This new hotel at Denver International Airport is so modern it looks as though a gleaming spaceship has landed and turned into a hotel. Whether you arrive by car or plane, it’s hard to miss this stunning hotel on the south end of the main terminal. It gracefully extends over the roadway seeming to reach for the prairie beyond its grasp. This sleek architectural design by Gensler will wow guests from the very first moment they enter this steel and glass palace of the plains. Visitors notice a dip in the middle of the roofline and wonder if it symbolizes the “W” in the Westin? No, this is so air traffic control can see planes to the south of the building.
Big and beautiful
With a 37,000 square foot / 3,437 sq meters conference center, and 519 guest rooms, this is a big player in the Denver area conference market. Whether you choose a standard room, junior, executive, deluxe or hospitality suite, luxury is apparent in every detail. The elevators on the 6th floor are key-locked so only guests with a room key can access the guest room floors. Guests will love the motorized blinds covering the angled windows in the suites, which make you feel as if you’ve been blasted into the future. Large picture windows are found in every guest room, lavishing a wide view of either the mountains, or prairie sunsets and sunrise moments. The bathroom shower indulges guests with two water delivery options. You can use the soft touch rain shower head or a wand that can be either hand-held or stationary. And then there is the Heavenly Bed® to give you a good night’s rest before the busy day ahead.
Most guests will come by plane to this gleaming relaxation zone from the terminal, following the easy to spot the Westin signs. Others will drive in by way of Pena Blvd, following signs to the short term garage on the west side. From there, signs will guide you to the main entrance. Parking costs are: 24 USD per day / 3 USD per hour in the garage, 13 USD per day in the economy lot, or 35 USD for valet parking. On April 22nd, the commuter rail trains will carry their first passengers from Denver and beyond to this ultra-modern vision of Denver’s past mayor Frederico Pena. Some scoffed at the idea of an airport so far from the city center, but now most see the value in placing it where jet noise bothers fewer home owners.
A healthy choice
For guests that want a workout before settling in for the evening, try the Westin Workout Fitness Studio®. For those of you who didn’t travel with workout clothing, I share this from their website:
Westin has partnered with New Balance to provide athletic shoes and apparel during your stay, for a nominal fee. Simply dial Service Express® and request your shoe and clothing size and they will be conveniently delivered to your guest room. Shoes come with socks that are brand new and apparel is provided fresh and clean. Upon departure, simply leave the items in your room in their mesh bag.
Westin is obviously interested in keeping their guests fit and healthy while traveling, with a commitment like that. Also on offer is one of the best indoor pool areas you will ever find! This 11th floor facility looks out on the magnificent Rocky Mountains all the way to Pikes Peak to the south of Denver. Relax in the hot tub and watch the sun set over this pointy horizon for a memorable soak, or swim a few laps in the big pool.
Where to eat
The dining options at The Westin Denver International Airport offer guests a choice of a snack and coffee at Ingredients on the 4th floor, after work drinks and appetizers at The Sky Lounge on the 5th floor, or the full-meal deal in Grill and Vine on the 5th floor. Here is what the Westin’s website says about The Sky Lounge:
“With its unique design and arced walls of windows facing the Plaza, airfield and Colorado Front Range, our Sky Lounge welcomes you to gather with friends for stunning views and signature cocktails.”
Guests will get both a stunning view and a moment of peace even though this is just steps away from the airport’s main terminal; while at Grill and Vine, choices range from salads and starters to seafood and steaks. The Pappardelle with Lamb Sugo is excellent with a delicious ragu of lamb atop a nest of perfectly cooked pappardelle noodles. In warm weather days, this area boasts 300 days of sunshine, so guests can enjoy outdoor dining in the Westin’s expansive patio areas.
Business or pleasure
From the impressive modern design of the hotel to the well thought out local art on display, guests will be hard pressed to find a finer hotel in Denver. Whether coming for business or pleasure, The Westin Denver International Airport will please the most discriminating guest with its level of luxury and service. If travel plans call for a night or more in Denver, consider this fine hotel for your next stay.