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Fodor's Expert Review Kimpton Hotel Born

1600 Wewatta St., Denver, Colorado 80202, USA See on Map

The hotel, encased in moody, dark gray brick, stands out among all the shiny glass buildings of the new Union Station neighborhood. The hotel’s location, with prime real estate in Denver’s newest “it” area and the convenience to Union Station (not to mention the adjoining light rail train) are unmatched.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The Born charges a $20 per day facility fee, which covers guest access to the Colorado Athletic Club, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, an audio tour of the hotel’s own art collection, and up to 50 page of printing and copying.

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room

Decor in the rooms is modern mountain, embracing the Colorado locale with headboards made of knotty pine and accents in leather and plaid. Each of the 200 rooms comes with floor-to-ceiling windows and a yoga mat.

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Photo: Cris Molina

bathroom

Baths have marble vanities and separate walk-in stall showers. Spa room bathrooms provide gigantic garden tubs for full body soaking.

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lobby

The lobby starts outside at the covered porch, where custom ironwork art answers the question to “Are we there yet?” by replying “there” infinitum. Once inside, guests will feel immediately at ease; the vibe is comfortable, like a vogue mountain lodge with cozy, inviting lounge and living room spaces.

Photo: Cris Molina
Photo: Cris Molina
Photo: Cris Molina

spa

There’s no spa on-site, but in-room massages and body wraps can be easily booked on the hotel’s website or through the concierge.

gym

The 1000-square-foot fitness center is open 24-hours a day for use of weights, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, and treadmills. Access to Colorado Athletic Club’s Union Station outpost is also a provided amenity.

dining

Two restaurants grace the Born: Citizen Rail’s wood-fired cuisine, aged and smoked meats, and seasonal ingredients—which spill over into the cocktail program—continue the cozy vibes, but in a sharp, luxe space with gold-legged bar stools and black leather seating. Serving splendid breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the bar closes by 11:30 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends. Tavernetta has every critic in town salivating over their high-profile Italian fare and James Beard Award winning team. Open for lunch and dinner, the space is inviting with a fireplace, patterned seating, and light wood finishes. Did we mention they boast one of the city’s more impressive wine lists?

Photo: Cris Molina
Photo: Cris Molina
Photo: Cris Molina

drinking

The hotel’s own complimentary beer and wine reception lasts from 5 to 6 p.m., but guests can also catch happy hour in the Tavernetta lounge from 3 to 6 p.m.. Citizen Rail happy hour, 2:30-6 p.m. daily.

Photo: Cris Molina
Photo: Cris Molina
Photo: Cris Molina

LOCATION

Getting Around

With Union Station out the back door (literally), and the 16th Street Mall—with its free shuttle running 20 hours a day—out the front, getting around on foot or by public transportation is easy. The hotel also offers complimentary bicycles, or you can grab a pedicab, taxi, or rideshare service. The house car is a Tesla and will take you to destinations within one or two miles of the hotel. Parking is valet only.

Restaurants

Almost anything in Union Station is a good bet, but our top picks are Mercantile Dining and Provision (4-minute walk) and Stoic & Genuine (4-minute walk). Travel off the beaten path a little with a trip to French-inspired Coohills (5-minute walk), whose patio is right next to Cherry Creek. The walk to Colt & Gray or its downstairs speakeasy counterpart Ste. Ellie (11-minute walk), takes you on a beautiful stroll over the Denver Millennium Bridge and railroad tracks, through Commons Park, and across the Platte River.

Bars

My Brother’s Bar (11-minute walk) is Denver’s oldest saloon, because some kind of bar has continuously operated in the spot since 1873 (not bad, considering Denver was founded in 1858). Speaking of history, no visit to Denver is complete without checking out The Cruise Room (6-minute walk), housed inside The Oxford Hotel; the bar opened the day after Prohibition was repealed, but rumor has it that it operated as a speakeasy during those dark, dry years.

WHY WE LIKE IT

One of the newer hotels in downtown, the Kimpton Hotel Born does not skimp on amenities nor style. The location, the rooms, and the restaurants all stack up on the list of pros. Also, animal lovers can rejoice because the hotel welcomes not just dogs, but cats and other pets, too, with no charge or size requirements.

QUICK FACTS

177 rooms; 23 suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe No
Room Service 24-hour
$$
Gym
Yes
Valet Parking
Yes

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 303-323-0024;800-368-2544

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