Hotel Teatro

Hotel in Denver

Boutique Hotel

I'm reasonably sure that the Hotel Teatro didn't engage the saxophone player on the roof across the street to play Miles Davis tunes.

Certainly, not for my benefit in particular. How could they, after all, have known how I prize that music above any other kind, particularly when traveling in a foreign city in the summertime, all the memories it revives and the emotions it conjures?

Nevertheless, the suspicion lingers, as the bubbles deepen around me in the antique soaking tub – it's mighty good theatre, after all. And thus fits perfectly with the Hotel Teatro's vibe.

Built into a 1911-vintage Renaissance Revival space that used to house the Denver Tramway, the hotel derives its name from the adjacent Denver Centre for the Performing Arts. Located on a quaint street in Denver's Lower Downtown quarter, the 110-room hotel recently underwent a renovation that left it possessed of a native marble interior upholstered in brass and loden green, with an airy bar and handsome leather-furnished lobby, equal parts gentleman's study and cottage kitchen.

The hotel's happy hour from 4pm to 6pm each evening boasts not only the best of local Colorado breweries, but also a judicious selection of wines alongside fruit, bread, cheese and charcuterie, curated by in-house restauranteur David Cruz. The morning's breakfast selection includes locally made pastries, granola and yogurt, along with hand-pressed juices and made-to-order espresso.

Each room boasts an antique bathtub, a cascading rainforest shower sheathed in Indonesian sandstone, and flat-screen TVs both bedside and sink-side. Darjeeling tea-infused bath products from London's Plantation, complimentary Wi-Fi, and the picture window views of Denver's industrial-chic Fourteenth Street corridor make the Hotel Teatro room hard to leave (even with local attractions like the Green Russell, the Tattered Cover and former mortuary-turned-modern bistro Linger nearby).

Though small in size, the hotel's resources range far and wide, offering in-room spa and massage services, access to the nearby Colorado Fitness Club, and a running concierge service that provides guided jogging tours of the downtown area.

The best rooms in the hotel include a treehouse prospect over 14th Street and spyglass views into neighboring rooftops, allowing an advance preview of the nightlife as dusk settles slowly on the horizon's mountainous shoulders…whose view is, sadly, blocked by the neighboring monolith of the Four Seasons Denver. Far be it from me to speak any evil of the Four Seasons (especially as this one is owned and managed by the same company that built the Hotel Teatro) but for my dime, I much prefer the deco panache and vintage dash of this little jewelbox of a hotel, the effusive gentility of its service, and the distinctive character evinced by black-and-white stills from canonical theatre productions.

Call it a simple matter of preference – given the choice, I'll always skip the ball gown for the little black dress. And when staying in a city such as Denver, with its eclectic mix of wild west antiquity and modern class, the fun, comfort and frivolity of the Hotel Teatro leaves nothing more to wish for.

Chelsea Batten is an itinerant journalist and photographer

Photographs courtesy of Hotel Teatro and Chelsea Batten

Reviewer's Rating
Lively Nightlife, Great local restaurants
Dogs Welcome Yes
Services Free High Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Conference Rooms
Cost Medium
Ambience Incredible Staff, Hidden Gem
Number of Rooms 110 rooms & suites

Room and Suite Categories

Petite Manhattan (200 sq ft); Petite Queen (245 sq ft); Petite King (285 sq ft); Superior Queen & King (330 sq ft); Superior Queen with Balcony (330 sq ft); Junior Suite (550 sq ft); Deluxe Two Queen (550 sq ft); Deluxe King (460 sq ft); Deluxe Corner King (500 sq ft) and Chancellor’s Suite (1,400 sq ft).

Additional Ambience Information

Chic but old-fashioned; classic Deco-style aesthetic, paying homage to local theatre scene; eager and accommodating staff.

Last updated on 08-09-2014

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