The historic Colorado Bank building in downtown Denver—an exemplary Greek Revival structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places—has been undergoing its own personal renaissance the last couple of years: Stonebridge Companies and Marriott just opened the renovated jewel as the new 230-room Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center.
Praised for its white marble façade, towering columns and dramatic three-story atrium, the building was designed in 1915 by famed Denver architects William and Arthur Fisher, who created the edifice’s neoclassical architecture out of the same marble used to carve the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The intersection on which the building was erected was known as the “Wall Street of the Rockies,” for its significance as a financial center during the Gold Rush of the 1850s.
“We are proud to give one of Denver’s most beloved local landmarks new life as a Renaissance Hotel,” said Navin Dimond, president and CEO of Stonebridge Companies, owner/operator of the hotel. “There is something special about being able to help connect visitors to the city with a piece of its past. We hope to provide them a modern experience in a historic setting that is completely unique to Denver.”
The hotel embraces the spirit of the early 20th century through historic elements juxtaposed against sophisticated accommodations and stylish design. Large monogrammed bronze doors open to the three-story interior atrium, featuring marble flooring, ornate bronze accents and the most secure vaults in existence at the time—all details that remain a part of the hotel’s design experience.
The grand lobby showcases 16 restored murals—depicting the lives of Native Americans of the Plains—that were originally painted for the bank in 1925 by iconic Western muralist Allen Tupper True, along with a history wall containing artifacts, mementos, photos and architectural imagery from the bank’s storied past. Denver-based art consulting firm Nine dot Arts brings it all into the present with a curated collection of original modern artworks, each created by a Colorado-based artist or from a local gallery.
Each of the spacious guest rooms and suites sings a song of the West that is decidedly a modern melody, with luxurious amenities like 42" flat-screen HDTVs, top-of-the-line bedding, luxurious baths and quality personal care products. Accessible rooms are also available, some with special features like roll-in showers.
The hotel’s original restaurant concept, range, serves up “new American West” cuisine that incorporates ingredients and techniques unique to the Rocky-Mountain West, such as grilling, smoking, wood-oven roasting, cast-iron sautéing, pickling and preserving—all utilizing fresh local ingredients, with a focus on grass-fed meats, wild game, sustainable seafood, local creamery cheeses and seasonal produce. The Teller Bar is aptly named for the bank tellers who once stood where the bar is now situated, serving money instead of small bites, craft cocktails and local brews.
Other amenities at the new hotel include a state-of-the-art fitness center, featuring Technogym equipment and a Kenisis Wall System; a full-service 24-hour business center; free Wi-Fi throughout the property; and the assistance of Renaissance Navigators, ambassadors with extensive local knowledge to share with guests, helping them to experience the best that the area has to offer.
In honoring this iconic gem out of the Western past and preserving it for the future, Renaissance Hotels just might have created an iconic niche for itself in modern times.