01. Introduction: San Diego to Denver and back on Frontier Airlines
02. Frontier Airlines A319 Standard seat San Diego to Denver
03. 5 reasons why Colorado is better than your state
04. Hyatt House, Denver International Airport
05. Frontier Airlines A319 Stretch seat Denver to San Diego
Despite having absolutely no idea what a “Hyatt House” was, I didn’t hesitate for an instant upon booking the reservation. The pictures on hotels.com looked good, the location was perfect, and the price was right. It looked perfect for a simple overnight stay near the Denver airport!
Curiosity got the best of me a few days after making the reservation, however, and I found myself doing some research to figure out what this “House” brand was all about. Long story short, this is Hyatt’s line of extended-stay properties that have a bit of a youth flair sprinkled in to make things interesting. These are very nicely-designed properties (very similar to the Aloft chain of hotels), and feature open spaces and lounges focused on promoting social gatherings. I’m about as introverted as it gets, so none of these “social” features are very interesting to me – but I can certainly see how intriguing it would be to road warriors who crave social interaction when traveling.
This particular property is currently the closest hotel to the Denver International Airport, though that will no longer be the case come November of this year when the Westin connected directly to the main terminal will open. I’d have stayed there if it were open now, but this Hyatt House was good enough for this quick overnight stay. Before we get to the pics here’s a quick video preview that I put together:
To be honest, the first thing I thought of when walking through the front door on my way to the reception desk was “cheap”. Not cheap like a Motel-8, but more like IKEA cheap. You know…stylish but not very high end. It wasn’t a bad feeling though, and the staff was more than friendly and went out of their way to greet me and to make sure I had everything I needed to be comfortable.
That cheap feeling followed me all the way to the door of my room, thanks in large part to the dull and dreary corridors slathered in unappealing finishes. Did I make a mistake in booking this room? I wasn’t expecting a plush boutique experience or anything, but so far my expectations had not yet been met.
Thankfully, I was pretty much blown away as soon as I stepped into the room. Scratch that. This wasn’t a room. It wasn’t even a suite. It was a full-blown apartment with a full-size kitchen with a separated bedroom and bath. Very much unexpected, and very nice!
While not the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed at, it was certainly one of the most comfortable. Perhaps the most comfortable considering it was basically an apartment. I felt right at home here, thanks in large part to the full size kitchen and large squishy couch in the main room.
The only negative thing about this stay was the noise from the people in the room above. All was quiet until about 2am when they arrived, stomping all over as they unpacked and got settled in. Annoying as hell considering that I had to wake up at 4:40am to catch my flight back to SAN that morning. Oh well. I know that it wasn’t directly a fault of the Hyatt itself, but word of warning to anyone considering staying here: the floors and walls are thin. You will hear your neighbors!
Despite the noise issue, I’d stay here again without question. But I’ll make sure to bring ear plugs next time…
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