the ART, a hotel
Should you be inspired by the galleries at the Denver Art Museum, abstract expressionism at Clyfford Still Museum, and the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts, check into the ART (within a few minutes’ walk of all of these museums). Guests are wowed when they arrive by Leo Villareal’s dazzling light installation of 22,000 LED bulbs above the entrance, and will find dozens more works to appreciate throughout the lobby, restaurant, and guest room floors. Guided tours of the hotel’s art collection are offered on Saturdays or can be self-guided with brochure from the concierge. Guest rooms are minimal with light wood furnishings, luxury linens, and neutral walls to serve as a canvas to more original artwork, as well as windows overlooking the mountains or city lights. Order the signature burger with spicy mayo or a beet-and-ricotta salad at FIRE restaurant or sip a Matisse Martini with Colorado-made vodka on the terrace warmed with fire pits. Specially priced cocktails and shareable bites are available during the daily afternoon social hour, and guests can also enjoy complimentary coffee, infused waters, and old-fashioned candy throughout the day. Weights and fitness machines are available 24 hours at the onsite gym, and yoga and meditation classes are held in summer on the terrace.
By Meg Nesterov, AFAR Local Expert
Mile-High Museum: A Hotel Devoted Completely to Art
Staying in a museum, in rooms decorated with mixed media, wall art and beautifully-upholstered furniture, is not limited to scenes from "A Night at the Museum" or "The Thomas Crown Affair." At Denver’s Art Hotel, you are your own movie. From the entrance--a signature work of 22,000 white LED nodes that act as a canopy of warm stars-- to the room interiors with brightly-colored sofas (and even coloring books with pencils!), the hotel has every detail down pat. My room featured a slipper tub in the bathroom (as curvaceous as Marilyn Monroe), and a touch-sensitive night lamp. Floor to ceiling windows veiled by thin blinds illuminate swirls of traffic at night. You can tumble out of bed and walk to the Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museums next door: the wandering eye can take in Monet just as easily as the Colorado mountains. The hotel entrance features Sol Lewitt’s Wall Drawing and a sun-bleached wood sculpture by Deborah Butterfield. Mary Ehrin's "Molten Meteorites," made with metallic leather, evoke the state's gold rush history. A candy jar-filled room off the main dining area has walls studded with “Eight Soups,” colorful riffs on Henri Matisse’s “Goldfish.” Ask one of the able bartenders to fashion you a “Jackson Pollock” with rosemary-infused Hendrick’s Gin, muddled strawberry, basil lemon and a balsamic reduction that splatters on a martini glass, evoking Pollock’s signature style. It's a stylish way to end the day.
By Charu Suri
1201 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203, USA