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We’ve stayed in some pretty darn stylish hotels this year, from urban city retreats to ultra modern design hotels, to charming B&B’s, sleek boutique luxury hotels, swanky 5-star chains, and countryside manor houses. Out of all of them, here are our top 5 choices from 2012:
Staying in an Irish manor house in Ireland is an absolute must if you’re exploring the Irish countryside. One of the quintessential Irish experiences, they can be found speckled throughout the countryside and offer little pockets of homey luxury. I can’t begin to describe how truly beautiful this place is!
If you’re looking for art in Denver, your go-to destination is the Denver Art Museum. Filled with American Indian Art, Western American Art and contemporary sculptures, this museum also has a nice sprinkling of modern art gems, plus great special exhibitions.
Lovers of abstract expressionist art must pay a visit to the Clyfford Still Museum. Opened at the end of 2011 in the heart of Denver’s arts district, the museum represents the most comprehensive collection of Still’s work anywhere.
Inside trendy Hotel Monaco in downtown Denver, award-winning Panzano serves up Northern Italian fusion fare with inventive zest while maintaining a commitment to sustainability. Decorated in hues of plum, mocha and chocolate, pen and ink drawings of Italian landmarks line the walls while the windows overlook busy city streets. Best of all the food here is as artful as the decor.
Seeking a stylish place to sleep in Denver? Then check out Hotel Monaco. With the scent of flowers wafting through the air and the mellow beat of eclectic lounge music filling your ears, this hip retreat in the heart of the city is filled with designer flare. Just steps away from the bustling shopping and dining district of 16th Street Mall, the hotel’s lobby houses shelves of graceful ceramics and is populated with contemporary furniture in bold colors juxtaposed with a western theme (think modern leather chairs with horse stirrups hanging from the arms). All this is set beneath a star-studded ceiling hung with a Moroccan-inspired globe chandelier.
We recently found ourselves at the swanky Four Seasons in Denver. Located right in the heart of all the action and just steps away from trendy Larimer Square, this recently opened hotel is a shrine to elegant modern design.
The mile high city seems to have public art springing up on every corner these days. Check out some of these innovative works:
The Big Blue Bear
“I See What You Mean” by Lawrence Argent
(Corner of 14th Street and Stout Street)
At the Denver convention center a big blue bear sculpted in geometric angles towers 40 feet high against the convention center’s glass walls. Seeming to peer through the glass, this bear is a downtown icon. Made from composite materials, its form was extrapolated from 3D digital images then built from over 4,000 interlocking concrete and polymer triangles.