In December, we made a brief weekend trip to Denver to see long-time friends. Wanting to be downtown and close to public transportation, we chose to stay at the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel.
This Renaissance hotel — opened in 2014 — was formerly the Colorado National Bank building — which dates to 1915 — when its location was in Denver’s “Wall Street of the Rockies.”
The marble found throughout the Greek revival building was from the Colorado Yule Marble Company, the same marble used in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Visitors to the hotel lobby can still peek into one the most secure bank vaults in existence at the time – which is today has been converted to a private dinning room.
While the building is still true to its history, the hotel rooms are packed with modern amenities.
A Look Inside Room 436
Our Bottom Line
We enjoyed our brief stay at the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel.
- The hotel atrium is stunning, as was especially festive for the holidays.
- No cookie-cutter hotel, this property is unique in its reuse of a historic bank restore to its glory days.
- The rooms have every modern convenience, from a comfortable bed, to good lighting to an effective desk for work.
- The dedicated seating area and second television would be nice for relaxing with friends.
- The hotel location is ideal for exploring downtown Denver on foot.
- As beautiful as it is, the three-story atrium seems impractical for a hotel. We could not enjoy a drink in the beautiful lobby at “Tellers” bar, because it closed before 10:30 pm on a Saturday evening in December. We were advised this was due to sound-proofing issues between the atrium and the guest rooms.
- The executive lounge was in a beautiful location overlooking the lobby, but it felt like you were in a library or a museum rather than a hotel.
Have you stayed at the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center hotel? How did the hotel rate for you?
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