(Denver, Colo.) Cherry Creek’s original luxury property, the JW Marriott, has been re-imagined as the stylish Hotel Clio, which re-opened as part of Marriott Bonvoy’s Luxury Collection on March 15.
In the heart of the Cherry Creek North shopping and dining district, Hotel Clio takes its name from the Greek goddess of history and hopes to serve as a muse to guests wanting to explore the surrounding upscale neighborhood be it through art or food. Twice a week the hotel hosts Destination Discoveries, which offers guided tours of local art galleries and a Cherry Creek history lesson. They are also offering epicurean experiences from ceviche making to guacamole tasting in the stylish, living room style lounge.
“The opening of Hotel Clio is an exciting moment in the continued expansion of our portfolio of exceptional hotels and resorts across North America,” said Philipp Weghmann, Vice President and Global Brand Leader of The Luxury Collection. “The hotel’s stunning vistas, matched with refined service and singular epicurean experiences, will quickly establish it as one of the premier hospitality offerings in the greater Denver area.”
Stylish Interiors Pay Homage to Cherry Creek’s History
Hotel Clio’s stylish interiors are the creation of Wilson Ishihara Design and pay homage to Cherry Creek’s Gold Rush era origins as well as its legacy as a gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Using a mix of subtle gold accents, rich earth tones and crisp white linens, the 199 rooms and suites also feature large windows and more space than many Denver properties. Book a room with a west facing window, preferably on the 10th or 11th floor, for unobstructed views across the city to the line of craggy peaks that comprise the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Sunsets are spectacular.
The appealing design continues on the ground level. You’ll be welcomed with a sit-down check-in experience that includes a custom cocktail, hot and cold scented towels infused with the property’s signature White Blossom Tea scent, and a Jasper stone. The stone is meant to inspire you and ignite a desire to explore. It's one of many unique touches that sets Hotel Clio apart from other boutique properties.
Culinary Magic at Signature Restaurant TORO
Globally inspired fare and excellent service merge to create culinary magic at TORO Latin Kitchen and Bar, Hotel Clio’s signature culinary concept by acclaimed local chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval. Helmed by Chef Oscar Padilla, TORO boasts a creative Pan-Latin menu featuring a mix of small plates and family style dishes.
The restaurant’s ceviche bar is a showcase experience. Padilla’s creations are fresh and innovative combining locally sourced ingredients like Colorado bass with fresh chili peppers, crisp cucumbers, corn nuts and sweet potatoes in one concoction. It is a delight to the senses.
Other menu highlights include the table sized salmon entree with achiote marinade, dashi braised bok choy, bacon morita chili jam, achiote ponzu and cauliflower puree. And the beef filet with creamy jasmine rice, sweet & sour sauce heirloom tomatoes, bell peppers and red onion. Also order a side of potatoes three way or truffle fries.
TORO also offers weekly ceviche-making classes, along with wine and tequila tastings. Locals can also rent tequila lockers in the vibrant open-concept lobby that was packed when we visited and is already starting to serve as a lively gathering space for city residents and visitors alike. And there is a daily happy hour from 3pm to 5pm.