Despite traveling to Colorado multiple times over the years, I had never actually stayed in or explored Denver—until this trip. Confused and with little clue as to where to stay, I threw myself into trying to find some of Denver’s most unique hotels. That’s how I came across The Ramble Hotel in Denver.
Located in the hip neighborhood of RiNo, the Ramble’s velvet tufted beds, oriental rugs, and chandeliers give nod to 17th-century France while maintaining a modern and trendy feel.
The lobby feels like stepping into the chic living room of a style icon from decades past in the best way possible.
Unlike many hotels, this theme didn’t feel forced or manufactured but rather still authentic and down to earth. If you’re booking a hotel in Denver, read this Ramble Hotel review to see if the luxury boutique hotel in RiNo is for you.
The Ramble Hotel Location
1280 25th St, Denver, CO 80205
The Ramble Hotel is located just over one mile away from Union Station and the 16th Street Mall, in the RiNo (River North) neighborhood.
During my time in Denver, I also stayed just a couple blocks away from Union Station at The Oxford Hotel. I preferred RiNo and the Ramble’s location overall. RiNo is incredibly walkable and is full of great restaurants, breweries, and boutiques.
Comparatively, to downtown Denver, I felt more comfortable and safer walking around. The location of the hotel is approximately a seven to 15-minute drive to most of the top restaurants and things to do in Denver outside of RiNo.
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The Ramble Hotel Rooms
Rooms at The Ramble are the epitome of modern vintage chic. A rich blue coats an accent wall, while wood floors and an oriental rug replace the typically distasteful carpet of chain hotels. Nearly floor-to-ceiling factory steel-pane windows allow light to flood the rooms.
Despite its 17th-century French influence, the technology in the room is anything but. A smart TV with Google Chromecast allows you to stream directly from your devices to the TV. The tried and true hotel directory and corded phone are replaced by a tablet.
WiFi at The Ramble Hotel is free and relatively fast for public hotel WiFi.
When booking my stay, I deliberated between the King Room and the Juliette Room. Ultimately, I decided to book the King Room as it was slightly larger.
The King Room was described as having a city view, whereas the Juliette King had a view of The Garden (the Ramble’s rooftop bar) and a Juliette balcony. The King Room view is described as “street scenes framed by the large windows” and “electric RiNo streetscapes below.”
Contrary to this description, I found the view to be a bit desolate. Instead, large windows connected me to power lines and garages below. The room was definitely a bit small, especially for the Ramble’s regular price of the room.
The bathroom, like the room, was snug, but playing into The Ramble’s bespoke approach, toiletries are rosemary and custom blended for the hotel.
The hotel charges approximately $189 on a good day to upwards of $289 during peak season for its best-rate room, the Juliette Queen.
The King Room I stayed in ranges between $209 to upwards of $309. Although I did still like the room, issues of space and view did subtract from the experience.
The bed was comfortable, and there were sufficient outlets in the room, which is always big for me because I travel with all (like ALL) the devices.
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Ramble Hotel Amenities
Unlike many hotels in Denver, The Ramble Hotel does not charge a resort or amenity fee, and the amenities here reflect that. If you’re looking for a truly luxury hotel with robust amenities, The Ramble is honestly probably not the hotel for you.
Calling the gym a fitness center, as described on the hotel’s website, is really a bit of a stretch. It’s more of a cardio room at best.
Those with a car in Denver will be happy to know that The Ramble Hotel offers valet parking for $30 a night. Business travelers may be excited to hear that despite the hotel’s small amenities, it does have a meeting room available for use.
WiFi is free and decently reliable throughout the hotel.
Almost all of the surrounding 4-star hotels in Denver I looked at prior to booking offer complimentary cars within a 2-5 mile radius. I would eventually like to see the Ramble do the same as part of their amenity offering. Although the Ramble is incredibly walkable to the surrounding RiNo neighborhood, going elsewhere in Denver does require calling an Uber or having a rental car. Several of the areas I passed walking between The Ramble and 16th Street Mall were not the safest, hence the elevated presence of courtesy cars.
The hotel features a hotel bar, rooftop patio bar, coffee shop, and dim sum-style Pan-Latin restaurant named “Super Mega Bien.” Guests of the hotel receive priority reservations for all dining on the property. Room service is offered between 7:30 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 10 pm.
Overall, the service at this hotel was okay. The concierge at the front desk was friendly and polite, and the bartender at The Garden was personable and fun.
That said, when I asked the front desk if they had any standout recommendations for the area, I was surprised to be met with the response, “Walk up Larimer (Street), and you’ll find something.” Not quite the response I was expecting.
Given that The Ramble Hotel is a 4-star boutique hotel situated in a very trendy, up-and-coming neighborhood, in the future, it would be nice if there were at least a couple of area recommendations that the front desk could give—I always feel like locals know best!
Larimer Street is a lot of fun, but it does have so many breweries and cafés that it can be a bit overwhelming. I ended up coming across Mister Oso, which was fantastic.
The hotel does not have automatic or rotating doors and does not have a doorman. The valet ran to get the door for me a few times I was entering, which was kind. I struggled trying to open the door and get all my luggage through on my way in and out of the hotel.
I’m typically not too picky about having hotels having doormen, but The Ramble Hotel probably could’ve used one as those big wood doors are heavy!
Death & Co at The Ramble Hotel
I was SO excited to find out that one of my Manhattan speakeasy favorites, Death & Co, didn’t just have an outpost at this hotel but oversaw the majority of the hotel’s dining operations. The grandiose hotel bar in the lobby is Death & Co, as well as the bar at The Garden. Both bars have the same menu.
As the signature Death & Co bar is the hotel’s lobby bar, it’s exposed to the whole ground floor, check-in, etc. This is a complete 180-degree turn from the cocktail bar’s original East Village location in NYC, which is hidden away behind a heavy wooden door in a dimly lit, intimate space that doesn’t see the light of day. I preferred The Garden.
The Garden is a great outdoor dining space and features murals by talented street artist Ashley Joon, as well as a statement neon piece titled “Wish You Were Her(e)” by Scott Young.
Both artists are clearly talented and make The Garden so fun. While I visited, The Garden was only open to hotel guests. However, I do know that it is typically open to the public.
If The Garden is on your Denver list, definitely call ahead to make sure it’s open to the public.
Death & Co additionally curates in-room mini bars as well as operates the hotel coffee shop, DC/AM.
To its credit, the mini bar in my hotel room at The Ramble is one of the best mini bars I’ve ever seen at a hotel.
I didn’t try the coffee shop, but spending an hour working over tea in the beautiful hotel lobby sounds like a perfect way to start the day. I’d definitely much rather be answering my emails that way than in my apartment.
Ramble Hotel Review: The Bottom Line
If you’re interested in exploring the RiNo neighborhood, The Ramble Hotel is THE place to stay. The location and design simply cannot be beat. Although the luxury boutique hotel does have a couple of small areas of opportunity to compete with the offerings of other nearby (and somewhat more cost-effective) 4-star hotels, it is certainly a beautiful, unique boutique hotel.
Every aspect of the hotel’s interior design is well-considered, and the presence of Death & Co not only pairs perfectly with the decor but also offers fantastic dining experiences to hotel guests.
I loved that the hotel’s style perfectly matched mine. If the service and amenities could get up to par, this property would be a powerhouse.
Although I would definitely stay at The Ramble Hotel again, at peak room rates, I’d probably opt for a more amenity-robust property at a similar price, such as The Jacquard, or spend slightly more for the Four Seasons.
My recommendation: Book two nights at The Ramble Hotel to explore and experience RiNo, one of the most interesting neighborhoods in Denver, then head to the mountains.
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