DENVER, Colo.—Colorado’s first dual-brand hotel, Hampton Inn and Suites and Homewood Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown-Convention Center, will celebrate its grand opening this week. Located in downtown Denver, just a half block from the Colorado Convention Center, the property’s ownership group, Denver-based Stonebridge Companies, re-imagined the original Xcel Energy headquarters into the new, first-ever, Hampton Inn and Suites and Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel. The property will split its lobby between the two brands, offering separate front desks, lodging and dining areas – each catering to the needs of its respective guests. The dual brand concept also creates enhanced communal areas, including meeting rooms, the pool and fitness center, than those offered at the stand-alone properties, benefitting both business and leisure travelers.
“We are pleased to bring this dual-branded property to downtown Denver,” said Navin Dimond, president and CEO of Stonebridge Companies. “Our team has taken great care and consideration in the adaptive reuse of this landmark Denver building, originally constructed in 1962, and hope that our guests will enjoy it. We are especially pleased with the efforts taken to make it a true original, from the selection of signature artwork from six local emerging Denver artists, to the living green wall in the lobby, to the bold use of color, texture and space throughout.”
The hotel is Stonebridge Companies’ first dual-brand property, and will bring approximately 75 jobs to the Denver area. The opening also marks the 12th dual-branded property from Hilton Worldwide in North America.
Two years ago, Stonebridge Companies commissioned local Denver hospitality design team, Design Force, and art curator, NINE dot ARTS, to thoughtfully design the hotel space. Design Force used bold colors from both the warm and cool color families in the lobby and common areas, to create a balance that allows guests to feel relaxed and comfortable. And, instead of placing potted plants throughout the lobby, the team built a living green wall to bring the natural landscape inside in an unconventional, urban way.
NINE dot ARTS worked hand-in-hand with Design Force to source artwork that complimented the design, scouring local galleries and art reviews for almost a year in order to find the six local artists whose work embodied the color palette, scale, and energy of the urban environment that surrounds the building. Ten of the 16 signature pieces, all from local artists, were commissioned specifically for the Hampton Inn and Suites and Homewood Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown-Convention Center, and much of the lobby and common area wall space was specially-designed to house the art.
The Hampton Inn, which is comprised of 96 rooms and 24 suites, and the 182-suite Homewood Suites, will share various amenities, including a complimentary 24-hour business center with remote printing access, complimentary WiFi property-wide, and complimentary daily newspaper and local calls. Additionally, all property guests will have access to a guest laundry facility; the indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub; a 1,600-square-foot workout facility; the 24-hour Suite Shop, featuring snacks and sundries; and access to the 550 Bar and Patio lounge.
The hotel includes eight function rooms and five executive boardrooms. High-speed, complimentary internet is available throughout all meeting spaces.
“The dual brand concept is a win-win for business and leisure travelers alike,” said Tom Sprankle, general manager. “That, in addition to this particular property’s distinct design and ideal location, makes it an exciting addition to Denver’s hospitality landscape.”