In Denver’s Golden Triangle, the city’s cultural nerve center, stands The Art, a Hotel. This boutique property shatters the mold of the conventional hotel experience, offering a stay that’s less about the pillow count and more about the transcendent power of art.
The creative enclave gives you a glimpse of the art in store from the moment you arrive: Leo Villareal’s mesmerizing light installation in the portico is a dazzling display that envelops the valet stand. Pass through the lobby doors, and you’re greeted by Sol LeWitt’s vibrant abstracts, an audacious welcome. Art from world-renowned artists and architects, including Frank Gehry and Tracey Emin, guides your path to the elevators. On the fourth floor, The Living Room, the hotel’s social hub, offers complimentary treats like coffee, newspapers, infused water, and a selection of old-fashioned candy on the fourth floor.
The nine-story mixed-use structure’s exterior is clad mostly in reflective glass. Above the porte-cochèremain entrance on the corner of 12th and Broadway, a glass prow of sloped curtain walls tapers outwards as it rises three stories, evoking the iconic prow of the Fredric C. Hamilton Building and inviting natural light to flood the interior spaces. Opened in June 2015, the property underwent a $3 million property-wide refresh last summer with an enhanced design concept.
The Art’s commitment to cultural immersion is embodied in its curator, Dianne Vanderlip, who previously shaped the neighboring Denver Art Museum’s modern and contemporary art department. Vanderlip’s keen eye has curated a collection that’s a roll call of the art world’s elite, including Claus Oldenberg, Tracy Emin, and Sol LeWitt.
Stroll through the lobby and find yourself amidst a gallery rivaling prestigious museums. Each floor unveils a new artistic narrative. Ed Ruscha’s Industrial Strength Sleep speaks to comfort and tranquility, while Jim Dine’s Yellow Rushing Toward Me playfully alludes to the cozy bathrobes awaiting guests. Mary Ehrin’s Molten Meteorites, meanwhile, nod to Colorado’s Gold Rush history. Each step unveils pieces by luminaries like Kiki Smith, Frank Gehry, and Tracey Emin.
But The Art’s charm isn’t confined within its walls. The panoramic windows frame Denver’s natural light, showcasing the city as a living, breathing canvas. Even the lack of an ocean view is ingeniously countered by Lanny Martin’s installation of Rob Reynolds’ An Ocean View for Denver, a monumental piece that brings the sea to the city.
In the art-curated rooms and suites, of which there are a total of 165 total accommodations, the neutral walls and light wood furnishings are accented by vibrant pops of color in the bedding and accent chairs. The modern aesthetic choices allow the focus to stay on the hand-selected art on the walls. Natural light floods the rooms, particularly in the Museum View Suite, where guests can meditate on the world-class architecture of Libeskind, Graves, and Ponti.
Eat & Drink
Serving up breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and, of course, a happy hour that’s genuinely happy, Fire is where mountain town charm meets urban chic, with Larry Bell’s installation of Light Knots commissioned specifically for the space. The restaurant and patio boast fourth-floor city views—and the only oceanfront seating in Denver, a thousand miles from any shore. The contemporary menu is based on ingredients that scream fresh from the farm. Fire Terrace is your year-round rooftop retreat, where you can gather around the eponymous flames or lounge under the stars by a fire sculpture, cushioned by couches and shaded by umbrellas. Order the Botticelli Negroni, made with Colorado’s Aviation gin, and the Fire Spiced Wings and grab a seat on the Terrace, while Broadway buzzes below.
A cornerstone of the Golden Triangle Creative District and two blocks from the State Capitol building, a stay at The Art is a chance to immerse in Denver’s cultural fabric. Tumble out of bed and take a quick stroll to explore the galleries of the Denver Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum, and the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts—a half-dozen of the city’s top museums are within an easy 10-minute walk—but don’t miss exploring the hotel’s collection itself. Upon arrival, guests are invited to ask for an ART book, a brochure guide to explore the hotel’s gallery-worthy collection. Every floor is a different exhibit, every turn a new discovery.