Gravitas plans RiNo hotel


Gravitas Development Group plans hotel in RiNo.

Ramble Hotel at 2450 Larimer St.

50-room hotel will be anchored by Dearth & Co. lobby bar.


Gravitas Development Group plans a 50-room hotel on this site at 2450 Larimer St.

Denver-based Gravitas Development Group plans  a 3-story, 50-room hotel on a key block in RiNo.

Earth movers already preparing the site at 2450 Larimer St. to pave the way for The Ramble Hotel.  The hotel will open in late 2017.

The Ramble will be one of the first hotels to open in RiNo.

It is across the street from hot-spot restaurants Work & Class and Billy’s Gourmet Hot Dogs.

The site formerly housed the office of Gravitas.  Gravitas has since moved across the street to another one of its developments at 25th and Larimer That 8,200-square-foot retail and office development was constructed with 29 reclaimed shipping containers.

The hotel will fit in well with the neighborhood, with its blend of urban grit and industrial revival, said Ryan Diggins, a partner at Gravitas.

“The neighborhood is fertile ground for artists and creative entrepreneurs, and we hope to create a space where travelers and locals can personally experience the art, authenticity and ambition that make RiNo so great,” Diggins said.

The Ramble Hotel will be owned and operated independently by Gravitas.


The Ramble hotel is being designed by Johnson Nathan Strohe.

“This project is about believing in a vision, taking risks and challenging the conventional hospitality model,” Diggins said.

“Remaining independently branded and managed provides us with the best chance to evolve at the speed of Denver,” he continued.

“We place a very high value on flexibility and autonomy, and feel it gives The Ramble Hotel the best opportunity to remain culturally relevant, not only for the opening, but for years to come,” according to Diggins.

Features of the Ramble Hotel will include:

  • A small theater and bar;
  • Flexible meeting space;
  • Small retail space;
  • An outdoor courtyard;
  • And independently owned restaurant;
  • And a marquee lobby bar, Dearth & Co.

It will be the first Dearth & Co. outside of the original one, which opened in New York City a decade ago.

“We’ve long thought about growing Dearth & Co but have been understandably careful to do so,” said David Kaplan, co-founder of Dearth & Co

“I believe the Death & Co, DNA can be expanded to a host of different spaces and experiences, and with Dearth & Co at The Ramble we’ll be able to show that,” Kaplan continued.

“The property is very dynamic and Gravitas shares our passion for hospitality and an obsession for the details,” he added.

“We are looking forward to our first collaboration with a hotel, providing for guests needs from their first bite and first sip of coffee, to their nightcap before tucking in, and introducing our concept not only to The Ramble Hotel, but to Denver’s RiNo neighborhood,” Kaplan said.

The interior designer for the hotel is Los Angeles-based Avenue Interior Design.

Denver-based Johnson Nathan Strohe is the architect.


Dearth & Co. will run a lobby bar in The Ramble hotel when it opens next year in RiNo.

“The edifice is designed to engage the passerby, the hotel guest and the restaurant patron, evoking an old-world charm and a certain curiosity that allows a moment of pause and lets the eye wander to intricate masonry and metal detailing,” said Tobias Strohe, partner at JNS.

“Materials are traditional and of lasting quality, giving a nod to their neighborhood context, while incorporating a contemporary interpretation,” Strohe added.

The lobby in the Ramble will have 4,700 square feet of space and 20-foot ceilings.

The hotel takes inspiration from French Salons of the 17th century. The Salons were not only a place to exchange ideas, but a catalyst to creating community.

The hotels name is a nod to Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouilleta.

She was a renowned salon host known for her egalitarian gatherings. No matter what walk of life, anyone who held sincere and passionate ideas and a love of good conversation, were welcomed at her salons.


Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouilleta

Meanile, back in this century, a second floor mezzanine will house a reservation-only bar at the Dearth & Co. establishment. That bar will showcase Dearth & Co’s proprietary cocktails. It will closely underscore the bar’s original New York setting.

Imprint Hospitality, with offices in Denver and Chicago, consulted with Gravitas to develop the hotel’s operations and systems.

Since Gravitas was founded in 2008, Gravitas has developed projects in West Highland, Berkeley, South Broadway, and, of course RiNo. Its past development have included infill for-sale homes, retail and offices.

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