1405 Curtis St., Denver
COST: $150–250 per night
Guests need a sense of humor and playfulness to truly enjoy the Curtis and its whimsical touches. The hotel is located across the street from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and one block from the convention center, so caters to a spectrum of theater types and business travelers with an emphasis on youthful attitude.
The common areas are themed from Austin Powers to Elvis (whose voices can also be ordered for wake-up calls), but the 326 rooms are simple and contemporary with modern amenities. An entire floor of rooms is dedicated to travelers with pets.