Mid-century Swagger Meets High-end Hospitality

Halcyon Hotel, Denver, CO

The Halcyon is a luxury hotel located in Denver’s  vibrant Cherry Creek North District. Designed to exude the feeling of staying at a friend’s house who has “impeccable taste and an innate sense of hospitality,” the hotel features 154 upscale rooms and a mid-century inspired design that complements the eclectic boutiques and high-end nature of the surrounding district.

The architecture of the building presents varying degrees of scales and materials that seamlessly interact with the rich and dynamic context of the site. Laser-cut aluminum screening, juliet balconies and greenery on the rooftop set a tone of sophistication long before entering the building. Stone cladding further supports this aim — glowing with warmth by day and creating a softly lit lantern-like experience at night befitting of the hotel’s name, Halcyon: tranquil and charming.

At the point of arrival, visitors are greeted by a compelling entrance and canopy that is both timeless and nostalgic; valet auto service is supported by two levels of below grade parking beneath the building. The “kitchen counter,” a natural gathering place in most homes, serves as Halcyon’s check-in desk, offering complimentary drinks 24/7. The lobby is defined by scaled “living rooms,” a gear garage provides complimentary use of Vespa scooters and bicycles, and two street-level restaurants enliven the ground floor and create an energetic pedestrian experience. Guest rooms resemble upscale apartments complete with turntables and curated selections of vinyl, and the pinnacle of the building, the rooftop pool deck, offers relaxation and views of Downtown Denver and the mountains.

The project was completed in a design/build format with Mortenson Construction Company. gkkworks (now CannonDesign) served as project design architect in collaboration with JG Johnson as architect of record and Arvoko as hospitality interior designer.