It’s all about the art.
Eat. Sleep. Drink. Art. Repeat. That’s the theme behind the ART—a new, luxury hotel (and city attraction) that’s winning over the hearts of art lovers. Positioned in the center of Denver’s burgeoning cultural scene, the ART’s situated inside the boundaries of Broadway, Speer and Colfax. Being centered in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District, the ART is just a stone’s throw away from the Colorado History Center and Denver Art Museum. Literally.
Former curator of the Denver Art Museum Dianne Vanderlip recruited the crème de la crème of artists’ work in order to weave thought-provoking pieces throughout the building. Immediately upon arrival, look up to witness a spectacular light show. Here you can view New York-based artist Leo Villareal’s Threshold, an installation combining 22,000 LED light bulbs where no two light combinations are ever the same. Villareal’s also the creator of Bay Lights, a well-known installation that lines San Francisco’s Bay Bridge. This multisensory arrival experience sets the tone for what’s ahead as it welcomes people to the building.
You’ll find multiple contemporary pieces are on display inside the first floor, while check-in on the fourth floor continues the art-going experience. Art is everywhere—at reception, in the hallways and conference rooms, even in the elevators. Each room also comes adorned with art, well lit art at that, a rare find in a hotel room.
The hotel’s collection stems from an impressive array of contemporary artists including Ed Ruscha, Deborah Butterfield, Claus Oldenberg, Tracey Emin, Sol LeWitt, and more. If you stay overnight, be sure to watch the behind-the-scenes videos on the hotel’s cable channel. They show the construction process and artistic projects being inserted.
Sophisticated palates will find their favorite fare in Chef Chris Jakubiec’s “simple, yet polished” entrée options at the hotel’s premier restaurant, FIRE Lounge & Terrace that overlooks the city. The menu honors classic techniques while utilizing Denver’s proximity to locally-grown and sustainably raised foods whenever possible.
Like the rest of the hotel, the restaurant and lounge double as an art gallery, with works and installations in multiple areas. Floor-to-ceiling window panels are able to fully disappear during warmer months to create a fluid connection between the Welcome Gallery and FIRE Lounge & Terrace.
There’s also plenty of room for creative gatherings and team building with the hotel’s 4,100 square feet of space devoted solely to events, Distinct group programming with an artistic flare is currently being designed.
The sheer amount of thought between the intermingling of the architecture, interior design and artwork is evident on every floor of the hotel. And the team itself is incredibly thoughtful and kind; even the reception desk—like magic—calls you by name as you step off the elevator upon arrival for check-in. The whole hotel reads as a captivating art gallery with a bonus of a restaurant, bar and hotel. Art outside your hotel room door. An attentive staff. Sounds like the ideal luxury getaway to me.