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The Westin DIA, Not Your Usual “Airport” Hotel

The Westin DIA, Not Your Usual “Airport” Hotel

The Westin Denver International Airport is an amazing airport hotel. It is a short walk (50 yards?) to the terminal and the building is strikingly gorgeous. Its great location, scenic views and modern amenities right next to the terminal could not be more convenient.

 

Front entrance of the Westin DIA Hotel
Front entrance of the Westin DIA

 

I personally dislike having to wake up extremely early to catch a flight. It’s particularly annoying to have to plan for extra time to get to the airport, drop off the car, and grab the shuttle to the terminal. So, when we booked our early morning flight out of Denver,  the Westin DIA Hotel was selected as a sensible location to stay. It was much more than that!

The Lobby/Reception  Area

The reception area is located on the sixth floor. One walks through a dramatic corridor before heading up the elevator.

 

Entrance hallway to the Westin DIA
Entrance hallway to the Westin DIA
Entering the Lobby/Reception Area of the Westin DIA
Entering the Lobby/Reception Area of the Westin DIA

 

Before getting to the reception area, you pass the Sky Lounge Bar which is also located on the sixth floor of the hotel.  The lobby bar is open every evening from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  It’s a great place to relax with a delicious cocktail and appetizer, while admiring the views of the Rockies.

 

Westin DIA - Sky Lounge Bar and Lobby Area
Westin DIA – Sky Lounge Bar and Lobby Area
The Sky Lounge Bar at the Westin DIA
The Sky Lounge Bar at the Westin DIA

 

 Accommodations

With 519 soundproof guest rooms including 35 spacious, well-appointed suites, this hotel is a favorite among travelers.  Our Junior Suite room was enormous, measuring 680 square feet. It came with a spacious living room and bathroom area.  The room had a dramatic runway view but despite the proximity, it was dead quiet. This was surprising being that it was next to the terminal of a busy airport. No airplane noises could be heard from the interior of our room. 

 

The Westin DIA - Junior Suite Living Area
The Westin DIA – Junior Suite Living Area
The Westin DIA - Junior Suite Bedroom Area
The Westin DIA – Junior Suite Bedroom Area

 

We mostly enjoyed the scenic views of the Rocky Mountains and Denver International Airport’s signature roof-top tents from our wall-to-wall windows.  In the evening, the colors of the sunset were breathtaking, and the morning sunrise over the runway was even more spectacular.  If the lights from the airport or runway are too bright, the window shutters can close to completely block the lights. We didn’t use the shutters during our stay.

 

My view of the roof-top tents at Denver International Airport from my Junior Suite at the Westin DIA
My view of the roof-top tents at Denver International Airport from my Junior Suite at the Westin DIA
Sunrise over the Denver International Airport runway from my Junior Suite at the Westin DIA
Sunrise over the Denver International Airport runway from my Junior Suite at the Westin DIA

 

Our Junior Suite bathroom had both a bathtub and a shower, a single vanity which featured the signature Westin Heavenly® Bath products, and a set of bathrobes.  The view from the toilet window was of the runway.

 

Junior Suite Bathroom - Westin DIA
Junior Suite Bathroom – Westin DIA

 

Dining

Th Grill & Vine Restaurant is a bistro-style restaurant on the property, and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The dining room and bar look out over the plaza between the Westin and the Jeppesen terminal, while an outdoor patio faces south over the new light rail line.

Grill & Vine Appetizers and Dinner - Westin DIA
Grill & Vine Appetizers and Dinner – Westin DIA
The Grill & Vine Restaurant - Westin DIA (Image: Starwood)
The Grill & Vine Restaurant – Westin DIA (Image: Starwood)

 

Get your coffee craving at Ingredients, located in the hotel lobby. This grab-and-go cafe features coffee drinks, snacks, pastries, gourmet sandwiches, salads, and smoothies.  It opens at 5am and remains open until 9pm.

Lastly, you can go to the Sky Lounge for a cocktail or appetizer if you get thirsty or are in the mood for some munchies.

Fitness/Pool Area

If you want to get in a little exercise on your trip, then make sure to check out the fully equipped fitness center, indoor heated lap pool and hot tub with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains.

Lap Pool at the Westin DIA (Image: Starwood)
Heated Lap Pool at the Westin DIA (Image: Starwood)

 

When it’s time to catch your flight, no worries, simply walk across the courtyard right into the main terminal.   It’s that simple!

 

Westin DIA Hotel crosswalk to terminal
Westin DIA Hotel crosswalk to terminal

 

The Westin DIA is a Starwood property, we stayed free by using some of my SPG points.  Next time we fly through Denver, we will definitely stay here again.

Note:  The average room is around $380/night.

The Westin Denver International Airport8300 Peña Blvd, Denver, CO 80249 Phone(303) 317-1800

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

30 Comments

  1. Great photos! That bathroom looks so nice. I’ve never seen a hotel room with such an incredible view of the airport runway. So cool!
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    • Carmen Edelson

      The views from our room were amazing. You can spend hours staring out into the runway seeing the planes taking off and landing.

  2. That lobby is stunning! And as for the bathroom. I might have been tempted to miss the flight 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson

      The lobby feels like your walking into a cave at first, but then opens up to the reception area and lobby bar. It was hard to not want to look out of the bathroom window at the runway when you’re getting ready.

  3. Ah wow the views from the hotel look awesome. Airport hotels are often more about convenience but this has that lovely luxurious feel too. Will check it out if I have a flight there soon!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Airport hotels are the way to go when you have a morning flight, especially when you’re traveling with teenagers who have a hard time getting up in the morning. Here you just roll out of bed, and can be at the terminal in 5 minutes.

  4. My gosh, this hotel looks incredible! My experience with airport hotels has always been a bit yucky – I normally wind up in prison-cell sized cabins or dodgy B&B’s that are miles away from the airport. I need to find more places like this!!

    • Carmen Edelson

      We have stayed at some not so nice hotels a few miles from the airport. The Westin DIA was very clean and the rooms were spacious. The views from our rooms were amazing.

  5. Wow! That’s quite an impressive hotel! The look of it alone from the outside is really unique. I wouldn’t have believed that you can’t hear the planes from your room, but I guess it’s true! Thanks for sharing!

    • Carmen Edelson

      The windows are all soundproof so you don’t hear any of the outside noise from the planes or cars in the airport.

  6. Good gracious, this airport hotel looks insane. Love the sleek look and the green highlights. This is certainly a great hotel to check out!

    • Carmen Edelson

      They really did a nice job with the hotel detail both outside and inside.

  7. I love how big those bathroom is! And the architecture of the hotel is really impressive. Indeed it doesn’t look like an airport hotel but of a designer one.

    • Carmen Edelson

      The airport looks like a mustache from a distance, or a cruise ship. It’s quite an impressive design for sure.

  8. You’re right> It certainly isn’t your typical airport hotel. It looks fantastic. I love the view from the room and the food looks awesome. I wouldn’t mind staying here at all 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson

      The views were spectacular from my room, although not all the rooms face the runway.

  9. What a beautiful hotel in such a convenient location! Love the views of the Rocky Mountains!

    • Carmen Edelson

      We absolutely loved that it was walking distance to the terminal.

  10. I love a good airport hotel and especially if you can actually walk there! Sometimes they are so annoying to reach (too short for a taxi ride, complicated shuttle bus…) so this looks great. Will definitely remember that if I ever have a layover in Denver!

    • Carmen Edelson

      The nearest airport was about 7 miles away before they build the Westin. I rather stay at the airport than have to deal with the hassle of taking shuttles or driving to catch a flight.

  11. The Sky Lounge looks really impressive and how convenient for the airport!
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    • Carmen Edelson

      The sky lounge had incredible views of the terminal, it was a great place to relax with your computer and people watch.

  12. Oh my!!! watching the runway from your bathroom is enough reason for families with young kids to just check in there even if they didn’t have an early flight to catch!! You’re right, totally not what I’d expect from airport hotels! That sunrise looks stellar too

    • Carmen Edelson

      The kids would be starving out the windows the whole time looking at the planes taking off and landing.

  13. The hotel looks really futuristic. Looks straight out of a ScFi movie . Looks like a great place to relax. I would go there just for its unique structure and interiors.
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    • Carmen Edelson

      I was intrigue when I saw the hotel from a distance, but up close you could see that it had wonderful views of the airport and the mountains from all angles. It’s a wonderful hotel, and of course has the best location.

  14. What a beautiful hotel and can’t beat that it’s so close to the airport! and soundproof! I’d definitely stay here.
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    • Carmen Edelson

      You can even take the train into Denver from below the hotel. They definitely make it very convenient for travelers.

  15. I’ve stayed at this Westin! I love this hotel, you can actually walk there from the airport and once you’re in there, it’s just magic. We stayed here for a night when our flight to Paris was cancelled, it was the perfect hotel to be stuck in.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Isn’t it a great hotel! Just the fact that you don’t have to rent a car to drive to the terminal does it for me. It’s a great hotel to spend a night for morning flights or if your flight is cancelled.

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