By Etta Meyer | September 13, 2018 | Lifestyle
The new Source Hotel in Denver's River North district—AKA Rino—epitomizes the new era of Colorado culture. Foodies and design-lovers, inquire within.
Hotel details will appeal to the design-savvy crowd
A stroll through Denver’s hottest emerging neighborhood, the River North District, will take you on an urban journey past low-slung warehouse buildings that have been transformed into food halls, pubs, cafes, art galleries, nail salons and shops galore. Loft-style constructions house offices for the new economy (think tech startups and design firms in open floor plans), as well as apartments for the young workforce moving to Rino. It is the “Williamsburg” of the West, linked to downtown Denver by rail and bike path.
This spring, the urban destination evolves one step further with the completion of the 100-room Source Hotel. The hotel is an outgrowth of the wildly popular The Source, a highconcept food and retail market in a reclaimed 1880s foundry building. The Source features multiple independently owned (and esteemed) restaurants, a bottle shop, a flower shop and a bakery. This established community hub is the No. 1 nonhotel Uber destination request from Denver International Airport.
A greenscaped walkway will bridge The Source to the new hotel, which will house its own restaurants and retail. Stephen Dynia of Dynia Architects designed the structure as a series of stacked boxes with “garage door” floor-to-ceiling windows to reference the surrounding industrial-architectural context.
Each suite features a Japanese soaking tub
Zeppelin Development, the mastermind behind The Source and other major projects in Denver, brought in the experts behind Boulder’s most lauded hotel, the St. Julien, to craft the service and guest experience. The rooms are designed with a modern, utilitarian aesthetic letting the views of downtown Denver and the snow-capped peaks beyond take center stage.
Kyle Zeppelin of Zeppelin Development explains the concept as going beyond a typical design-focused boutique, to being a full-blown lifestyle hotel, with an emphasis on food, beverage and a high standard of service. “People want to experience the best of a place and are interested in emerging cities and urban exploration,” says Zeppelin. “Whether it’s a newgeneration business traveler or a family on their way to the mountains, there are compelling reasons to stop over in Denver, and Rino specifically has a high concentration of newer, acclaimed restaurants and businesses.”
And what could be more “Denver” than a brewery in the lobby? New Belgium’s first in the city will provide the suds for The Woods, the rooftop brewpub featuring a cantilevered pool overlooking the city and mountains.
Brooklyn-artisanal, meet your match. Colorado’s batch-brewed, independent-spirit, artisan-made revolution has a new capital in Rino, and it’s open for business. Skyline Suite from $399 per night, 3330 Brighton Blvd., Denver, thesourcehotel.com
HOTEL PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE SOURCE HOTEL; ZEPPELIN PORTRAIT BY ADAM LARKEY