My dad and I stayed here for one night before an early departure from the Denver airport. We’d reserved a 2-bedroom 2-bathroom suite using his Priority Club points. (I haven’t often seen Staybridges—or any hotels, for that matter—that allow you to use points for 2-bedroom suites, especially for the same number of points as the more basic room types, and with no upgrade fee – but we were able to do that here, which was very nice!)
Check-in went totally smoothly. They found our reservation immediately, and were even able to put us on the top (sixth) floor when we asked if they had any suites of our type available there. The elevators were a little slow going up, but that wasn’t a big deal; it’s a system of two elevators, so there was never really a long wait for one.
The suite was clean as could be and had plenty of space. The first bedroom had a queen bed and a desk; the second had two doubles (no desk in that one). Each bedroom had its own bathroom, of course. The sinks were outside the actual bathroom, which can be good or bad… personally I think it’s kind of annoying, but when you have your own bedroom anyway, it doesn’t matter. One picky point, though: there was only one waste can in the entire bedroom area (including the bathroom). I feel like there should be a minimum of two – one in the bathroom area and one in the bedroom. I know that creates more waste, more work for the staff, etc. – but it’s kind of annoying and inconvenient to have to walk all the way into the bathroom (or wherever you move the waste can to) from wherever you are, each time you need to throw something away. That’s just a small detail that didn’t really detract much from the quality of our stay, but sometimes, the little things can actually turn out to be the big ones.
Shortly after we checked in and got settled in a little, we went downstairs and helped ourselves to the Sundowner evening social, where they have free food and drinks (even beer and wine) for the guests. They had hot dogs that night (which were great!), along with salad, chips, and lots of condiments and side items. (Another picky note: they had sweet relish to go with the hot dogs, but no dill relish. I’m definitely a dill person, but at the same time, I’m not going to sit here and complain about how they didn’t have one particular condiment for the FREE food they gave us!)
We had some laundry that needed to be done, so we took advantage of their free laundry facility. Boxes of Tide were just a buck each from the Bridge Mart (open 24/7), so Dad bought a couple of those and got the laundry started.
We then decided to go check out the pool. To be fair, I like my pool water a little warmer than I think most people do (I’m an upper 80’s kind of guy, whereas I think most people prefer low to mid 80’s), but I can tolerate it a little cooler. That being said, this water was just too cold for me to get in. My dad got in but said it felt cold to him, too. This hotel doesn’t have a hot tub, either… so, that aspect of our stay could have been a lot better, but we definitely didn’t let it ruin an otherwise great stay.
The hotel is located in an area with quite a few restaurants close by, but we were in the mood for wings and trivia, so we drove to the Buffalo Wild Wings about 20 minutes away and got our fix – definitely worth it. When we got back, the parking out front was full, but they have plenty more behind the hotel, well-lit, with entrances to the hotel from the back as well (just don’t try to go in the pool entrance after it closes; I think it locks around 10 pm).
Back in the suite, I got online and killed some time on the web. The internet was a little slow, but about on par for free hotel WiFi. (It was also super easy to connect to.)
The shower was great, with good pressure and plenty of hot water. The curved shower curtain rod was great for having a little more room.
I slept like a rock on that bed, too. (I was in the room with the 2 double beds, so I just had a bunch of my stuff piled on one of them and slept on the other; it was fantastic.) No noise to speak of or anything… didn’t hear any airplanes flying overhead, and wasn’t kept up by the HVAC system even though it was basically at the foot of my bed. (Interesting note: the living room and my bedroom were on a central air/heat system controlled by the living room thermostat, while the queen bedroom had its own room AC/heat unit [one of those below-the-window units]. I always like central better since it’s usually quieter, provided the HVAC system isn’t super loud [again, no problems with this one], so I was very happy with my room. I don’t think Dad had any complaints about his unit being noisy either, though, so I guess they’re both fine at this hotel. Just thought it was funny [but again, not in a bad way] that they mix-and-match AC/heating types within the same suite.)
Breakfast was great in the morning. Pretty typical selection for a free hotel breakfast – bagels, English muffins, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, sausage, cereal, milk, juice and the like. I do wish hotels would leave the breakfast open past 9:30 AM… most people who are there for leisure as opposed to business aren’t even awake at that hour! They should at least try 10:30 or 11:00 (and not just on weekends, either, since people travel on leisure all through the week – especially over breaks!). It wasn’t an issue for me this time since we were out of there by 9:30 anyway to catch our flight, but it’s the general principle.
Check-out was a breeze. We had a rental car, so we didn’t have to use the airport shuttle or anything. The hotel is really close to the airport; we were probably to the rental car return within about 5-7 minutes if that.
Overall, a pretty great stay. Would I come back again? Possibly… but I think I would probably check reviews of other nearby hotels on here first and try to find one with a hot tub and a better-heated pool. Not that I’ll be back at the Denver airport in the foreseeable future, but if I am, that’s probably what I’ll do. The Staybridge certainly wasn’t bad, but there are so many others in the area, I could probably find one (in the same price range and service level) that I liked a little better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Extended Stay Hotel in Denver, CO features comfortable and convenient accommodations. Ideally situated near exciting downtown Denver,CO,the Staybridge Suites Denver Airport Hotel provides guests with upscale, extended stay accommodations offering easy access to noteworthy Denver attractions and businesses. Long-term guests of our pet friendly Denver, Colorado Airport hotel can enjoy local activities and attractions that include attending shows at the Denver Coliseum and shopping at Northfield Stapleton.The Denver Zoo and historic LoDo Denver are also located less than 13 miles away. Business travelers appreciate our hotel near the Denver International Airport (DEN), Frontier Airlines, the CAE Training Center and Raytheon. A 350 sq. ft. meeting room, a 24-hour business center and free high-speed wireless Internet access are also available to meet our guests' professional needs. During your extended stay in Denver, we hope you can rest comfortably in our spacious suites featuring kitchens and over-sized work desks. Amenities provided on-site include a free area shuttle, complimentary laundry facilities, a 24-hour fitness center, an indoor pool and an outdoor grilling area. We encourage you to take advantage of our free daily breakfast buffet and community-oriented Sundowner Receptions. As you plan your trip to the 'Mile High City', be sure to consider our excellent Denver hotel rooms and rates and book your reservations today. ... more less
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