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The Curtis - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, in downtown Denver

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The Curtis - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, in downtown Denver
photo by Andrew Collins
Slightly weird and undeniably fun, the Curtis Hotel (1405 Curtis St., 800-525-6651)is part of the Hilton Doubletree brand, but this boutique high-rise with a handy central downtown location feels more like an independent property than a member of an international chain. The Curtis occupies what had long ago been a nondescript downtown business hotel, but it was whimsically transformed and rebranded as the Curtis several years ago. Each floor has a pop-culture-inspired theme, from Sci-Fi to TV Mania to Mad About Music.

Rooms have flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, and funky furnishings and designs, and there's dining in the Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar. Although not everybody appreciates the wacky decorating themes, on the balance, this is a fun, gay-friendly option offering some good deals and an excellent location near the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the 16th Street Mall. The staff is warm and cheerful, and the mood throughout the hotel reflects the playful decor.

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