Monthly Archives: January 2017

Introducing Our Newest Luxury Property: Denver Skyline Lofts

Welcome to Denver Skyline Lofts, the ultimate in Denver luxury rental. Each deluxe loft spans an entire spacious floor of the building and features open floor plans, private balconies with 360-degree views of the city, and the highest quality furnishings. Stay in the optimal downtown location—just blocks from 16th Street Mall, LoDo, and the hottest dining and nightlife spots. Modern and upscale, these top-line luxury lofts offer the best of Denver.

Denver Skyline Lofts feature one of the best rooftop patios in Denver. The private space has incredible panoramic views of downtown and a large hot tub that looks out over the city. Make a drink at the granite-top bar and relax in the fireplace area with 2 TVs.

The complete entertainment center on the first floor of the building includes 2 flat-screen TVs in the main room and a film area with a large projector screen and leather seating. The center also offers a granite-top bar, game machines, shuffleboard and pool tables, and an indoor driving range.

This bustling area is full of trendy galleries, clubs, coffeehouses, and the famous Denver Art Museum, which has exhibits that rotate on a weekly basis. Indulge in fine dining and get a taste of Denver at 5-star restaurants nearby such as Palace Arms and The Capital Grille.

 Learn more about Denver Skyline Lofts at www.denverskylinelofts.com

Tips for Troubleshooting Issues with Guests

As a host, you deal with all sorts of people: young and old, seasoned travelers and newbies, cooperative and—not so cooperative. While most of your guests will hopefully be stand-up people, there will inevitably be a few who give you trouble. But don’t fear—we’ve compiled a list of tips for dealing with the issues that your guests might throw your way.

  1. Excessive complaints and requests

Most of the requests from your guests will be reasonable, like dinner recommendations or a couple extra towels. But occasionally you might come across a guest who asks for way too much—like new sheets for every bed in the house—or contacts you constantly, blowing up your phone every five minutes. It will be annoying, and you’ll feel like telling them off. But try to keep your cool—if you do, these same guests will hopefully write you a review at the end of their stay that acknowledges how you took care of their every request. Unless they just can’t be satisfied, in which case you’re out of luck and simply have to grin and bear it. A good question to ask these guests: “Is there anything else I can do to make your stay as enjoyable as possible?” The answer might be “no,” but hopefully they’ll appreciate your dedication.

  1. Disruptive and disorderly

As you rack up more months as a host, you’ll probably get a handful of guests who just want to use your home as a party spot. A lot of these guests are respectful partiers, but some are not. Your neighbors might call you during your guests’ stay to report the noise, or in the case of excessive noise or excessively awful neighbors, they might just call the cops directly. It’s pretty unlikely that your guests will get in any legal trouble with the cops (unless, of course, they’re unruly and rude toward the officers), but it’s still a hassle and makes you look bad to your neighbors. If a party is out of control and the cops are called, it’s not a bad idea to write that in your review on your guest’s profile. Future hosts should know what to expect if they allow this guest to stay in their home.

  1. Broken/stolen items in your home

This is the number one fear of short-term rental hosts, and with good reason—you’ve spent a ton of time and money furnishing and designing your home, and you don’t want things to get messed up. But especially with rowdier guests (see above), something is bound to get broken at some point. The first line of defense should always be to talk to the guest directly. Most likely, they will have realized that they damaged something during their stay and will be quick to sort out the repayment process. In some cases, though, guests will say that the item was already broken or that they never saw an item that you know they stole. This is when you contact Airbnb and let them handle it. They deal with guests like this every day and are more experienced at settling these matters than you are. Note: be sure that your guest actually damaged/stole an item. It’s embarrassing (and sometimes legally problematic) to accuse a guest of doing something he or she did not do.

  1. Payment issues

All payments should be handled through Airbnb or your other short-term renting platform, so they should be the first people you contact with any issues. Airbnb employs a team of people whose job it is to work out problems of this nature, so it’s probably a better idea to contact them than to try and resolve an issue with a guest on your own. If you are going to contact a guest directly about money (for example, in the event that a guest damages something in your home), make sure you know how much the item costs and can back it up with a receipt or a link to the product online. As we all know, people get pretty touchy with money, so having all of the information and conveying it in a clear way is always helpful.

  1. A bad review on your profile

If this happens because of a specific problem that you were not able to fix, it’s a good call to own up to it and apologize in your response to the review. Maybe it was out of your hands, like you were out of town and the pipes froze, but you should still apologize for the inconvenience. That’s where the respond option to reviews really comes in handy—but try not to launch into a paragraph of self-defense where you also attack the guest for being too needy and whiny. This just makes you look bad. Unless of course, you have some real evidence for your claims—like the guest broke all of the beds and sprayed red paint on the walls. If not, keep it friendly.

Sometimes you can do everything right and still get a cranky guest who writes you a bad review. There’s not a whole lot you can do in this case. If you want to respond, keep it short—something like, “I did everything I could to accommodate [guest’s name] during his stay. It’s unfortunate that he had such a bad stay. I hope he finds what he’s looking for in the future.” Something concise and polite will do. There’s no need to start an emotionally-charged comment war.

Just remember that for every guest who gives you issues, there will be at least 20 more who don’t. Being a host is usually a great experience, and when it’s not, just remind yourself that they call it “short-term” rental for a reason—your guest will be out soon enough.

7 Best Denver Coffee Shops

Thump Coffee

Location: 1201 E 13th Ave

Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

Hours: Monday – Friday: 6AM – 8 PM; Saturday – Sunday: 7AM – 8PM

Check it out: The perfect place to get some work done and meet someone new at the large community tables, this coffee shop draws a hip crowd but stays approachable with its friendly baristas. 

Wash Perk

Location: 853 E Ohio Ave

Neighborhood: Washington Park

Hours: Monday – Friday: 6AM – 7PM; Saturday – Sunday: 7AM – 7PM

Check it out: Sink into an old armchair with a book and a lavender marshmallow mate latte and disappear from the world for a few hours. Located a couple blocks from Wash Park, this neighborhood spot feels less like a coffee shop and more like your grandma’s cozy living room. 

Pablo’s Coffee

Location: 630 E 6th Ave and 1300 Pennsylvania St, Unit 102

Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

Hours:

6th Ave location: Monday – Saturday: 6AM – 9PM; Sunday: 7AM – 9PM

Pennsylvania St location: daily 6AM – 7PM

Check it out: With no Wi-Fi (and no, you won’t convince them to change), Pablo’s is a great place to catch up with a friend over a cup of coffee or get some reading done. A nice ambiance with plants lining the windows and arguably the best chai in Denver.

The Bardo Coffee House

Location: 238 S Broadway

Neighborhood: South Broadway

Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 6AM – 1AM; Friday – Saturday: 6AM – 3AM

Check it out: Part coffee house, part gallery, Bardo decorates its walls with the work of local artists. A nice place to post up for the day and get some work done or to grab a quick latte to energize before hitting nearby bars like Skylark Lounge and Historians Ale House.

 

Denver Bicycle Café

Location: 1308 E 17th Ave

Neighborhood: Uptown

Hours: Coffeehouse: daily 6AM – 8PM; Beer Hall: daily 3PM – midnight; Bike Shop: daily 10AM – 7PM

Check it out: Coffee is just where it starts at this multi-function spot near City Park. Offering bike sales and service, a full menu of beers on tap, and coffee sourced from local roasters, there’s something for everyone at DBC. Don’t miss trivia at 8PM on Saturdays and Open Mic Comedy every Sunday at 8:30PM. 

The House of Commons

Location: 2401 15th St

Neighborhood: Highlands

Hours: Daily 10AM – 6PM

Check it out: Denver’s most popular English café offers an authentic tea room, a full menu with traditional English fare, and afternoon tea served daily. Enjoy a taste of London in the middle of Denver’s bustling Highlands neighborhood.

Stella’s Gourmet Coffee and Such

Location: 1476 S Pearl St

Neighborhood: Platt Park

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 6:30AM – 11PM; Friday: 6:30AM – 12AM; Saturday: 7AM – 12AM; Sunday: 7AM – 11PM

Check it out: A favorite haunt of the late-night crowd, Stella’s has an impressive range of tea, coffee, and snacks, as well as an assortment of board games and books. The outdoor patio with a fireplace area is especially nice when the weather gets chilly.

4 Tours You Don’t Want to Miss in Denver

Denver Microbrew Tour

Beer is the quickest way to a Denverite’s heart, haven’t you heard? Experience why Colorado has been named the “Napa Valley of Beer” on one of two guided walks—amble through the historic LoDo and Ballpark districts on the first tour, or choose the second and explore RiNo’s lively art district. Each tour includes free beer samples at each of 4 stops, beer trivia, the stories behind the neighborhoods, and the definitive answer to the real question here—what exactly is a microbrewery?

When: LoDo Route—Friday – Sunday: 3:15 – 5:30PM; Saturday: 12 – 2:15PM

RiNo Route—Sunday: 12:15 – 2:30PM

Where: The LoDo tour picks up from Rock Bottom Brewery (1001 16th St) for the Friday and early Saturday tour, Wynkoop Brewing Company (1634 18th St) for the Saturday afternoon tour, and Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (1139 20th St) for the Sunday tour.

The RiNo tour picks up from Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St).

Cost: General Admission: $35, GA + Pint Glass: $40

Learn more and book tickets at https://www.denvermicrobrewtour.com

 

Mile High Wine Tours

Perfect for a bachelorette party, birthday party, or just a fun day out, Mile High Wine Tours is the leading tour company for those who want learn more about winemaking (and wine drinking). A private driver will take you to a handful of local wineries and wine bars, where your tour guide will teach you about the winemaking process. Enjoy wine tastings at each stop and a delicious wine/food pairing at one of the wineries. Each tour package is 3-5 hours and also includes lunch or dinner.

When: Daytime tours begin at 11AM, Thursday – Sunday; evening tours begin at 6PM, Thursday – Saturday; private tours offer flexible start times.

Where: Pickup is within a 10-mile radius of Wild Women Winery (1660 Champa St).

Cost: See website for winery tour packages.

Learn more and book tickets at https://milehighwinetours.com

 

Rocky Mountain Hot Air, LLC

For everyone who likes to go with the flow, sail over the Mile High City and get a birds-eye view with a tour from Rocky Mountain Hot Air. Check out the Denver skyline as you hover far above the tree tops, and enjoy a deep sense of calm as you drift over reservoirs and rivers. Although the tours typically take off from Chatfield State Park, special requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

When: Contact Rocky Mountain Hot Air for tour times. Each tour is approximately one hour long, but the entire experience is at least 3-4 hours (including safety briefings and setup).

Where: Most tours take off from Chatfield State Park (11500 N Roxborough Park Rd, Littleton).

Cost: $225 per person, including a certificate of ascension and balloon pin

Learn more at https://www.rockymountainhotair.com. To book a tour, call 303-936-0292 or email outlaw@rockymountainhotair.com

 

Hammond’s Candies

A family-owned Denver staple since 1920, Hammond’s is the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth. Get a peek into the steps that go into making your favorite taffies, candy canes, and marshmallow caramels. The tour ends at the famous candy store, where you can pick out a few pieces to take home. And don’t worry about finding a candy you’ll like—at a factory that produces 4,000 pounds of candy every day, you’ll surely find something you’re sweet on.

When: Monday – Friday: 9AM – 3PM; Saturday: 10AM – 3PM; closed Sundays

Where: Hammond’s Candies (5735 N Washington St)

Cost: Free! And no need to book a tour in advance (except for large groups)

Learn more at https://www.hammondscandies.com/factory-tours-parties

 

**Bonus: Celestial Seasonings (Boulder)

Fancy some free samples and an exclusive look at where one of the most popular tea companies in the country makes its tea? Stop by the Celestial Seasonings factory in Boulder for a 45-minute tour, which includes an introductory video and a 30-minute walk through the factory. Learn about each step of the tea making process, from drying to packaging, and sample all the tea you want at the sampling bar before and after the tour!

When: Monday – Saturday: 10AM – 4PM; Sunday: 11AM – 3PM

Where: Celestial Seasonings (4600 Sleepytime Dr, Boulder)

Cost: Free! And no need to book a tour in advance (except for large groups)

Learn more at https://www.celestialseasonings.com/visit-us/tea-tour

How to Optimize Your Airbnb Listing

To get the maximum number of guests every month, you want to have engaging content and photos in your listing. Not only does this increase your likelihood of getting booked, it also adds to the total number of views on your listing, adding to the attractiveness of your property. We’ve come up with some tips below to make your listing the best it can be.

  1. Get a professional photographer

We’re all visual people, and we’re more likely to spend money on something when it’s presented attractively. Sure, you could snap some photos with your iPhone and call it a day, but your listing will look way more put together with professional photos. A photographer will be more knowledgeable about angles, lighting, and variation than you will—and it will show in the polished photos that emphasize the best features of your home.

  1. Write an attention-grabbing teaser

In the initial description, it’s better to focus on a couple awesome features of your home or neighborhood than to delve into a laundry list of reasons why someone should stay at your place. This is the first thing your potential guest will read, so make sure you know your audience. Is your place in the middle of the hottest stretch of bars and clubs in your city? Or in a super family-friendly area with a rec center and park across the street? Figure out who your home will appeal to most and use your teaser to reel them in.

  1. Think about the special features of your space

This is the section in which you should really go into detail about the unique parts of your home. Try to stay away from generic descriptions and really zone in on what makes your home special. Is there a reading nook with a great view? A tree-lined backyard perfect for kids? A rooftop hot tub? It’s always good to link these features with activities your potential guests could imagine themselves doing. For example, instead of just mentioning that there’s a large back deck, write that the back deck is a perfect place to unwind after a day of sightseeing. Zero in on a few of these features and your home will really come to life.

  1. Put some thought into the neighborhood section

One of the things that your potential guests will want most is to stay in an appealing area, whether that means they’re close to bars, in a quiet mountain setting, or in a suburban neighborhood safe for kids. Do a little research to find out what’s in your neighborhood. Maybe there’s a farmer’s market every Saturday that your guests would enjoy, or a coffee shop down the street that makes a great chai. It’s also good to mention any museums, historical sites, and concert venues in the immediate area.

  1. Don’t be afraid to set house rules

If your basement is off limits or your next-door neighbors are super sensitive to noise, let your guests know in the listing (and write it again somewhere in the house). The last thing you want is for there to be an issue because your guests say they didn’t know about your rules. Then if something does happen during their stay, you can refer back to your listing. It’s always good for you and your guests to be on the same page as early as possible—and putting your expectations into your listing guarantees that.

 

Denver Museum Calendar—February

Museum Exhibits

Oct. 14-Feb. 5: Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Oct. 2-Feb. 12: Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance – Denver Art Museum

Mar. 4-May 7: Artistry and Craftsmanship: Ruskin Pottery, Enamels, and Buttons – Denver Art Museum

Sept. 11-May 28: Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design – Denver Art Museum

Apr. 26-Jun. 4: Abstract Expressionism – Denver Art Museum

Sept. 25-Oct. 1: From the Fire – Denver Art Museum

Jan. 5-Dec. 30: Dream Big 3D: Engineering Our World – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

7 of the Most Unique Airbnb Properties

Every once in a while, you come across a home on Airbnb with creativity bursting free of its four walls (or, in the case of some of the properties below, no walls). Check out our list of 7 of the most special Airbnb properties in the world—from a bamboo dwelling in Bali to a sea-themed abode fit for Poseidon.

 

  1. A Whole Castle to Call Your Own

Cumbria, United Kingdom

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/9651657

Have you ever wanted an entire castle to yourself on a 15-acre estate in the English countryside? Now’s your chance! Breakfast and dinner are included in this royal retreat, and gothic features, towers, and secret passageways are yours to explore.Underworld: Blood Wars 2016 movie download

Accommodates: 30 adults and 10 children

Bedrooms: 15

Bathrooms: 8

  1. The Seashell House

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/530250

Every detail of The Seashell House, down to the conch shell bathroom faucet, is designed with a nautical theme by architect Eduardo Ocampo. Sip on a fishbowl while you wait for your sea chariot to arrive.

Accommodates: 4

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2.5

  1. Old Smock Windmill

Benenden, United Kingdom

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1237965

Close to the beach towns of Camber and Hastings, this historic windmill has been restored into a charming countryside getaway. Bonus perks: a wraparound deck, spiral staircase, and unpolluted night sky full of stars.

Accommodates: 2

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1

  1. Stunning All Bamboo House by River

Abiansemal, Bali, Indonesia

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/798483

You’re already in Bali—you might as well keep on living as the celebrities do with a stay in this treetop home made completely out of bamboo. Half-walls offer incredible panoramic views of the surrounding rainforest.

Accommodates: 7

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3

  1. Secluded Intown Treehouse

Atlanta, Georgia

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1415908

You might very well encounter a few forest nymphs in this woodland paradise, made up of 3 rooms connected by swaying bridges. Finally, you can live out your childhood dream of sleeping in a tree house!

Accommodates: 2

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1

  1. The Gatehouse to Ayton Castle

Eyemouth, Berwickshire, United Kingdom

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6162241

If booking an entire castle is a little overwhelming, consider a stay in this restored gatehouse that is also located in the English countryside. Special features include a stone spiral staircase, river walk, and private garden.

Accommodates: 2

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1

  1. A Pirate’s Life for Me – Houseboat!

Charleston, South Carolina

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/695655

You can’t get any closer to the water than this houseboat docked in a private slip with great views of the Charleston Harbor. Play captain as you watch other boats drift by and are lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of the waves.

Accommodates: 3

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1

Colorado: A Climber’s Paradise

Whether you’re an experienced climber or have never been off the ground but want to give it a shot, Colorado is a climber’s dream. With a handful of solid indoor gyms and tons of outdoor climbing spots, there’s good reason for the thousands of climbers who flock to Colorado every year. Check out the list below for the best climbing spots in the state. Climb on!

INDOOR

Denver Bouldering Club

Locations:

Central Location – 2485 W 2nd Ave

South Location – 4131 S Natches Ct (Unit E)

Hours: Monday – Friday: 11AM – 10PM; Saturday – Sunday: 9AM – 7PM

Cost: $16 for an adult pass

Why it rocks: You’ll find a super friendly community at this bouldering-only gym, free yoga on Tuesdays and Thursday at 6:30PM with a climbing pass, and tons of overhang walls. Outdoor trips every Saturday are a great way to meet other climbers and try your hand at the rocks outside!

Rock’n & Jam’n

Locations:

Rock’n & Jam’n 1 – 9499 Washington St

Rock’n Jam’n 2 – 7390 Fraser St

Hours: Monday – Friday: 11AM – 11PM; Saturday – Sunday: 9 AM – 7PM

Cost: $18 for an adult pass during prime hours; $15 before 3:30PM or after 9PM, Monday – Friday

Why it rocks: Take your pick at bouldering, top-roping, and lead climbing for people wanting to climb with or without ropes, classes for adults and kids, and a full yoga schedule. Both gyms also offer cardio and weight equipment.

Earth Treks Climbing Centers

Location: 700 Golden Ridge Rd, Golden

Hours: Monday and Friday: 6AM – 10PM; Tuesday – Thursday: 6AM – 11PM; Saturday – 8AM – 8PM; Sunday: 8AM – 6PM

Cost: $20 for an adult day pass

Why it rocks: Earth Treks has a bunch of drop-in fitness classes, personal training, and a variety of yoga courses included with a climbing day pass. The gym offers both bouldering and rope climbing, with over 300 bouldering routes and over 100 roped routes.

 

OUTDOOR

Garden of the Gods

Location: Colorado Springs

Hours: May 1 – October 31: 5AM – 11PM; November 1 – April 30: 5AM – 9PM

Why it rocks: 1,300 acres of red sandstone will be yours to explore in this world-famous National Park/ National Natural Landmark. The tremendous spires offer routes for all skill levels, and a handful of companies lead guided climbing trips year-round. If you go at it solo, make sure you stop by the visitor center and fill out a free registration form before you climb.

Eldorado Canyon

Location: Eldorado Springs

Hours: Open daily, sunrise to sunset

Why it rocks: Known affectionately as “Eldo” by its frequent visitors, Eldorado Canyon is just south of Boulder and an easy 45-minute drive from Denver. With over 500 established climbing routes, you’ll keep busy even after the CU Boulder student crowd arrives. Look up the background of Eldo and you’ll find story after story of famous climbers like Layton Kor and Pat Ament making history on these rock faces. No permit or form is necessary in order to climb.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Location: Estes Park

Hours: Open 24/7

Why it rocks: Climbers have flocked to RMNP for years, and it makes sense why—the park offers tons of spaces for bouldering, top-roping, ice climbing, and more. Stick to the established routes when you go, as placing new bolts or drilling is strictly prohibited. No permit or form is necessary in order to climb.

Denver Theater & Arts Calendar—February

Theater

Jan. 13-Feb. 26: The Book of Will – Denver Center for the Performing Arts @ DPAC

Jan. 27-Feb. 26: The Christians – Denver Center for the Performing Arts @ DPAC

Oct. 15-Mar. 12: An Act of God – Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar

Feb. 3-May 12: Two Degrees – Denver Center for the Performing Arts @ DPAC

Feb. 12: Peter and the Wolf – Boettcher Concert Hall @ DPAC

Feb. 15: Unspoken – Loft Theater, Boulder

Feb. 15-18: Motown the Musical – Buell Theatre @ DPAC

Feb. 23-Mar. 12: Pygmalion – Aurora Fox Theatre

Tips for First-Time Airbnb Hosts

The world of short-term rental can be intimidating for someone who has never hosted before. We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you get started and make sure your transition into hosting goes smoothly.

  1. Don’t sweat the small stuff

You might not be able to get everything perfect right when you start out, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Don’t panic if you can’t get exactly the bed linens you want or if your plates don’t all match. You obviously want your home to look as presentable as possible, but don’t forget that setting up your space is supposed to be fun for you too—not overly stressful.

  1. Show your guests you care in little ways

Your guests will appreciate when you go the extra mile to make sure their stay goes well. When we say “little ways,” we mean little—nothing too expensive or time consuming. Check out [https://effortlessrentalgroup.com/hosting-tips/6-simple-items-add-home-happy-guests/] for a list of simple items you can add to your home to show your guests that you care, making them more likely to write you a good review at the end of their stay.

  1. Inform your neighbors

People will take note when there are strangers suddenly walking in and out of your house, so it’s a good idea to let them know that you’ll be hosting. It’s up to you how much detail you go into—maybe you tell them you’re a host on Airbnb or maybe you just say that you’ll have guests staying for a while—but a little heads-up is a good call regardless.

  1. Respond to your reviews

This goes for positive and negative reviews, especially your first few of each. For positive reviews, thank your guests for staying with you and tell them you’re glad they enjoyed their stay. For negative reviews, try to target their main problem and (politely) address whether it was out of your hands or not. Even if the issue was not your fault, apologize for the inconvenience. The idea is to set a precedent for the rest of your reviewers. When potential guests see that you’ve taken the time to respond to feedback, they’ll feel like they’re in good hands when they stay with you in the future.