Your Colorado vacation shouldn’t only be about the startling natural landscape (though there’s plenty of that to ogle). Make ample time for a stop in Denver’s River North Art District, also known as RiNo, for an industrial-turned-artsy neighborhood that’s oozing with fun things to do. Glam it up at The Ramble Hotel, and you’ll be within walking distance of creative craft breweries, trendy restaurants, festive nightlife, a vibrant arts scene and so much more.
Every inch of The Ramble Hotel just feels decadent. Towering walls are painted in shades of black, navy and moody jewel tones, and the floors are made of wide-plank hickory. Crystal chandeliers hang, sparkling, from the white, white ceilings everywhere — even in the guest rooms, which are outfitted with plush armchairs, sleek dressers and upholstered headboards that’ll make you want to sleep all day.
Known just as much for its nightlife offerings as it is for its stylish accommodations, The Ramble also houses the uber-popular Death & Co. cocktail bar. There, mixologists work their euphoria-inducing magic behind the long, stool-hugged bar — making tantalizing adult beverages off their well-curated menu or at your request. And just because there’s a bar downstairs, it doesn’t mean you’ll be hearing it from your room. The Ramble’s double-wide walls and high-performance windows will make sure of it.
What makes it special?
The hotel is designed to be reminiscent of 17th-century French salons in all their luxuriant glory. Think dripping, crystal chandeliers (as mentioned above), and antique Persian rugs aplenty. You can hold court indoors and out — there’s even cocktail seating on the roof.
The most “Colorado” thing about this place
It’s the Colorado craft beers on tap at Death & Co. served from only-in-Denver establishments like TRVE Brewing and Ratio.
Death & Co. deserves a third mention here. Located right downstairs, this NYC institution that’s now a Denver hotspot is well worth jockeying for a seat — and guests get priority seating.
Most unexpected amenity
Guests of The Ramble also receive priority seating at Super Mega Bien, an arty RiNo restaurant serving pan-Latin cuisine that’s led by a James Beard-nominated chef, Dana Rodriguez. It boasts a separate entrance, but it's technically still part of the hotel.
Quirkiest thing to expect
It’s gotta be the cozy Bunkhouse room, made to sleep two — with economically yet stylishly stacked beds. Soaring windows let in the Colorado sunshine, beckoning you to explore the bustling neighborhood.
Our favorite traveler review
“Cool. Trendy. Hip. Awesome. Name the adjective. This is a great hotel. Interior designers crafted an excellent vibe here. The attention to detail is obvious. This place is close to the Rockies baseball stadium and in a great area with restaurants and bars and nightlife. But in the lobby of the hotel is one of the hippest places in the area. A great bar and restaurant that serves cocktails, local beer and tasty gastronomy. OK, you’ve seen that mentioned in other reviews. Here’s what brings it all together and makes The Ramble Hotel a first-class property: the staff. Every time you walk into a place described as above these types of places define the word ‘pretentious.’ You know, the bearded waiter or nose-pierced hostess who act like they’re doing you a favor by being there. Honestly, I expected that here. To our surprise, that does not exist here. The staff is friendly, welcoming and cool. They make you feel like you’re a regular. In short, the staff makes this place. Yes, it’s designed very well, but the staff brings it all together. From the valet to the front desk to the bar to waiters ... these folks are impressive.” — jaw63102, Tripadvisor
Things to see & do nearby
RiNo’s got it going on — from street murals and art galleries to neighborhood brewpubs and nightlife. No matter the season, there’s always something cool happening. Try the nearby 10 Barrel Brewing Co. for a delicious tasting flight, or The Infinite Monkey Theorem for aromatic wines. Make a night of seriously high-quality sushi at Uchi Denver. Then wander the RiNo Art District, pausing for colorful street murals along the way.
Photos courtesy of The Ramble Hotel, credits from top to bottom: Adam Ripplinger, Joshua Perez, Ryan Dravitz, Adam Larkey, Elliott Clark and Adam Larkey (again).