The first summer my husband and I were married, we lived in Longmont, and my husband was required to spend a week in south Denver doing a training for work. Denver We stayed at one of the Hyatt Place hotels, which I had never even heard of, for a whole week in June.
I don’t remember almost anything about what we did or what we ate in the week we spent there, but I do remember that we stayed at a Hyatt Place- and that the beds were the most comfortable I had ever slept in. Since then, I have always wanted to stay in a Hyatt Place again to see if the beds really were that great- or if I was just super tired.
This past weekend we got the chance to find out if the Hyatt beds really are as epic as I remember, as we spent a night as a family at the brand new Hyatt Place Pena Station/Denver Airport. In this post, I’ll give you a full review of the property including details about the hotel, amenities, dining and review the rooms.
About The Hotel
The Hyatt Place Pena Station is a brand new addition to the cluster of airport hotels near Denver, just northeast of the city center. The hotel is part of the Pena Station NEXT project– a modern transit community planned at the first light rail stop after the airport.
According to the Hyatt Place team “(the hotel) features unexpected and experiential elements, including a curated Colorado-centric art program; a lively bar showcasing top local beers, wine and spirits; a resident Golden Retriever puppy named Denver greeting guests at check-in.
The entire vibe of the hotel is urban meets modern, but it’s really more like old meets new. Behind the check-in station, there are old suitcases with screens mounted on the wall- you can use antique metal binoculars to view images on the screens. The entire main floor is open and fluid, allowing an easy transition from dining to entertainment. And the colorado art! You can spend time just viewing all types of art specially curated for the Hyatt Place Denver Airport.
Moderately priced and perfectly comfortable, the Hyatt Place is a perfect place to stay on your way to or from the Denver International Airport.
The hotel is just about 15 minutes from downtown Denver and about 10 minutes from the airport terminal. It’s located right on the University of Colorado A-Line light rail route from RTD- super easy to access by train. There is a free airport shuttle service to the hotel and an ample parking lot that is complimentary for hotel guests. Basically it’s super close to the airport.
The amenities are so great at this Hyatt Place! I’ll take you through some of the highlights from check-in to check out:
- Free parking
- Radio Flyer wagon with toys for the kids
- Denver! A Colorado puppy who you can pet and love while you check-in
- Kids get their own keys on a lanyard
- Electric car charging stations
- Free wifi
- Cable television
- Mini fridge, hairdryer, iron, shampoo, conditioner
- Game area with Play Station, Atari and tons of board games
- Heated indoor pool
- Fitness Center- Peloton bike with clipless pedals. Trying the Peloton was the absolute highlight of my weekend- now I want one so bad!
Boring (But Necessary) Stuff
- Free shuttle to airport
- Business Center with monitors and printers
- Conference center
This Hyatt Place has a full bar and restaurant. There are lots of Colorado beers on tap, as well as some super fun cocktails. I feel in love with the strawberry Moscow Mule- and my husband the Tequila Fizz.
There is a full lunch/dinner menu with appetizers and full plates, as well as a great kid’s meal. I honestly looked at the menu and thought- I love everything single thing on here, and most of it is quintessentially Colorado.
We sample the Honey Mustard Crispy Brussels Sprouts with bacon, and we almost had to duke it out for the last bite. We also had a mini Brie wheel with Colorado honey, herbs and golden raisins that was entirely too delicious.
For dinner, I had a Southwestern style salad with pico de gallo, grilled chicken and black beans that was a huge portion and delicious. My husband tried the pork carnitas tacos which he likes but didn’t love as the portion was a bit small. The girls had macaroni and cheese and I swear they put crack in it- it was soooo good. Overall, great dinner at a decent price.
There is a complimentary hot breakfast buffet for those who join World of Hyatt, so of course, we did and we ate really well. Eggs from free-range chickens, shoulder bacon that was delicious, and pancakes in pajamas for the kids. There was fresh fruit, coffee and tea, delicious juices and hot and cold cereals.
This hotel also has a full-service Starbucks inside, so you don’t even have to leave the property to get your favorite drink. The best part? They sell the “Been There” series of mugs and they have both the Denver mug and the Colorado mug available, plus a mini Colorado one that is super adorable.
We slept in a standard room with two queens and a mountain view- we were on the third floor. The room was super cool because there is a little divider between the beds and a seating area with a corner couch, lamp, etc. It was a great place to relax and put our feet up- most hotel rooms the only place you can sit is on the beds or at a desk which only seats one person.
The bathroom was ample with a lovely showerhead, and the thermostat lit up when I got close so that I didn’t have to grope around for it.
And the beds- the Hyatt beds are absolutely as epic as I remembered. Supremely comfortable- the only problem was that everyone was sleeping so hard they snored and woke me up in the middle of the night. A fine problem to have!
Here’s a quick rundown of the most frequently asked questions about the hotel!
Is there a parking lot? – Yes and parking is free.
Is there a shuttle?– Yes, there is a free shuttle to the airport.
Is breakfast included? – Yes- but only if you are World of Hyatt member. It is free to sign up for the program at check-in.
What are the check-in and check-out times? Check-in begins at 3 and checkout is at noon.
Is it kid-friendly? YES! This place is so family-friendly. Video games, indoor pool, pancakes in pajamas for the kids.
Do they host weddings? Yes! There is a gorgeous conference center that also can host weddings.
On a side note, but important, I think the Hyatt Place Pena Station can do a much better job to lessen its environmental footprint. A few observations:
Composting: The City of Denver has an incredible compost program, and this hotel is already using compostable plastic cups at the watercooler in the lobby. I would encourage them to add compost bins throughout the lobby- in Starbucks (paper cups are compostable), near the water cooler, and at the bussing station in the breakfast area.
Reducing Plastic: In the fitness area, there are single-use plastic cups that are labeled for recycling. there is no trash can, only a recycle bin. I would encourage either the addition of a recycling bin, or even better, the use of glasses that the cleaning personnel can bus periodically throughout the day.
Public Transit: The Hyatt Place Pena Station is literally steps from the University of Colorado A Line train station- and only one stop from the airport. The fee to ride is $9 per person.
The Hyatt doesn’t partner with the RTD to encourage visitors to use RTD, instead, they have invested in shuttles and drivers to take people to the airport in a shuttle. I would love to see Hyatt subsidize airport trips via RTD as opposed to sending a shuttle to the airport, potentially with only one passenger, every 20 minutes.
It’s so easy to book your stay at the Hyatt Denver Airport- Just head to their booking link here- Hyatt Place Peña Station/Denver Airport .
They have all their best deals right on the front page of the website. I highly recommend this hotel- for a staycation or on your way to or from the Denver Airport.
Disclosure- I was provided a complimentary night’s stay for myself and my family, including food and drinks, in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.