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Hotel Teatro

Denver’s Hotel Teatro Has Gone to the Dogs

Denver’s only luxury boutique hotel offers exquisite accommodations for two- and four-legged alike.

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Located in downtown Denver, Colorado, in the heart of the Mile High City’s music and theater district, Hotel Teatro is surrounded by culinary hotspots, top sports franchises and a breath-taking Rocky Mountain backdrop. City dogs will appreciate the hotel’s proximity to the Center for Performing Arts as well as the Colorado Convention Center, Larimer Square, Invesco Field and “LoDo” (lower downtown) historic district. But, best of all, Hotel Teatro is dog friendly, welcoming you and your pooch with pockets full of treats and no pet fee. That’s right, Fido stays for free!

Hotel Teatro

Before we even step through the front doors, Harlow and I are greeted by name and handed, not surprisingly, a handful of tasty treats by the hotel’s bellman. After a quick snack, Harlow’s next priority is a much-needed walk. As one of the many features the hotel offers to furry, four-legged guests, while you check-in, the bellman will gladly take your pooch for a quick walk to the park. And, during your stay, the kind folks at concierge will walk or run your canine and/or arrange complimentary dog-sitting services. Bonus!

Named “The Best Hotel in Colorado” in the book Canine Colorado, Hotel Teatro goes above and beyond traditional pet-friendly offerings with its dog-centric services and amenities. As we mentioned before, it’s free for Fido to stay, but other amenities include an exclusive Hotel Teatro doggie robe, a collar and souvenir Hotel Teatro dog tag, a basket of toys upon check-in plus gourmet biscuits and Fiji water placed in a silver bowl, set upon a bone-shaped placemat in your room. If your pooch is in need of a little rest and relaxation, it’s worth mentioning that the hotel also offers dog massages by a certified canine massage therapist.

For your canine, you can choose from a menu of massages including a Relaxation Massage for well, relaxation, the Maintenance Massage for circulation and a Post-Injury/Post-Surgical Massage for a speedy recovery post surgery.

Hotel Teatro has also implemented a brand new Pet-a-Porter offering, perfect for the traveling pooch who may not have packed for the weather. Canine guests staying with Hotel Teatro can now borrow any of the “ready to wear” clothing in the hotel’s canine-couture closet, which includes seasonal necessities such as rain/snow boots, doggles (to keep the sun and other elements out of their eyes), fleece sweaters for Denver’s cool fall and winter days, and more.

For two-legged guests, Hotel Teatro boasts 110 luxurious guest rooms and suites, all dog friendly. Its unique décor exudes sophistication and comfort, with a custom-designed Simmons Beautyrest bed with memory foam and cashmere-blend pillow-top, 600-thread-count, Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforter plus a 32-inch high definition LCD plasma screen TV, iHome docking station, complimentary Wi-Fi, daily newspaper and complimentary Fiji water, coffee and tea. The European-style bathrooms feature chrome fixtures, deep soaking tub, glass-enclosed rainfall shower, plush terry robes and Aveda bath products.

The hotel’s Relaxation and Dreamaker Program features an aromatherapy bath, turndown service, in-room spa treatments, meditation CDs, a tranquility fountain and even a pillow menu for the perfect pillow to rest your pretty head.

After a more than pleasant night’s sleep, it’s time to explore Denver and first on our list is finding an off-leash park. We choose Stapleton Off-Leash Dog Park, featuring four acres for Rover to run (2002 N. Spruce St.) and one of three off-leash parks located near Hotel Teatro.

After a romp at the park, if your shopaholic hound is in need of some retail therapy, then Dog Savvy is your remedy (1402 Larimer St.; dogsavvy.com). Located in the shopping mecca, Larimer Square, Dog Savvy has everything a discerning dog could need, from practical to posh. And, if you want to pamper your pooch from head to paw, Dog Savvy is also a spa, offering treatments like blueberry facials, aromatherapy and pawdicures.

After all that shopping, we are starving and lucky for us, there is Ocean Prime, also located in Larimer Square (1465 Larimer St.; oceanprimedenver.com). Ocean Prime bills itself as a “modern American supper club, with ‘Prime’ reflecting a commitment to serving the highest quality steak, seafood, handcrafted cocktails and award-winning wines.” If you’re in the mood for a glass of vino, the restaurant’s Wine Spectator award-winning list features 50 amazing pours by the glass. For appetizers, choose from a variety of delicious options including white truffle caviar deviled eggs. For your main course, the options are limitless from Chilean sea bass and whipped potatoes with champagne truffle sauce to sea scallops, parmesan risotto, English peas and citrus vinaigrette. Delicious!

Another dining option is Restaurant Kevin Taylor, Denver’s only four-star, four-diamond restaurant, conveniently located at Hotel Teatro. For eight consecutive years, Restaurant Kevin Taylor has received the AAA Four Diamond award, the Mobil Travel Guide Four Star award, and the Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence. And, with menu items like Maine lobster and lemongrass bisque, roast Colorado bison tenderloin and bittersweet “liquid center” chocolate cake, with vanilla bean ice cream, it’s no wonder. Yum!

Following an epic meal, if you are in the mood for some entertainment, the Denver Center Theatre Company is a must. Located across the street from Hotel Teatro, this not-for-profit organization has produced a variety of classic, contemporary and new plays totaling more than 375 productions. Past shows include, Chicago, The Book of Mormon, Blue Man Group and Evita, to name a few. And, the hotel’s relationship to the arts is evident with unique costumes and photographs from past theatrical productions decorating the hotel lobby, parlor and guest rooms. For a schedule of upcoming events, be sure to visit denvercenter.org.

Hotel Teatro is more than just dog friendly—it goes above and beyond to accommodate your four legged friend, with special amenities not found at other luxury hotels.

We mentioned the treats and toys upon check-in, the souvenir collar and Hotel Teatro dog tag, the canine couture closet with ready-to-wear clothes, the Fiji water and treats in your room. Combine all of this with your own amenities—plush terry robes, deep, oversized soaking tubs, rainfall shower heads, Aveda bath essentials, custom Beautyrest beds, in-room spa services—and you rest-assured Hotel Teatro will pamper its guests, two- and four-legged alike, upon check-in to check-out.

Hotel Teatro
1100 14th Street
Denver, Colo. 80202
303.228.1100: hotelteatro.com
Room rates start at $200 per night; no pet fee; free Wi-Fi.

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Photography by Ashleigh Miller (2012)

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Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.

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