The Sheraton Denver Downtown transforms its lobby and signature restaurants to share the spirit of the West with guests
The 108th National Western Stock Show is in the Mile High City from January 11-26 and the Sheraton Denver Downtown is joining in the celebration of Denver’s Old West heritage. The largest hotel in Colorado transformed its lobby to welcome the world’s largest stock show and its two-legged guests.
“We’re always looking for ways to add value to our guests’ experience and highlight elements that make us unique,” said Brian Noel, director of Food and Beverage. “Our Western heritage is on display during the Stock Show and it’s something that has influenced our food and beverage offerings as well,” he continued.
In addition to the lobby makeover, the hotel’s 16Mix cocktail lounge and 15|Fifty restaurant have also been refashioned in honor of the event. The 16th Street Pedestrian Mall entrance to 16Mix has its windows painted to resemble the entrance to a saloon and proclaims “Welcome Stock Show Visitors.” Inside, highboy rough wooden bar stools with barrels replace the usual low top seating for a more rustic atmosphere. 16Mix has a usual offering of local Western favorites, including a rotating selection of local craft beer and spirits like Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. Happy hour specials are from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays with $4 draft beer, $5 well drinks and $6 specialty cocktails.
The lobby entrance to the lounge has been outfitted with a wooden porch and accessorized with items matching the Western motif: an old windmill, a wagon wheel, wooden barrels and a rustic metal milk carton; a theme carried throughout the lobby and into the Sheraton’s 15|Fifty Restaurant. The makeover doesn’t stop there and the guest reception area near the front desk has had its regular velvet ropes replaced with wooden fence posts to assist in corralling the arrival process.
The restaurant, also outfitted with a reimagined Old West entryway complete with grain bags and a Western saddle, is always rotating its innovative selection. Currently, they are featuring Chicken and Waffle Sliders that are sure to satisfy even the hungriest of ranch hands. Whole grain mustard, Stranahan’s bourbon syrup, fried onions and fried chicken are sandwiched between two fluffy waffles with a choice of side.
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