With an amazing staff and a focus on local culture, the hotel is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. Autograph launched in 2010 and is the brainchild of Richard C. Kessler, “indie hotelier” and all-around righteous dude.
The Current is located at what was once the first hotel in Davenport, but it is actually the city's second Autograph Collection hotel. The Hotel Blackhawk a few blocks away was purchased by Marriott in Autograph’s inaugural year, becoming Iowa’s highest rated hotel.
But The Current may claim that title for itself. Here are a few reasons why:
The Current's staff are friendly and helpful. Whether you’re an overnight guest or a visitor, they’re eager to make your day more pleasant and help you figure out how to use the elevator (which requires a room key to operate – a great safety feature for anyone traveling alone).
Marriott boasts that The Current is one if the line’s best examples of urban living, alongside the Hotel Beaux Arts in Miami and the Blackstone in Chicago.
The salt-water pool and hot tub are essentially mineral baths, exfoliating and nourishing your skin as you swim and relax.
There are works by local artists everywhere you look, including original pieces in every room.
Viva, the restaurant on the ground floor, is a nice spot at any point during the day. There’s usually a small group of locals sitting at the bar snacking on tapas and trying to avoid work. (As fans of Rick Steves know, only the best hotel bars attract locals.)
Meanwhile, the sky deck bar called simply Up offers the best rooftop view in all of downtown overlooking the Mississippi River. On a clear night, with the fires burning and twinkle lights overhead, you can sip a martini and pretend you’re an independently wealthy jet-setter.
You’re going to want to primp before you head to Up so you can look as fancy as you feel. Don’t worry – you can style your hair while you catch the latest episode of Superior Donuts thanks to one five-year-old patron’s favorite room feature: a little flatscreen television neatly centered in the bathroom mirror.
Ah, creature comforts.
Do yourself a favor and reserve a room at The Current the next time you’re in town.
Banner photo courtesy of Up's Facebook page.