If you’re the type to go to Aspen with friends but spend most of your time shopping or sipping by the fireside, Thompson has a new hotel for you. Indeed, the new Thompson Denver will open just in time for peak ski season (January 2022), but will settle in the historic but decidedly trendy LoDo district.
Thompson has actually been busy lately, opening in Washington DC in early 2020 (obviously not the best time), and most recently just off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. And although Denver is one of our favorite American cities, it arguably needed a few more prestigious boutique hotels.
As with the rest of its portfolio, the Denver outpost will be an illustration of contemporary elegance, gripped by the brand’s mid-century modern gestures – but here, with a nod to its home from the Colorado with chic ski lodge elements.
With interiors from New York-based design firm Parts + Labor (whose resumes include the Thompson DC, the Thompson Nashville, and the Time Out Market in Brooklyn), regional wood, stone and copper were used for the authenticity, as well as carefully chosen artwork by local Colorado artists. The generously proportioned rooms have a mountain chalet feel, with sumptuous Sferra bedding and a mini bar stocked with local artisan products. A large 1032 square foot Thompson Suite features an indoor / outdoor fireplace and an expansive deck that seats eight.
Oddly enough, given all the local flavor, they went to import the culinary talent from Los Angeles. Indeed, the star of Burgundy origin, the chef based in Los Angeles Ludo Lefebvre – him of Ludo Bird, Petit Trois and endless appearances on television – will supervise the restaurant of the hotel Chez Maggy (in love with the name of his late mother-in-law, a longtime resident of Littleton, CO), which will offer Francophile classics like steak tartare and duck à l’orange alongside iconic creations like Bison Bourguignon and a francized Denver omelet.
For social activities, there will also be a lobby-level cafe, a sixth-floor bar and veranda with alpine-inspired cocktails and bites, and a private dining room that seats up to 36 guests on the mezzanine – maybe perfect for hosting all those extravagant dinners that didn’t happen during the peak pandemic months.
What this all means is that there will now be a very good reason to add a cultural weekend to any winter ski tour in Aspen or Telluride, stopping to visit the unparalleled galleries of the Native North American arts at the Denver Art Museum, and the amazing permanent collection at the Clyfford Still Museum, before visiting vintage boutiques, independent bookstores, and then restaurants at LoDo. You may even find yourself skipping all that hissing and swooshing.