Case Study

Le Meridien / AC Hotel Denver A Dual-Brand Hotel Leans in to its Urban Identity

Denver, Colorado, USA

The Challenge

Following its merger with Starwood, Marriott developed a dual-branded hotel to make its mark on Denver, drawing inspiration from the diverse and vibrant downtown community. Through its bold architectural expression, the project intends to reflect in the progress of its community, while its materiality seeks to preserve the warmth and timeless ambiance of its context.

The Design Solution

Boasting the highest open-air rooftop bar in the city, the building is designed to enhance the pedestrian realm with a bold architectural presence. A highly permeable ground level draws guests and residents alike into shared bars and restaurants, where the hotels forego distinct brand expressions in favor of authentic contributions to the streetscape.

The Design Impact

The Le Meridien / AC Hotel is more than an icon of Denver’s downtown, it is an engine of growth and economic impact. Generating more than 300 jobs in the central business district, and more than $1 million in sales in its first 109 days, the hotel is a showcase of the best of Denver for locals and tourists alike.

Project Features

  • 235,000 square feet (21,832 sm)
  • 474 rooms
  • Conference center
  • Fitness center
  • Restaurant/bar
  • 125 parking spaces


  • 2018 Downtown Denver Award, Downtown Denver Partnership