Cantina Loca at Espadín LoHi is now open!
The Espadín just got a little more loca. That’s right – the highly anticipated Cantina Loca is open and ready to rock your boca with its authentic Mexico City street food, mezcal, and tequila.
Putting the loca in local, chef Dana Rodriguez hit the Denver food scene in 1998 after moving from Chihauhua, Mexico. A career fueled by passion and dedication, Rodriguez started as a dishwasher for a restaurant on Larimer Street and worked her way up to the James Beard-nominated chef the city knows and loves today.
There are layers to the triumph of Cantina Loca’s opening.
A follow up to the wildly popular Work and Class and Super Mega Bien, this is Rodriguez’s first solo project.
It also will serve as the perfect place to showcase her tequila and mezcal brand, Doña Loca. Inventive spirits and cocktails from expert bartenders are a promise.
Then there comes the layer of triumph of the restaurant opening in the Covid era. In the height of the pandemic, Rodriguez went on record to detail the heartache and anguish restaurant owners and employees were experiencing.
To be hit as hard as her industry was and to rise up and refuse defeat is perhaps the most exhilarating message this opening can send.
We are confident that Cantina Loca will enhance the already sparkling reputation of Dana Rodriguez and the Denver food scene, and we cannot wait for you to experience the one, the only, the loca.
Experience Cantina Loca as a guest of Espadín LoHi and receive 10% food and beverage. Interested? View all of our luxury vacation rental hotel lofts and book your next stay!
Raetta Holdman, CBS Denver. “Who is Dana Rodriguez, The Chef who Aims to Elevate The Food at Casa Bonita?” December 6, 2021. https://denver.cbslocal.com/2021/12/06/dana-rodriguez-casa-bonita-chef-lakewood/
Alan Gionet, CBS Denver. “‘Inside, We’re Dying’: Denver Restaurant Owner Battles COVID & Mental Anguish” December 19, 2021. https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/12/19/inside-were-dying-denver-restaurant-owners-battle-covid-mental-anguish/
Vacation rentals in Lower Highlands (LoHi) Denver that provide fine bath products & consumables to enhance guest stays.
Intentional. Informational. Impactful.
These are just a few commonalities Effortless Rental Group shares with our partners at Le Labo and Public Goods.
Here at Effortless, we are constantly working to level up the guest experience. Every opportunity is met with an abundance of consideration and a thorough assessment to determine if it will do just that.
When today’s partnerships were yesterday’s prospects, the same due diligence was put forth; yet, the decision to join forces with both was a no-brainer.
There is a worldwide emphasis on sustainability in today’s consumer culture. A 2021 study revealed over one-third of global consumers were willing to pay more for sustainable products. This demand has many companies scrambling to catch up with companies that know sustainability is not trendy, but timeless – companies like Le Labo and Public Goods.
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Often described as “intoxicating,” Le Labo’s collection of pure, clean fragrances lend themselves to artful irony and the joy of being pleasantly surprised.
Founded in 2006 by Fabrice Penot and Eddie Rosch, their manifesto states the soul of a fragrance comes from the intention with which it is created and the attention with which it is prepared.
Their intention to create soulful fragrances and evoke emotion through the sense of smell was elevated by the attention towards clean ingredients and ethical preparation. All products are free of parabens, preservatives, coloration, and animal products/testing.
When our guests are greeted with Le Labo’s sensorial bath products, they know Effortless Stay & Espadín LoHi put their wellness above all. Plant-based, genderless, claimless, cruelty-free products that make you feel good and smell amazing.
The unique, sensorial adventures when in Colorado should be boundless – the sight of fresh snow caps on mountain peaks, the taste of crisp local brews, the sound of your favorite song played live at Red Rocks. Let Effortless Stay & Espadín LoHi contribute to your sensational experience. While you’re here, you can even check out one of Le Labos’ exclusive locations.
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Founded in 2017 on the pillars of simplicity, sustainability, and affordability, Public Goods aims to empower consumers by “providing healthier, more informed choices easy and accessible to all.”
Public Goods provides online storefronts that align with an individual’s needs, along with a wholesale option for businesses or groups in need of products in bulk. No matter the quantity of the product purchased, the quality of the experience from start to finish ensures satisfaction and proves to be a cure for consumer fatigue.
Sustainability is achieved in each stage of the supply chain. Production highlights include bottles made from sugarcane, biodegradable alternatives to single-use plastic, and tree-free paper products. For every order placed, a tree is planted, making every shipment carbon offset.
Chris Beens, Head of Partnerships at Public Goods, understands the importance of product diversity and design, which is crucial to Effortless’s mission to make all guests experience one without compromise.
Products are made with ingredients that any guest can use. All products are designed to enhance the space they are in, not detract from it. The wide array of essential products that are already available is expected to get even more comprehensive.
Effortless understands the modern-day traveler’s sacrifice of leaving pieces of home behind and alleviates it by placing Public Goods products in every property. You’ll never feel like you’re living without at an Effortless Stay at Espadin LoHi – you may even find a new favorite essential to introduce to your home.
Effortless Rental Group is proud to announce the latest partnership with the Espadín LoHi.
At Espadín LoHi, guests are not simply welcomed to the community – they are welcomed into it. This partnership was founded on intention and a steadfast commitment to making a positive impact – and we’re only getting started.
Travelers will experience premium service and features during their stay, as each loft unit comes equipped with fully stocked, designer-grade kitchens and spacious living spaces, with floor-to-ceiling windows and some of the best views in Denver.
While guests may come for the exclusive features, its elements of inclusivity will truly make their stay. A collaboration with local artists is reflected in decor and design representative of the sensational, creative energy of the city.
A seamless introduction into the community starts with every loft’s unique design, with each unit representing a different small Denver business. Along with an immediate connection to the community, Espadín’s local partnerships encourage travelers to reap the benefits of shopping local through discounts and promo codes for food, drinks, wellness, art, and more.
The Espadín’s location is one of the many reasons that makes it the hottest place to stay in Denver. LoHi (Lower Highlands) is an eclectic mix of sleek, ultra-modern, and classic Denver Victorian architecture, LoHi is as vibrant and lively as its residents and the community. This dynamic Denver neighborhood is known for its walkability and some of the best locally-owned restaurants, fitness studios, cafes, boutiques, and much more.
At the Espadín LoHi, guests rest easy knowing that “stay” and “sustain” are one and the same. That’s because the Espadín is committed to being an eco-friendly, sustainable space to ensure minimal impact on the planet and the community. Part of Espadín’s commitment to the planet includes zero single-use plastics, solar power generation, and EV charging stations. Underlying all design decisions is a sensitivity to the environment and a goal of attaining LEED Platinum accreditation. Innovation never looked so green.
Whether their phone eats first or not, guests will have flavor at their fingertips at Catina Loca. *OPENING FALL 2021
“Serving up authentic Mexico City street food, the best mezcals and tequilas in the game, and just the right amount of loca for your boca.”
Female-owned and operated by award-winning chef and notorious local tastemakers and pacemakers, Dana Rodriguez and Dana Macfarlane. Taco ’bout a Denver hospitality dynasty!
Interested in learning more about Dana’s spirit line of Mezcal? See 5280’s feature here.
We couldn’t be more excited to share our thriving community with you, and with that, we welcome you to the Espadín LoHi and into so much more.
Interested in staying at Espadín LoHi? Click here to book.
We’re extremely excited to announce that qualifying premium & luxury Effortless Rental Group vacation rentals are now available on Homes & Villas by Marriott International.
What is Homes & Villas by Marriott International?
Homes & Villas by Marriott International is a home rental offering from Marriott International, comprised of a curated selection of premium and luxury rental homes cared for by a select group of professional management companies.
At its core, Homes & Villas by Marriott International provides consistency and quality, evaporating the anxiety currently associated with choosing home accommodation and giving guests the space and amenities of a home backed by a trusted travel company with the very best in loyalty benefits.
What does it mean that Effortless Rental Group’s homes are featured on Homes & Villas by Marriott International?
Effortless Rental Group is one of the select professional property management companies who have been vetted and approved to feature their homes on the Homes & Villas platform. This gives Effortless Rental Group and their homeowners, access to the following:
- Marriott’s 145M+ Marriott Bonvoy™ Members
- Marriott’s distribution channels and marketing opportunities
- Brand affiliation with Marriott – if a house qualifies for the Homes & Villas by Marriott International program, that indicates a certain level of safety security and design
- Homes will have a more significant presence on our site as opposed to others, due to the number of homes we curate per destination.
- Property performance data and, if need be, guidance on property improvement plans
How can I see if my home would fit into HVMI?
Before you can join Homes & Villas by Marriott International, you have to be managed by one of their select professional property management companies – like Effortless Rental Group! Effortless Rental Group is well-versed in the type of homes that are likely to be accepted into the program and can discuss the potential fit of your home with you.
The Mile High Host community is made up of a wide variety of individuals, from a host renting a room in their house to Realtors wanting to keep up on the latest short-term rental regulations and property managers managing numerous properties throughout the city. We want to provide resources to help you navigate these rapidly changing times.
Coronavirus Survival Kit for STR Hosts:
Industry experts, Jasper Ribbers and Eric Moeller have put together a tool kit for individuals hosts. They gathered tips, tricks, tools and resources to save you time and help your STR business survive.
The kit is designed to help you:
- Survive and thrive through this crisis
- Maintain occupancy
- Stay in business
- Prepare for the opportunities that will come
This kit is only $7 to download and jam-packed with helpful information and resources.
VRMA COVID-19 Resources:
While VRMA is an organization geared toward the professional short-term rental property manager, they have compiled helpful information and resources to navigate the uncertain time ahead.
Click here to view the massive list of resources they’ve compiled.
When all else fails and you need to blow off some steam, keep in mind that you can support your local restaurants and order cocktails to go. Westword put together a piece highlighting which restaurants are serving craft cocktails to go. One trend that has emerged from this pandemic is the proliferation of virtual happy hours — we truly are a species that thrives off of human connection. Cheers!
Here are a handful of additional articles and local resources:
Forbes Article: Here’s What To Do If You Need Help With Your Mortgage Payment During The Coronavirus Outbreak (The main thing is to talk to your mortgage servicer, but know that these will have to be made up eventually)
Every other Wednesday in April and May, The Justice Center will be offering free legal advice over the phone for call-in participants. Please call 719-473-6212 during clinic hours to participate. Click here to learn more.
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On the afternoon of March 30th, the CEO of Airbnb, Brian Chesky, conducted a live stream for the hosting community. Here is a summary of what Brian said:
- Travel is at an all-time low
- Recognition and apology that Airbnb has drifted from the host-focus it was created on
- COVID-19 cancellation policy was set for the sake of public health. He apologizes for not consulting hosts (violation of partnership)
Actions going forward:
- Extenuating circumstance policy – established a $250 million fund to pay hosts 25% of canceled booking. Retroactive to March 14. Cancellations before March 14 will be based on host cancellation policy
- Establishment of $5000 grants for Superhosts and Experience Leaders up to a total of $10 million coming early April
- Previous guests will be able to send messages and donations directly to hosts. Expected effective date: early April
- For USA hosts only: COVID-19 stimulus bill allows Airbnb hosts to be eligible for SBA loans and grants, as well as unemployment benefits
You can view the message and read the details here.
The CARES Act passed the Senate and House last week providing relief to businesses across the U.S. This bill has provisions specifically targeting affected businesses in the tourism industry. These provisions will be available through grants at the state and local level. Advocating on behalf of the Short-Term Rental Industry is extremely important during this economic crisis.
This legislation provides direct cash payments of as much as $1,200 for individual taxpayers, and $500 per child, phased out when incomes exceed $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for couples filing jointly. This also dramatically expands unemployment insurance benefits and provides an additional $600 per week for those receiving unemployment benefits. The bill provides $349 billion dollars in much-needed, low-interest, small business loans that could be partially forgiven to help businesses maintain payroll and avoid laying off workers. It also directs billions of dollars toward hospitals and other health care providers on the frontlines of this pandemic, in part to help them purchase additional life-saving protective equipment.
VRMA has provided a high-level overview and breakdown of this bill, which you can read here.
Just north of downtown, you will find Denver’s most distinctive neighborhood—RiNo. Also known as the River North Arts District, this community is packed with galleries, shops, studios, and boundless murals. Immerse yourself in a dense pocket of Denver culture filled with delectable food and beverage spots!
Here’s our top 5 list:
1. Improper City – Food trucks, local music, craft drinks, and a MASSIVE patio. They also open at 7am on weekdays for you folks that ‘work remote.’
2. First Draft – A craft beer lover’s dream. 40 taps of beer, wine, and cider with no lines! Pour your own and leave the crowded bar scene in the past.
3. Death & Company – Perfect spot to get unique, handcrafted cocktails and small bites before or after hitting the town.
4. Finn’s Manor – Open back patio with rotating food trucks outside, cozy bar with 400 whiskeys inside. Need we say more?
5. Fish N Beer – Do you have hesitations about seafood in this coastally-challenged city? If so, Fish N Beer will squash them. Always delicious, always fresh.
Airbnb, VRBO, and Homeaway, oh my! What’s the difference, and why be on all of them?
The last decade has really seen a boom in the “share” community with companies that really facilitate the way that homeowners can rent out their spare bedroom or home to potential guests. Companies like Airbnb and VRBO/HomeAway have made it easier than ever to take your getaway to the next level of comfort. You can literally stay in a Home Away From Home! It’s also made keeping your investment properties and spare bedrooms booked easier than ever because there are over a hundred million users worldwide. But what’s the difference? Is Airbnb or VRBO better for vacation properties? What about for guests? Well, when you list your short-term rental property with Effortless Rental Group your properties automatically gets listed to to both Airbnb and VRBO/HomeAway as well as on every single one of our partners which include some of the largest booking sites in the world like Expedia and Booking.com, but let’s break them down.
Since their inception in 2008, Airbnb has become a household name for both travelers and hosts seeking to make a profit by providing that “home away from home” experience. Airbnb generally charges a Host fee of 3% of the subtotal. This depends on how strict your cancelation policy is or if you live in Italy. Airbnb charges guests anywhere between 0% and 20% depending on the subtotal, cleaning fees, and length of the stay.
Airbnb has an extensive network of users all around the world and has really sought to create the entire end-to-end travel experience in a single, easy to use app. Airbnb acquired HotelTonight in April which signals that they are interested in growing and have the means to do so. In addition to booking everything from shared rooms to entire mansions and everything in between, Airbnb provides guests with option to book experiences such as classes, workshops, and dinners all from the app. Through partnerships they even put on some once-in-a-lifetime experiences like letting guests stay the night in the Louvre.
VRBO has been around longer than Airbnb, created in 1995, and was acquired by HomeAway in 2006. The HomeAway network is also extensive and this is good for Hosts because their properties are shown to millions of potential guests. One of the main differences between VRBO and Airbnb is that VRBO doesn’t rent out the smaller listings (shared bedrooms, spare bedrooms, home’s where the host resides, etc.). Instead, VRBO focuses on larger properties entire homes, condos, and apartments. It makes for a more conventional stay. While there can be a certain charm to trips where you can crash with strangers like a Hostel, it is really nice to have privacy when you vacation.
The fees on VRBO are a little different than Airbnb in that there are two packages for hosts to choose from: a $499 fee paid annually (recommended for hosts who rent year-round) or a 5% booking fee. Guests can expect to pay between 5% and 15%.
So which should you choose to list your property on? Trick question, the answer is both and then some! With Effortless Rental Group, we show your rental property on Airbnb, VRBO, and a slew of other booking sites. We’ve even harnessed the power of Booking.com, Expedia, Kayak, Obitz, TripAdvisor, and many more to ensure that you you’re getting the most out of your short-term rental property.