the ART, a hotel
Why We Love This Hotel
- Ultra modern Museum District hotel styled like a contemporary art gallery
- Within a five-minute walk to the Hamilton Wing of the Denver Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum and History Colorado Center
- Common areas have contemporary works by modern masters including Kiki Smith and Claes Oldenburg
- Take a complimentary hotel guided tour to learn more about the works on display
As one of the newer hotels in downtown Denver, the ART, a hotel fits right in with its culturally inclined neighbors. The property opened in 2015 is as much an art gallery as it is a hotel. In fact, the contemporary and modern art collection has its own curator, who was responsible for acquiring pieces like the entrance sculptures made by well-known modern artists Kiki Smith and Edward Ruscha, respectively.
Other notable contemporary artists on display include pieces by Claes Oldenburg, Sol LeWitt and Frank Gehry. Even those unfamiliar with these bold-faced artists will be aware that this hotel is unlike most others. The main covered entrance is a 20,000 LED light display whose design rolls and ripples in a constant state of movement.
From the outside, the building is as remarkable as the inside. Made up of angled mirrored surfaces, and alternating panels of brick and concrete, it’s every bit as striking as a Frank Gehry building whose exteriors seem plucked from a child’s imagination. Sign up for a free guided tour of the artwork on Saturdays.
Rooms and common areas have floor to ceiling windows with sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains. Bleached grey woods and pops of primary color keep the focus on the mountain views outside.
In addition to the art displays, there’s a fitness center with all the basics and a well-regarded restaurant, Fire Lounge, with an outdoor terrace and fire pits. For just hanging out, the Living Room is a lounge with a candy bar, free coffee and fruit-infused water, just right for hanging out and using the free Wi-Fi to plan the day’s adventures.