Alpine Aesthetic: Thompson Denver’s toast to LoDo

Thompson Denver, which opened in February, was designed to have an “upscale mountain lodge chic” vibe.
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As I pulled up to the valet at the Thompson Denver, I didn’t recognize the blocks around me. After swapping Mile High City for High Country for good five years ago, every time I return—at least off-season spring and fall trips—my old ZIP code becomes less familiar.

Since ThompsonDenver project was announced in 2016, the city center itself and the hotel landscape have experienced a development boom. New boutique accommodation options have popped up in Lower Downtown (LoDo), such as the Maven Hotel at Dairy Block, Kimpton Hotel Born and Hotel Indigo, while the transformation of one of the most desirable of the neighborhood was underway.

Previously a car park opposite the former RTD bus facility – also rebuilt as Market station with offices, apartments and “Basecamp” anchorages on the ground floor, including dance, Thule and Topo Drawings — the newly opened Thompson Denver is the centerpiece of the revitalization of a once dreary stretch of the 16th Street Mall. Last month, the City and County of Denver innovated on its highly anticipated $149 million overhaul of the entire corridor officially known as the “16th Street Mall Project”.

“The city of Denver has so much to offer, from its vibrant culture and vibrant people to its beautiful surroundings and distinct lifestyle, that it was only a matter of time before Thompson Hotels found a home. here,” said the general and regional manager of Thompson Denver. Vice President Amanda Parson. “Thompson strives to be at the forefront of culture in many places, which is why our mission is to establish Thompson Denver as a cultural hub for travelers and locals, where to find and experience the best thing can. happen every day.”

The reception of the Thompson Denver.
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Upon entry, a dramatic lobby welcomes guests in the signature style of Thompson hotels – mid-century modern meets urban – but tailored to its newest outpost with a “cottage-chic” vibe. high-end mountain”; It is the first property of the luxury lifestyle hotel brand (now under the World of Hyatt portfolio) in Colorado.

Thompson Denver’s distinctive sense of place comes to life with thoughtful touches and rich textures from New York-based company Parts and Job designwhich drew its main inspiration from the diverse topography of the Centennial State.

Its foundation – using natural materials ranging from wood to stone to copper – is punctuated by remarkable pieces such as a two-storey hearth fireplace and a massive marble installation as a reception as well as works by artists exclusively local on the walls. That cabin-inspired warmth continues upstairs in the 216 rooms and suites (from $409 per night), which feature plush Sferra bedding, rainfall showers, DS toiletries, and Durga and an honor bar stocked with local artisan products and favorites from all 18 Thompson hotels. other destinations in the United States and Mexico.

Reynard Social at the Thompson Denver.
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But the coolest comfort is a Victrola record players in each suite and in the “Listening Lounge” – a separate section of the Reynard Social restaurant and bar on the sixth floor with its new T1 turntable as well as a selection of selected vinyl records. Thompson Denver has formed an official partnership with the century-old Denver-based turntable manufacturer “to provide an unparalleled musical experience for guests.”

The highlight of my stay was a decadent dinner in At Maggy’sThompson Denver’s already-lively 90-seat brasserie (with adjacent bar) by celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre. It’s kind of a homecoming for the cookbook author and star of ABC’s hit cooking contest, “The Taste.”

Sample French-inspired cuisine at Chez Maggy, Thompson Denver’s 90-seat brasserie already hosted by celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre. / Marc Fiorito/Gamma Nine

Lefebvre explained, “I had long hoped to open a restaurant in Denver, and it was only natural to team up with Thompson Denver, part of a brand known for cultivating culture and inspiring everyone who walks through its doors. My wife grew up here and we visit often, so I’ve always considered Denver a second home and knew it would be the perfect place to open my first restaurant outside of Petit Trois in LA. Chez Maggy is particularly personal to me since the menu features dishes inspired by my childhood in France, and the overall concept is a deeply special tribute to my family.

Lefebvre mixes his roots with the hyperlocal inspiration of the unique climate of the Rockies region, all in tribute to his family. Chez Maggy offers classic French fare — with a focus on the dishes she misses most in her home country — alongside playful homages to Denver. I still dream of the four courtyards

A spa bathroom in a Thompson Denver Suite (all rooms come with rain showers, bathrobes, and DS & Durga toiletries).
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I tried: roasted marrow bone with parsley salad, onion jam and brioche ($15); avocado and citrus salad with red onion, celery and tiger leche ($17); almandine trout with rice pilaf, hazelnut with almond butter and capers ($28); crepes suzette with Grand Marnier, orange and butter ($13).

Although downtown Denver looks completely different these days, the Thompson Denver fits in perfectly and made my last visit a bit more like a second home too.

Katie Shapiro can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @bykatieshapiro.

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