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The Westin Denver International Airport is a 14 story, 519 room hotel that opened in November 2015 after three years of construction. Since then it has become a popular hotel for travelers catching early flights out of DIA, and late night arrivals for travelers who don’t want to leave the airport complex.
The entrance to the hotel, which isn’t particularly well marked, is on the south side of the airport across from the TSA screening checkpoint.
When you look at the hotel in a wider view, it starts to look like a set of wings. The hotel itself is also conveniently located on mass transit – the University of Colorado A line. The airport station is located at the base of the Westin – with transit center a short escalator ride below the hotel.
Check in was fairly quick, however, my SPG Gold status wasn’t mentioned.
The lobby, as well as the rest of the hotel was modern, and sparsely decorated. I think the architect and designers wanted the surrounding Rocky Mountains to speak for themselves.
I was in a Traditional Room with an Airport view.
Since the decor is nowhere near ‘over the top’ in this hotel, everything in the rooms and bathroom felt really fresh. The tile back splash and the White Tea Aloe toiletries added a nice touch.
Easily one of the best features of the hotel was the Westin WORKOUT room and the heated indoor pool and hot tub right next door. The facilities boast floor-to-ceiling windows, and sweeping panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. In fact, I wished I would have spent more time taking pictures out the windows.
With average nightly rates over $279, I decided to cash in Starpoints, as this is a Category 5 – 12,000 to 16,000 points for a standard room. It is NOT one of the hundreds of Starwood hotels which is undergoing a category change on March 7, 2017. While I hate to spend Starpoints on airport properties, the Westin has the huge benefit of location and access to DIA.