Denver’s split personality—bastion of outdoor adventure, and outpost of modern entrepreneurship–takes on a new dimension when you visit the purlieus of Laramie Street…and in particular, when you stay at the Hotel Teatro.
Built in the former home of the Denver Tramway, the hotel maintains a Renaissance Revival aesthetic true to its roots, while paying homage to the Denver Centre for the Performing Arts with an ingenious motif: walls are decorated with black and white stills from past productions of classic plays.
The diminutive 110-room hotel seduces you with an ingenue’s elegance into a nostalgic state of mind, with Deco-style decor and old-fashioned service, but offers amenities that are thoroughly up to date, like a rainforest shower, free Wifi in all rooms, and flat-screen televisions in both bedroom and bathroom. I could happily live the life of an artist-in-residence in one of the Hotel Teatro’s corner king suites, enjoying glimpses of Rocky Mountains framed by downtown Denver’s new/old architecture, within earshot of 14th’s Street’s rooftop, and only steps away from the vibrant Laramie Street.
Along with Darjeeling tea-infused products from London’s Plantation Apothecary, the Hotel Teatro offers one of the best soaking tubs I’ve ever come across. The only reason to get out of it, in my view, is the excellent happy hour in the downstairs bar. The judicious selection of wine, locally crafted beers, and complimentary cheese and charcuterie offered by in-house restaurant Nickel, offered in a space furnished like a gentleman’s study and filled with light from tall picture windows, is one of the best ways to relax with setting sun into the embrace of the Rocky Mountains.