Since Jeff is still working in the Bay Area, we have a split living situation until he can work fully remotely. That means he’s staying in California and visiting here in Colorado once a month. Although it’s not the ideal situation, it makes sense for our family and works for now. It’s not all bad though – when he comes to town, it’s almost like we’re dating again! This time, we decided to get a hotel room for the first night and have a fun staycation.
Jeff is the master planner of our household, so he hopped online and looked up some cute boutique hotels in Denver. We ended up choosing the Source Hotel + Market Hall in the RiNo (River North Arts District.) We both love this fun, artsy area that’s full of amazing graffiti, murals, shops, and restaurants. I packed a few cute outfits so we could take some great photos too. As a blogger, I never want to miss an opportunity to get some good shots!
Outfit Details – this suuuuper comfy pink jumpsuit is so flattering. It’s a wide legged culotte style that’s on trend for spring. Get a similar style here. Boots are my favorite Freebirds ankle booties – they have just enough western styling and somehow they go with every outfit.
The Source Hotel is a “A collection of independent retail, restaurants, and 100 design-forward hotel rooms in the heart of Denver’s River North Art District.” It’s an interesting, modern looking building on the outskirts of the RiNo district. It’s the tallest building in the area, surrounded by industrial buildings and construction from the new development efforts.
The Source Hotel has a ton of cool amenities – for one thing, it’s attached to a brewery. They have a tap at the check in desk so you can carry a beer straight up to your room! I got a fresh, piney IPA.
The decor concept is industrial but still warm – lots of wood and open space. Our room was super nice – big and spacious with high ceilings and a large window that opened with a garage door! The view was lovely – the window overlooked the bed and faced the east. Since Jeff and I are both early risers, we loved seeing the unobstructed view of the sun rising over the industrial landscape.
It can be a bit tricky to nail a warm and comfortable minimalist decor scheme – but I think The Source Hotel does it well. The soft blue brushstroke painted accent wall and textural rug helped offset the industrial feeling of the garage door and concrete flooring. Lots of natural light and high ceilings kept the space bright and welcoming. The bed was super comfy, and the linens were very soft. I enjoyed the selection of local magazines – I even got a subscription to Denver Style Magazine while I was laying in bed! I love technology.
Outfit details – I got this leopard jumpsuit for $10 at TJMaxx. You can get a similar one here. These high waisted GAP crop jeans are my favorite fit. My belt is from Madewell and the boots are the same Freebird booties with the strap detail removed. My go-to oversized denim jacket is H&M mens – here’s a similar one. This hat is from Brixton – we own a couple of hats from them.
The bathroom was spacious with a large lighted mirror (yay!) and glassed in shower. And the complimentary robes were SO DAMN PLUSH! I wanted to keep them! Only one complaint – no wastebasket in the restroom!
Jeff and I were really intrigued by the concept for The Source – it’s not just a hotel, it’s like a one-stop shopping destination. Since it’s a bit of an island in the outskirts of RiNo – there aren’t a lot of shopping or eating destinations within walking distance. Luckily, there’s a ton to do at the hotel. There is a plunge and hot tub on a glass walled balcony that has a stellar view of the mountains. If you need to get your workout on, there is a fitness room on this floor as well.
The Woods restaurant on the rooftop offers skyline views of Denver. They are a full service restaurant, bar, and brewery – it’s best to make reservations for dinner. We didn’t want to bother with that so walked over to the second market hall and got a table at The Acorn. It’s a cozy little restaurant with an oak fired oven and grill. I had an apple glazed pretzel which was like a mix between a donut and a pretzel – OMG. I also got the kale salad which I have literally been thinking about ever since. Jeff got a MASSIVE rib eye steak that was absolutely perfect!
There are two large market halls with restaurants, shops, and bars. The market halls are large open spaces with beautifully designed and comfortable lounging spaces in the center, and the shops and restaurants on the sides. We had fun browsing the goods from local designers and looking at some interesting artwork – like these cardboard elephants by artist Laurence Vallieres.
For my purposes as a blogger, the interior spaces are absolutely perfect. One thing I loved is the abundance of plants everywhere! The beautiful vignettes and tons of natural lighting are perfect for taking photos. Especially since Jeff and I are early risers – we got up and wandered around snapping shots in a bunch of locations. There was hardly anyone else up so it was easy to get lots of pictures without bothering anyone.
All in all, we had a fabulous time on our staycation! It was so relaxing to get out and just have time to ourselves. Jeff and I get a lot of enjoyment out of spending time exploring local places, eating great food, and just window shopping and enjoying the scenery. It’s part of why we are so happy together – we just like to appreciate things together as a hobby.
This cute boutique called Eyes Open had a bunch of well made, unique clothing, cute hipster gear and fun gifts! Here’s the description – “Eyes Open is an inventive retail experience, showcasing some the highest quality fashion, design and lifestyle products, each with its own unique concept but linked by a focus on craftsmanship and offering a truly comprehensive and cohesive shopping experience.”
I am DEEPLY OBSESSED with this blush pink couch. I need to find out where it came from because it is literally my living room couch goals.
I am absolutely in love with these Freyr’s sunglasses. They are such a great modern/vintage mix.
If you’re looking for a fun and relaxing getaway that’s close to home, I highly recommend staying at The Source Hotel. Even if you just want to pop over and eat or shop without booking a room, it’s a great place to spend several hours. And of course, if you’re a blogger – a fab place to get some photos!
What are your favorite staycation spots in Denver? I’d love recommendations. Let me know in comments!