A Look Inside the Renaissance Denver Downtown Hotel

by Janis on January 16, 2018

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.

lobby, Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel, ColoradoThis is the view — complete with a giant Christmas tree — that greeted us as we entered the three-story interior atrium of 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

Room 436, Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel, ColoradoNote the CNB (Colorado National Bank) detail on the sign for Room #436 at the Renaissance Denver Downtown Hotel.

Entrance view, Room 436, Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center HotelThis is the view upon entering Room 436, a King Deluxe at the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel.

seating area, Room 436, Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center HotelThe long, somewhat narrow room has a dedicated seating area, with its own television.

desk and 2nd TV, Room 436, Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center HotelAcross from the king bed is a comfortable desk and a second flat-screen television. The door below this TV hides a mini-fridge.

bathroom, Room 436, Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center HotelThe wall art in the bathroom of room 436 celebrates the building’s marble columns.

shower/tub, Room 436, Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center HotelThe walls of the shower/tub are tiled with marble, in the otherwise standard bathroom.

Our Bottom Line

We enjoyed our brief stay at the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel.

The Pros:

  • 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.

The Cons: 

  • 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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