Oct 28, 2022
The ART hotel is a boldly designed boutique, from the outside in. Considering its place among the renowned Museum District in downtown Denver, it makes perfect sense that this property would veer from the traditional style of national hotel brands and create a boutique experience all on its own.
The award-winning project, designed by Davis Partnership Architects, sought to be more than just a place where tourists drifted to sleep after a day touring the city. It needed to be an experiential property inside, and a statement piece from the outside.
Consider the goal accomplished, as every inch of ART feels as if it is part of a chic museum itself, starting from the moment a guest arrives, continuing through the lounge and lobby, passing the glass-enclosed wine cellar, and up to the stylish rooms.
Let's take a tour...
It's all about first impressions, and this hotel surpasses the mark. As guests arrive through the porte-cochère, they are surrounded by a remarkable ever-changing light display. The distinctive design creates millions of creative patterns, never repeating itself. Designer, Leo Villareal achieved this unique display using more than 20,000 LED lights.
Inside guests are greeted by evocative, rotating, and permanent modern and contemporary art displays from the likes of Tracey Emin and William Wegman. But the art does not stop there. Take the elevator up to the heart of the ART, located on the fourth floor to find the hotel lobby, conference breakouts, and the impressive FIRE Restaurant and Lounge.
The lobby and beyond is full of sculptures and paintings from world-renowned artists John Baldessari, Larry Bell, Mickalene Thomas, and Ed Ruscha. Next, head up to the guest rooms starting on the fifth floor of the hotel. The rooms have individual pieces of unique artwork that highlight the contemporary design and primary color scheme in each room. The halls are surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, which bring in natural light and stunning views.
The FIRE Restaurant and Lounge is designed remarkably within the hotel. Located across from the lobby, the restaurant has an open floor plan with a large glass panel dividing the dining area from the bar. Inside the dining area, there are dynamic sloping floor-to-ceiling windows, and red furniture accents throughout.
One of the most compelling parts is the all-glass wine cellar, which divides the lounge and restaurant. VintageView's W Series Wine Rack Frame System allows the bottles to appear as if they are floating within the glass cellar, and the label-forward design allows patrons to easily engage with the wine list. The sliding glass doors on the lounge side creates a simple and elegant way for wait staff to access bottles during service. Up to 288 bottles of the restaurant's finest vintages are able to be stored in the stylish wine cellar.
Also part of FIRE, is the exquisite rooftop patio. Stacking glass walls slide open from the lobby and the lounge, opening up nearly the entire fourth floor. The patio is outlined with a lush garden, highlighted by string lights and surrounded by stunning views of downtown.
Every detail in the ART captures visitors from beginning to end. From the unique and award-winning art displays to the open floor plans and compelling architectural design, the bold and beautiful ART Hotel epitomizes modern hospitality design, leaving much to be inspired by.
Wine Cellar Details
Frameless Glass Enclosure
Designed by: Davis Partnership Architects