JUST THE FACTS
OPENED: June 2015

GUEST ROOMS: 133 Kings + 12 Doubles + 20 Suites = 165

MEETING SPACE: 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including a ballroom, three meeting rooms, terrace and more. Can host groups of up to 170.

GENERAL MANAGER: David Bodette

EXECUTIVE CHEF: Chris Jakubiec

ART CURATOR: Dianne Vanderlip

MANAGEMENT GROUP: Commonwealth Hotels Collection, LLC

WEBSITE: thearthotel.com

LOCATION: Situated in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District at 1201 Broadway, the ART Hotel is only steps away from the Denver Art Museum and History Colorado Center and in close proximity to Denver Performing Arts Center, Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo) and Santa Fe Art Gallery District.

OVERVIEW: The property is being billed as a contemporary hotel rooted in an urban art gallery. Guest rooms have been curated with artwork from each floor’s designated artist, with décor playing off the artist’s color-scheme and tone. The ART Hotel is part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, a global collection of independent luxury hotels.

THE ART
The collection is a who’s who of modern art, including Claus Oldenberg, Tracey Emin, Sol LeWitt and more. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a large-scale light installation by Leo Villareal that draws the eye from Broadway into the hotel’s Portico Gallery. From the Portico Gallery, an elevator takes guests to the fourth-floor Welcome Gallery with masterpieces by notable art- ists like Ed Ruscha and Deborah Butterfield. Forget boring elevator rides, avant-garde video art keeps it interesting. The hotel’s restaurant, FIRE, features works by Joel Otterson and Allan Houser. Contemporary works in meeting spaces also are sure to inspire creativity. Dining: FIRE exudes creativity through innovative cuisine and libations and avant- garde design, including a lounge, dining room and two private dining spaces. The menus honor classical techniques and utilize locally grown and sustainably raised foods. Floor-to-ceiling window panels disappear in summer to connect the Welcome Gallery and the rooftop FIRE lounge and terrace.

Whether a team is still working from home, or has made a phased return to the office, the past few months have seemed monotonous with not as many in-person meetings and events to break up work weeks. Meeting with a group boosts motivation, and Zoom meetings can’t compare when it comes to rallying morale. After months at home, planning small meetings and corporate getaways away from home is a great way to motivate and revitalize a team’s performance–especially when the destination provides all of the benefits that Colorado offers.

 

As working from home has become the norm since March, so has connecting with coworkers using webcams and Skype. Button downs on top with sweatpants on the bottom became work-friendly outfits, and Zoom happy hours were the only way to grab a drink with friends. Especially for teams that used to meet in the office every day, a chance to shake up the (new) same old and safely reconnect in person is much needed after months apart. An out-of-state trip could be a memorable way to sync up with coworkers again, as well as do wonders for motivation and productivity upon return.

 

So far, webcams and Zoom meetings have been an essential part of 2020. While digital options are functional placeholders for meetings, chatting with a coworker over Skype doesn’t always set up a team for success. Human connection is vital to team building, and hosting safe, small meetings is a great way to revitalize teams after months of working from home.