Stepping into The Maven, a hotel located in the heart of Lower Downtown (LoDo) Denver on the corner of Wazee and 19thstreets, it’s immediately apparent that this property has a vibe all its own. Opened in April 2017, the creators of this 172-room boutique property, which is part of the new Dairy Block redevelopment, tossed hotel lobby design on its head. Kachina Southwestern Grill rolled in a vintage Airstream trailer to serve coffee and to-go food items, and the hotel hung a huge hand sculpture by Colorado Springs artist Andrew Ramiro Tirado from the wood ceiling.
There are plenty of other features that make this energetic lobby intriguing, but the 10-foot-long hand crafted from reclaimed wood begs all sorts of questions. For the inside scoop, we headed straight for the hotel’s general manager, the artist and the art adviser.