I walk into the lobby and am greeted by what feels like the entrance to a summer camp. Astroturf, picnic tables, a projector screen and bright colors welcome me at check-in. The elevator is uniquely decorated to resemble a gondola (the other two look like a roller coaster cart and a plane’s cockpit) and my room is equally as creative. The entire property recently underwent a million-dollar renovation in a creative, art-deco style that breathes life into the sometimes too-serious downtown.
Be a Kid Again
“Our goal with the lobby makeover was to transport guests back to all their nostalgic childhood memories,” says Lizzie Raudenbush, General Manager at The Curtis. “From the deconstructed RV replica to the mini drive-in theater to the hotel’s five-and-dime store, guests find themselves exploring The Curtis playground for hours. The smiles that continue to radiate through the space are contagious for both our guests and our staff.”
Each floor has its own theme, like “Mad About Music,” where the walls are adorned with records and each room is themed after a particular artist. My room was the Jimmy Buffet room and definitely put me in the vacation vibe. They also have rooms themed for your children, like a PacMan room, and pets, where they have their own miniature dog or cat house, so make sure to let The Curtis know who is in your party when you book. If you weren’t able to get this time off work, The Curtis has workspaces available complete with office supplies and peace and quiet.
Eat & Drink
The Corner Office and Martini Bar can be accessed through The Curtis’ lobby. The décor expertly straddles modern and retro, the vibe sophisticated yet relaxed. Their portions are large and will leave you filled with great flavors. The steak au poivre was well-seasoned and came with delicious shoestring fries.
What is the perfect pairing for a decadent steak? A classy martini. The morning meeting is great if you are looking for something fruity. The 5 o’clock somewhere is your classic martini and a great, simple pairing for the steak.
Additionally, The Corner Office also has great breakfast and brunch options daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Try their chilaquiles, Boston cream pie pancakes or get a classically delicious breakfast burrito. And, don’t forget the bottomless mimosa!
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
The first thing you see when you walk outside is the impressive Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Check their website for upcoming events with the Colorado Ballet and Opera Colorado as well as other touring artists coming to Denver. In April, book tickets to see Ballet Masterworks. In May, don’t miss Carmen, one of the most iconic and seductive operas.
Comedy Works Downtown
A few blocks from The Curtis is Comedy Works Downtown, the perfect outing to complement your fun stay. This small space can hold a lot of laughter. Check out their calendar to see which comedians are in town when staying at The Curtis. Sip from their inventive menu with specialty cocktails like the White Gummy Bear and Chocolatini and fun flavored shots like the Cinnamon Toast Crunch.