A new 27-story Marriott hotel is planned for the corner of 14th and Stout directly across from the Colorado Convention Center.

Denver-based Focus Property Group, developers of the soon-to-open Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station, own the 25,000-square foot parcel currently used as a surface parking lot. On February 20, 2019, a Project Concept Review Plan named “Downtown Denver Marriott” was submitted to the Denver planning office for the project, the first step in the city’s development review process. A recent BusinessDen article provides some background on the project.

While a number of downtown hotels are part of the Marriott International family of hotels, there hasn’t been a Marriott hotel in Downtown Denver since December 2017 when the 613-room Denver Marriott City Center at 18th and California converted to the Hilton Denver City Center. This project would bring Marriott’s flagship brand back to Downtown Denver.

The proposed hotel site at 14th and Stout is outlined below on a Google Earth aerial:

Proposed 27-story hotel site, base aerial courtesy of Google Earth

According to the Concept Plan document submitted to the city, the tower will rise 340 feet and include two underground levels holding 83 vehicle parking spaces. The 27-story structure will be comprised of a 3-story podium that covers virtually the entire site and 24 additional floors rising above in a narrow tower situated along the alley side of the property with a footprint about half that of the podium below.

The Concept Plan shows a preliminary total of 525 rooms; however this number may change as the tower’s design is refined in the coming months. The building program stacks up as follows:

The ground floor will contain guest check-in, an “M Club” lounge, and a large lobby/great room that will anchor the corner and front the sidewalk along Stout Street. Vehicles will enter the porte cochère/valet area on 14th Street and exit via the alley. Loading docks and other back-of-house functions will fill the rest of the ground floor along the alley side of the podium. Floors 2 and 3 will include over 25,000 square feet of ballrooms, meeting rooms, and pre-function space.

Located on Floor 4—the first level of the narrow tower—will be the hotel’s fitness center and the first set of hotel rooms. A large outdoor terrace and event space facing Stout Street will top the roof of the podium. Hotel rooms will occupy Floors 5 through 26, and a rooftop bar, outdoor terrace, and mechanical penthouse complete the tower on Floor 27.

We have several preliminary renderings to share with you, all courtesy of Focus Property Group and Stantec, the project architect. The image at the top of this post was featured in the BusinessDen article referenced above. The images below were taken from the Concept Plan document on file with the city.

Please note: these are conceptual renderings and are subject to change and refinement as the project moves through the city’s review and approval process.

Views from across 14th Street showing the Stout Street side of the project:

Conceptual rendering of the proposed hotel tower at 14th and Stout, courtesy of Focus Property Group and Stantec
Conceptual rendering of the proposed hotel tower at 14th and Stout, courtesy of Focus Property Group and Stantec

Views from across 14th Street showing the alley side of the project:

Conceptual rendering of the proposed hotel tower at 14th and Stout, courtesy of Focus Property Group and Stantec

This project is early in the review process and must receive numerous approvals from the city before construction can begin. The developers hope to begin construction in late 2019 with completion in 2022.