$23 million poured into hotel next to Colorado Convention Center.
Time flies, and it seems as if the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center was just recently a new downtown property. That’s my illusion, because it has been around long enough to have undertaken a $23 million redesign of all of its 1,100 lodging units. The designers selected a rich color palate that recalls the indigenous pine trees and mountain landscapes that capture the essence of Colorado, but given the toll that pine bark beetle has taken on these trees in recent years, I think of the hotel’s new interior takes on something of a commemorative aspect.
Guest rooms feature modern clean lines and sparkling, granite-touched baths, soft white linens piled atop each room’s Hyatt Grand Bed, efficient work stations and the LCD Smart 46-inch televisions. Upgraded Wi-Fi with increased bandwidth adds speed to access, and the only thing that would make it better would be if there were no “small surcharge” for access. Charging for WiFi happens to be one of my hot buttons, but for convention-going guests, paying for Internet access is arguably a small trade-off for convenience to the convention center and also to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, to the Denver Art Museum, which keeps bringing in blockbuster shows (to which the hotel usually offers lodging/admissions packages) and to city and state offices.
Since it opened, the hotel has won numerous awards, including a number from meetings and conventions trade publications. In addition to the requisite meeting space (more than 60,000 square feet, including two ballrooms), the hotel’s literal and figurative crowning glory is the splendid Peaks Lounge on the 27th floor. The Altitude Restaurant (breakfast, lunch dinner) has an open kitchen and a patio that will sure be popular come spring. In the lobby, there’s the Strata Bar and Perks Coffee and More, which is open 24 hours a day. A 6,700-square-foot health club overlooking downtown Denver features a lap pool, outdoor sundeck and whirlpool enhanced by Spa Universaire.
The hotel is at 650 15th Street, Denver; 800-916-4339 (reservations).