Catherine Frank leads Hotel Teatro transformation

Hotel Teatro in Denver unveiled a new design, reimagining the entire ground floor of the historic luxury property. While preserving the original marble and architectural detail of the 1911 Tramway building, the hotel added a new, locally-inspired restaurant, The Nickel; The Barrel Bar, featuring a curated barrel-aged cocktail program; a new lobby; and The Study, an open-space library lounge concept, designed by Studio Frank, an interior/architectural design firm based in Colorado.

Inspired by Colorado, lead designer Catherine Frank and her team chose to highlight the hotel’s existing architectural aspects and capitalize on the grand scale of the space to create a setting where guests and locals can linger.

The design team removed the awnings from the exterior of the windows to provide more natural light, and showcasing the existing architectural framework. The goal was to create a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere.


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Designated “The Study,” the once formal dining space is now an all-day lounge with repurposed custom lighting, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves flanking a sandstone fireplace, custom curved wingback chairs and iron chandeliers designed by Studio Frank that are suspended from the tall coffered ceiling. Much of the custom metalwork is also locally sourced from artisans just outside of Telluride. Textural linens throughout the space include patina’d leather and striped wool, combined with nail head accents and rustic finishes, all chosen to reference the traditional Rocky Mountain artisanal aesthetic. Additionally, a large, etched wood mural highlights the custom-designed, wood and metal reception desks at check in.

The zinc Barista Bar has a new local coffee roasting program created by Method Roasters. A collection of photographs is showcased above the Barista Bar depicting 250-year-old bottles that were once found in a North American river excavation. The images also reference the mercury-glass bottles that were collectively installed in the wall of small wooden cubicles that line one side of the bar.

Located in Downtown Denver, across from the Center for Performing Arts, the Four-Diamond boutique hotel is owned and managed by DiNapoli Capital Partners, and has 110 guestrooms and suites. The hotel’s historic façade and newly renovated lobby was distinguished as one of the “Top Hotels in the World” by Expedia and one of the “World’s Best 50 City Hotels in the US” by Travel + Leisure.


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