Thompson Denver, 1600 Market Street, 214-room, 11-story hotel with rooftop bar.
- Ace Hotel at 1840 Grant St & 1834 Logan St, 11 story hotel.
- Denver’s Five Points neighborhood will welcome The Rossonian Hotel. This boutique hotel will take up floors two through four, with ground floor restaurant and basement jazz and music venue, opening date to be determined.
- Hawkeye Hotels plans to open a dual-brand hotel (Fairfield Inn & Suites and TownePlace Suites) at 1320 Glenarm Place in downtown Denver.
Another hotel is landing in Cherry Creek North, according to Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle. The Creek’s latest hotel will be a 12-story, 150-room hotel, just south of the heart of Cherry Creek at 370 S. Garfield St. The AC Hotel by Marriott plans to open by December 2021.
Beyond Denver — Colorado’s Notable Renovations and New Hotels
The Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs is finishing up major renovations to be completed by winter 2020. Under its new ownership, the historic hotel is remodeling its meeting rooms, guest rooms, and common spaces while staying true to its history. In the process, there have been some significant historic discoveries.
Opening in 2020, Kinship Landing is a new hotel concept that will offer what today’s travelers demand: authentic and engaging travel experiences that connect them to the local community. The boutique hotel will feature a community space to talk about the day’s adventures along with lockers equipped with charging stations and available for gear storage, an inviting bar area and more.
Gravity Haus will debut in December 2019 and is a ski-in/ski-out boutique property in Breckenridge. Designed to activate a community of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts year-round, Gravity Haus will offer ongoing insider experiences ranging from outdoor excursions to social programming and will feature 60 distinctly curated rooms. Onsite amenities at Gravity Haus will include Dryland fitness and a sports recovery center, expert-led backcountry experiences, a super trampoline, farm-to-cup Unravel coffee, nourishing dining at Cabin Juice, Japanese-inspired onsen and more.
Center Village at Copper Mountain will welcome a new (and its first!) hotel as early as 2020. The anticipated four-story hotel will have 127 guest rooms and offer a mix of two queen beds, king beds, and suites.
The property will feature an outdoor patio nestled along West Ten Mile Creek complete with fireplaces and hot tubs, giving guests a chance to unwind and soak in the views after a day on the slopes.
2018-2019 Denver Hotel Openings and Renovations
Within the downtown area alone, (stats from 2018-2019) Denver offered 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.
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 the 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 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.
Hotel Openings in Denver, Prior to 2018
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.
Photo credits: The individual Hotels and Diana Rowe.