Five Hospitality Projects Awarded by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards
If we’ve learned anything in our 13+ years of art consulting and curating, it’s that great projects grab attention – and sometimes even a few awards. Read on to learn about the five hospitality projects recently recognized in the Top 25 Hotels in The Southwest and West by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards! Thank you to our partners at Sage Hospitality Group, BMC Investments, and Aparium Hotel Group for collaborating with us to create memorable destinations that transform the guest experience.
The Rally Hotel by Sage Hospitality Group
The 60-piece art collection at The Rally Hotel spans its guest rooms, restaurant (The Original), and public spaces, giving guests a greater understanding of the people, brands, activities, and places that make the Mile High City special. From a jaunt to the mountains to the opening of a sporting event, visitors are transported to the world uniquely known as Denver, Colorado.
Designated the official hotel of the Colorado Rockies, The Rally features an extensive collection of historic bats, bases, and pennants from the inception of the MLB team. The displayed baseball bats are signed by all players at the end of the season, going back to the first team roster in 1993. NINE dot ARTS partnered with the Colorado Rockies’ archivist to showcase these bats and bases throughout the hotel’s public spaces.
Clayton Members Club and Hotel by BMC Investments and Aparium Hotel Group
A beacon of opportunity, equity, and inclusion in Denver, the Clayton Members Club & Hotel features an expansive collection of more than 230 artworks made primarily by local artists., Artworks create a welcoming, hyperlocal vibe that spans the property’s 63 guest rooms and social club spaces and uplifts Denver’s creative, cultural, and business communities.
Our team facilitated a collaboration with RedLine Contemporary Art Center, a nonprofit that provides educational programming and an artwork loan program, to bring the art collection to life. Through this partnership, emerging and underrepresented RedLine artists could display and sell their work at the hotel, and selected artists were invited to join the social club by contributing to programming and events in lieu of membership fees. We also helped organize a 1% surcharge for every purchase in the building, allocating revenue to local arts and cultural organizations through the hotel’s charitable entity, the Clayton Contributes Fund.
The Curtis Hotel by Sage Hospitality Group
Named one of 10 Best Art Hotels in the US by USA Today, the art collection at The Curtis ensures the guest experience is anything but ordinary. Our team was hired to update the collection in alignment with the hotel’s renovation, culminating in an electric and playful art experience spanning 13 floors and six parking garages. Our team collaborated with several local organizations to create 336 “hyper-themed” guest rooms featuring everything from I Love Lucy to Talladega Nights and Ghostbusters. Additionally, each of the five parking garages features an immersive mural by artist Forest J. Morrison. These enticing art moments transform the garage space and explore history and pop culture through a satirical lens, infusing the modern into the iconic and ensuring an unforgettable guest experience.
The Maven Hotel by Sage Hospitality Group
A “maven” is defined as anyone who is exceptional in their craft, and the artists featured at The Maven Hotel certainly are. Connecting office, retail, and public space in the heart of Denver’s Dairy Block Alley, the hotel celebrates craft and creativity while guiding guests on a journey of discovery. With over 600 artworks in 125,000 square feet, the collection features 17 Colorado artists and tells a compelling story about the talent of “the maker.” Highlights include Andrew Tirado’s 500-lb wooden hand hanging from the lobby ceiling and an assemblage of over 300 black and white photographs in the first floor elevator bank, intriguing guests with new elements to discover at each visit.
The Crawford Hotel at Union Station by Sage Hospitality Group
Named after visionary Denver developer and placemaking pioneer Dana Crawford, the Crawford Hotel honors the history of the Union Station neighborhood while celebrating its rebirth as a destination for travel, entertainment, and social gathering. Exclusively featuring Colorado artists and galleries, NINE dot ARTS curated an eclectic 641-piece collection of both new works and reimagined historic objects – from vintage portraits and travel mementos to salvaged artifacts from the building’s restoration and even framed blueprints of its 1914 expansion. Original artworks and antiques can be found in 121 of the guest rooms, further distinguishing the guest experience. Altogether, the art collection at The Crawford Hotel creates cohesion among the comforting qualities of home, the convenience of the city, and that “getaway” feeling that keeps people coming back.