SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

April 17, 2014 16:11 ET

Hotel Near Larimer Square Puts Guests Just Steps Away From the Denver Chalk Art Festival

Chalk It Up to a Love of Art, but the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown Is the Proud Lodging Sponsor of Denver's Most Imaginative Event

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - Apr 17, 2014) -  Chalk art has come a long way since the days of Mary Poppins' part-chalk-wielding, part-chimney-sweeping sidekick, Bert. As anyone with an email account knows, the images created today can seem surreal, even three-dimensional, when executed by the right artist. And capturing those temporary masterpieces doesn't just happen in novelty emails forwarded around the world. The Denver Chalk Art Festival on May 31 and June 1, 2014 will feature more than 200 chalk artists at work, and no place puts spectators in a more convenient position to watch them than the festival's sponsor, the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown.

Considering this downtown Denver hotel's established patronage of the local arts scene, it's no wonder the property chose to sponsor the Festival. SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown boasts a collection of 641 artworks by alumni, faculty and students of MSU Denver, and its very architecture embraces a modern, artistic aesthetic. This shared interest in artistic pursuits, combined with the hotel's community spirit, made the partnership between the hotel and the Festival a natural one.

Of course, the fact that these downtown Denver hotel suites are just two blocks away from the festival only sweetened that partnership. After guests relax in their spacious rooms, which are equipped with complimentary, high-speed Internet access; 37-inch, flat-screen televisions; and mini-fridges and microwaves, they can enjoy a hot breakfast on the house before walking to the free Festival at Larimer Square.

While the first street artists in 16th-century Italy relied on the generosity of passersby to enable them to create their art, today's street artists rely on sponsorships. So while the hotel is the official lodging sponsor of the Festival, it has further distinguished itself among hotels near Larimer Square by graciously sponsoring an artist square as well.

Although street art is fleeting by nature -- street sweepers responsibly dispose of all the chalk art at the end of the Festival -- the experience has a reputation for lingering in the memories of visitors. And while many Denver LoDo hotels can welcome visitors for the event, only the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown does so with the flair and cultural authority that make the experience twice as nice.

About the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown
When travelers arrive at the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown, they get so much more than a traditional hotel experience. The difference is immediately visible, thanks to the dynamic lobby with its fiery orange accents and sleek, contemporary styling. Upstairs, the 150 suites offer 25-percent more space than average hotel rooms, and they're outfitted with microwaves, mini-refrigerators, ergonomic chairs, well-lit desks and flat-screen televisions. Original artworks by Metropolitan State University of Denver alumni and students put a local spin on hotel décor, while practical amenities like free Internet access throughout the property and complimentary daily breakfast make travel easy. For guests who prefer to maintain their fitness goals inside instead of on one of Denver's many hiking/biking trails, an on-site fitness center is available. And when visitors have to meet deadlines rather than visit nearby Pepsi Center, Larimer Square, Elitch Gardens or LoDo, the hotel provides three meeting rooms with 5,000 square feet of space. Tradition is a thing of the past at this stunning property, and no one misses it.

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