Photo Credit Steve Crecelius & VISIT DENVER

16th Street Mall in Denver

Our boutique Denver hotel puts guests near 16th Street Mall, the 80-foot-wide, mile-long pedestrian promenade designed by famed architect I.M. Pei. An aerial view of its red, white and gray granite stones mimic a rattlesnake’s back, but the street view presents a vibrant urban space always bustling with activity. The commercial heart of the city attracts both visitors and residents to its outdoor cafés, bars, shops and stores. The thrumming stretch also features historic buildings, renovated into swanky office space. On the Mall’s south end, the Denver Pavilions features a shopping and dining complex with 12 movie theaters.

Shopping and dining on 16th Street

The 16th Street Mall is a mile of shopping bliss. Brand-name stores like Victoria’s Secret, H&M, Under Armour, Gap and Ann Taylor Loft sit among one-of-a-kind finds, like Molly’s of Denver, a chic women’s boutique that offers everything from blue jeans to black ties. There’s even a little something for the Hollywood cowgirl.

From an employee-owned grill to a happy-hour haven, from a local music spot to a mobile brick-oven pizzeria, the food and drink concepts stretch as long as 16th Street, taking you on a world tour of flavors, including American, Celtic, Indian, Vietnamese and Italian. “Community through food” is the vision at The Kitchen, which uses seasonal and sustainable ingredients to serve up simple farm-to-table fare. At Illegal Pete’s, it’s actually a restaurant mission to stir the ingredients of its burritos so diners won’t receive a “rice ball at the bottom of some wheat sack.”

From wraparound patios, diners can listen to musicians belt out their folk, country and pop tunes, as dancers, impressionists and actors perform their own routines.

Some 16th Street Mall nuggets

You’ll always know what time it is when you look up at the Daniels & Fisher (D&F) tower, boasting four 16-foot clocks. This distinctive building is a replica of Venice’s Campanile Piazza San Marco and when first built in 1909 it was the tallest tower west of the Mississippi River. 

The Mall’s urban design includes a sunshine ordinance, so that the height of the buildings won’t interfere with the natural sunlight that hits the street. When the sun, which shines most of the year, begins to set, horse-drawn carriages and pedi-cabs carry people up and down the mall beneath the twinkling lights that line the promenade. At the north end of 16th Street, you can stroll over three pedestrian bridges that connect Denver’s downtown to Commons Park and LoHi, or Lower Highland, where you can continue to eat, stroll and relax in the Navajo Street Art District. Our Denver design hotel is pleased to have such a close proximity to so many trendy locales.