Dine like a Thief in the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center

Lobby ceiling, Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center
Lobby ceiling, Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center

Just past a meticulously restored lobby featuring 16 original oil-on-canvas murals by renowned Western artist Allen Tupper True, the 33-inch thick steel doors of the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center’s original bank vaults welcome groups to a place where they can mingle and dine like thieves. The 221-room hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is situated within walking distance to the Colorado Convention Center in the heart of Denver’s financial district. When it debuts this month, eight meeting rooms, including the once off-limits vaults, will fan out across 6,000 sf of meeting space, catering to the whims of planners.

The hotel was reinvented from its original purpose as Colorado National bank, featuring a 3-story atrium of white marble colonnades, numerous elements of the building’s original early 20th century construction, and plenty of modern amenities such as a fitness center, 24-hour business center and personal navigator to tie it all together.

The Renaissance’s restaurant and bar, the Range, will serve cuisines inspired by the Rocky Mountain West, but with so many breweries and distilleries nearby you may opt for a good old fashioned beer crawl. Still, with interiors of reclaimed barn wood, modern metallics and fabrics the ambiance alone will be tempting. And then there’s the food.

Chef Paul Nagan says the Range will embrace local kitchen techniques and ingredients. “Techniques will focus on grilling, smoking, wood-oven roasting, cast iron sautéing, pickling and preserving.”

At the heart of the menu are a number of hybrid dishes that explore Colorado’s Western, Spanish and Mexican heritage. If this hotel hits your event planning radar, be sure to give your attendees a jolt of Nagan’s Quail on Horseback—bacon-wrapped quail breast, cornbread waffle and jalapeños.