THE RAMBLE HOTEL, DENVER
The Ramble Hotel in the heart of Denver’s River North Art District is a vision of laidback chic, brought to life by Avenue Interior Design partnering with Denver based JNS to restore and complete the boutique hotel.
The first hotel in Denver’s industrial and artistic RiNo neighbourhood, The Ramble Hotel is locally owned and operated. Known for its sophisticated urban grit, curated art collection and dramatic architectural features, the 50-room boutique hotel emulates the design of the RiNo District area.
“Coming into the project, the owners had a very strong vision for the property and wanted it to play true to its surrounding neighbourhood as well as historic attributes,” said Andrea DeRosa, Principal at Avenue Interior Design. DeRosa and co-founder, Ashley Manhan conceptualised the hotel design for the public areas and guestrooms of the boutique hotel. The property’s name is a combination of the verb, ‘ramble’, in addition to being a derivative of 17th century salon host, Catherine deVivonne’s moniker, Madamede Rambouillet who was known for ‘her egalitarian gatherings that spurred raucous conversation.’ The salon’s utility in society was not only a platform for the exchange of ideas, but as a catalyst to creating community. As such, each space within the hotel has been designed with the intent to foster meaningful conversation, engagement and interaction among guests. “The historic narrative, and the influence of the local Denver landscape and environment fuelled the design direction,” says DeRosa.
The design plays true to not only the history but also to embracing each guest, fostering an authentic environment for those travelling in search of an original experience. The exterior architecture of the building is clad in traditional red orange brick with large, two storey windows at street level allowing the interior to capture as much daylight as possible. On the interior, stationary drapery is stacked along columns to add a dramatic element to the high ceilings of the space. The interior finishes are warm, inviting, yet with a deconstructed element.
The property is truly one of a kind, with a combination of typical guestrooms, bunk rooms and suites, including a presidential suite. While each room differs with unique elements and features, the boutique hotel is unified by elements of rich, deep blue hues of the wood millworld wall behind the beds, the matching blue velvet upholstery and the tufted headboards and the brass light fixtures are all mainstays from room to room. There are a handful of suites that speak a similar language but portray their own identity through the use of distinct pairings of chairs, sofas and side tables. The bathrooms are classic with dark stone flooring and white, herringbone subway tiled showers.
With the addition of an encompassing art program within the property, each guestroom has been provided with its own art pieces as well as vintage floor rugs, creating a personalised feel as well as a unique backdrop.
The hotel also houses the marquee lobby bar Death & Co; DC/AM, a café bar serving breakfast and lunch; Suite 6A, an intimate bar featuring an immersive cocktail experience; and The Garden, a courtyard bar. Additionally, The Ramble Hotel is home to Vauxhall, an intimate music venue, theatre and bar, and Super Mega Bien, an independent pan-Latin restaurant from James Beard-nominated Chef, Dana Rodriguez.