Hip & Luxe in Downtown Denver: Hotel Teatro

A good scale for rating how modern and hip a hotel’s interior decor looks, is by how ‘Instagram-able’ it is. On the Instagram scale of 1-10, Hotel Teatro and its farm to table restaurant, The Nickel, are both a 10. They feature the perfect blend of early 1900s architecture, meets luxe industrial chic decor. Located in the heart of Denver’s buzzy downtown, or LoDo neighborhood, you are close to everything the city has to offer, the performing arts district, Coors Field, amazing restaurants like Tamayo, the 16th street mall and the famous Larimer Square.


Teatro is located in the former Tramway Building built in 1920, and restored and converted into the hotel in the late 90s. What makes this historic building so special is the sophistication of its Renaissance Revival-style edifice of glazed red and white terra cotta bricks. One of my favorite spaces, the grand lobby, has also been preserved and features elegant Tennessee light pink marble flooring and Vermont green marble base pairs perfectly with white Arizona marble wainscoting which both add to the inimitable ambience. Adjacent to the lobby you’ll find The Nickel a nouveau American restaurant/bar and The Study, a cozy craft coffee shop serving up yummy baked goods and other breakfast staples amid rustic industrial lighting, rich leather sofas, high ceilings and endless blue book shelfs. Since I’m obsessed with industrial chic, Hotel Teatro really wowed me with their style!

Checking into the hotel is a breeze, and the staff were kind and helpful and efficient. One thing I really appreciated is that the valet had my car ready at the time I had specified and I also had a nice ride in the hotel’s complimentary Escalade, which will bring you to, and pick you up from, anywhere within 2 miles of the hotel.


Since I arrived late, I decided to check out Tamayo, a bright and lively Mexican restaurant a block away from the hotel. Tamayo is lauded as one of the best restaurants in Denver and is also a Richard Sandoval restaurant, who is one of my favorite restauranteurs/chefs. I loved the spicy mango margarita, it was spicy, not too sweet and freshly muddled, unlike so many other takes on that cocktail. I also tried the spicy guacamole and mole short ribs which were both to die for. The guacamole was just like they do it in Mexico, the mole was smoky and sweet and the short ribs were oh so tender. If the mood calls for live jazz later on in the evening you should head over to Nocturne where the music is stellar and the drinks are inventive.


I stayed in the the Deluxe Corner King room and every detail of the room was spectacular, from the long personal hallway decorated with stunning art, to the views of 14th street, to the super-deluxe cashmere infused bedding. The soft neutral interior design of the room had a lovely zen feel,  I particularly liked the leather bed frame and the oversized soaking tub in the bathroom. My stay was so quiet and relaxing.


When I woke up I sauntered down to sample (and Instagram of course) The Study’s delicious apple coffee cake and chai latte. My friend Violet joined with her pup James Bond, who had a warm reception by this dog friendly hotel, while we enjoyed zesty mimosas. A great place to spend the day after breakfast is Larimer Square or the burgeoning RiNo Arts district where you can find unique local art. I tripped it over to RiNo to check out my friend’s studio, it was really cool to see such an eclectic and vibrant arts community growing in Denver.

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No matter if your trip to Denver, Colorado is for business or pleasure, you’ll be sure to enjoy the friendly staff and wonderful boutique vibe of this historic downtown hotel.

For more on Hotel Teatro and the room I stayed in click here: http://www.hotelteatro.com/guest-rooms-suites

Hanging in the RiNo district at my friend’s studio with James  Dog friendly hotels for the win- Denver Coloarado