ACCLAIMED HOTEL TEATRO, DENVER’S LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL,
CELEBRATES 100th ANNIVERSARY
With Four Diamonds and a Diamond Anniversary, Hotel Teatro Continues to Shine in the
Mile High City
DENVER, Colo. – April 15, 2011 – Hotel Teatro, Denver’s luxury boutique hotel, has more than just the diamonds in its AAA Four Diamond status to celebrate this year; 2011 also marks the hotel’s Diamond Anniversary.
“Hotel Teatro blends the grandeur of yesterday with the modern conveniences and luxuries of today,” said Jim Turner, Hotel Teatro general manager. “Guests want for nothing, all the while relishing in the hotel’s charm and character, unseen in the cookie-cutter options being built today.”
Originally built in 1911 as the Denver Tramway Building, Hotel Teatro stands on the site of the original Evans Mansion, home of Colorado’s second territorial governor, John Evans. When Evan’s oldest son, W. G. Evans, became president of the Denver Tramway Company, he retained two of Denver's top up-and-coming architects, William E. and Arthur A. Fisher, to design the eight-story tower, which would serve as offices, as well as an adjacent three-story car barn.
The building's design combined a modern steel skeleton and Chicago-style business space with a traditional Renaissance Revival style edifice of glazed red brick and white terra cotta. This style was carried into the lobby where the use of light pink Tennessee marble flooring and Vermont green marble base was combined with white Arizona marble wainscoting. The elegance can be seen today in the hotels’ entrance, as careful attention was paid to preserve this detail.
Following World War I, when streetcar transportation became obsolete in Denver, the building became the nucleus of the University of Colorado’s Denver Campus. It remained so until the late eighties, when the university moved its facilities. In 1991, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts purchased the car barn portion of the building for its offices, workshop and storage area. The Tramway building tower stood vacant for several years.
In 1997, Astonbridge Partners and David Owen Tyrba Architects were commissioned to begin the restoration of the building, with the help of a grant from the Colorado Historical Society, State Historic Fund. Eighteen months later, in 1999, it opened as Hotel Teatro, the luxury hotel that stands today.
The proximity to the Performing Arts Complex was the inspiration for the name “Teatro,” which means “theatre” in Italian, and its décor takes its cue from the neighboring Denver Center Theatre Company. A captivating collection of black and white photographs, costumes and props from 20 seasons of past Company productions is displayed throughout the hotel, with highlights including a dress worn by Annette Bening in a 1980s production of “The Cherry Orchard.”
In celebration of this milestone, Hotel Teatro is offering its 100th Anniversary Package throughout 2011. Staring at $399, the package includes:
This package is valid Monday through Saturday, from now until Dec. 30th, 2011. Call (888) 727-1200, or visit www.hotelteatro.com to book.
About Hotel Teatro
Located in downtown Denver, across from the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Denver's luxury boutique hotel offers 110 exquisite guest rooms and suites, ideal for the business traveler or luxurious weekend getaways. While the hotel’s meticulously-restored historic façade imparts the grandeur of a distant day, its interior offers modern-day luxury and uncompromising service. Unique costumes and photographs from past theatrical productions of the Denver Center Theatre Company decorate the hotel lobby, parlor and guest rooms. Award-winning chef/restaurateur Kevin Taylor operates two fine dining restaurants in Hotel Teatro; PRIMA, a light, heart-healthy Italian restaurant, and Restaurant Kevin Taylor, serving contemporary American cuisine and Denver's only four-star, four-diamond restaurant. For further information, please visit www.hotelteatro.com, or call (888) 727-1200.
Original Picture of the Denver Tramway Company, now Hotel Teatro