Founder of suite hotel concept finally has his name on the sign.
Aurora does not enjoy the most favorable image as anyone who follows the Denver local news knows. But while shootings, fires and hit-and-run incidents make headlines, good news frequently does not. In truth, Aurora is a sprawling city with all sorts of residential and commercial areas, interlaced with public land — much in proximity to Denver International Airport.
That made it an attractive location for a “four star caliber hotel,” the flagship of Woolley’s Classic Suites, a new hotel brand from the family of Robert E. Woolley, who started it all. In 1969, Woolley converted an apartment complex into the original Granada Royale Hometel, which grew into a chain of 26 properties. It was bought in 1984 by the Holiday Inn Corporation under the new Embassy Suites name. According to the company website, “From 1965 through the present, Woolley-affiliated companies and partnerships have developed and operated more than 11,000 hotel rooms in nearly 50 hotels and resorts with an aggregate completed value exceeding $1.1 billion. Before being profitably sold to other operators, Woolley’s extensive portfolio of hotel, restaurant, office and residential developments were found throughout Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, Texas and Mexico.”
That’s quite a track record leading to the new hotel in Aurora whose market is clearly the business traveler. Woolley’s Classic Suites, in their words, aims to be “a true hospitality destination, and to transport guests to a welcoming environment where they will be treated to pampering service and luxuriously affordable accommodations. Upon entering, guests are whisked into the property’s inner sanctuary, highlighted by a lush central atrium, complete with year-round ‘outdoor’ patio dining and water feature allowing guests to wander and relax in a setting reminiscent of the European classic hotels where the standards where first established, then refined.”
Again, using their words because the property is not yet open, “Woolley’s Classic Suites features 187 luxuriously appointed, oversized master guestroom suites that range from 525 to 580 square feet in addition to four 1,150-square-foot executive VIP suites. Bathrooms in every guest room feature marble raised bathtubs, floor-to-ceiling glass enclosed showers and double vanities in granite and marble.” There’s also 9,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a 24-hour complimentary business center, complimentary high-speed internet (wired and wireless), free airport transportation with dedicated shuttles and Colorado’s only Hertz Rent-a-Car self-service kiosk with 24/7 vehicle availability.
Its full-service lunch and dinner restaurant, the Jardin, offers a rotating continental menu developed by chef Daniel Rios, featuring house-made organic homemade cuisine. Additional hotel amenities include “complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, an indoor saline pool, refrigerators and microwaves in all guest rooms, free parking, complimentary daily manager’s reception, guest laundry facilities and a state-of-the-art fitness center.”
It is located just off I-70 in the Gateway Office Park, 10 miles from DIA and 13 miles from downtown Denver. The address is 16450 East 40th Circle. Aurora, CO 80011; 720-599-3750.