The New Current Hotel: Art! Rooftop Bar!

It is a rare occasion when you enter a hotel and think that you are in an art gallery. This is the experience that my friends and I had when we went to the new Current hotel in downtown Davenport, Iowa.

Long time friends were visiting from California and Wisconsin and my local friend and I were showing off the best of the Quad Cities. We hadn’t seen the new Current hotel yet so we were all impressed with the work that had been done to make a showcase hotel.

Mississippi River View From UP Skybar
Mississippi River View From UP Skybar

We were greeted by a friendly and knowledgeable hostess, Tiffany, who gave us a personal tour of the art collection in the public spaces of the hotel. It was as if we had entered a fine art gallery. Not only is the art collection impressive, but the hotel itself is in a historic renovated structure, the Putnam Building. The building is constructed of marble and granite with interesting architectural detail.

Sculpture At Front Desk
Sculpture At Front Desk

The VIVA restaurant is a beautiful contemporary design with a lounge that is out of Architectural Digest magazine. The menu is Baja/Mexican cuisine.

Viva Restaurant Entrance
Viva Restaurant Entrance

 

Blown Glass Lighting In Front Entrance
Blown Glass Lighting In Front Entrance

 

Interior Hostess Area
Interior Hostess Area

 

Glass Sculpture in VIVA Restaurant
Glass Sculpture in VIVA Restaurant

 

Fiber Art In VIVA Restaurant
Fiber Art In VIVA Restaurant

 

Lounge Area
Lounge Area

Across the hall from VIVA is the Reserve Room where you can do tequila tastings. It also is a dramatically appointed room with stunning art.

Interior Of The Reserve Tequila Tasting Room
Interior Of The Reserve Tequila Tasting Room

 

Art In Hallway
Art In Hallway

 

Art At Water Courtesy Station
Art At Water Courtesy Station

 

Welcoming Art For Photo Opportunities
Welcoming Art For Photo Opportunities

My friend from California was so impressed with the design and art in The Current Hotel that she wants to spend a few nights at the hotel when she returns next year. She was happy to learn that local artists fr0m the Hot Zone glass studio have made unique glass pieces for all rooms and these pieces are for sale. Since she had bought a piece of glass art during her last visit, she found this to be a fine addition to this hotel.

Art In Elevator
Art In Elevator

 

Art In Hallway
Art In Hallway

Since the UP skybar was not open until 4 pm, my Quad Cities friend and I returned a few days later for a relaxing breakfast outside on the rooftop. The furniture is large and comfortable with gas fire pits at most group seating area. The view of the Mississippi River and the surrounding area is stupendous. It is a must-visit venue! Their motto says it well, “We take an artful approach to every aspect of the guest experience.”

We will be returning for drinks in the near future. Who can stay away from the view?!

UP Skybar With View Of The Mississippi River
UP Skybar With View Of The Mississippi River
The Current Iowa (part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection)
215 Main Street, Davenport, Iowa
(563) 231-9555
Hotel includes: pool, fitness room and hot tub as well as complimentary local shuttle service to/from the airport

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Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and computer generated design including Photoshop. She has retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. She also has her own design and studio company. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts, and supporting art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area.

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One comment on “The New Current Hotel: Art! Rooftop Bar!

  1. Thanks for introducing locals to this innovative hotel. Incorporating local art work is a perfect way of making a hotel distinctive to its out of town visitors…a combination of good business and support of the local community. Beautiful photos and descriptions..I am ready to go!

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