The Ramble Hotel, Denver Rating: Trendy and world class

In short, opulent yet trendy design meets the renowned bar scene at this chic boutique hotel in Denver’s Arts District

the neighborhood

To put it simply, RiNo (River North Art District) is Denver’s hipster haven. Once a bustling industrial area of ​​warehouses and factories, the trendy neighborhood is now a haven for vibrant street art, microbreweries, craft cocktail bars, live music venues and food halls, all conveniently located within about a mile radius. But don’t let its size fool you. It’s easy to lose days browsing the local art galleries and giant wall murals, sampling food from the late-night trucks, and hopping through the breweries to sample the seemingly endless supply of local beers. That’s not to say the area isn’t also a perfect spot for those new to the Mile High City. Because the hotel is north of downtown Denver (within a five-minute drive), visitors can be in the heart of the city, watching the Rockies play at Coors Field, enjoying a bit of shopping therapy in Larimer Square or visiting the Transportation hub Union Station. We took advantage of Denver’s climate (it boasts 300 days of sunshine a year) and the great local restaurants that RiNo has to offer during a leisurely 20-minute walk – armed with a flat white and handcrafted mochi donut – from The Ramble Hotel into downtown.

The Garden’s ‘wish you were here’ sign can be seen next to one of the many murals you’ll find throughout the bohemian area

(The Ramble Hotel)

The atmosphere

Located directly across from the now-converted Benjamin Moore paint factory, The Ramble was the first hotel to open in 2018 in the artsy RiNo area, but step inside and you’ll be met by a boutique hotel with a difference. Checking in for a stay is more like being greeted by your host for a drink reservation at the city’s newest ‘it bar’. And that’s because you kind of are. The lobby area doubles as a Death & Co bar (more on that later) and immediately gives the whole place the feel of a private members’ club — just without the pretentiousness. Plush velvet sofas in jewel tones are scattered throughout, tan leather armchairs invite you to recline, while chandeliers twinkle subtly overhead. It’s the kind of soothing yet luxurious vibe you’d want to recreate in the lounge of your forever home – but you know you’d never quite be able to.

Friendly, attentive hotel staff will greet you behind a branded leather desk, check you in seamlessly and also take care of your drink reservations for the evening. All in all, it’s opulent without being fancy; luxurious and relaxed at the same time; modern and trendy, yet classic: an ideal short break choice for a couple or group of friends looking for a mix of exploring the artistic scene and staying to enjoy all the hotel has to offer.

Denver’s Death & Co is an outpost of New York’s craft cocktail establishment

(The Ramble Hotel)

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bed and bath

Like the common areas, the rooms have been given an understated but opulent lounge vibe. With rich blue paneled walls, hickory flooring, handpicked antique Persian rugs and brass accents, you’ll wake up and forget you’re staying in a hotel. We stayed in the Juliette Suite which was light and airy thanks to not one but two sliding French doors leading to the Juliette balconies and overlooking the courtyard below. With a cozy reading room area featuring custom Denver furniture and a Bluetooth gramophone speaker, as well as the old-world charm bathroom with its large walk-in shower and vintage-style vanity, a cozy night’s sleep is likely to appeal. The devil really is in the details, right down to the bespoke tan leather room key, the curated Death & Co minibar, the French coffee maker with freshly ground beans from a local roaster, and the rosemary-mint bath products.

The Ramble is a boutique hotel with 50 welcoming rooms

(The Ramble Hotel)

to eat and drink

During the day, DC/AM is a relaxed breakfast and lunch spot, serving barista coffee and brunch classics with a twist, such as: B. Bison burrito for breakfast – a must-do when visiting Colorado. Expect locals and young professionals busy working on their Apple Macbooks.

At night it is clear that this is the place to be – regardless of whether you are staying in the hotel or not. After all, Death & Co is so much more than a hotel bar. The renowned cocktail institution first opened its doors in New York’s East Village in 2006 and soon earned the title of one of the 50 best bars in the USA. So it’s no surprise that the second outpost at the heart of the Ramble Hotel has also made a name for itself as a leader in the craft cocktail movement. In fact, on an otherwise quiet Monday night, the bar was the busiest spot in the neighborhood. The cocktails – we highly recommend the Wizard in Black – lived up to the hype with unique, expertly crafted interpretations of classics.

We were lucky enough to also try the innovative Neuro Nightcap, an immersive experience born from a collaboration between Death & Co and the Theater of the Mind. Imagine a mind-blowing, sensual do-it-yourself cocktail experience, an adults-only science experiment, all from the comfort of your suite while you relax in fluffy bathrobes and a bespoke playlist by Talking Heads frontman Listen to David Byrne.

The bar is always finding new ways to stay fresh and exciting – in celebration of The Ramble Hotel and Death & Co Denver’s fifth anniversary in May, the bar is getting a makeover and their cocktail cart is being introduced to serve Death & Co cocktails (along with a talented bartender) straight to the hotel’s guest rooms.

As well as Death & Co, there’s also the lively pan-Latin restaurant Super Mega Bien, which serves dim sum dishes by James Beard Award-nominated chef Dana Rodriguez. Hotel guests have priority on all food and beverage reservations, so make reservations at check-in.

Sample some of Colorado’s staples at DC/AM

(The Ramble Hotel)

public areas

There is also an intimate courtyard area, The Garden. With its Instagram-made wish you were here neon sign, fairy lights and sofas, it’s a cute, casual spot to kick back in the warmer months. Although this area isn’t open year-round (Denver was a bit chilly during our stay), we were able to jump out and get that all-important snap. There’s also a small cardio room for those looking to maintain their fitness goals while on vacation, while live music lovers can take advantage of the hotel’s intimate music and theater hall.

The garden’s neon “Wish you were here” sign makes a perfect backdrop for an Instagram post

(The Ramble Hotel)

screws and nuts

number of rooms: 50

Freebies: French Press coffeemaker with Queen City Collective Coffee beans ground daily, 24-hour access to a small cardio room, 30-day membership to Gravity House, a “social club for the modern adventurer.”

Wireless Internet access: Free

Costs extra: none

Barrier-free access: Three different accessible room types – Juliette King, Double Queen and Pied-á-Terre. Common areas include wide openings, Braille signage, and grab bars in public bathrooms.

Pets: The Ramble Hotel does not allow pets, with the exception of service animals.

bottom line

Best thing: The common areas — from Death & Co to The Garden — it’s tempting not to even leave the hotel.

Worst thing: For the price, it’s a pity that your stay doesn’t include breakfast.

Perfect for: Millennials who like a trendy, cool environment – but also the finer things.

Not suitable for: People looking for a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle.

Instagram from: The neon sign “Wish you were here”.

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