Denver International (DEN) is now home to a new hotel, the Westin Denver International Airport.
“Today, we open an entirely new chapter in our international airport’s history,” says Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “With this stunning new hotel, conference center and open-air plaza, we are elevating Denver and the Rocky Mountain region to new heights. The hotel and commuter line set to open in April are the first steps toward leveraging DIA as an economic powerhouse that will create tens of thousands of new jobs and bring more business opportunity to Metro Denver.”
The hotel is more than 433,000 square feet in size, has 519 guest rooms, 35 suites and a 37,500-square-foot conference center. There are also two ballrooms and 15 additional meeting rooms and boardrooms. An 82,000-square-foot open-air plaza connects the terminal to the hotel and Transit Center, which is slated to open in April. The facility was designed by Gensler and built by MHS, a tri-venture among contractors Mortenson, Hunt and Saunders. The entire building is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified.
“Today’s opening of the Westin Denver International Airport marks the achievement of a major milestone towards our goal of solidifying DEN’s place on the world map, expanding economic growth in our region and elevating the overall travel experience in and through the Mile High City,” says Kim Day, CEO of DEN. “This state-of-the-art addition will further the transformation of Denver’s airport into a destination in itself, with easy connectivity to all that Denver and the Rocky Mountain region have to offer.”
Beyond its design, the hotel offers a variety of amenities. The top story houses the WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio and a swimming pool. The Grill & Vine Restaurant has an outdoor patio and a menu of locally sourced items, cocktails and wines. Additionally, not long after the opening, the hotel will have SPG Keyless Entry, which will allow guests to check in on their smartphones.
“Denver is growing, and travelers from around the world flock to Colorado to enjoy the pristine Rocky Mountains,” says Tom Curley, general manager of the hotel. “Now, business and personal travelers alike can enjoy every aspect of Westin’s brand promise for ‘A Better You,’ right at the airport.”
The hotel also will be a part of the public art program already at DEN. Art will be showcased in the three main public areas of the hotel: the train arrival area, the escalator that goes from the train hall to the plaza and the plaza itself.