There's a new player in the Denver hotel scene, and it's catching a lot of travelers' eyes — especially business travelers.
This is one of a handful of Hyatts in Denver, including the charming Hyatt Place in downtown and the four-star Grand Hyatt.
The is new Regency offers luxurious rooms in a great location just minutes from the highway and walking distance to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. It’s not in the heart of downtown, but rather near campus, where some of the city’s most brilliant brains gather, and in the more eastern city of Aurora.
This area is going through a big redevelopment, as it gears up to become another Colorado hotspot for travelers.
The new Hyatt Regency offers a wider range of amenities than even some of the finest luxury resorts in the state, so prepare to be surprised. It’s especially angled to accommodate business travelers.
If you’re on a particularly busy trip, you won’t need to leave the hotel. On site, you’ll find extensive meeting facilities, a heated rooftop pool, a full-service restaurant, a bar with excellent cocktails, a barista stand serving Starbucks coffee, a self-service laundry room (or you can ask the hotel to handle your laundry) and a state-of-the-art fitness center. For something more, you can also get access to the Anschutz Wellness Center across the street.
The Hyatt lobby is even stocked with "spa water," infused with fruits or veggies.
The hotel restaurant is Borealis, led by an award-winning chef, and specializing in local dishes. Take your meal to the large outdoor patio in the summer, or just enjoy the breathtaking mountain views right from your room.
Nicely designed suites even come with turndown service and a mini fridge — and wine fridge, something you don’t see every day. Of the 249 rooms, 195 are luxurious deluxe king rooms. There’s even grand suites and for the extra lucky, a single presidential suite.
Tip: Request a room on the end of the hall and you can have a full corner of windows next to your bed.
Bathrooms feature an oversized, modern shower and oversized soaking tub. Rooms also come equipped with a 55-inch flatscreen TV and free movie channels, if you need to unwind your mind.
For business travelers, the Aurora Hyatt features a full conference center on site — we’re talking more than 30,000 square feet of event space — with strong, reliable internet access. Of that, there is also a large ballroom, and a meeting space with elite accreditation from the International Association of Conference Centers, complete with ergonomic chairs.
Rooms have plenty of workspace and a multi-line speakerphone with voicemail and the ability to do conferences and video messages. Lock your laptop in the laptop-sized electronic safe when you leave.
Or you can take your work to the business lounge. The business center is set up with work stations, if you need that extra focus.
Travelers who need to get around can easily access the new Regional Transportation District’s Light Rail line and take a straight shot to the airport.
The bottom line: This new hotel raises the bar for Aurora, and even for Denver.
More about Aurora
The city of Aurora isn’t the first destination that comes to mind when you’re planning a Colorado vacation. But as the area east of Denver continues to blossom, due in part to it being home of the medical campus.
It’s worth giving Aurora a second look.
Bet you didn’t know:
- Aurora has more than 250 different restaurants, including one that was featured on the Food Network.
- Aurora is home to six different public golf courses. You can even find an 18-hole executive course, or set up lessons from PGA pros.
- Aurora is home to what has been named the best park for fishing, Aurora Reservoir. You can also go scuba diving here (yes, scuba in Colorado!) and swim on the beach in the summer. Then there’s Quincy Reservoir, which is great for boating.
- The city also has a handful of great breweries, such as the nationally known Dry Dock Brewing Co. and Two22 Brew. Dry Dock has a ton of awards that has put Aurora on the microbrew map. Dry Dock has won more than 20 Great American Beer Fest medals, five World Beer Cup awards and the honorable Brewers Association’s Small Brewery of the Year award. It, alone, makes Aurora worth the visit.
- Aurora has a ton of cool public art scattered throughout the city. You can plan a public art tour by following the map. In the summer, rent a bike and pedal from installation to installation. Make sure you stop at some of the local art businesses, like Aurora’s silversmith and intricate, contemporary woodworker.