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Luxury at a Historic Hotel in the LoDo District: A Review of Hotel Teatro, Denver, Colorado

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In order to facilitate this review, I was provided one night's complimentary stay. I purchased a second night at a media rate. 

For the final leg of our Western U.S. road trip, we cruised into Denver. After hiking in three states, spending nights in yurts, and being covered in red rock dust, I was looking forward to the big city life before we headed back home.


The end of our trip was the perfect opportunity to combine a bit of luxury with some time in a hotel that could tell me about Denver's past. If you're visiting the Mile High City, you should head straight to beautifully themed Hotel Teatro, a top historic hotel in the LoDo district of Denver, Colorado.

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History


The construction for the building began in 1910; although Denver was nearing its 70th birthday at the time, the town was just starting to move away from its wild west roots and towards the thriving metropolis that it is today.

And what does any growing city need? Some public transportation, which is exactly what the Denver Tramway Company was going to offer. The DTC's president was also the son of Colorado's second territorial governor, which is how the former location of the governor's mansion came to house the 8 story office building for the Denver Tramway Company.

The office building and attached tram barn formed the heart of the company, and the Beaux-Arts architecture of the complex was a fixture in 1920s Denver.

The use of trams was overtaken by the growing move towards private ownership of cars after World War II, and the Denver Tramway Company office building and tram barn was purchased by the University of Colorado. Instead of tram executives in the rooms, faculty member now graded papers in the converted office spaces, and classrooms were placed inside the former tram space.

By the early 1990s, the buildings had changed hands once again as the Denver Center for the Performing Arts overtook the tram barn space; the office tower remained empty (and lonely) until the hotel was opened in 1999. The hotel's name comes from its close ties to the performing arts center ("teatro" meaning "theatre" in Italian).

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Details from around the hotel

Today, you can see the mixture of old and new throughout the hotel. The exterior of the hotel has been restored to its beautiful early 20th century self, although a 9th floor has been added. The addition is nearly unnoticeable, although close observers will note that the original mail drop ends at the 8th floor elevator (the entire mail drop is, sadly, out of commission).

The lobby of this LoDo Denver hotel retains the original Tennessee and Vermont marbles, as well as the detailed plaster ceilings. The bathrooms in the hotel mimic the lobby's luxe marble on the floors and walls. If you've got a few minutes to kill, wander around the 1st floor, where you can see photos of the building's original construction and learn a few things about the process.

Location

Our time in Denver was a combination of city exploration and family reunion, as we were visiting my husband's brother who lives just a few minutes' drive from the Hotel Teatro. For the personal side of our time there, I couldn't have asked for a better placement.

If you're not in town to visit my inlaws (and, while they are awesome, I realize you're probably not in Denver to do that!), fear not as the Hotel Teatro is well placed no matter what your plans are. Located in LoDo (lower downtown), the hotel boasts an enviable location: its one of the few luxury hotels with full amenities by Coors Field and near to Union Station. It's also right near the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Boettcher Concert Hall if you'd like to indulge in the arts along with your historical hotel stay.

While we were out and about in downtown, we were able to walk to local restaurants and shops, which was perfect for a family on the move.

Service

Everyone we met on the hotel staff was incredible. I stay at a lot of hotels each year, and few have even gotten close to the staff at the Hotel Teatro.

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I was flustered when I first arrived at the hotel, thanks to a combo of too much driving that day and kids who started wailing as soon as we hit the valet stand. I showed up to the check-in desk without my wallet, ID, confirmation number, or any sense in my head, but the woman running the desk was understanding. Once I found my brain and got checked in, she was so helpful with the dozens of questions I had about the hotel's history, layout, restaurant, and rooms.

The bellhop who was on duty throughout our stay was also fantastic: he helped me get all of our bags to our room and even helped me arrange our luggage so I could take those perfect photos of the room before everyone in the family descended on the ultra-comfy bed and incredible rainforest shower in the bathroom. Later on, I managed to lose my husband and kids--and, naturally, forgot my phone in the car, as well (did I mention that I seemed to have forgotten my brain the day we checked in?!!)--and the bellhop was more than happy to send them up to the room when they wandered into the lobby from parking the car.

Amenities

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In the room, you'll find one of the comfiest beds ever, complimentary wifi (the password is on a card in the lobby, and you'll also get a card with the code on it at check-in), and stunning views of LoDo.

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The bathroom was massive (I seriously could've moved in there and been perfectly happy) and covered in beautiful marble. We were all a little obsessed with the rainforest shower head, and my daughter even chose to play in the shower for an extra long time instead of a few minutes of television before bed.

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One of the amenities that I thought was particularly helpful is the hotel's shuttle service. There's a Lincoln Navigator at the guests' disposal; it will take you for a complimentary ride anywhere within a 2.5 mile radius of the hotel, which puts most of the downtown area within easy access. Not many of the hotels in LoDo Denver can boast such an awesome amenity!

If you bring a car, you have two choices: use the parking garage across the street from the hotel (which is $20 per day and doesn't allow in and out privileges), or take advantage of the valet service (which is $42 per day, but allows for unlimited in and out privileges). Regardless of which you chose, you can pull up in the unloading space in front of the main door and have the bellhops help you with your luggage before finding a home for your car.

Note that very, very few of the lower downtown Denver hotels have parking garages, and there aren't any that I'm aware of that come with free parking, so prepare to find a spot for your vehicle--and add that you'll need to add extra money to your travel budget to allow for the valet or garage fees.

Dining

While there are dozens of options within easy walking distance of this historic hotel in Denver, you don't have to leave the Hotel Teatro to find a good meal.

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The Nickel, all prepped and ready for the day's customers
The Nickel, the hotel's main restaurant, is located just off the lobby, and offers dishes based around fresh, local foods. We had a stunning charcuterie tray from the Nickel, which included a selection of cheeses and some of the best almonds I've ever had.

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You can also choose from a selection of cocktails and drinks at the Barrel Bar inside the restaurant.

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Inside the Study: looks cosy, doesn't it?
The Study, an adorable and quirky spot just around the corner from check-in, offers breakfast and lunch. The food comes from the Nickel's kitchen, but allows for a completely different atmosphere for dining. In the afternoons, it becomes a great place to hang out and meet other hotel guests, or (as it was one of the days we were there) a beautiful spot for a memorable get-together.

Final Thoughts

There are SO many options for hotels in the LoDo District of Denver, but I suggest that you skip the chains nearby and head straight for the Hotel Teatro. It's got the perfect combination of trendy and classic decor in the public areas, and offers a great blend of comfort and design details in the rooms.

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One more thing: ask for a corner room when you book: we had the corner room on the 8th floor, and it was massive!

Have you stayed in any of the hotels in the LoDo district of Denver? What do you look for in a boutique hotel when you're traveling?

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