Like a giant bird spreading its wings over the Rocky Mountains, the new Westin Hotel at Denver International Airport soars above the iconic peaked roof of the terminal in preparation for its opening in November, 2015.
At the outside entrance to the hotel is the platform of the Denver Airport Station, the newest station of Denver’s light rail system. The East Rail line servicing DIA is scheduled to open in about a year. Power testing began April 17 with two commuter rail cars pulling into the station for the first time. When the light rail is completed, it will take only 35 minutes to travel from the airport to Union Station, the newly renovated transit hub in downtown Denver, about 25 miles west.
Both the hotel and transit center are welcome additions to the 20-year-old airport, the fifth busiest in the nation with 53 million passengers passing through every year. It’s the fifteenth busiest in the world.
The 14-story Gensler-designed Westin DIA will have 519 guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows offering unobstructed views of the Rocky Mountains to the west and the high plateau to the east. Its 37,000 square-foot conference center features a unique panoramic three-story floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall. Travelers and guests can work out in the fitness studio and swim in the indoor swimming pool overlooking the white peaks of the airport terminal.
An open-air public plaza between the hotel, terminal and train station will be a diversion for travelers who can enjoy events like small concerts, farmers markets and art shows throughout the year. The hotel will also offer many dining options, yet to be named.
DIA’s white tent roofs replicating the Rocky Mountains caused quite a stir when the airport opened 20 years ago. Now the delicate, curved lines of the hotel are all the buzz.
“With the hotel’s unique and forward thinking design, everyone is having a great time sharing their opinions of what the hotel’s shape is supposed to represent,” said Rob Ferguson, Westin DIA’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “True in fact, the architect’s vision of the building is to represent Bird-in-Flight. The top of the hotel signifies a bird’s wing span which couldn’t complement our airport location any better.”
Early booking incentive
The Westin has launched a Founders Club membership for meeting planners who book prior to the hotel’s opening. Founders Club members will receive one complimentary premier-view room night, a $50 hotel credit to be used in the hotel’s restaurant Grill and Vine, two invitations for the hotel opening gala and two complimentary commuter rail line passes between Westin DIA and Denver Union Station.
As an added incentive, lifetime Founders Club rewards will include 10 percent off best available rate for personal travel when staying at Westin DIA, complimentary upgrades when available, and complimentary basic HSIA with up to five devices. In addition, they will receive 10 percent off the following: all food and beverage when dining in Grill and Vine, Ingredients, and/or in-room dining; all group food and beverage for groups of 10 or more; all AV for groups of 10 or more; meeting space pricing for groups of 10 or more; and internet pricing in meeting space for groups of 10 or more. Exclusive offers throughout the year and the opportunity to serve as a lifetime Westin DIA Founder’s Club Advisory member are added benefits.
To book a room and/or meeting space, visit http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/index.html.