I’ve never stayed at a Crowne Plaza in Denver, yet driving up to the hotel I’m getting this odd thought – I know I’ve been here before. Turns out the Crowne was once a Holiday Inn that I had visited some years ago.
I’m not sure what it is about this property, but I just like it. Realistically though, there isn’t much reason to stay here unless you are attending a meeting (they have a conference center), or you want to be close to the airport. Or perhaps you just don’t want to spend much money. Except for the conference center you have a lot of choices in this area. OK so why do I like this place? For starters there’s this giant, for a former Holiday Inn, atrium with a lot of local stone. Don’t worry; you won’t mistake it for John Portman’s work. Then there’s a kind of funky 30 foot waterfall in the middle, with a restaurant on one side and a lounge on the other. Just some weird visual appeal I guess. Some particulars:
My room on the 5th floor was about 300 square feet, a decent size. The décor seemed fairly recent with yellow walls, gold curtain, a decent task chair, and dark wood case goods, all forgettable but nonetheless in good condition. The flat screen TV was on the small side and the room included both a microwave and mini refrigerator. Lighting was adequate and the desk had 5 power outlet plus 2 usb’s - sweet. Internet logon was kind of slow but performance otherwise acceptable. The bath seemed more dated than the sleeping room and felt a little dirty, but in no way gross. The buffet breakfast was convenient and fairly priced but not particularly appealing. A club sandwich taken in the lounge was better. Last, the staff was friendly and engaged for the most part.
Wrapping this up, I’m glad I found my old friend! Should I again find myself in need of an airport hotel in Denver, I will likely return to the Crowne DIA.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center hotel has undergone a full sleeping room and public area renovation, complete September 2011. Located 15 minutes from Denver International Airport and minutes from great shopping, dining and entertainment at Northfield Stapleton, shuttle service is provided complimentary. The hotel features 84,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including an impressive 60,000-square-foot Convention Center that accommodates as many as 4,000 guests and offers planners an 8' wide x 18' tall access door for heavy machinery and vehicle displays. Additionally, the hotel offers 1200 complimentary parking spaces and complimentary shuttle service to and from Denver International Airport. The hotel has earned a Meeting Service Excellence Ribbon from surveyed meeting planners who have held events at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport. With the ability to fly to Denver International Airport in 2 - 3 hours from anywhere in the country and easy access on I-70 or E - 470, this suburban Denver hotel and convention center is ideally suited for annual conferences of any kind. The hotel is centrally located between Downtown Denver, Denver International Airport and Buckley Air Force Base and is a short car or shuttle ride from the Rocky Mountains. Industries that are concentrated in the area include Aerospace, Military, Agriculture, Sustainable Energy, Medical, Pharmaceutical, and Technology. Also, Anschutz Medical Complex is just a few mile from the hotel and a shuttle is provided. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Hotel Denver
- Denver Crowne Plaza