The ART Hotel doesn’t pay lip service to art; works in their collection include those by museum names like Deborah Butterfield and John Baldessari. The property features two separate galleries, plus works in public spaces, on guest floors, in meeting space, as well as dining areas. Their proximity to the Denver Art Museum, History Colorado Center, Clyfford Still Museum, and the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art mean access to more art is just steps away. If you’re in search of other cultural amenities, the Denver Public Library, Civic Center Park, and Colorado State Capitol are also practically within spitting distance.
Guided tours through the hotel galleries are offered every Saturday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Reservations required.
Rooms mimic a gallery feel with crisp white walls and bedding, carefully selected pops of color, and contemporary furniture and detailing. Complimentary Wi-Fi, safes large enough for two laptops, and illy brand espresso machines are standard offerings. Each of the hotel’s four suite options provides varying views and sleek appointments.
Bathrooms are finished in gleaming white marble with spacious stall showers and double vanities. A brightly colored backsplash cheerfully guides guest to the makeup nook. Luxury bath products are from Gilchrist & Soames of London.
The lobby is the definition of grand, with its high ceilings and sweeping glass windows. Look up to marvel at the incredible light art made from 22,000 twinkling bulbs.
At 2,000 sq. feet, the ART’s fitness center is larger than most. Machines include cardio and strength training/weights. Be sure to check out the fancy stationary bikes.
The on-site restaurant, FIRE, is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a “Social Hour” with drinks and apps, and weekend brunch. Nearby is the Living Room, a colorful lounge with stocked candy bowls and a fresh coffee station each morning, where it’s easy to grab a drink or food and wander over for a quiet conversation.
Located next door, FIRE Lounge is almost an extension of the restaurant, but the two spaces are separated by an imposing glass wall. The bar features high-backed leather bar stools and oversized wingback chairs in social gathering spaces. The FIRE Terrace extends the collective space into the great outdoors and is the place to be in the summer. What better place to enjoy a cocktail that in one of the separate umbrellaed cubbies under bistro lights, overlooking surrounding streets and museums?
Just outside of downtown, the ART’s location is in a walkable and bikeable spot, with easy access to public buses as well as taxi, ride-share, and short-term car rental services. The hotel offers valet parking for a daily fee and there are a number of garages and surface lots within a few blocks.
A darling of the local coffee scene is Amethyst Coffee (2-minute walk), while the trendy Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos (3-minute walk) put their first Denver outpost just down the street. Vegans and vegetarians can wow their carnivorous friends with a dinner at City O’ City (5-minute walk), where the food is so good you’ll celebrate how elevated a meatless meal can be.
You might think you’ve wandered into a ski resort when walking into Stoney’s Bar and Grill (3-minute walk), a mountain-themed spot complete with a shot ski. For no-frills drinks and beers, visit Cap City Tavern (5-minute walk) and shoot a game of pool. Though Cuba Cuba (7-minute walk) is known for their food, we recommend hitting up the happy hour first for the strong-but-delicious mojitos, caipirinhas, and Caribbean rum cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The ART stays true to their theme throughout the hotel property, so lovers of contemporary art won’t be disappointed. It’s a spectacular spot to experience a different part of Denver and still be adjacent to bustling downtown. The rooftop patio and bar are popular, especially in summer, and provide a truly unique view of the city. As a bonus: It’s also dog-friendly.