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Meow Wolf’s Guide to Hotels in Denver
Get Lost in the Converged Worlds by Day, Slumber in Earthbound Luxury By Night
BY
Erin Barnes
September 19, 2022

Everyone knows that quantum travel can be tiring, exponentially aging, and resulting in the irksome but occasional phasing out of reality. While Denver’s Quantum Department of Transportation (QDOT) cannot guarantee safe passage of all metaphysical parts, memories, or matter while traveling to the converged worlds, the official transit organization of the multiverse recognizes that the perfect Denver hotel accommodation has the potential to combat interdimensional travel fatigue, rejuvenate human ages to “youthful” settings, and remedy an overall depletion of Earthly delights.

If you’re planning a trip to Meow Wolf Denver’s Convergence Station, the following is a list of hotel accommodations where quantum travelers may discover the missing piece of the ultimate immersive art and travel experience: a home away from home! In addition to providing necessary recovery comforts, these unique hotels showcase elements of the art, whimsy, adventure, awe, and discovery for which Meow Wolf is known.

***Earthers, take note: When booking Meow Wolf hotel packages, tickets to Convergence Station are not included, and must be purchased separately: HERE. Reservations are highly recommended at all establishments within the hotels, as they’re incredibly popular destinations in the exciting transit hub of Denver, Colorado.

THE ART HOTEL: LIKE SPENDING THE NIGHT INSIDE OF A MASTERPIECE

1201 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203 • (303) 572-8000 • thearthotel.com

view looking down onto the outdoor patio of Fire restaurant at The Art Hotel
The ART Hotel, Courtesy of the ART, a Hotel

The ART Hotel is where luxury meets ingenuity; it feels like an elevated slumber party in an art museum. Fine art adorns the walls, design elements, architecture, and the upscale interior. You’ll be tempted to explore different floors simply to browse the art—and the good news is that this is encouraged, as accompanying programs are available at the front desk.

FIRE Restaurant and Lounge serves American cuisine in eclectic and novel combinations. It features a terrace on the 4th floor that is open to guests year round, so they can enjoy sunny afternoon drinks or glittering city views around the fire pit. For a flashy show of a cocktail, try the Smoked Manhattan or the signature Meow Wolf cocktail: The Wolf Trance. With gin and lemon flavors, it changes from purple to pink before your eyes. The Denver Art Museum is right next door, and the center of the Denver DIY underground music scene, South Broadway, is in close proximity.

The ART Hotel Meow Wolf Package includes:

  • ARTfully designed accommodations in Denver’s #1 Hotel
  • Two complimentary Wolf Trance cocktails from FIRE Restaurant & Lounge
  • Complimentary transportation between Meow Wolf Denver and the ART Hotel via their courtesy vehicle or complimentary UBER (based on availability)
  • Complimentary in-room surprise amenity: Galactic Goober Globs! These sinful chocolate treats are made from pure chocolate ganache and topped with star dust.

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THE CRAWFORD HOTEL: AN ELEGANT STAY IN A GRANDIOSE TRAIN STATION

1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202 (located inside Denver Union Station) • (720) 460-3700 • thecrawfordhotel.com

three beings sitting at a table with blue cocktails and lots of windows behind
The Crawford, Courtesy of Denver Union Station

With the exception of Numinal slumber parties, there is literally nothing that brings out one’s inner tiny Earther like staying overnight in a bustling train station. Located within the iconic revitalized landmark of Union Station, guests of The Crawford Hotel are transported to another era of the vintage, non-quantum travel variety. Grandiose, stunning, and soaring architecture enclose a casual gathering space for busy travelers and Denverites alike—they don’t call it ”Denver’s Living Room” for nothing. This provides plenty of opportunities for both human-watching and wistful train-watching.

Guests of The Crawford Hotel enjoy complimentary coffee at Pigtrain during breakfast hours, e-bike rentals, a free beer during Happy Hour at Terminal Bar, and priority seating or room service from Snooze. The magnificent historical building is also home to European market and casual eatery, Mercantile Dining & Provision, James Beard-winning chefs at Stoic & Genuine, Spanish countryside tapas at Ultreia (also Beard award winning), and ice cream from Milkbox Ice Creamery. The Cooper Lounge overlooks the stunning grand hall and provides incredible sunset views from a cozy seating area of couches with a decadent bar. There’s even a splash pad in the station’s courtyard in the summer. While quantum travel is only available from Convergence Station, adventurers can explore the city of Denver through traditional trains departing directly from Union Station.

The Crawford Hotel Meow Wolf package includes:

  • Complimentary Transportation to and from Meow Wolf Denver In The Crawford Hotel Tesla
  • Complimentary Valet Parking at The Crawford Hotel
  • Two Complimentary Meow Wolf Inspired Cocktails From The Cooper Lounge.

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THE CURTIS HOTEL: A FUN & QUIRKY STAY IN DOWNTOWN DENVER

1405 Curtis St, Denver, CO 80202 • (303) 571-0300 • thecurtis.com

white bed sheets with a green background and a bright mural on the back wall in The Curtis Hotel
Photo by From the Hip Photo

Located in the heart of downtown Denver near the performance arts complex, the clocktower, and 16th Street Mall, The Curtis Hotel is well known to Denverites for its immersive nostalgia and approachable atmosphere. Each floor has its own theme, whether it’s rock and roll or horror movies (on the 13th floor, naturally), and guests are served warm cookies upon arrival. With a faux swim club and ski lift in the lobby, it’s an Instagrammable experience, and it’s not uncommon to see the guests of private receptions giggling in the elevators on their way to the next wedding or Bat Mitzvah. In short: it’s fun and down to earth at The Curtis, which might be just what you need after your otherworldly explorations at Convergence Station.

The Curtis Hotel’s in-house establishment, The Corner Office, is a restaurant and martini bar that is perfect for after-work happy hours. It’s also open for breakfast and lunch, and guests can order takeout from their hotel phone. The Corner Office is often packed with Denverites, so make sure to get a reservation. Earthers visiting The Curtis Hotel should check out the different themes of the floors while they’re there, then take to the streets to soak in downtown Denver culture.

The Curtis Hotel Meow Wolf package includes:

  • An exclusive savings room rate + late checkout* for Convergence Station travelers
  • Complimentary self-parking in our covered garage and transportation credit
  • The Corner Office's exclusive "Mind-Bender" Meow Wolf-inspired cocktail
  • Our signature #StayHappy amenity that's sure to get your creative juices flowing

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HALCYON HOTEL: DREAMY NOSTALGIA IN CHERRY CREEK

245 Columbine St, Denver, CO 80206 • (720) 772-5000 • halcyonhotelcherrycreek.com

exterior view of the Halcyon Hotel and its outdoor patio of the restaurant

Halcyon Hotel is inspired by the mythical bird of the same name that was said to calm turbulent seas, a symbol for happiness, tranquility, and carefreeness. The hotel features design that is light, sophisticated, and dreamy, and the experiences here are as numerous as they are compelling.

Guests receive complimentary wine or espresso upon arrival. The common spaces are so comfortable that you see people actually sitting and reading—no empty hotel lobbies with bland art here! The rooms feature record players with totally excellent musical taste (think the Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense on vinyl), plus really cool, arty coffee table books.

Foodies can savor a 4-course meal while nestled in a rooftop cabana at Après in the Clouds, blankets, and fireplaces warming their hands while a local guitarist plays. Challenge your travel companion to curling, or soak in the swimming pool. Halcyon’s in-house restaurant, Local Jones, is cozy and approachable, and perfectly situated to gaze at passers-by prancing past with their shopping bags and elegant fashion from Denver’s upscale shopping district, Cherry Creek. Special passes can be purchased, like a wellness passport for yoga, day passes to the Denver Botanic Gardens, access to their gear garage full of outdoor equipment, and more.

Perhaps the most experiential offering of the Halcyon experience is the clandestine decadence of the B&GC. Upon securing reservations and finding a mysterious golden doorbell, adventurous cocktail aficionados are led on an adventure through a labyrinthine series of tunnels, eventually leading to a magnificent and glowing speakeasy of a different era. “Born of the glory and prosperity of the decades following WWII in America, and America’s greatest generation,” reads the website, “B&GC is a celebration of the type of cocktailing and revelry often reserved for the elite, wealthy and powerful.” Cocktails are unadulterated masterpieces here, and mixologists are easy to talk to, will curate special drinks for you, and are performance artists in their own right. This speakeasy of yesteryear provides the time traveling convivial atmosphere typically only seen in old Hollywood movies.

Halcyon Hotel’s Out of this World Meow Wolf package includes:

  • 20% off their best available rates
  • Complimentary transportation to and from the exhibition in the house Range Rover
  • Two (2) welcome “Blur the Lines” cocktails in Local Jones, which feature faux ice cubes that cause the drink to glow different colors
  • A welcome sweet treat with pop rocks
  • A pair of LED party glasses
  • Wake up with CBD pour-over coffee from the Kitchen Counter

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KIMPTON HOTEL BORN: HYGGE IN THE HEART OF THE CITY

1600 Wewatta St, Denver, CO 80202 (located in Union Station) • (303) 323-0024 • hotelborndenver.com

wood grain floors and a wood table with a neon sign lighting up the word "BORN"

Hotel Born prides itself on being an urban refuge with a modern Alpine aesthetic, which is a nice representation for a luxury hotel in snowy Colorado’s capitol. It joins the Crawford Hotel in being part of the larger Union Station complex. What Hotel Born’s Alpine luxury translates to, vibe-wise, is a hip contemporary art collection and sophisticated minimalism offset by warm wood and plenty of hygge. This space is amenable to work and play, with suites that have sitting areas and comfy desks. This is the place to wear a chunky woolen sweater and architect glasses and gaze at the cityscape from your floor-to-ceiling windows before enjoying incredible takeout from Citizen Rail in your wooden, canopied bed.

Citizen Rail is also an immersive dining experience: interested foodies can watch the chefs at work as they char meats on a wood-fired grill and prep ingredients in romantic simplicity. Denverites and Union Station travelers gather at Citizen Rail for cozy happy hours. The restaurant and full bar leads directly to the lobby of Hotel Born.

In true winter-loving form, the bathtubs at the Hotel Born are phenomenal. One could conceivably switch from bath to shower and back to the bath while drinking wine. In fact, relaxing in a hot bath is the perfect sensory experience after exploring the thrilling phantasmagoria of four alien worlds at Convergence Station.

The Hotel Kimpton Born Meow Wolf package includes:

  • $25 Lyft Credit
  • Complimentary Valet Parking
  • Two Complimentary Cocktails at Citizen Rail
  • ROYGBIV Coloring Book

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THE MAVEN: HIP AND SWINGING MECCA OF ACTIVITY AND ART IN THE DAIRY BLOCK

1850 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202 (anchoring the Dairy Block) • (720) 460-2727 • themavenhotel.com

white room with fun rugs and a mural on the back wall of a woman wearing a bright floral dress
The Maven, Courtesy of The Maven

A maven is an expert or connoisseur, but not in a stuffy way; mavens are innovative, youthful, and vibrant. The art at The Maven is playful, from the neon signs to the elevators that are lined with leather belts to the swings in the elevator lobbies and rooms. The hotel rooms are edgy and urban: think exposed concrete walls, unexpected layouts, and bathroom mirrors that are perfectly lit for selfies.

The Maven is nestled within the micro district of the Dairy Block—it’s like a mall, but with food halls, bakeries, markets, pasta shops, cocktail bars, and restaurants packed with locals. Not only does The Maven reward their guests with free coffee at Huckleberry Roasters in the morning and a free drink at Happy Hour (4pm-7pm) at the front desk (doled out from a cute Airstream), guests also receive discounts and deals on an array of experiences throughout the Dairy Block. It’s almost hard to know where to start; much like Convergence Station, there is so much to explore.

A few highlights: For[a]ged is really fun and almost feels more like a nightclub than a sushi restaurant, in a good way—and the sushi is incredible. Poka Lola Social Club is a cocktail bar that nods to old school soda fountains with its mint green and black and white splendor. But the most impressive thing for art lovers staying at The Maven is that they can explore over 750 original art pieces created by emerging and established Colorado artists, including Andrew Ramiro Tirado, Mario Zoots, Molly Bounds, and Diego Rodriguez-Warner.

The Maven Meow Wolf hotel package includes:

  • Overnight accommodation at The Maven
  • Transportation to and from Meow Wolf Denver
  • Two Meow Wolf QPASS cards to collect and unlock Memories of the Convergence. This will take you on a deeper journey to uncover the mysteries of the four worlds.
  • A wooden coin to hand to a resident in any of the worlds within Convergence Stations to enjoy a surprise and delight experience
  • Two Meow Wolf cocktails from Poka Lola Social Club

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THE SOURCE HOTEL + MARKET HALL: STREET ART STYLE AND CONTEMPORARY DESIGN

3330 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216 • (720) 409-1200 • thesourcehotel.com

two people walking through a large warehouse type building with display cases for different objects in the Market Hall of The Source Hotel

Denver’s RiNo (River North Art District) neighborhood is a cultural mecca known for its street art and revitalized historic industrial buildings. The ethos that caused artists to turn warehouses into DIY creative spaces is also what fuels pop-up art installations, experimental dining experiences, and other shows of experientialism. The Source Hotel + Market Hall is the focal point of RiNo style.

Upon check-in, guests at The Source Hotel receive a free New Belgium craft beer sample, which is brewed in all its hoppy glory for all to see behind glass walls. Local makers have created everything here from the wallpaper to the textiles in the bedding. The furniture is custom and modern. Their retail spaces lie at that special crossroad where museum curation meets commerce; you can buy really elegant things, like Japanese scissors, that are spectacular works of art. You can stay in a room with a soaking tub with a stunning view of the city, or a room that has a garage door that lets the wide open air of Denver right into your space. Even if it’s 30 degrees out, you will open that door. Over and over again.

The market halls are split into two buildings: the one where the hotel is located, and the secondary building that is a refurbished foundry with original graffiti intact. Safta is the most talked about restaurant by Denverites because of its small plates bursting with flavors of Israel, Bulgaria, Yemen, Syria, Morocco, Turkey, Palestine and Greece. Smok Denver is the fast-casual option in the facility, with serious barbecue that fills the room with deliciously smoky flavors. Grabowski's is a tavern style pizzeria—replete with the red and white checkered tablecloths—that serves authentic Chicago-style pies. Temaki Den focuses on the modern and approachable art form of hand roll sushi. Reunion Bread, a tiny bakery that serves Portuguese and Venezuelan pastries, packs a lot of talent into its walls: just before the pandemic, it was declared one of Bon Appetit’s 10 Best New Restaurants in America. There are even his-and-hers vintage shops: Darklands Vintage + Cafe, which looks like James Dean’s wardrobe and serves coffee, and Lost Room Collective, which features pieces that are both timeless and on trend.

The Source Hotel Meow Wolf package includes:

  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary transportation between Meow Wolf & The Source
  • $20 credit to The Woods rooftop restaurant
  • Locally-sourced confetti popcorn
  • Early Check-In and Late Checkout, based on availability

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SPRINGHILL SUITES: SOPHISTICATED CITY VIEWS AND HIGHER EDUCATION

1190 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 • (303) 705-7300 • springhillsuites.marriott.com

looking down on a staircase with a large table and seating inside the Springhill Suites in Denver
Springhill Suites, Courtesy of the Springhill Suites Denver Downtown

Springhill Suites feel like a downtown Marriott, but with a cool college twist; that’s because they are owned by Metropolitan State University of Denver. You can stay in their sleek rooms with vast views of historic Denver and know that your money is going towards higher education. This urban hotel is located super close to the Ball Arena as well. A large portion of Meow Wolf artists stayed at Springhill Suites while they were building Convergence Station, so you can nerd out on sleeping where they slept, or eating the same free hot breakfast buffet.  

Springhill Suites’ in-house restaurant, Degree Metropolitan Food + Drink, is like a sandbox for culinary arts students to work and learn about the hospitality industry. However, don’t think this is school-level cuisine; it features a globally-inspired menu, thoughtfully sourced featuring local Colorado meats, ethically-caught seafood, and produce from within 90 miles. Springhill Suites features 120 curated art pieces that were created by people with connections to MSU—students, faculty, alumni—and they’re devoted to supporting all things local. Not to mention that it’s within walking distance of Convergence Station, so cosmic unknown worlds are just a short hike away.

Springhill Suites’ Meow Wolf package includes:

  • A QPASS to be used to explore Convergence Station as well as a token that can be taken into the exhibition and given to one of our in-world residents for a special interaction
  • Signature cocktail — either cucumber or coconut vodka with a special twist that makes it look like a twilight/sunset in a martini glass (blues and purples and pinks), light and refreshing

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