Hilton Garden Inn DUS Final Update

The Hilton Garden Inn at Denver Union Station is now complete! With it already open, the hotel is now providing 233 rooms to the northwest corner of the Denver Union Station neighborhood, which was dominated with residential units before this came along.

We have a total of six updates for this project showing all stages of its construction. To access all the posts, follow the link below.

Hilton Garden Inn at Denver Union Station Post History

Let’s start the final update with some views from the corner of 20th Street and Chestnut Place. This angle shows all the elements of the project: the 12-story tower, its glass counterpart, and the renovated historic Denver Hose Company No. 1 building.

Hilton Garden Inn DUS - 20th and Chestnut
Hilton Garden Inn DUS - 20th and Chestnut

Believe it or not, there is still an undeveloped parcel in Denver Union Station. At the moment, the Hilton Garden Inn stands on its own on the west side of Chestnut Place between 19th and 20th Street and is significantly taller than anything else in the area.

Hilton Garden Inn DUS - 19th and Chestnut
Hilton Garden Inn DUS - 19th and Chestnut

When coming up on the hotel from 19th Street, you will notice there is a landscaped drop-off area to the south of the hotel with the main entrance set back from the street.

Hilton Garden Inn Ground Level Close Up
Hilton Garden Inn Ground Level Close Up

The new infill is great, but the star of the show is the historic Denver Hose Company No. 1 building. It has been completely renovated and it looks spectacular. We couldn’t be happier that the building was saved and is now put to good use. A new restaurant has occupied the historic building and is now open.

Hilton Garden Inn DUS - Historic Denver Hose Co
Hilton Garden Inn DUS - Historic Denver Hose Co
Hilton Garden Inn DUS - Historic Denver Hose Co

Wrapping up, here is one last photo of the Denver Union Station skyline showing the Hilton Garden Inn. As we mentioned above, it is the tallest building in the area however, that will change once the empty parcel next door is developed.

Denver Union Station Skyline

The Denver Union Station neighborhood has built out much more quickly than some expected. This stretch of Chestnut Place used to be a strange area, with an abandoned historic building flanked by a storage facility. We are happy to see that it is now activated with a new hotel and restaurant. Welcome to the neighborhood, Hilton Garden Inn!

By |2019-07-03T07:09:04+00:00June 21, 2019|Categories: Completed, Infill, Lodging, Union Station|Tags: |15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Tom Harper June 21, 2019 at 10:14 am

    The brick restoration company did a magnificent job restoring the Hose House facade and structure.

  2. John R June 21, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Why are all driveway entrances shaped to allow cars to enter/exit at 20mph?

    • Silkyjohnson June 21, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      I think you just answered your own question. Send it!

  3. DenvertoLA June 21, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Love the reuse project. Does anyone know the zoning on that last parking lot in Union Station? It would be a waste if it wasn’t 200 something feet

    • Ryan Dravitz June 21, 2019 at 1:33 pm

      It’s 140 feet I believe.

  4. Noah June 21, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    I think the building turned out pretty well. But, is this really what our city allows for streetscape and landscaping..? What an unfortunate sidewalk to walk down. Good luck to those little stick trees encased in concrete. If the compact soils and lack of water don’t get them, the dog pee, scooters and drunk LoDo bros certainly will. There are some really fantastic examples of attractive planters with native/xeriscape plantings around town. Would be nice if Denver attempted to require more of them during all this development.

    • John R June 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm

      You’re right, the tree lawn is all bricked up. It’s no wonder people feel deprived of “green space” when our streets and sidewalks are better designed to bake cookies than support pedestrians in comfort.

  5. Corey June 21, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    It looks great from the 20th & Chestnut intersection side….and is completely awful looking from the opposite corner with just a blank wall of beige. The original design was black and not beige. Budget cuts…I guess…?

    • Ryan Dravitz June 21, 2019 at 4:35 pm

      Also probably anticipation that it will get mostly covered up by a neighboring project.

  6. Scott June 22, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    The architecture is mediocre. The hose company reuse is exciting and I appreciate the developer didn’t go the same direction as the Cherry Creek Moxy and throw random colors all over it, but the blank white wall facing 20th and chestnut is quite stark. Adding a mural below the Hilton sign might help to soften it. The brown screen at the entry and on the roof is uninspired and is a missed opportunity to create something human scale at the ground level that interacts with passing pedestrians. I understand budgets can be tight, but the money that did go to architectural features could have been spent much more effectively.

  7. John B June 22, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Any plans yet for the adjacent lot? The old storage place and parking lot is I assume the last remaining parcel in Union Station? I noticed they repaved the surface lot and put up a new fence recently, so I’m worried it won’t be developed for some time now, leaving that awful plain white wall of HGI exposed.

    Also, Woodie Fischer (the restaurant in the old fire house) is great! They even kept the old original doors and used them to decorate the ceiling above the bar! The crispy chicken wings are awesome!

  8. GC June 22, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    They could have built a large canopy out over the entrance to provide protection from the elements and make a more colorful statement. Cheap design, cheap materials, cheap all around. Sad.

    • Ballpark Resident June 24, 2019 at 10:15 am

      Agreed. They would really benefit from a canopy and some better streetscape – perhaps some hanging flowers/vegetation, etc

  9. Cherry Creek June 24, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Bleh. Could have been built in Highlands Ranch. An eyesore.

  10. Ronan June 25, 2019 at 9:11 am

    I wish the building had a brick facade. The Grand, just down Chestnut, looks so good. This, not so much. They did a nice job with the old hose house, but the hotel itself isn’t great. I agree with the comments about the poor effort with regards to landscaping. But a hotel at this location is great. Looking forward to even more foot traffic in the neighborhood!

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