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The Thompson Hotel Denver seen from corner with glass tower and stone facade on each side
Thompson Hotel Denver

Lifestyle Hotel Anchors LoDo District

Project Location

Denver, CO






Architecture, engineering

On one of Lower Downtown Denver’s last urban infill lots, the Thompson Hotel brings refined contemporary architecture to a storied location, with deep contextual influence rooted in history. Late 19th century context meets the strong lines of mid-century modern design and 21st century transparency and accessibility, bringing downtown Denver’s story into a new chapter of vitality and community.


The new destination lifestyle hotel anchors an urban infill corner lot in an historic downtown neighborhood, the LoDo District. The hotel’s massing, materials, and details update the best of historic vernacular, with community spaces layered in from the ground floor to a sun-soaked skybar. Aiming to become Denver’s new living room, the hotel fits the neighborhood like a well-tailored hug.

A Nod to the Past

In the 1860’s the Denver Tribune headquarters occupied this site, in many ways serving as the epicenter of the growing city’s breaking current events, popular culture, entertainment, and sports. Nearly 100 years later the building was demolished: the home of a city’s voice lost to a surface parking lot. Today, the new Thompson Hotel welcomes guests and residents as Denver’s social destination.

The Thompson presents a straightforward, industrial modern material palette. Inspired by the black and white contrast of newsprint, ivory bricks contrast with blackened steel framing and mullions. The hand-crafted feel of masonry matches the neighborhood’s industrial roots. Inside, architectural features veer toward brutalism, with concrete columns adorned with roughhewn wood and raw metal accents.

Community Connection Point

The hotel connects people to place by bringing community connections back to a prime urban core site. Hospitality for the next generation isn’t about walling off the community: the Thompson’s public amenities welcome the community at all hours of the day.

This “lighthouse” tower invites passerby in to enjoy the street-level lounge, coffee bar, or highly anticipated French bistro, Chez Maggy. From the main lobby, an express elevator whisks visitors to a mid-level lounge/bar with dramatic views of its Colorado context.


2023 Platinum: Lifestyle Boutique Hotel

Muse Hotel Awards

2023 Top Hotels in Colorado: Readers’ Choice Awards

Conde Nast Traveler

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