Boutique hotels offer a refreshing mix of local flavor and quirky charm for those tired of the same old hotel chains. Guests in downtown Denver boutiques can expect to relax in style, conveniently near the center of the city’s bustling mix of art, sports and nightlife option.

Here are five great options:

Hotel Teatro
Located inside the old trolley building on 14th Street, Hotel Teatro boasts 1911 Renaissance Revival architecture with a red brick and glazed white terra cota façade. Chef Kevin Taylor operates two restaurants inside the hotel: Prima, a contemporary Italian joint, and the aptly named Restaurant Kevin Taylor, Denver’s only four-star, four-diamond restaurant. Hotel Teatro takes its name from the Italian word for theater, so-called because of its location directly across the street from the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Moreover, the Colorado Convention Center sits just two blocks away and the bustling nightlife of the LoDo district is just up the street. Guests can select a room from the 330 square foot Superior Queen all the way up to the opulent 1400 square foot Chancellor suite with a grand view of the Rocky Mountains.

Hotel Monaco
Hotel Monaco gets a little bit wild. The 189 room hotel adds playful animal themed touches like animal print bathrobes and animal embroidered pillows. The hotel is pet-friendly and will even provide guests with a goldfish for their room. The staff takes care of the cleaning and feeding, so all you have to do is relax with your finned friend. Guests can rev up with complimentary coffee and tea in the morning, or wind down with the nightly wine reception. Resident chef Elise Wiggins runs the culinary scene at Monaco with her Italian inspired restaurant Panzano. Also housed in the hotel is the Veda Salon and Spa, providing guests with in-room massages or more immersive complete spa packages.

The Curtis
For a more quirky stay, check out The Curtis. With cartoons playing in the lobby, pop-culture themed floors and a 5 & Dime giftshop, the hotel aims to bring out your inner child. This might be all well and good, but not to worry for those who like to kick back with a drink. The hotel also houses to the The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar, and those guests with a suite even have access to a full personal bar. Like Hotel Teatro, The Curtis’s 14th street location puts it right near the Denver Center for Performing Arts, the Colorado Convention Center, and the lively LoDo district.

The Oxford Hotel
The Oxford Hotel can’t help but be all about history. The 112-year-old hotel is located smack dab in the middle of the equally historic LoDo district and can bill itself as the oldest hotel in Denver. Accommodations reflect the hotel’s roots, with early-20th century décor combined with up-to-date technology and amenities. The Oxford offers Courtesy Cadillac Escalade car service within two miles of the hotel, but guests might be hard pressed to find a reason to use it. In addition to the myriad nearby LoDo bars and restaurants, the Oxford Hotel is down the street from both Pepsi Center stadium, home of the Nuggets, and Coors Field, home of the Rockies.

Magnolia Hotel
Denver abounds with historic buildings, and you’ll find the Magnolia Hotel in the former American National Bank building, constructed in 1929. The thirteen story building’s facade spent years covered in cement intended to “modernize” it, but now the landmark has been restored to its original glory, though updated with contemporary accommodations. Part of the update involved the creation of over 10000 feet of corporate meeting space. Located right next to the 16th Street mall, the Magnolia Hotel offers access to the pedestrian mall’s numerous bars and restaurants. For those that don’t want to go too far though, Harry’s Bar and Grill inside the Magnolia was named “one of the best places to chill” by the Denver Post.


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