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Denver Hyatt Gets Major Makeover

$23 million poured into hotel next to Colorado Convention Center.

HyattRegency-logoTime 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.

Clean-lined, contemporary guest rooms define the Hyatt Regency's sophisticated look.
Clean-lined, contemporary guest rooms define the Hyatt Regency’s sophisticated look.

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). 

Ritz Carlton Denver Again Earns AAA’s Top Honors

Hotel celebrates fourth consecutive year for Five Diamond honors

HotelExteriorThe Ritz Carlton Denver was been honored with AAA’s top Five Diamond Award for the fourth year in a row — pretty good for a hotel that only opened in January of 2008 and managed to institute high standards just as the Recession was kicking into high gear and has maintained them ever since. It is one of only 125 hotels in North America to achieve this stratospheric rating in context of the hospitality industry. If you frequently read this blog, you know that I can be snarky and critical, so believe me when I write that Five Diamonds from AAA, like Five Stars from rival Forbes, is a very big deal.

The coveted award itself on display for the celebratory reception.
The coveted award itself on display for the celebratory reception.

The hotel had a rough start. Its location next to the Greyhound Station could hardly be called prestigious. As the Recession settled in, sales of the pricey condos on the top floors of the tower were discouraging. But still, the hotel set a high bar for itself and succeeded. In my view, the hotel’s numerous honors should also be for triumph over a perfect storm of challenges. Partnering with Elways on the lobby-level restaurant was a bright spot through this time and remains a draw for locals as well as visitors.  I was happy to be invited to celebrate this honor and raise my champagne glass in a toast to AAA for making this award possible and for the Denver team for earning it.

The lavish party included excellent oysters on the half shelf cleverly served in a traditional seafood can.
The lavish party included succulent Kumamoto oysters on pickled cucumber and topped with American caviar, cleverly served in a traditional seafood can.

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The state with the most Five Diamond properties is, not surprisingly, California. Colorado has three: The extraordinary Broadmoor in Colorado Springs for the last 37 years and the Little Nell Hotel in at the base of Aspen Mountain. Each of these three has garnered numerous other awards too, but the party was specifically for the AAA honors, and general manager Steve Janicek invited representatives of the other two hotels to join the celebration.