I’m not sure who thought it was a good idea to combine a hotel and a nightclub. I’m even less sure why I thought that particular concept was an attractive one for my personal accommodation. Nonetheless, I booked three nights at Nativ Hotel in Denver when traveling there for business this past week.
Nativ is right on the 16th Street Mall, which, as an ex-Denverite, I knew made it an attractive place to stay. Smack dab in the middle of downtown, it was the least expensive hotel that I could stay in and still walk to work. It also was easy to meet up with friends in the evenings, being just a few blocks from Union Station and within a short walk of tons of restaurants and bars. (The fact that I was in bed at 8pm made those considerations futile, but jet lag puts paid to the best of plans!)
The lobby is nice enough, but the check-in desk is crammed in the corner and it took me a second to realise what it was. Also, note check in is at 4pm, which is ridiculously late, and there seemed to be no option to check in early, which most hotels are pretty flexible about (at least the ones I frequent).
The bar and coffee shop are the real features of the main level, and as you walk in, look down through the frosted glass cut outs in the floor and you’ll see the nightclub below. Ugh.
The rooms are pretty trendy. I’m not a huge fan of lime green but I did like the Scandi-inspired bathrooms.
I wouldn’t recommend staying at this hotel if you’re with a friend, though, because the showers are clear glass. Imagine the awkwardness of trying to have a little privacy! Being alone on business, I didn’t have to worry about that too much.
I found it really cheeky that the hotel charged for everything from the amenities kit, too. Pretty absurd to lay out deodorant and mouthwash and then charge up to $3 for a travel size!
The mini bar was the same. The coffee was free (although my machine didn’t work), but the small bottles of wine were $20 and a water $5! Absolutely outrageous.
My room was freezing, although to be fair Denver itself was so cold (-17 C) that it is hard to imagine anyplace being able to warm up tolerably well. But there was literally cold air blowing from my heater for most of my stay. Not okay.
Although the bed was pretty comfortable and the wifi worked fast, which means I could watch Netflix to lull myself to sleep, I was woken up every night without fail by the subwoofer in the nightclub two floors below. After 2am, when the music stops, there are drunk people shouting and roaming the halls, too. The elevator didn’t require any guest card to access the higher floors, too, so I felt a little unsafe thinking about club goers just wandering the hallways after a night out. The whole thing just weirded me out.
Take away from all this? Never stay in a hotel/nightclub. In fact, perhaps don’t combine the two ever. It doesn’t make for a very pleasant combination if you want rest of any kind.
I am not a big fan of LoDo as it is, but will stay down here whenever I travel through Denver for business as its close to my offices. But I certainly won’t be staying at Nativ again. Too pricey and WAY too noisy. I’ll have to find another alternative- so if you have any, as I’ll be coming through semi-often now, please let me know in the comments!