Hotel Born Final Update

This is Part 1 of a two-part final update on the 16th & Wewatta Hotel/Office project next to Denver Union Station. Today we focus on the Hotel Born, a new 200-room Kimpton hotel that opened a couple of weeks ago. In Part 2, Ryan will take a look at the hotel’s companion office building—1881 16th Street—which opened earlier this summer. Our announcement post on this development was back in March 2014, followed by numerous updates.

The Hotel Born anchors what was known during the Union Station planning era as the “A” Block, an L-shaped parcel that wraps around the end of the Union Station commuter rail platforms and includes the 21-story Platform apartment tower. The Hotel Born is the last building to be completed at corner of 16th and Wewatta and shares the intersection with 1900 16th Street, the Triangle Building, and 1601 Wewatta.

We have a lot of photos for you today, so let’s get started with these views from across the intersection of 16th and Wewatta:

Hotel Born, looking southeast up 16th Street

Looking northwest from near 16th and Wynkoop:

Hotel Born from near 16th and Wynkoop

The view of the Wewatta side of the hotel and the porte cochère entry:

Hotel Born from near 17th and Wewatta

The final side of the Hotel Born faces the Union Station “train hall” area under the white canopy:

Hotel Born from the Union Station train hall
Hotel Born from the Union Station train hall

The Hotel Born has an attractive sidewalk presence on all four sides of the 12-story structure. Here we see restaurant patio seating for Citizen Rail along the 16th Street Mall and pedestrians crossing the porte cochère entry along Wewatta. The project architect, Semple Brown Design, incorporated beautiful polished wood on soffits and other building elements throughout, complementing the dark brick exterior.

Hotel Born pedestrian frontage along 16th Street

A pedestrian passage separates the Hotel Born from its adjacent office building and provides a direct walking path from Union Station’s platforms to the 16th Street Mall. The L-shaped porte cochère passes under the second level with egress to 16th Street.

Pedestrian passage between the Hotel Born and 1881 16th

In addition to a pedestrian entry on 16th, a second entry via the porte cochère provides access from the transit platforms. The Tavernetta restaurant overlooks Union Station’s signature white canopy.

Hotel Born pedestrian access via the porte cochère
Tavernetta restaurant overlooks the Union Station platforms

Landscaping and public art enhance the pedestrian spaces around the hotel. Dig Studio did the landscape and public realm design.

Landscaped pedestrian areas around Hotel Born
Public art at the Hotel Born

Let’s wrap up this post with one final photo of the Hotel Born—an excellent addition to Downtown Denver’s Union Station district!

Stay tuned for Part 2 and our final look at the Hotel Born’s sister building, 1881 16th Street.

By | 2017-09-29T07:55:22+00:00 September 24, 2017|Categories: Infill, Lodging, Transit-Oriented, Union Station|Tags: |14 Comments


  1. Neil Diamond September 24, 2017 at 8:58 am

    There is an additional deck of below grade parking reserved for “public parking.” Do you have any photos of the entryway?

    • Ken Schroeppel September 24, 2017 at 9:03 am

      The entry to that parking is via the alley between the south wing building and 1881 16th.

  2. Chuck September 24, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Anyone see this Ram truck commercial?

    Pretty sure that’s the Born at 16 seconds in. Last view is definitely Folsom field below the Flatirons. Sko Buffs!

    Also love this building, one of my recent favorites.

    • TFH September 24, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      Yeah I’ve noticed Denver in many car commercials recently.

    • Ballpark Resident September 25, 2017 at 7:12 am

      Whenever I transport my hay bales, I usually try take them right down 16th Street.

    • Randy September 26, 2017 at 7:50 am

      The “farmer/rancher” in the Ram commercial is a friend of mine who lives in Parker.

      You may recognize him from his days as the driver for Coors:

    • craig October 3, 2017 at 9:35 am

      Last year they had Wewatta St blocked off between 15th and 16th to Film that commercial for a good part of the day. Work along the road, so got to watch it all happen.

  3. Benit September 24, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I love this one, just wish it had a roof top bar, this would be a prime spot for one.

    • Richard September 26, 2017 at 11:01 am

      I agree about the rooftop bar, unfortunately I don’t think any of the new buildings have one planned.

    • JerryG September 27, 2017 at 10:08 am

      I agree. AFIK, none of the hotels in the Union Station area will have one. However, the Le Meridien/AC dual hotel has an open roof bar on the 20th floor.

  4. Jim September 25, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Beautifully understated. Elegant use of materials. Is a pleasant experience to walk along at street level. Not too big. I wish there were more buildings like this in Denver.

  5. Dan September 25, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    My only regret is this building didn’t extend further back so as to help hide the “common wall” (blank wall) of The Platform… Otherwise this building is quite effective in it’s restrained yet modern design and use of high quality materials. The street presence is very pleasant and the overall liveliness of the area has already taken off in a big way since this building opened. Great project IMO.

  6. Ryan September 25, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Nicely done project…love the hay bales line😜

  7. chucolo September 26, 2017 at 8:45 am

    I like it. At first I wasn’t sure the window treatment and the utter rectangularness of the building would work, but I’m happy to see how nice the final product turned out. I’m still amazed every time I walk around this part of downtown, especially remembering what it used to be like not that many years ago….

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