New York and Los Angeles are no strangers to new hotel openings and often get all the 'cool' hotel love so when a hotel opened in Denver last year that could hold its own against the NYC and LA crowd, we knew it would be special. Our resident photo editor and photography connoisseur, Adam Szafranski had the chance to visit The Ramble Hotel shortly after opening and returned with not only all the photos but the inside scoop. He quickly (and eagerly) became acquainted with the hotel, in-house lounge and bar, and the best spots Denver has to offer.
We caught up with Adam about his long weekend at The Ramble Hotel including his top picks for what to do with your spare time when not at the hotel (good luck leaving). His top tip? Don't miss Death & Co., the New York based cocktail company and bar that chose Denver (inside The Ramble Hotel, no less) as its second home. From the stunning design to things to do, here is Adam's review and guide to Denver's newest gem.
Photography by Adam Szafranski
First impressions of The Ramble Hotel?
Well, I am a little biased because I had been following The Ramble Hotel on Instagram before they even officially opened, about 4 months prior to my trip to Denver. Upon arrival, my expectations were already high and boy did they deliver! The hotel was absolutely stunning and I had no idea where to look as every inch and corner left me in awe.
Give us a rundown of the hotel? Any standouts?
This hotel was everything I’ve ever dreamed of. The coolest part by far would have to be the lobby/coffee shop/world renowned bar. This massive common space houses Death & Co’s first outpost outside of New York City. If you ask any bartender, they will know who they are. I have to say the coolest part about this space is how it transitioned throughout the day. In the morning, you’ll find guests eating breakfast and having coffee, by noon, people are already grabbing a midday cocktail. As the evening unfolds, new arrivals are simultaneously checking in at the front desk while grabbing a drink at the bar just a few feet away.
Time to dive into the design - Give us the inside scoop.
The design of The Ramble Hotel is one for the books. The rooms offer huge windows that let in a ton of light. The deep blue walls and velvet headboard on the bed were definitely a major standout. Heading back downstairs to the lobby, Death & Co’s statement wall of mirrors cannot go unnoticed. Just about every detail that went into this hotel shows, hence why I took so many photos of the space.
Profile the perfect guest.
I have to say the perfect guest for this hotel would be the solo traveler, couples, and small groups of friends. The intimate vibe of The Ramble Hotel would not be the same with a larger group of people; however, their event space, Vauxhall, is perfect for your larger meetings and events. Solo travelers can hang out in the communal space downstairs, where they can get work done and meet other travelers. While couples and smaller groups of friends can find booths and secluded corners to keep themselves separate from the communal space.
What are some of the cool things to do around The Ramble Hotel?
The Ramble Hotel is centrally located in Denver’s RiNo Art District – just about every cool restaurant, cafe, and store is within walking distance of the hotel so there is no need to to call an Uber or Lyft. I have to say my favorite restaurant was directly across the street from the hotel, Cart-Driver: their pizza is phenomenal and definitely competes with my go-to Italian restaurant here in San Diego. Right next door to Cart-Driver is Topo Design’s flagship store, where you can find all your travel necessities for those who are always on the go. For the Abstract Expressionist, the Clyfford Still Museum (I’d recommend taking an Uber or Lyft here) is a great place to spend an hour or two while exploring the city. Other great places to check out include the architectural wonder that is Union Station and the amazing Dairy Block food hall.
Final thoughts on this new hotel?