Photo: Brianna Buffo/The Rally Hotel

The Rally Hotel Is Denver's Freshest Take on Urban Lodging

Denver Epic Stays
by Molly O'Brien Oct 4, 2023

New urban hotels regularly promise a fresh take on big-city lodging. Thing is, all too often, hotels fail to be much more than cookie-cutter cutouts of high-end properties found in other cities. The Rally Hotel at McGregor Square, the baseball-themed commercial hub adjacent to Denver’s Coors Field, breaks this mold with an experience as intoxicating as the roar of the crown after a dinger bounces off the left field concourse across the street. The hotel, the newest in Denver’s Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood, features 182 rooms rising above the McGregor Square complex, also home to a food hall, beer garden, and shopping. Immediately upon walking through the doors, it felt to me like a spirited spot to spend a night in a bustling entertainment district just two blocks from Denver’s Union Station, which provides direct access to Denver International Airport and other attractions via local rail lines and bus routes.

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Another bonus — this hotel is self-proclaimed to be one of the most pet-friendly hotels in Denver. There’s no weight or size limit for furry friends — just a $50 pet fee. Guests traveling with a dog can get a custom Rally dog bandana at check-in, in addition to dog beds, bowls, and treats available upon request.

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Guestrooms at The Rally Hotel at McGregor Square

Photo: Abigail Brown/The Rally Hotel
Photo: Abigail Brown/The Rally Hotel

The rooms at the hotel feel clean, spacious, and contemporary (some rooms are perched at exactly 5,280 feet above sea level on the “Mile High Floor,” a nod to the equally-elevated Purple Row of seats at the stadium) and feature curated art, distinct furniture and furnishings, and comfortable beds.

The 182 guest rooms and 29 suites span 16 different layouts across room types, including a variety of ADA-accessible options. Every guestroom features a mini-bar with local grab-and-go snacks and drinks for purchase, a Keurig, a book bundle curated by Denver’s iconic Tattered Cover Book Store, a mini fridge, a Bluetooth speaker, and Beekman 1802™ bath products.

Design choices differ in themes — like the “All-Star” rooms, which feature leather-finished decor and signature plaid carpeting, giving off All-American baseball vibes. Or, the “Mile High” rooms, which, yes — are perched at 5,280 feet above sea level, feature decor that’s inspired by the natural colors of a sunset over The Rockies and Coors Field (including a purple, black, Colorado orange color scheme). The “MVP King Suites” include more than 500+ square feet of space and a separate bedroom and living area with a sofa. As a unique accommodation, the Mile High King Corner Suite sleeps four people — featuring a master bedroom overlooking Coors Field, a separate living area, and a corner nook with a bunk bed with twin-sized beds.

The penthouse options sit on the top floor and boast stunning views of the city. These include amenities like a kitchenette, a bar equipped with top-shelf selections, custom furniture, locally curated artwork,1.5 baths, and a separate living room area with towering floor-to-ceiling windows.

On-site dining at The Rally Hotel at McGregor Square

Grandstand Cafe at The Rally Hotel

Photo: Brianna Buffo/The Rally Hotel

Both hotel guests and the dining public can eat at the on-site restaurant, The OG, which prides itself as a daytime neighborhood brunch spot serving classic American menu items alongside what it labels as playful, contemporary flair. Fan favorites on the menu include the Signature Doughnut Sliders and boozy milkshakes, which make for a memorable meal.

Across the hallway, The Rally Bar serves “elevated twists on ballpark staples,” with signature drinks such as “Southpaw’s Old Fashioned” made with Breckenridge Bourbon, and bites like Rally Snack Mix and entrees of steak and burgers. For breakfast or a snack, stop at The Grandstand Café, a café with coffee first thing in the morning and a bar with snacks, cocktails, and entertainment after 5 p.m.

Up on the roof, High Society acts as a seasonal rooftop bar and grill serving handcrafted cocktails and poolside bites by day and night. The Skybridge Rooftop Deck plunge pool and hot tub boasts sunny lounge chairs and spectacular views of the city and mountains.

The hotel’s other awesome amenities

rooftop pool at The Rally Hotel

Photo: Sarah Hoffner/The Rally Hotel

Guests who are of legal drinking age can enjoy a complimentary check-in pour of the hotel’s exclusive Mile High Jinks craft beer or Bubble Universe sparkling wine. Mile High Jinks is a locally brewed beer made exclusively for The Rally Hotel in collaboration with Colorado Native. The beer has a slight cherry aroma and an almost ripe banana flavor with herbal, hoppy-tasting notes and a smooth honey finish featuring four different malted barleys: Colorado Pale, Colorado Pilsner, Colorado Munich, Colorado Honey Malt and additional locally sourced Colorado wildflower honey. All the grain sourced for this hyper-local beer comes from Colorado and is malted, to varying degrees, in nearby Boulder.

There’s complimentary drip coffee at The Grandstand Café from 7 until 10:30 a.m. daily and free Coca-Cola Floats or a scoop of ice cream served in a souvenir Rockies helmet from 4 until 6 p.m. daily during Social Hour at The Grandstand Café.

Fitness fanatics will enjoy the on-site Skybridge Fitness Center, which has its own yoga room and a variety of weightlifting equipment and cardio machines. I loved the views from this gym that seemingly floated in the sky out above the stadium.

But one of my favorite free amenities was the complimentary courtesy shuttle car that will take guests to local destinations within a two-mile radius — meaning we didn’t have to worry about renting a car once we got to the property.

The on-site experience

McGregor Square in Denver

Photo: Brianna Buffo/The Rally Hotel

I spent the night in one of the MVP King Suites, which was incredibly spacious and showcased some seriously spectacular sights of the city from my balcony. I loved lounging on the comfortable couch in the living area and basking in all the natural light the floor-to-ceiling windows filtered in. My room faced inward toward the city instead of out toward the ballpark, but every time I went to the gym, I was able to admire a view that looked quite literally straight into Coors Field, which felt especially majestic.

I am a big sports fan, myself — and admired how all of the decor in the room felt baseball-themed — but not too aggressively so. It was just the right amount of “all-American” sportiness (think: cabinets that subtly resemble gym lockers and furnishings that remind you of being inside of a stadium) without making someone who might not be a huge sports fan feel hassled.

Another detail I admired about being on-site was the sense of community within the walls of this hotel. Just spending time in the lobby with its authentic decor and “rah-rah” spirit is energizing. It’s a fantastic spot to spend time in a trendy neighborhood in downtown Denver for local baseball fans and visiting boutique hotel lovers alike.

Rooms from: $217 per night

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