Hotel Teatro trumpets its heritage as any hotel built during the Taft administration ought to. Its lobby ceilings reach for the Denver sky, and teal-painted floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in the adjacent lounge are filled with varied antique objets d’art like steamship pulleys, clocks, kettle balls, magnifying glasses and books galore.
The service, as we discovered during a recent two-night stay, is a fine balance of solicitousness and don’t-fix-it-if-it-ain’t broken – a refreshing welcome from Colorado’s occasionally over-the-top millennial friendliness which can result in native New Yorkers gnash teeth. (Hint: Ordering your coffee black instead of with milk is not “awesome,” nor is ordering the fish over the chicken, nor is the fact that you’re staying at the hotel.)
Despite the property’s “boutique” label, it feels large, comfortable and homey. The earth-tone rooms on the 9th floor feature views of the gorgeous rockies and beds are covered with Frette linens, making the Teatro a prime romantic nest.
Dinner at Nickel, adjacent to the lobby, is a relaxed, sensuous experience, perfect for a romantic date or if you wish to spoil yourself.
There are many fine hotels in Denver, including the 4 Seasons across the street. What the Teatro provides is a break from the same-old, same-old, while including most of the amenities of its rivals.