Photo courtesy of Hotel Teatro
Denver might not immediately come to mind as a theater destination, but the Denver Performing Arts Complex is one of the largest in the world, with ten different venues. The Hotel Teatro is across the street from the complex and in the heart of the Theatre District. A 2014 renovation kept many details of the original 1911 Denver Tramway building, like the grand marble lobby entrance. The Nickel restaurant—named for the old Tramway trolley fare—serves locally procured, shareable plates and barrel-aged cocktails The Study feels like a chic polished living room, with coffered ceilings and tall, dark bookshelves around a sandstone fireplace and leather furniture. Refreshed guest rooms have high ceilings, deep-soaking tubs, and mattresses thick enough to sink into, and “petite” rooms with smaller footprints are available for budget travelers. Should you splash out for the wood-paneled Chancellor’s suite, you can soak up the views of the Rocky Mountains or your limestone fireplace. Dogs are especially welcome at Hotel Teatro with no fee or weight limit, and they can arrange for spa services for your pet. The hotel has basic gym equipment but no pool, though they can refer you to the Colorado Athletic Club (with a 25-yard saline pool nearby with a $15 day pass. Guests can borrow a cruiser bicycle or use the courtesy car service for a lift nearby, but plenty is within walking distance of the hotel, including Larimer Square and the LoDo District.
By Meg Nesterov, AFAR Local Expert