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Following a five-month, approximately $3 million makeover that included updates of guest rooms, the lobby, food and beverage spaces, the fitness center, a social lounge, and more, Aloft Denver Downtown officially reopened its doors to hotel guests in September 2023.

Located in the heart of downtown Denver, just steps away from the Colorado Convention Center, 16th Street Mall, and Colorado State Capitol, the 140-room hotel is approximately 20 miles from the Denver International Airport. Part of Marriott International’s Aloft Hotels® brand, Aloft Denver Downtown is owned by JBK Hotels and managed by Azul Hospitality Group.

“We are proud to have been a part of Denver’s pandemic response and witness firsthand how the community came together,” stated Jonathan Gandhi, a manager with JBK Hotels. “After a roughly $3 million- and five-month renovation, we are excited to relaunch a virtually brand-new upscale hotel. Being next to the convention center, we are happy to welcome back our regular guests as well as those that are yet to experience our superlative hospitality.”

The redesigned hotel lobby features a dark gray base, complemented by black and white wallpaper, with pops of yellow, dark magenta, and purple in the furniture and throw pillows. The ottomans feature vintage graphic novel prints. The color palette follows the sightline throughout the hotel’s public spaces, including the WXYZ® bar, Re:mix lounge, Re:charge fitness center, and Re:fuel by Aloft market pantry. New 55″ televisions were installed above the bar, and all social spaces feature energizing lighting.

All guest rooms were refitted with new headboards, mattresses, and linens, as well as new 55″ mounted televisions, in-room steamers, and Drybar® bath amenities. The guest rooms feature a modern, neutral aesthetic with pops of yellow and blue. Each hotel floor hotel alternates between dark magenta with dark gray and dark turquoise with dark gray.

The hotel’s WXYZ® bar and Re:mix lounge encourages connection while imbibing, listening to music, or playing a game of pool. Re:fuel by Aloft is the property’s 24/7 market that offers self-serve snacks, including made-to-order breakfast pots. At the hotel’s Re:charge fitness center, guests can work out at any time day or night, utilizing cardio and strength machines, free weights, and stretching mats.

Aloft Denver Downtown also offers more than 1,400 square feet of meeting and event space, with the largest space accommodating up to 90 people.

Facility Executive chatted with Jonathan Gandhi to learn more about this hotel renovation project.  

FE: What inspired you to revamp the Aloft Denver Downtown? How long did it take to complete this renovation from conception to completion?

Jonathan Gandhi: During COVID we transitioned the hotel to provide shelter for some of Denver’s most vulnerable individuals to help the city and reduce the spread of COVID and resulting loss of life. As this program wound down in April, we wanted to reopen with a brand new face and decided to do a full scale renovation that would benefit our future guests and strengthen our property. We needed to prepare for the renovation one year prior to the start of construction due to supply chain delays. Once we began, construction took just over five months.

FE: Did you face any challenges during this renovation? If so, how did you overcome them?

JG: Even with significant planning ahead we still ran into several supply chain delays that required us to re-sequence construction timing. Additionally, the Denver labor market created shortages in several key trades which added some delays to our schedule.

Aloft Denver Downtown Hotel Renovation

Aloft Denver Downtown Hotel Renovation

Aloft Denver Downtown Hotel Renovation

Aloft Denver Downtown Hotel Renovation

Aloft Denver Downtown Hotel Renovation

Aloft Denver Downtown Hotel Renovation

Aloft Denver Downtown Hotel Renovation

Aloft Denver Downtown Hotel Renovation

Aloft Denver Downtown Hotel Renovation
(All photos courtesy of Aloft Denver Downtown)
FE: From your perspective, how do you feel about this new renovation? How has this enhanced the guest experience at Aloft Denver Downtown?

JG: We feel very happy with the new renovation. We went significantly above any brand standards in all areas and are now the newest property in Downtown Denver. Our biggest improvement to the guest experience was our significant overspend in sound insulation. Being a downtown property, we believe this will benefit the guests with enhanced noise reduction.

FE: What has the reaction been like to this multimillion renovation from stakeholders, staff, and guests?

JG: The staff has been key to getting the property online and has worked many long hours to make sure we opened in September. Construction is always challenging, especially in the end when deadlines are approaching, but the Aloft Denver Downtown team was extremely dedicated throughout. We have been excited as our team has recognized the investment and has matched it with investments of their own time and effort.

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FE: What do you hope your guests will take away from their experience at this resort? Beyond this renovation, how will the Aloft Denver Downtown continue to stay on the leading edge of hospitality?

JG: Now that we have a cutting edge property we will match this with our exceptional team. Led by the amazing Tiffani Timbrook (General Manager), the team is committed to proactive problem-solving, guest engagement, and community involvement to ensure exceptional guest experiences and adapt to evolving industry trends.

FE: What advice might you have for other facility executives or managers considering embarking on a major renovation for the first time?

JG: Allocate additional time and money, since construction always takes longer and costs more than budgeted.

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