Thompson Denver Hotel Update #6

We can finally celebrate the eradication of perhaps the worst parking lot along the 16th Street Mall. Construction has begun on The Thompson Denver Hotel, formally known as the 1600 Market Hotel, which will end up providing 214 hotel rooms contained in a 10-story building.

As of this past weekend, the parking lot has been completely scraped with excavation equipment starting to show up on the project site. In addition, covered walkways are now in place for safe pedestrian travels.

1600 Market Hotel Lot Close-Up
1600 Market Hotel Lot Close-Up

Below are two additional photos of the project site showing the alley and 16th Street Mall corners. Between this project and Market Station, this block of 16th Street Mall will be infinitely better than it used to be: an abandoned bus station and surface parking lot.

1600 Market Hotel Corner
1600 Market Hotel Lot Close-Up

We will check back in on this exciting project in a couple of months when excavation has commenced and, hopefully, some vertical action is taking place.

By |2019-07-03T07:14:38+00:00June 19, 2019|Categories: Construction, Infill, Lodging, Lower Downtown|Tags: |14 Comments


  1. Jeff Kraft June 19, 2019 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Ken, Ryan and team I want to make a general comment saying how much I love this site and its post, photos and comments. I visit daily and go into withdrawal when you all take (well deserved) vacations. I have been a regular for more than a decade. THANKS for all you do!

  2. anonymous June 19, 2019 at 9:24 am - Reply

    I’m going to ask a stupid question, but does Denver really need this many hotels?

    • sgsfghfg June 19, 2019 at 2:19 pm - Reply

      Probably. They wouldn’t build them if the demand wasn’t there.

    • Tom Day June 19, 2019 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      Great question. I found this article, but I don’t know what our target should be. This seems to suggest we could use more: I like the fact that each hotel will also provide some ground floor retail and/or restaurants, which is better than surface parking.

    • Tom Day June 19, 2019 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      Also found this: Personally, I’m more dismayed that downtown seems to have more of a hunger for rental apartments vs. purchased condos. I can’t figure that out – I came from DC, where everyone is transient, yet it seemed the own vs. rent ratio was better.

    • Leslie June 19, 2019 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Yes, many companies want to bring meetings & business to Denver.

    • Kyle June 19, 2019 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      I think that is a very prudent question and one that should be continually asked. However, from what I’ve heard, it sounds like Denver has long had too few hotels. Same thing with the apartments, which is why we have been able to absorb so many new buildings, however, that seems to be topping out now. With the expansion of the Convention Center, I think the need for hotels will only increase.

    • Coloradian June 19, 2019 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      We do. But interestingly we also need parking lots and while this parking lot wasn’t that big, I hope downtown parking is a consideration with our city planners. Parking fees are pretty high for a moderately sized city. Public transportation isn’t feasible so instead I work from home.

      • Citizen Kane June 20, 2019 at 12:02 pm - Reply

        Such a regressive, disappointing comment.
        Denver has long been dominated by auto-centric planning – and still very much is.
        As this city’s population and density increase, costs associated with the personal automobile will only increase. This will drive a demand for public transportation. As the public transportation network improves, it will become more and more viable for more and more people.

      • Corey June 20, 2019 at 3:27 pm - Reply

        High parking fees are okay with me. Disincintivize driving and parking downtown, especially those who don’t carpool. I don’t mind parking garages as a replacement to surface lots because its a much more efficient use of space (but I bet a lot of people on this website don’t even want those downtown).

    • Andrew Altorfer June 20, 2019 at 8:36 am - Reply

      My company has people who frequently need to stay a few nights a month in Denver. Often the downtown hotels are fully booked (including this week) so people will have to stay in Cherry Creek or Broomfield. We definitely need more hotel rooms downtown.

      • Josh June 20, 2019 at 4:16 pm - Reply

        Even broomfield was booked this week. There was an event and I couldn’t get a hotel outside of a LaQuinta

  3. sgsfghfg June 19, 2019 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    This is a great project. Hopefully in the future there won’t be ANY surface lots that border 16th directly.

    Welcome back from vacation!

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