by Sarah J.F. Braley | June 23, 2015
Now welcoming guests in Denver's Museum District is the 165-room Art Hotel. The property has its own curator, Dianne Vanderlip, formerly the curator of modern and contemporary art at the nearby Denver Art Museum, who has overseen the hanging of quality works throughout. The entrance features  Leo Villareal's undulating 22,000-light installation; the check-in area is decorated with pieces by Ed Ruscha, Nancy Rubins, Deborah Butterfield and Kiki Smith. The art in each room has been carefully chosen.

Diners will enjoy the new hot spot in town, Fire, the restaurant, lounge and terrace serving a menu of farm-to-table New American dishes created by executive chef Chris Jakubiec. Among the kitchen's dinner offerings are Colorado Lamb Chop with "Peas & Carrots" - double-bone Colorado lamb chop with English peas, fava beans, baby carrots and finished with a balsamic lamb jus; and Meat & Potatoes - a filet of Colorado prime beef with Colorado baby potatoes, white asparagus, spring garlic and seasonal mushrooms. Creative libations from the bar are highlighted by selections such as the Vanilla Old Fashioned, made with vanilla-infused Michter's Rye Whiskey, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Brown Simple, orange bitters and garnished with a luxardo cherry and fresh orange wedge; and the Colorado Pomegranate Cosmo, blending local Colorado Woody Creek Vodka, Parma Liqueur, fresh lime and a splash of fresh cranberry juice.

The Art Hotel's meeting space totals more than 7,000 square feet, including a 3,145-square-foot ballroom. The property's 1,905-square-foot Fire Terrace and 1,575-square-foot Portico Gallery each holds about 100 people for a reception.