The Curtis Hotel DenverWith its’ mid-century modern décor and cool vibe, the Curtis Hotel is an experience – not just a place to sleep.Exactly what I was looking for in a girlfriend getaway in downtown Denver. Who better to appreciate the trendy, avocado and rust color palette, Lite-Brite installation and Ray Eames-styled furnishings than your girlfriend?

The uniqueness of this hotel starts in the lobby, with the 5 & Dime where you can buy treats and toys from your childhood. Browse coffee table books in the library or play a game of Connect4. Check out anything on the shelves to take back to your room with you.

The Monscierge (electronic touch-screen monitor Concierge) is appropriately right out of the Jetsons. We couldn’t get it to work, but had fun trying. The idea of tapping the screen to search what’s going on in and around LoDo, find restaurants and buy tickets to events just like Judy Jetson, was appealing.
After you’ve checked in, the desk clerk sends you off to your room with warm, delicious, gourmet cookies as a welcome gift.

Speed Racer - The Curtis HotelEvery corner of the Curtis is fun to explore – even the lobby bathrooms and the talking elevators that give a nod to each pop-culture themed floor when it stops at one. Be sure to check out “TV Mania” and “Big Hair.” Speed Racer greeted us on the 16th floor, AKA “Pedal to the Metal.”


While the Curtis is a stylish boutique hotel, it is also a Doubletree, which means comfort, cleanliness and great amenities like free Wifi, iPod speaker systems and a huge flat screen TV in every room.

Curtis-Queen-medOur beds were so comfortable and the feather pillows so soft, my girlfriend means to call the hotel to find out who makes them. The bathrooms are a bit small without much counter space and ours’ had only a shower – no bathtub – but was still beautiful.

You could spend your entire stay inside the Curtis, but, if you’re looking for entertainment, you couldn’t pick a better location in Denver. Across the street from the Denver Performing Arts Complex and a few blocks from the 16th Street Mall, you have a multitude of options for shopping, dining and entertainment. We happened to pick a weekend when there weren’t any Broadway Shows playing, so we saw Magic Mike at the movies instead. What? Did I not mention this was a “girlfriend getaway?”

Curtis-exterior-med2We walked back to the Curtis from the movies and had an eclectic dinner at The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar, a hip, popular eatery dishing up global comfort foods and conveniently accessed from the lobby – which after a few of their martinis is a good thing.

It was tempting to schedule a wake-up call from Elvis, or maybe even Yoda, but, as two weary moms, we opted to sleep in. Until 9am. Gasp! Which means we checked out well before their noon checkout time (love) and made our way to brunch in neighboring Cherry Creek.

Since our parking pass was good until 5pm the day of checkout, we returned to the Curtis to park the car and then took a stroll down the 16th Street Mall to do some shopping. After all, what is a girlfriend getaway if it doesn’t include a little shopping?

Some things to be prepared for when you book your own getaway at the Curtis: 

1. Self-parking in the underground garage is $22/day or valet park for $28/day.
2. The Curtis is a pet-friendly hotel.
3. You can’t help but have fun!

Chris is a designer, WAHM and pilot’s wife living in Colorado. She writes as Standby Traveling Mom as well as at Follow her on Twitter as @BirdBanter.

Disclosure: The Curtis Hotel hosted us for the purposes of writing this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are my own and without influence by The Curtis Hotel.