Rapidly modernizing into a world-class destination, Denver has been adding high-tech hotels, internationally recognized restaurants, spectacular art galleries and trendy attractions at a breakneck pace. The latest addition to the city’s repertoire, Zeppelin Development’s The Source Hotel and Market Hall, is actually an add-on to one of the region’s most popular restaurant and boutique complexes, The Source.
Located in the RiNo (River North) neighborhood, the brand-new hotel will be attached to The Source’s historic structure via a bridge once it opens. In addition to exclusive access to the city’s trendy hot spot, the property will offer 100 spacious accommodations and a pool deck with spectacular views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. The Market Hall will feature 12 vendors, ranging from restaurants to local shops and an art gallery.
Once it officially launches this summer (late June is what we’re hearing), the following highlights will be worth checking out for a true taste of Denver.
One of Denver’s most anticipated restaurant openings this year, Safta is a modern Israeli joint from James Beard Award-winning chef Alon Shaya. The toque’s first venture outside of New Orleans, the Denver spot will be within the complex’s brand-new Market Hall, serving Middle Eastern favorites such as grilled lamb, creamy hummus, local vegetables cooked with the flavors of Morocco and Lebanon, freshly baked pita from the wood-fired oven and more.
Also located within the soon-to-open artisan market, Smōk is another eagerly awaited venture from a talented chef. William Espiricueta, of The Source’s Acorn restaurant, will serve goods straight from his smoker, both inside and outdoors on the patio overlooking the courtyard.
“Local” takes on a whole new meaning as Colorado’s own New Belgium Brewery opens its second home within The Source. Next to the hotel’s lobby, the brewery’s 10-barrel system will make small-batch beers that will rotate frequently, allowing you to taste a variety of brews that change with the seasons.
The focus will be on wild yeasts, sour sips, experimental tipples and aged beers, all of which should be paired with the new American food coming out of the brewery’s eighth-floor restaurant, The Woods. As a bonus, those imbibing and eating at the penthouse space will have an amazing view of the city and mountains — and gain entry to a plunge pool and hot tub.
When you first walk up the staircase toward the market, take in Los Angeles-based artist Cleon Peterson’s magnificent mural titled, Endless War. Both violent and beautiful, the image portrays monochromatic figures fighting like Greek warriors.
For a deeper dive into the hotel’s artistic side, visit Station 16 Gallery, the first outpost of Carlo De Luca’s popular Montreal venue. Opening in late June, it will feature a rotating display of paintings and mixed-media pieces, all illuminated by a large circular skylight. The exhibits will showcase Colorado artists alongside other creatives from around the world.
When The Source Hotel opens, it will join the ranks of the Mile High City’s stylish boutique stays. Boasting an industrial-chic aesthetic, this property will have polished concrete floors, exposed wood, a palette of gray and white with pops of color, and an overall vibe that fits in well with the work-in-progress feeling of RiNo.
The modern rooms feature Japanese and Scandinavian minimalist design influences, such as Muuto furniture with soft finishes by Winter Session, original wallpaper from Calico NYC and operable garage doors that act as large, beautiful windows.
But the highlight of the accommodations may be the subtle nod to your trendy locale — look out for the silk-screened Source tote bags provided in your room for you to collect all those goodies you’ll find in the aforementioned shops below.