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We started our sightseeing in Downtown Denver at lunchtime. We grabbed some very yummy BLTs from The Market on Larimer Street and enjoyed them in their outside dining area. We then checked into a fun boutiquey type hotel named The Curtis. Each floor of the hotel has a theme so it can be a little fun to make a stop at each floor on the elevator to …
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Curtis Denver
Good Location But Needs Fine Tuning
So nice, just across the street from the Buell Theatre. A Perfect location for the performance center. The room and bed were fairly comfortable, clean and new. We stayed in a room with an adjoining room door. We did not notice until morning that there was a 1.5 inch crack under the connecting doors. Otherwise our discussion about the night's performance would have been in whispers to spare our next door neighbors. Not to mention a pillow against the door crack. The next morning the alarm went off at 5:30 AM. A bit peeved as we did not set the alarm, I got up to shut it off and found that it was not in our room but next door! Sounded like it was in our room.
They are working on this I am told. Nice check in and Valet. If you are going to the Buell this can not be beat for location. If the price does not go through the roof we would consider staying there again. Minus an adjoining door.
Brand new Boutique Hotel
The Curtis recently opened its doors as a funky little boutique hotel in downtown Denver, directly across from the Performing Arts Center, The location is good for any conventioneers, etc. Each floor has a different theme, for instance "chick flicks," "sci fi," and of course, the 13th floor is horror. The theme mainly consists of some artwork and movie posters on the shared hallway walls, but it still works okay.
The hotel staff was mostly very chipper and helpful. The rooms are clean and nicely decorated, although a mini fridge would be grand. There is a plug for hi speed internet in each room, and a flat screen tv. The bed was very pillowy and comfortable. However, they apparently failed to insulate between the rooms!
Even when obnoxious drunken neighbors finally settled in, we could clearly hear our other neighbors, who were speaking in regular conversational tones. I think my husband and I had maybe 3 hours of sleep that night. The VW Beetle alarm clock would have been far more impressive if it had a white noise function to drown out the din. The A/C unit was equally disturbing. It became too warm in the night, so we turned it on, but that kicked on loudly for about 5 minute intervals throughout the night. We couldn't find a way to just have a "fan" function that ran constantly.
I stayed only for a fun weekend out, but if I had been in a business trip setting and NEEDED the sleep, it would have been a real problem. Upon check-out I explained to the clerk how loud and disturbing the night had been, and her response was that she would make a note in our file. Huh? Ok, thanks.....
Based on the newness of the hotel, the fitness room, pool, and restaurant have not yet opened, but are expected in the summer of 2007. Our introductory rate was apx $100 plus tax.
Bottom line, ask for a room that does not have neighbors, and bring your own noisemaker.
Lovin The Curtis
Spent one night at the Curtis on January 25 and loved it. This hotel has character - movie and TV characters that is - everywhere. Step into the lobby and you'll hear movie soundtracks, billboard posters line the walls and instead of boring biscuits or mints, they leave candy on your pillow.
The breakfast room wasn't finished when we stayed there, but we had a good selection of pastries and fruit - served not on platters but on Monopoly boards - these people have thought of everything!
Our only gripe was that the double glazing didn't seem up to much so there was traffic noise and train horns all night which didn't help us get over our jet lag.
Otherwise though, snap up this bargain before the building work is finished and they whack up their rates.
It has the mojo that most hotels lack
I have stayed in many hotel rooms that are *supposed* to be nice. You know, the Hyatts and the Marriotts. In general, my feeling is that they always come up a bit short. It wasn't until I stayed at The Curtis this past weekend (Feb 16) that I realized what has been missing all along. Creativity. That's all it really takes to make a hotel room your second home, even for one night. You can have all the marble and granite you want, but without a little creativity thrown in there, the place is just stoic.
The Curtis has themed the entire hotel in a contemporary-retro style, strongly favoring the color orange. Even the hygiene products are coordinated, while extending the experience another dimension by introducing a pleasant peach aroma. Each floor is assigned a movie genre, and posters hang in the hallways, accordingly. Proving no limit to their creative efforts, even the legal waiver was made enjoyable with a dose of humor. The free high-speed internet or flat screen TV will give you something to do with all the excitement you accumulate prancing around the room like a child in a toy store; or perhaps you are on a sugar high from indulging in the Pop-Rocks that were on your pillow. If being online doesn't suit your fancy, or you don't fret a backlog in your email inbox, you can step out the front door to the 16th Street Mall to access just about every store you can rattle off from memory.
I will stop there so as not to spoil all of the surprise. If I had to rewrite this review, and I could only use one word to describe The Curtis, I would say "Google". It is fun, creative, and lighthearted.
Considering the deal being offered right now at under $100 per room (visit their website), you aren't going to find a better place to stay in Denver.
A great bargain in a perfect location
I booked two nights at the Curtis with a bit of trepidation - it had just opened a few weeks earlier and I wondered if the hotel would still be working its kinks out. I need not have worried. Granted, it will be an even better place to stay after it is fully completed, with a restaurant, pool, health club, etc. But if you want a nice, convenient place to stay with comfortable beds, friendly, helpful staff and a perfect location in Downtown Denver, this is the place!
The Curtis did an excellent job in creating a fun, casual, retro feel without overdoing it on the "kitsch factor." There was always fun, catchy 70s and 80s music playing in the lobby - a perfect accompaniment to the stacks of classic games - Sorry, Connect Four, Yahtzee, etc - that lined the shelves. Every night there was a treat on my pillow - one night there were lollipops, the next there were Pixie Sticks. The front desk staff went out of their way to assist us with anything - transportation, restaurant recommendations, or directions to local shops. They were some of the most fun and friendly staff I have ever experienced and I found that I really looked forward to my trips to and from the lobby.
The breakfast buffet was a surprise - and just perfect, with good coffee, pastries, muffins, juice and fresh fruit. Also, I loved being able to walk anywhere in downtown Denver - the location was totally convenient to the 16th street mall and numerous restaurants, coffee shops, and a major performing arts center.
I really don't have any complaints other than that the hotel seemed to be missing some amenities that I am used to: blow driers, irons/ironing boards, and coffeemakers in the rooms. I have no idea if this will change once they have their grand opening in March - but it seems to me that these things are now considered industry standard in metropolitan 3-star hotels.
I look forward to staying again in the future when the Curtis will have even more features to enjoy.
GREAT experience for the price!!
Just got home from a 4 day stay at The Curtis. Great location downtown, easy walk to everything, we walked to the Pepsi center every day. Brew pubs, dancing, shopping, museums; you name it, it's there. We called direct to book and told them we found a quote of $108 online, they looked it up and matched that price. Some ammenities are not yet open as the property is being renovated, so no pool or restaurant yet. The beds are fabulous, great bathrooms (we had a shower, no tub) and amazing pillows/comforters. Best sleep we've had away from home in a long time.
Loved the Curtis
I accidently stumbled upon this hotel while I was looking for an affordable place to stay in downtown Denver. The introductory rights are great right now (cheaper than most all hotels downtown). I was told upon checkout that rates would go up once the hotel has it's "grand opening" in March. I still highly recommend this hotel! I have stayed at many hotels and this one had pretty much everything I needed. The size of the room and the decor where perfect. Everything looked new and modern and the bed was very comfortable. My boyfriend and I stayed here over the weekend and thought the location was great for going out in Downtown Denver. The staff was friendly and the continental breakfast in the morning hit the spot. If you want a fun, boutique type hotel to stay in while in downtown Denver, I highly recommend the Curtis.
Have it your way at The Curtis
Upon arrival it seemed a bit quiet but it was too my advantage, the check in staff came to personally know me and recognized me on my trip down from the room. The rooms were very nice for the price, brand new everything! The bathroom was very elegant and pleasing but lacked a towel rack. As for the themed floors, which drew me to this hotel were a bit disappointing, consisting of framed art. The concept was good as my guest began to think up improvements. Although I did not announce it, my stay was in celebration for my birthday and I was to entertain some friends later. I brought my recently aquired Wii to the room but could not hook it up to the TV. A quick call to the front and the maintenence guy was to my room with and ADDITIONAL television to hook up my Wii. I can tell the hotel still has alot of growth to do still but it seems to be off to a good start. Its location to downtown hotspots is a plus, lodo a few blocks away and the Denver Center for Performing arts literally in its backyard. I can tell that this hotel may be a bit quiet but should take off by grand opening in March.
A Nice Update, Just Not Quite Done
We stayed at the newly renovated Curtis hotel in mid-January. The portions of the hotel that are complete looked very nice, done in the boutique hotel-style that's become popular in recent years (kitchy decorations in the lobby, an ipod speaker/clock radio in the room, bright colors, mod designs, etc.). While some of the floors were still under construction we didn't hear much in the way of noise, save for some hammering on the last morning of our three-day visit. The renovation also seems to have added size to the bathrooms, which reviewers of the old hotel described as tiny. We got a room with a shower-only bathroom (i.e., just no tub) and weren't expecting much, but it turned out to be rather large. The room itself had a king bed, desk, dresser/closet, dresser, flat screen tv and a chair with ottoman.
The hotel is still missing some of its amenities including the yet-to
be finished restaurant, but it's situated within two blocks of the 16th Street Mall and the LoDo area, which had plenty to offer. The location itself couldn't have been better, and at $99, the price bested anything else I could find in the same area. The staff was always very friendly but not overly informed about the Denver area (perhaps they were students, but it was a little weird) and sometimes even the hotel itself: the night manager told us the business center was on the seventh floor, but the room he directed us too contained nothing more than two empty desks. The exercise room next door was pretty similar, with a treadmill and stationary bike but otherwise empty.