CURTIS IS THE NEW BLACK
LOCATION:The Curtis Doubletree by Hilton CLIENTS:Sara Morris-Perez, Director of Catering & Convention Services SHUTTERBOOTH EXPERIENCE:Traditional ShutterBooth, 5 hours of service, themed prop box, custom 4×6 template.
Article courtesy of pennyparker.blacktie-colorado.com
To show off its $7 million renovation, Denver’s Curtis Hotel — a Doubletree by Hilton hosted an invite-only party using the theme “Orange is the New Black,” paying homage to the hit Netflix series.
Doormen “guarding” the entrance at 14th and Curtis donned retro black-and-white jailbird costumes, which branded them as bad guys. Inside, servers bearing tasty tidbits (including fried mac and cheese and homemade potato chips) donned the familiar orange two-piece uniform of an accused and/or convicted criminal.
Guests checked in at the “processing” windows and were told their alleged crime (mine was shoplifting). More orange-clad servers offered a special drink called “The Clink” in a tin cup. DJ RockStar Aaron rocked the house in the Four Square ballroom (built on top of an Olympic-sized swimming pool), and guests bellied up to the mashed potato, popcorn and dessert bars.
Room renovations include 13 “hyper themed” suited dedicated to “Star Trek”, Jimmy Buffett, Ghostbusters and more, plus two new one-bedroom suites celebrating KISS and the Spice Girls. All 336 guest rooms have been upgraded.
Updated rooms include:
* The eighth “Sci-Fi” floor – Live long and prosper in the Star Trek Enterprise room, featuring futuristic flooring, Lucite furniture and cast photos.
* The 13th “Dun Dun Dunnnnn!” floor – Sleep tight with paranormal exterminators, the Ghostbusters. This room features lime green “Slimer” floor tiles and a ghostly three-day art illusion.
* The 15th Floor “Mad About Music” – The new Jimmy Buffett room, which features ocean blue floor tiles and a giant Margaritaville mural highlighting top hits like “Five O’clock Somewhere.”
* The 16th Floor “Pedal to the Medal” – “Shake and bake!” The “Talladega Nights” Suite features custom movie wall art and NASCAR trinkets.
The Curtis also added two new one-bedroom suites to compliment its existing Rolling Stones Suite – the KISS Suite, named after America’s most flamboyant rock band, and the Spice Girls Suite, dedicated to Britain’s best-selling girl band. Each suite is 800 square feet and features a separate living room and master bedroom and is decorated with rock star furniture and art.
Rates for the “hyper theme” and one-bedroom suites start at $600 per night.
Each of the Curtis guest rooms underwent a dramatic transformation – including sleek new furniture, custom artwork, carpeting, drapery and new Sweet Dreams by DoubleTree bedding. Each guest room now offers a refrigerator and a safe.
The Curtis lobby has also been expanded and renovated to create a larger welcome to the hotel. The space now features complimentary coffee service for guests daily until 10 a.m., and a business center.
“We really wanted to let the hotel’s funky personality shine through even brighter with this renovation,” said Curtis “Leading Lady” JoAnn Elston. “Our new lobby features a lot more seating and is a much more relaxing place for guests to gather.”
This summer, the Curtis is kicking off the weekend each Friday with popular Denver DJ RockStar Aaron spinning his favorite top hits in front of the hotel from 2 to 5 p.m.
Originally opened in 2007, the Curtis offers more than 28,000 total square feet of event space, all named after favorite childhood games – including the Marco Polo and Peek-a-Boo ballrooms. Last year, the Curtis unveiled the new Four Square Ballroom, a 7,000 square feet indoor/outdoor space that boasts a large retractable nano glass wall and a sizeable outdoor patio complete with a private bar and a fireplace.
Managed by Denver’s Sage Hospitality, the Curtis is a member of Hilton HHonors guest rewards program. The hotel also features a large Fitness Center, the Oceanaire Seafood Room and The Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar, a Sage Restaurant Group concept by restaurateur Peter Karpinski.