It's a former parking garage — and what a waste that used to be.
Today, it's the site of one of downtown Denver's newer hotels, the Hyatt Place Denver Downtown, which opened in 2016.
True, there continue to be a surplus of new hotels popping up in the Denver area (and that's to match the travel demand), but the Hyatt Place stands out for a few notable reasons.
First and foremost, it offers some of the best views in Denver. The best in-bed views. As in, you can lie in bed and watch the sun set behind the Rocky Mountain peaks.
Rooms in the modern and sleekly appointed Hyatt Place boasts at least one oversized window that gazes out at an unobstructed view of the Front Range mountains. How there can be such a clear view right in downtown makes this hotel seem magical, but it's positioned just right to land the shot.
From some rooms on the ends with windows on two sides, you can also get a view of the cityscape. Again, this may be the best skyline view in Denver, because the Hyatt Place is situated right at the edge of the Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall, at the corner of 15th and Glenarm. It's just two blocks to the Denver Convention Center, the hub for some of Colorado's most exciting conventions and gatherings (including the popular Comic-Con every summer, plus various trade shows, from tattoo conventions to home and garden shows).
This means guests can walk mere steps to some of Denver's best shopping, bars, restaurants and entertainment, or catch a bicycle-led cart, horse-drawn carriage or the free mall tram to explore the wider perimeter of downtown. A B-cycle Station (a Colorado bike share program where you can rent bikes by the hour) is nearby. Getting around is a cinch.
Inside the Hyatt Place
From the moment you walk through the front doors of the Hyatt Place, it feels different. First, there are two check-ins with slightly different tones, one more sophisticated and businesslike and the other funkier, decorated by colorful climbing ropes wound into a creative art installation. Talk about Colorado-style art.
The multiple reception desks are because the building is also home to the cozier Hyatt House, which is ideal for longer stays or for guests who want their own kitchen and dining space. You can also rent an apartment here. In fact, this property was one of the first such Hyatt combos under the same roof. Combined, this 361-room hotel is one of the biggest properties in downtown, yet the charming details, layout and friendly service make it feel smaller and warm.
Business travelers will be thrilled to have a wide-open workspace located right in the lobby, not tucked away in some dark, small side room.
Rooms are set up for professionals, too; you can print wirelessly from your room to the workstation on the main floor. Scheduling a meeting? The building offers a 4,800-square-foot event room. The design of this property is modern and strategic.
In addition to the views, all rooms have separate sleeping areas and living rooms with a sleeper sofa. As a bonus, you get free valet when you stay here, a valuable offer for a downtown location where parking can be tough to come by.
The Hyatt Atmosphere
The decor at the Hyatt Place is comfortable. It feels more like a friend's house than a hotel. A stylish, sophisticated and artsy friend. Relax on leather couches with fluffy pillows near the fireplace and look at the snowboard art installation by a local artist. Wood accents are made out of recycled trees killed by beetles, bringing the Colorado outdoors inside and providing a mountain feeling right in the heart of Denver. So not only is the space stylish, but it also embodies a deeper significance and repurposes materials in creative ways.
Although the Hyatt Place doesn't have its own formal restaurant on site, it does have a kitchen that can prepare food 24/7, scattered tables near the lengthy bar and an excellent complimentary breakfast set-up, with made-to-order omelets, fresh juice, bagels, fruit and more. And anyway, you're walking distance to 16th Street. You can venture out for dinner, but not have to walk far.
This hotel also has a 24/7 gym, an indoor pool, meeting and event space, catering and high-def TVs.