Opening of the Westin Denver International airport signals the completion of a 20-Year vision for Denver

November 20, 2015

More than 20 years after visionary planners conceived of a modern, globally connected airport with an on-site hotel and rail service to downtown Denver, today’s opening of the Westin Denver International Airport is completing that decades-old vision. 

Denver International Airport (DEN) today joined with Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Westin Hotels and Resorts in celebrating the opening of the Westin Denver International Airport hotel and conference center and its adjoining open-air plaza, which sit upon the airport’s new transit center that is set to open in April 2016. 

Together, these projects make up the DEN Hotel and Transit Center, which is Denver’s latest shining achievement. The commanding glass and steel structure comprises more than 433,000 square feet. The grand, modern hotel and conference center offers 519 guest rooms, 35 spacious suites and a 37,500-square-foot conference center. 

Offering airport-to-hotel convenience that is unparalleled in the United States, the conference center includes two ballrooms and 15 additional meeting rooms and boardrooms of varying sizes. The largest ballroom encompasses 7,500 square feet, accommodating up to 750 people. The meeting space’s most dramatic feature is a 10,000-square-foot pre-function area showcasing a panoramic, three-story, floor-to-ceiling glass wall that is approximately 100 feet wide. DEN’s location in nearly the center of the United States – just a two-hour flight from the West Coast and three hours from the East Coast –makes the Westin Denver International Airport a highly competitive and attractive location for meetings and conferences. Denver also boasts the third-largest domestic network of any major U.S. airport, helping to make connecting to the Mile High City even easier. 

An urban experience with wall-to-wall views from every room, guests of the Westin Denver International Airport will enjoy ongoing programs, events, entertainment and relaxation at this new airport destination. Beyond that, guests will be connected to Denver’s vibrant downtown via the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) new University of Colorado A Line – scheduled to begin service on April 22, 2016 -- that will take passengers from DEN to Denver Union Station in about 37 minutes.

“Today, we open an entirely new chapter in our international airport’s history,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “With this stunning new hotel, conference center and open-air plaza, we are elevating Denver and the Rocky Mountain region to new heights. The hotel and commuter line set to open in April are the first steps toward leveraging DIA as an economic powerhouse that will create tens of thousands of new jobs and bring more business opportunity to Metro Denver.”

The mayor continued, “Thank you to the strong leaders, visionaries and a tremendous community for making today possible. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made and prouder still of the future we have forged together.”

Designed by global architect, Gensler, and built by MHS, a tri-venture comprised of contractors Mortenson, Hunt and Saunders, the towering LEED certified building honors flight and aviation, symbolizing wings of a bird in flight hovering above the plaza and the iconic tents of the Jeppesen Terminal. Gensler also designed the 82,000-square-foot, open-air plaza, framed by two 150-foot canopies that connect the terminal to the hotel and transit center. The plaza is set to become Denver’s newest venue for arts, entertainment and relaxation, connecting the community to DEN. 

“Today’s opening of the Westin Denver International Airport marks the achievement of a major milestone towards our goal of solidifying DEN’s place on the world map, expanding economic growth in our region and elevating the overall travel experience in and through the Mile High City,” said airport CEO Kim Day. “This state-of-the-art addition will further the transformation of Denver’s airport into a destination in itself, with easy connectivity to all that Denver and the Rocky Mountain region have to offer.” 

Offering all of the world-class luxury that the Westin brand has to offer, the Westin Denver International Airport will revitalize weary travelers with first-class comfort and modern, sleek and calming design, along with innovative technology. Soon after opening, guests will be able to check in right from their phones with SPG Keyless Entry, completely bypassing the front desk. Each room will include one of Westin’s signature Heavenly® Beds and Heavenly® Bath amenities, including the Heavenly® Shower. Business travelers can rejuvenate and relax with Rocky Mountain views from the top-story WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, while families swim in the pool, both located in the “saddle” of the building. 

“Denver is growing, and travelers from around the world flock to Colorado to enjoy the pristine Rocky Mountains. Now, business and personal travelers alike can enjoy every aspect of Westin’s brand promise for A Better You, right at the airport,” said Tom Curley, general manager of the Westin Denver International Airport.