A Night’s Reprieve at the Thompson Hotel
An urban chalet-inspired hotel opens in the heart of LoDo
Occasionally, everyone needs a staycation, whether it’s a break from the kiddos, a romantic getaway or just a respite from everyday life. For me, it was a mix of all three, so I made arrangements for my son to go to a friend’s house, dropped off the dog with a relative and drove the five miles from my home to Thompson Denver for a night’s reprieve.
Thompson Denver, which opened in early February, is a 216-room luxury boutique hotel on the corner of the 16th Street Mall and Market Street. Its progressive Colorado vibe gives the space an understated feel of the American West. Using a palette of dark browns, greens and grays, the design team created spaces that are both elegant and soothing.
“Thompson strives to be at the cutting edge of culture across its many urban and select resort locations, and that certainly rings true here,” says Amanda Parsons, general manager. “It was only a matter of time before Thompson Hotels found a home in the Mile High City.”
Our executive suite on the fifth floor was spacious and tranquil, thanks to the fragrant dried eucalyptus bouquet hanging in the bathroom, minimalist art and a mix of rich colors and raw textures. Charming décor included an old-fashioned Victrola and a selection of branded items that are for sale.
After dropping my bag, I took a stroll while I awaited my husband’s arrival. The hotel has a perfect downtown location, with an easy walk to Coors Field, Union Station and the Dairy Block. When my husband arrived, we headed upstairs to the sixth floor for cocktails at the buzzy Reynard Social. The space is relaxing, with a sophisticated alpine feel and various seating areas, including a bright sunroom and billiards room.
The hotel’s marquis restaurant, Chez Maggy, is a traditional French dining room by Michelin-starred celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre—his first restaurant outside Southern California. Chef Ludo’s wife of over 20 years, Krissy, was raised in Colorado, so the stunning restaurant with its European-style décor is an homage to her family. Our meal was excellent; we particularly enjoyed the Onion Soup Gratin and Trout Almandine. The next morning, after a quick espresso and blueberry scones from Duel coffee shop, I hit the Peloton in the lower-level fitness center; the gym is thoughtfully stocked with apples and pears, bottled water, chamois towels and earphones. Although this was my first official staycation at Thompson Denver, it won’t be my last. Escaping for even 24 hours was the most fun I’ve had in a while.
1616 Market Street, Denver, CO 80202 303-572-1321, thompsondenverhotel.com
In the heart of LoDo (lower downtown Denver) on the corner of the 16th Street Mall and Market Street.
Pet-friendly, with about 200 rooms and 16 suites. Standard rooms are 350-400 square feet with espresso machines, a Drybar hairdryer and luxe robes.
The Thompson offers three options: Chez Maggy, Reynard Social and Duel.
Whether it’s to explore LoDo and the nearby neighborhoods or get a ride to Coors Field for a Rockies game, guests are able to scan a QR code on the stationary pedicab in the lobby to arrange a driver; the 24-hour fitness facility offers state-of-the-art equipment; and the Victrola Listening Lounge, located adjacent to Reynard Social, offers an immersive musical reprieve for guests with a full turntable system and a curated selection of vinyl. Look for community programming to be offered this summer.
Rooms start at $359 per night.