233-room Hilton Garden Inn opens near Union Station

Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station adds 233 rooms and suites to the neighborhood. (Photos courtesy B Public Relations)

Union Station’s newest hotel has opened.

The 12-story Hilton Garden Inn at 1999 Chestnut Place started welcoming guests Tuesday. The hotel, developed and owned by Focus Property Group and operated by Davidson Hotels & Resorts, adds 233 rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space to the neighborhood.

Amenities include a 54-foot lap pool, fitness center, business center and coworking space, as well as a “golden retriever ambassador” named Dave.

Each room boasts views of the city or the Rockies.

The estimated $80 million hotel opens nearly 15 years after developer Focus Property Group purchased the first portion of the 2-acre hotel site.

Focus paid $5.85 million for the property in two separate deals in 2005 and 2007. The firm demolished a former storage facility on the property in 2016, but kept the 130-year-old building that sits on the corner of 20th and Chestnut Streets.

The historic building — one of the city’s earliest firehouses — has been renovated into a restaurant called Woodie Fisher Kitchen & Bar, named after one of Denver’s earliest fire foreman. The hotel was built in an L shape around the structure to preserve the landmark, which is set to open to guests next month.

Johnson Nathan Strohe designed the hotel. Alliance Construction Solutions was the general contractor.

For its next hotel, Focus is scaling up: The company has proposed a 27-story Marriott hotel at the corner of 14th and Stout streets, across from the Colorado Convention Center.

Focus also owns and operates Greenbox Self Storage and Enterprise Coworking.

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