We at Kimpton are big fans of bold designs that incorporate sustainability and adaptive reuse of old buildings. As Kermit the Frog and the Incredible Hulk know, it’s not easy being green, but it’s certainly good for the planet. So we’re thrilled to announce a new Kimpton hotel in Denver that’s part of one of the largest redevelopment efforts in the country, coupling dynamic architecture with next-gen public transportation infrastructure.
Our as-yet-unnamed hotel will be adjacent to the city’s Union Station, originally built in 1881, which is the centerpiece of a massive 13-building, 4-million-square-foot project. Spearheaded by Continuum Partners and Union Station Neighborhood Co., the historic train depot and surrounding neighborhood are being transformed into a transportation hub that will not only become one of Denver’s iconic locations, but also set a standard for cities around the world. When completed, it will feature retail boutiques, a farmers’ market, public squares and courtyards, gardens, cafes … and a Kimpton hotel.
The Union Station project links together Denver’s — and Colorado’s — transportation systems, becoming a nexus for city and regional buses, light rail, trains, and bikes. (A commuter bike station will offer lockers, showers and a bicycle shop for repairs and equipment. A big thumb’s up for that since we’re big fans of biking.) With its contemporary installations, murals, fountains and proposed schedule of concerts and festivals, the Union Station neighborhood will become both a destination and a gateway. Which is pretty Zen if you think about it.
Our 200-room hotel will be built from the ground up, and there will be two restaurants and bars — focusing on local, chef-driven fare — as well as tons of meeting space. It’s scheduled for an early 2017 opening and will be our second Denver property, joining Hotel Monaco — another adaptive reuse project set in a landmark building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Kermit would be so proud.
Renderings courtesy Union Station Neighborhood Co.
Updated Sept. 14, 2016