Located in prime downtown territory, right across the street from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Curtis is a terrific spot for theater goers, conventioneers, and families alike. The extensive art collection includes hand-selected in-room pieces, artworks unique to each floor and common space, a larger than life Lite-Brite in the lobby, and even sculptural pieces outdoors. Travel beyond the theater district by taking a quick walk to the 16th Street pedestrian mall, which has a free shuttle to quickly transport you into other parts of downtown Denver. Technically a Doubletree by Hilton, The Curtis feels like a trendy boutique or art hotel.
Each of the 336 rooms, including the three suites, follows one of 13 quirky floor themes. Additionally, thirteen specialty rooms are “hyper-themed” for I Love Lucy fans, Star Trek lovers, and even Parrotheads. All rooms have complimentary wireless internet, MP3 docks, refrigerators, and safes.
The Curtis is pet-friendly! You can bring up to two pets for a $25 per day ($50 per stay max) fee.
Bathrooms feature large showers (no tub) and roomy vanities. You’ll love being able to apply makeup or shave shadow-free, thanks to the sexy lighting setup.
Beyond the mind-blowing lobby art, you’ll find a 5 & Dime Gift Shop to snag retro candy to chomp during your playful stay. With ample seating and lounging spaces, the brightly colored couches and chairs have an air of mid-century mod flair. Be sure to check out the community table—a large slab perfect to play one of the hotel’s many board games.
Rumor has it, if you challenge the front desk staff to a game of Rock-paper-scissors, they might give you a complimentary upgrade.
The fitness center is open 24 hours, so you can get your workout on whenever the mood strikes. Machines include treadmills and ellipticals and the gym is also stocked with medicine balls, kettlebells, and free weights.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There’s no pool on-site, but guests are able to use the pool at the Embassy Suites Downtown Convention Center, another Hilton property about a block and a half away.
Fitting with the funky hotel theme, the menu at Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar features global-inspired cuisine and upscale comfort food. Known for their happy hour, the Corner Office also attracts a fair amount of post-show theater revelers. Room service is offered from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m., daily.
Additionally, The Curtis hosts an on-site Starbucks, open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The Theater District-Convention Center train station is a 3-minute walk. A free e-bus shuttle also runs along the 16th Street Mall, a pedestrian thoroughfare, which can connect you to other train and bus lines at Union Station.
Families and those who dig a solid breakfast (or need a hearty hangover cure) will enjoy Sam’s No. 3 (3-minute walk), a classic diner featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Larimer Square—Denver Historic District #1—is three blocks (4-minute walk) from The Curtis and includes a panoply of both local and national restaurants and bars, including local favorites Tamayo, Milk & Honey, Rioja, Euclid Hall, and Osteria Marco, among others.
The can’t-miss spot in the neighborhood is Dazzle (3-minute walk) for nightly jazz, Tuesday-Sunday, special jazz brunches on the weekends, plus an excellent martini made with tequila and jalapeño simple syrup. A good late-night spot is the sleek Epernay Lounge (1-minute walk) is a swanky cocktail lounge with white leather seating and sushi.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Between the themed floors and the talking elevators, you’ll get a cheery dose of kitsch that’s enough to take the stress out of any day, especially after a long day of travel or seeing the sights. The location is central to many of Denver’s attractions and cultural amenities. And, the hotel’s concept is incredibly unique.