Among the many structures surrounding Denver’s Union Station is a recently-erected building that stands out from the rest. Pitch black, with windows that appear almost randomly placed, four gold letters are all that inform guests they’ve arrived at Born—the newest Kimpton Hotels property in the area.
Having opened this past summer, the 200-room hotel accurately achieves Kimpton’s design ideal: alpine modern. Compliments to Semple Brown and Ellen Bruss of Ellen Bruss Design for the look and feel of this particular Kimpton Property, as well as Adam Lerner of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver—who curated the hotel’s near 700 original works of local art.
From the moment you drive up to the hotel, you’ll find yourself drawn to a gorgeous art installation by Joel Swanson that perfectly matches Born’s aesthetic. The words “here” and “there” in glowing text suggest that you’ve arrived exactly where you need to be. Inside the lobby, exposed wood paneling frames comfortable seating areas spread across the wood herringbone floors. A fireplace can be found on one end beside a small library. On the other end, guests are greeted by an art installation created by David Zimmer: various “cages” holding holographic videos of birds, all chirping and flitting about electronically.
Check-in was a breeze, and we were given the key to a room on the fifth floor. The room itself featured two Queen-sized beds, an LED TV complete with Netflix, knotty pine paneling that goes from headboard to ceiling, a spacious bathroom with rain shower, a fully-stocked mini bar, and a complimentary in-room yoga mat. Perfect views of the trains going in and out of Union Station could also be enjoyed from our floor-to-ceiling windows.
We opted for dinner downstairs at Citizen Rail. Headed by Chef Christian Graves, the menu here definitely caters to an appreciation for fine cuts of aged meats (the restaurant has a dry aging room near the back). Start your meal with the mushroom consomme or the smoked sturgeon—both impressively flavorful. From there, anything goes, though vegetarians will definitely want to opt for the crispy chickpea cakes with roasted corn. Tavernetta, the other on-site restaurant, should be re-opening later this year.
Born offers plenty of other perks, like a morning coffee and tea service and wine hour each evening, which includes some of Colorado’s finest craft brews, an on-site fitness center, use of Born-branded bikes, and about 14,000 square feet of meeting space—perfect for weddings, conventions, or anything else. Plus, the location is as good as it gets in Denver: next to public transit, in the heart of the city, with the glorious Rocky mountains just a short drive away.
Rooms start at $239 per night, with suites going up to about $1500. Valet parking available for $49 per night. http://www.hotelborndenver.com/