This Newly-Opened Denver Hotel Has Ties To A Historic Vocational School

The Mile High City has a new historic hotel that highlights its academic past.

Opened on May 24, 2022, in downtown Denver, The Slate Denver, Tapestry Collection by Hilton comes with an interesting past. The four-story, 135,000-square-foot property once housed the Emily Griffith Opportunity School, which provided vocational opportunities to people of all different ages and backgrounds.

“We’re beyond thrilled to welcome our first guests and introduce downtown Denver to a revitalized piece of the city’s history,” stated Kirby Kiner, GM of The Slate Denver, in a media release. “Since the project’s inception, we’ve worked hard to maintain the integrity of the hotel’s foundation to honor the legacy of the Emily Griffith Opportunity School and its vast impact on generations of Denver residents.”

The technical school was founded in 1916. A decade later, it opened its first location in downtown Denver and the building was given additions in 1947 and 1956; the school is now known as Emily Griffith Technical College.

This school building, turned designated landmark, turned Hilton hotel was designed in part to be reminiscent of its educational roots. Symbolic features range from the typewriter artwork and school-themed meeting rooms and restaurant and bar, to the still remaining original staircase and hallways from the school’s era.

Modern amenities at The Slate Denver will coincide with these historic features.

The 251-guestroom hotel will be quite tech savvy, too, with the use of digital keys. Within nearly 4,500-square-foot meeting and event spaces, venues have been equipped with state-of-the-art A/V system to cater to meetings done virtually, in person or hybrid. They’re aptly named the Assembly, 1916 Boardroom, Library and Study Hall.

The food and beverage offerings at The Slate Denver will also give a nod to the school. Under the direction of Chef Michael Poompan, the menu at Teachers’ Lounge Food + Drink will put a contemporary take on classic dishes.

Menu orders will include Crispy Bison Meatloaf Bites, made from Colorado’s Rock River Ranches bison, and the Jumpin’ Good Goat Cheese, supplied by the dairy company of the same name and produced in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. As for drinks, try the property’s signature apple-themed cocktail, The Emily.

The Denver-based Stonebridge Companies is the owner and developer of this hotel and will operate it under the Tapestry Collection by Hilton brand.

“It’s been exciting to oversee the revitalization of this historic property, and we are honored to have helped launch The Slate Hotel,” said Navin Dimond, Stonebridge Companies’ founder, CEO and chairman, in a media release. “Stonebridge has been part of the Denver community for more than 30 years now, and with the hotel’s opening, we pay tribute to the Mile High City’s past, present and future.”

The Slate Denver, Tapestry Collection by Hilton is situated near the Colorado Convention Center and adjacent to Emily’s Alley, an anticipated new shopping, dining and gathering destination. The hotel is located at 1250 Welton St. For more information, visit its website.

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