Posted July 7, 2017

Neighborhood Spotlight: Denver Union Station


Kimpton Born Hotel couldn’t be more on track as a proud anchor of one of Denver’s most thriving neighborhoods. General Manager Von De Luna explains that not very long ago, this industrial and railroad-centric zone didn’t offer many reasons to visit. Today, Born’s address sits at the epicenter of the “very best of Denver;” Von calls this beautiful hotel “the crown jewel, the cherry on top of a 20-year development project.”

You’ll find the Born in the core of the Union Station / Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood, only a stone’s throw from the city’s main transportation hub-turned-cultural-hot spot. The hotel likes to think of itself as an epicenter for anything one could possibly want—situating guests at the nexus of four vibrant neighborhoods, all pedestrian-friendly and people-oriented.

Denver Union Station is so much more than a train stop. (Photo credit: Ellen Jaskol/Union Station)

If you take the 37-minute train directly from Denver International Airport to downtown, you’ll experience the enticing buzz of Union Station before even checking into our hotel. In 2014, this Beaux-Arts-style train station (built in 1881) got a major makeover, reopening after a $54 million renovation that’s helped make it one of the city’s most talked-about sites. These days it’s been coined “Denver’s living Room,” thanks to an enticing lineup of top eateries, bars and shops.

Union Station draws:

  • Community events happen against the grand backdrop of the Great Hall, including a Saturday farmers markets—held on the North Plaza from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June through October—that features fresh produce, cooking demos and live music.
  • Beforehand, enjoy an invigorating Saturday Vinyasa class at 7:30 a.m. (complimentary, but limited to 25 yogis).

Clock in a few sun salutations in literal sunshine (Photo credit: Union Station)

Our top picks in the neighborhood:

  • Dozens of brand-new restaurants will soon grace the area—from our own highly anticipated Citizen Rail (run by acclaimed chef Christian Graves) to nearby Wewatta Point that will serve up the freshest seafood and seasonal oysters come Oct 2017. Mainstays like Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar spruce up cauliflower as an entree-worthy “steak.”

Cauliflower Steak (Photo credit: Tulepo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar)

Jamming outdoors at Stella’s on 16th

  • We’re a 10-minute walk from LoHi (or Lower Highands, one of Denver’s coveted “it” neighborhoods) and minutes from Platte River, where you can run along trails or visit one of REI’s flagship stores for gear and canoe lessons.
  • Travel a bit farther to reach the Highlands, a formerly working-class neighborhood that’s emerged as one of Denver’s best places to dine.
  • Stroll to Coors Field or Pepsi Center, center stage for big-name musical acts, the Colorado Rockies, the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche.

Von reiterates his enthusiasm for the hotel’s pivotal role. “It’s an amazing thing to be part of,” he says, “when the city is reinventing itself.”