On 24 May 2022, The Slate Denver, Tapestry Collection by Hilton is opening its doors to the public, introducing a new class of style and experience to Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Located at the former site of the historic Emily Griffith Opportunity School, the four-story accommodation will feature 251 upscale guestrooms, literal old school-designed hallways, meeting spaces, and a restaurant, bar and lounge. Across the street from the Colorado Convention Center, the hotel is conveniently just minutes from Denver Art Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens, Meow Wolf: Convergence Station and more.
“We’re beyond thrilled to welcome our first guests and introduce downtown Denver to a revitalized piece of the city’s history,” said Kirby Kiner, general manager of The Slate Denver. “Since the project’s inception, we’ve worked hard to maintain the integrity of the hotel’s foundation to honour the legacy of the Emily Griffith Opportunity School and its vast impact on generations of Denver residents. In time for Teacher Appreciation Month, we, and our longtime partner Hilton, couldn’t think of a better time to open our doors and invite guests into our re-invented schoolhouse.”
Where History & the Present Meet
The foundation of The Slate Denver is steeped in history. In 1916, education pioneer Emily Griffith embarked on a journey to create a school of opportunities for all those who wish to learn regardless of their age or background, founding the Emily Griffith Opportunity School. It became one of the first trade schools in the country, and in 1926, the school debuted its first location in downtown Denver. As the institute grew, so did the building, with additions constructed in 1947 and 1956. Paying homage to Griffith and the designated Denver landmark, The Slate Denver, Tapestry Collection by Hilton’s design draws inspiration from the property’s educational roots - from the typewriter artwork, original school staircases and hallways to the school-inspired meeting rooms and restaurant and bar.
A Culinary Experience
Led by Chef Michael Poompan, Teachers’ Lounge Food + Drink will showcase a touch of contemporary elegance in a relaxed and comfortable historical setting. The menu will feature local ingredients and classic dishes with a modern twist. Examples include the Crispy Bison Meatloaf Bites made from Colorado’s Rock River Ranches bison, and the Jumpin’ Good Goat Cheese made from cheese produced in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, as well as the property’s signature apple-themed cocktail, The Emily. The venue will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Community Hot Spot
The restaurant and retail block adjacent to the hotel, Emily’s Alley, is Denver’s most anticipated new shopping, dining and gathering destination. This unique outdoor space will allow guests to feel a sense of community in the bustling heart of downtown Denver. Emily’s Alley is set to host several seasonal activities, including music performances, artisan showcases, farmers’ markets and more.
Up-and-Coming Meeting Spot
Just steps away from the Colorado Convention Center, The Slate Denver is downtown’s newest meeting destination. Featuring 4,500 square feet of meeting and event space, The Slate Denver, Tapestry Collection by Hilton offers a real education into what the modern meeting can be. All meeting spaces, such as Assembly, 1916 Boardroom, Library and Study Hall, are well-equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and high-speed Wi-Fi for in-person and hybrid meetings. There is also a year-round outdoor patio seating and private salon adjacent to Teachers’ Lounge Food + Drink.