Pull up to Thompson Denver’s valet-only parking and enter the grand lobby, complete with impressive slabs of fine rock adorning the walls, a classy bar, a coffee shop and elevated, yet relaxed foyer seating. The internationally acclaimed design firm Parts + Labor chose a darker color palette for the 216-room boutique hotel’s sophisticated interior while incorporating natural textures that tie the city hotel to the mountains above. “Our vision for Thompson Denver is a timelessly original neighborhood locale that invites discerning locals and world travelers alike to enjoy a modern, understated take on Mile High hospitality,” says Amanda Parsons, Area Vice President and General Manager. Each room comes equipped with a romantic gift for you and your partner as well as locally made snacks, beverages and cosmetics. It’s a stunning hotel and the perfect date night so I brought my partner along for the stay.
The 6th-floor bar called the Reynard Social is the hotel’s showstopper. With floor-to-ceiling windows, a sunroom, a library, a fully stocked bar, a pool table and unique ski-themed cocktails, it’s easy for happy hour to last all night. The hotel partners with Victrola to have record players in every room and curate the playlist for the bar. Ask the bartender for the pool balls for a classy billiards game, drink in hand. If you are venturing out of the hotel, be sure to check out Thompson Denver’s partnerships with Attimo Wine, Luxe Spa, Colorado Athletic Club, The Beer Spa, Oskar Blues Brewery, Millie Rose Designs, Scarpaletto and more for discounts and deals.
Michelin-starred chef Ludo Lefebvre brings his French cuisine to Colorado at Chez Maggy. The restaurant is a tribute to Margaret, Lefebvre’s mother-in-law who spent her life helping others in Colorado. The cuisine derives from Lefebvre’s Normandy roots and incorporates elements and ingredients of the west. Lefebvre recommends the Escargots, something he grew up eating in Burgundy, Bison Tartare, the perfect example of Denver ingredients cooked using French technique and the Roasted Organic Half Chicken, a signature dish on the menu. “Finally,” Lefevre says, “don’t pass up the Crepe Suzette for dessert! I made a lot of crepes with my grandma when I was a kid, and we made this dish all the time.”
August is a great time to catch a baseball game, and luckily Coors Field is within walking distance from the hotel—an easy 10-minute walk or super easy three-minute scooter ride. Tickets are inexpensive and games are fun for everyone. Put on your ball cap, grab a hot dog, load it up with Colorado green chili, sip a cold beer, relax outdoors and watch the Rockies hit it out of the park.
Simon and Garfunkel were right—it’s all happening at the zoo. Receive a free day pass to the zoo with a night’s stay at Thompson Denver as well as a 10% food discount and 20% gift shop discount. The 80-acre zoo is home to more than 3,000 species and offers countless opportunities for visitors to interact with the animals like petting the sting rays and walking with the penguins.