by Matt Alderton | September 04, 2018
Known for its al fresco activities, Denver traditionally has been an outdoorsy town. Thanks to creative communities like the one in its thriving River North (RiNo) arts district, however, the Mile High City is becoming just as well known for its makers as it is for its mountains.

The latest proof of its evolving reputation: The Source Hotel, which opened in RiNo on Sept. 1 with 100 guest rooms, three restaurants, a brewery and a market hall showcasing a collection of experiential, craft-focused vendors.

Located on a recently rehabbed stretch of Brighton Boulevard, just north of downtown Denver, The Source Hotel was designed by Stephen Dynia from Dynia Architects, who infused each of the property's guest rooms with polished concrete floors, modern furniture, custom Baltic birch casework and raise-able garage doors, the aesthetic of which was designed to complement the industrial features -- including galvanized metal and exposed brick -- of The Source, a food hall that the hotel's owners opened in 2013 inside an 1880s foundry building.

The hotel's exterior echoes the food hall's industrial aesthetic as well as its interior does: To reflect its low-rise architecture, which is typical of the surrounding neighborhood, Dynia created the high-rise hotel from eight distinct, one-story buildings angled and stacked on top of one another.

Separating the pre-existing food hall from the brand-new hotel is a green courtyard with a bridge and a series of patios. That's but one of many amenities, however. There's also the aforementioned restaurants -- Safta, which serves modern Israeli cuisine; Smōk, which serves barbecue; and The Woods, a rooftop bar and restaurant serving updated American classics -- and brewery: the first Denver outpost of New Belgium Brewing, the Fort Collins, Colo.-based maker of Fat Tire. The 10-barrel brewery is located in the lobby, where guests are greeted with a New Belgium beer upon check-in before retiring to their rooms, where minibars also are stocked with New Belgium beer.

Also onsite are a rooftop pool and hot tub, a fitness center, a 2,300-square-foot modern event space and the aforementioned market hall. A sibling to the original Source food hall, the latter includes the first U.S. location of Station 16 Gallery, a Montreal-based art gallery, among other boutiques and retailers.

In that artistic spirit, one final highlight is a 780-square-foot graffiti mural by noted urban artist Cleon Peterson, whose work spans three walls inside the hotel.

The Source Hotel is evidence that Colorado doesn't just have beautiful scenery; it also has a really cool culture. Too see four more newly opened hotels where groups can experience that culture firsthand, head to