From Denver to Valparaíso, this month’s hottest hotels
BACKSTORY: With its grand Beaux-Arts facade and enormous arched windows, Denver’s 1914 Union Station calls to mind New York’s Grand Central Terminal. A $54 million makeover, completed this summer, transformed the space into a 112-room boutique hotel and a hip food court of sorts. Anchoring the LoDo warehouse district, the building now plays host to a raw bar, a burger spot, a trendy breakfast eatery, an ice cream shop and a farm-to-table pub.
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: Occupying the station’s old ticket offices, the Terminal Bar is a moody haunt filled with subway tiles and wrought iron accents, plus destination board–inspired menus listing Colorado craft beers. Order from the ticket window and then grab a spot inside or at one of the lobby’s communal tables. Upstairs, hidden in plain sight overlooking the hall, you’ll find the Cooper Lounge, a 1930s-style speakeasy serving cocktails like the Coloradier, made with Breckenridge bourbon, and the Mile Hi Club, made with Spring 44 gin from nearby Loveland.
THE LOBBY RESEMBLES: A bustling train station—because it is one. Amtrak still picks up passengers out back (now beneath a sweeping white canopy), which means hotel guests share the space with travelers. Under the ornate chandeliers that hang from the Great Hall’s 65-foot ceiling, you can grab a spot on one of the original high-backed oak benches or step up for a game at the shuffleboard table.
DESIGN NOTES: The guest rooms are divided into three types: Art Deco–inspired Pullman Rooms, which call to mind updated sleeping cars; Victorian-style Classic Rooms; and modern Loft Rooms in the vault-ceilinged attic. Throughout, you’ll find quirky nods to both the building’s industrial past and the rustic Colorado spirit, including mounted jackalope heads and a collection of more than 600 works by contemporary Western artists.