A gorgeous historic building, a prime location, and a superb restaurant and bar situation make Hotel Teatro one of the best boutique hotel options in Denver. Housed in the old Denver Tramway Building, the property exterior and lobby have a historic feel while the rooms are very modern. Its 14th Street site is close to both the Colorado Convention Center and near the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, hence the name—“Teatro” is Italian for theater.
The hotel is frequently updated and refreshed, including a 2014 update to all 110 rooms. Rooms now include 50” televisions, Keurig machines, laptop safes, mini-refrigerators, and decor that merges the contemporary with the classic. Rooms vary from 200 sq. ft. to 550 sq. ft. Junior suites are 550 sq. ft. and contain two bathrooms. The Chancellor, akin to a Presidential suite, is a palatial 1400-square-foot suite with an antique limestone fireplace and 12-person private dining or meeting room.
here’s no charge to bring your pooch to the Teatro and the hotel prides itself on being incredibly dog-friendly. They have partnerships with nearby businesses to refer four-legged guests for paw pedicures and canine massages.
All bathrooms have rainforest shower heads and many rooms also have oversized soaking tubs. Bathroom lighting can be a little on the dark side, but several suites have vanity counters in the bedroom.
The lobby is a throwback to the 1911 building’s glory days. Featuring pink, green, and white marble, the preservation of the remarkable ornamentation is evident. First-time guests have reported the lobby can a little confusing because of the bustling restaurant, but a concierge counter is located directly in front of the main (valet) entrance on 14th St.
Classic equipment—like exercise bikes, treadmills, and free weights—are available in the concourse level fitness center, open 24-hours.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The Teatro partners with the Colorado Athletic Club, a 45,000 square-foot facility with extensive equipment, classes, pool, sauna, and jacuzzi, a 5-minute walk or drive away. Purchase a day pass from the hotel’s front desk.
The Nickel, Hotel Teatro’s on-site restaurant, hosts a healthy mix of hotel guests and outside diners. The Nickel has good barrel-aged cocktails with a nice presentation and a fantastic charcuterie menu. It’s warm and woodsy, with vintage whiskey barrels on display.
The Study is a library-themed bar and cafe on the hotel’s main floor. The tall ceilings, bookshelves, fireplace, and mixture of leather couches with coffee tables and extra-high wingback chairs with bistro tables make the space feel both cozy and private. In addition to barrel-aged cocktails and craft beer, guests can also enjoy coffee from the barista counter.
In addition to getting around on foot, or using Denver’s transit at the nearby light rail and 16th Street Mall free shuttle service, the hotel offers cruiser bikes on a first-come, first-served basis for guests to use around town. The Teatro offers a complimentary shuttle to destinations with 2.5-miles. Parking is valet only and a car is not recommended.
A mere 3-minute walk will transport guests to the historic Larimer Square, where local restaurants flourish. Don’t miss the patio at Bistro Vendome (3-minute walk), a coffee or sandwich at The Market (4-minute walk), or the slow-cooked meat at Russell’s Smokehouse (3-minute walk).
Denver’s only champagne bar, Corridor 44 (3-minute walk), and Cru (4-minute walk), with an impressive 50+ wines by the glass, are also in Larimer Square. For cocktails, seek out Green Russell (3-minute walk), an underground speakeasy where bartenders hand-chip ice and make their own bitters.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A rare boutique hotel in this part of downtown Denver, Hotel Teatro does a wonderful job of melding the old and new. The property is in a walkable and desirable part of town, with an easy walk to conventions, theater offerings, the Auraria Campus (shared by three different higher education institutions) and the Cherry Creek Trail. The area is vibrant, but activity dies down after theater performances let out.