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Denver, CO dog-friendly hotel: Hotel Teatro

We were in Denver this past weekend for the second-ever BlogPaws, a pet bloggers conference. The conference was held at the Grand Hyatt, a hotel that normally does not welcome pets, but did for the conference attendees. While the Grand Hyatt was a pleasant venue (and a rumor circulated that it might become pet-friendly in the near future), I decided to stay instead at a hotel that welcomes dogs with open arms — and thanks to a deal from Jetsetter, which I urge you to join, we ended up at the Hotel Teatro.

Please note that while our (free) membership in Jetsetter gave us access to a darned good deal at the hotel, we paid our own way — I’ll always let you know when something I’m reviewing has been paid for by someone else.

Goodness, it was nice. We had been staying at an economical hotel in Boulder, so we were particularly susceptible to luxurious touches, but I think we would have liked it just as much if we hadn’t spent the previous night at the Boulder Creek Quality Inn.

The Hotel Teatro occupies a 1911 building that originally housed the Denver Tramway Company offices, and it has both historic charm and modern style. Our room was large and serene, and our bed was seriously comfortable. There was no charge for WiFi. My only complaint was with the shower, which featured one of those directly-overhead rain-shower heads, which I can’t love — but plenty of people do, so feel free to ignore me.

The hotel was within easy walking distance of the 16th Street Mall and of Larimer Square, home of some very fine restaurants, but one night we stayed in and ordered room service. Prima Ristorante, one of two in-house restaurants, did not disappoint — I had the veal ragu tagliatelle one evening, and Kevin Taylor’s signature homemade soft egg ravioli with black truffle butter for lunch the next day, and both were excellent.

The front desk and door staff were friendly and responsive. Although no one fawned over Chloe, dogs seem truly welcome. The room was equipped with a placemat bearing a bowl of treats and a water bowl waiting to be filled from the provided bottles of Fiji water. A staff member, collecting our dinner dishes, volunteered to get a bellman to walk Chloe for us (we declined, but I was impressed that the service was available). There are no size restrictions on visiting dogs, and there is no pet fee, unless your dog causes damage to the room.

There are a couple of small parks, suitable for bathroom breaks, within easy reach of the hotel. The nearest is a block away, at the corner of Lawrence Street and N. Speer Boulevard, just above the Cherry Creek Bike Trail.

3 comments

  • Deborah Flick

    Boulder hotels are so not dog friendly! In fact there is so much about Boulder that is hostile to dogs! Not only are the best hotels in town — Boulderado and the St. Julien not dog friendly at all, but unlike Aspen, dogs are even not allowed on the pedestrian mall and the cops have a bad reputation for being nasty about giving unsuspecting people with dogs in tow fat tickets. Living here, in Boulder, drives me nuts. I’m so glad you and your lovely girl found luxury in Denver!

    Do I sound, well, ticked off about my town. You bet I am!

    You can slam Boulder all you want. This city needs a wake up call re: Dogs!

  • Thanks so much for your comment, Deborah — I thought it was just me! And I had no idea that dogs aren’t allowed on that pedestrians-only street. Thank goodness we ran out of time — I would certainly have walked Chloe down it if we’d had another day in town.

  • Deborah Flick

    No, it’s not just you. Don’t even get me started on Boulder Dog Parks. Most of them are nothing more than open areas of dirt and gravel surrounded by a chain link fence. One dog park is currently being remodeled but in the process the City is making it SMALLER. Plus, there’s a move afoot to get dogs off of open space trails even if they are under voice and site control. To be fair there are some shops that are very dog friendly and some restaurants where you can sit with your dog in the outside seating area, but many prohibit dogs.

    The funny, or not so funny, thing is is that Boulder likes to pride itself on being dog-friendly. Don’t be fooled . It’s not. Not compared to places like Portland and others.

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