First Images: The Thompson Denver Hotel is Bringing Chalet Chic to LoDo

If you’re of the sort who goes to Aspen with friends but spends most of your time shopping or sipping by the fireplace, Thompson has got a new hotel for you. Indeed, the new Thompson Denver will open just in time for the height of ski season (January 2022), but will call the historic but decidedly trendy neighborhood of LoDo its home.

Thompson have actually been busy of late, opening in Washington DC in early 2020 (not the best timing, obviously), and more recently just off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. And though Denver is one of our fave American cities, it was arguably in need of couple more high-profile boutique hotels.

As with the rest of its portfolio, the Denver outpost will be an exemplification of contemporary elegance, rife with the brand’s signature mid-century modern gestures – but here nodding to its Colorado home with elements of ski-chalet chic.

With interiors by NYC design firm Parts + Labor (whose resume includes the Thompson DC, the Thompson Nashville and the Time Out Market in Brooklyn), regional wood, stone and copper were employed for authenticity – along with carefully chosen works by local Colorado artists. Generously proportioned rooms have an almost mountain-cabin-like feel, with sumptuous Sferra bedding and a mini-bar stocked with local artisan products. A grand 1032 square foot Thompson Suite flaunts an indoor/outdoor fireplace and an expansive terrace with seating for eight.

Curiously, considering all the local flavor, they went and imported the culinary talent all the way from Los Angeles. Indeed, Burgundy-born star, LA based chef Ludo Lefebvre – he of Ludo Bird, Petit Trois and endless television appearances – will oversee the hotel’s Chez Maggy restaurant (lovingly named for his late mother-in-law, a longtime resident of Littleton, CO), which will offer up Francophile classics like steak tartare and duck a l’orange alongside such signature creations as the Bison Bourguignon and a Frenchified Denver omelette.

For social sorts, there will also be a lobby level cafe, a sixth floor bar and sunroom with Alpine-inspired cocktails and bites, and a private dining area for up to 36 guests on the mezzanine – perhaps perfect for throwing all those extravagant dinner parties that didn’t happen during the peak months of the pandemic.

What this all means is, there will now be a very good reason to tack a culture filled city weekend on to any winter ski excursion to Aspen or Telluride, stopping to check out the Denver Art Museum‘s unparalleled Indigenous Arts of North America Galleries, and the astonishing permanent collection at the Clyfford Still Museum, before hitting up the vintage shops, indie book stores and then restaurant hopping around LoDo. You may even find yourself skipping all that swishing and swooshing altogether.

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