Today's Travelers Demand More than a Bed, and Denver's Airport Hotels Deliver

When it was built, Denver International Airport seemed "out in the middle of nowhere." Today, the Denver airport district is evolving into a thriving center of businesses, services and residential communities, and options for airport-area hotels keep increasing. The crown jewel of this growth comes later this year when The Westin Denver International Airport, attached directly to the airport, opens its doors. Needs vary for travelers. Some want well-equipped meeting space and full-service restaurants. Some focus solely on value. And some need services at midnight or 4 a.m. Denver's airport hotels meet a range of needs. For families, all-suite hotels work well because everyone fits comfortably in one room. Woolley's Classic Suites and Cambria Suites Denver International Airport are good for families on the go and so is Holiday Inn Express Denver Airport where kids eat free. Young professionals expect good connectivity for all their devices and hotels with a contemporary style and vibe. Aloft Denver International Airport and Hyatt Place Denver Airport are on top of that. Complimentary Wi-FI, 24-hour grab-and-go pantries, fitness rooms, pools and airport shuttles are some other key elements that speak to today's travelers. And keep in mind that some traditional brands may surprise you.


This is one of the closest hotels to the Denver airport and it has other positives going for it as well. The pool is chlorine-free, the WiFi is complimentary and the airport shuttle runs 24-hours a day. The hotel offers free overnight parking for guests as well as "park-before-you-fly" packages so you can skip the hassle of finding a place to park at the airport. Other amenities at the hotel include complimentary breakfast each morning and a gym for keeping up with fitness routines. For business travelers, Baymont Inn offers a meeting space for up to 40 guests and a business center. There are plenty of full-service restaurants nearby.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: Super close to the airport, this hotel is high in value but not lacking in the extras that make traveling a little easier.

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With its indoor pool and Kids Eat Free policy, this hotel is a good choice for a family embarking on vacation. Room rates include an express breakfast for all guests, so there's lots of value. For travelers who prefer a full-service restaurant, one is conveniently located just across the parking lot. In addition to a complimentary airport shuttle, the hotel offers a car-rental service onsite, giving guests lots of options. Other nice options include working out in the fitness center followed by relaxing in the hot tub. The hotel has 139 rooms on four floors and standard Internet access is complimentary.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: This is a great choice for families and for any travelers who want options and time-saving convenience.

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A location just six miles from the airport makes the Courtyard super convenient. A design that takes the need for connectivity in mind makes it a good bet for tech-savvy travelers. The lobby offers flexible seating and spaces where guests can work on their laptops or catch up on news. As for the restaurant, aptly named The Bistro-Eat. Drink. Connect., it's not only about connecting it's also about fresh food choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For those who want variety, there are a slew of restaurants less than a mile away. Guest rooms are nicely appointed, including fine bedding and high-tech amenities. And when it's time to disconnect, there's a well-equipped fitness center and a pool and hot tub.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: Six miles from the airport plus excellent connectivity, a full-service restaurant, a fitness center and a pool--what more could you need?

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Life does not always happen between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and this hotel, located a short drive from the airport in Gateway Park, is set up to accommodate that. There's 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle, a 24-hour business center and the pantry is accessible 24/7. Room service is available but there's also a full-service restaurant. Guests can start each day with a cooked-to-order breakfast and end the evening with friends or new acquaintances in the lounge. Among the extras are a fitness room, a swimming pool and a pool table. Ask about park-and-fly deals that include an overnight stay and parking at the hotel while you're away.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: It's convenient, nicely appointed and many of the things travelers need are available 24 hours a day.

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Cambria Suites is 10 miles from the airport and even closer to some of the city's major businesses and facilities, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Subaru of America and Children's Hospital Colorado. Convenience comes in the form of complimentary WiFi and airport transportation and an onsite restaurant and bar. In case you forgot to pack a necessity, there's a 24/7 sundry shop, too. King bed suites have plenty of room for a family of four while double king bed suites accommodate six. All of the spacious suites have two flat-screen TVs, CD/DVD players, a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker and a sofa sleeper.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: Thanks to spacious and well-designed suites, this is a great choice for families or business travelers.

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The 126-room hotel offers a contemporary vibe and spacious guest rooms just 12 miles from the airport--and it's pet-friendly. Among the conveniences are check-in/check-out kiosks, along with free WiFi throughout the hotel and a complimentary hot breakfast each morning. Business travelers can meet in the hotel's 1,128 square feet of event space and the fitness center is available 24 hours a day. There's a swimming pool and plenty of places and spaces to gather with family or colleagues, including the Coffee to Cocktails Bar. All of the rooms feature the brand's signature Hyatt Grand Bed as well as state-of-the-art media and work centers.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: Hyatt Place offers a nicely contemporary vibe and aesthetic along with all the connectivity and options travelers today want and need.

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There's something warm and gracious about Country Inn & Suites that sets it apart from typical airport hotels. It has a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning (including waffles and fresh fruit) and a Be Our Guest reception each Monday-Thursday evening with beer, wine, soda and appetizers for guests--especially nice for solo travelers. Forgot your book? There's library to borrow from and the front desk always has a supply of chocolate chip cookies on hand. Free WiFi, a complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle, an indoor pool and a fitness center provide pretty much everything else a guest on the go needs. And if you have an early flight, there's even a breakfast-to-go bag available starting at 5 a.m.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: This hotel has a lot of services in place so guests feel at home, even if they're just there for a night.

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The 227-room Marriott at Gateway Park is less than 12 miles from the airport. With 7,500 square feet of event space it's a natural choice for business groups. But it also has what it takes for fun, too: an indoor pool, a hot tub and a fitness center. The full-service restaurant, Fire & Spice a Colorado Grill, is open for three meals daily. Among the complimentary services and amenities provided by the hotel are an airport shuttle, hotel parking and WiFi access. Stay overnight and get five free days of complimentary parking while you travel. If you have time for golf, Green Valley Ranch Golf Club is just three miles away.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: The Marriott is a good full-service option for business and leisure travelers, near the airport but close to local businesses, too.

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Woolley's Classic Suites takes airport hotel stays to a new level. To start, the 187 guest rooms average 525-580 square feet. Four executive suites average 1,100 square feet. Each guest room also includes a refrigerator and microwave, perfect for saving on lunch and snack breaks. For play or exercise there's an indoor saline pool, and for work there's a 24-hour complimentary business center. Free parking and complimentary guest laundry, including soap, add convenience and value. The indoor atrium provides a nice ambiance at any time of year. Best place to enjoy your complimentary hot breakfast? At a table next to the atrium koi pond. The free guest shuttle for destinations within an eight-mile radius means some guests won't need a rental car, and the complimentary airport shuttle runs 24/7.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: There's tremendous value for the money with all the complimentary elements, plus rooms are huge.

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The Aloft brand is known for its hip aesthetic, which sounds polar opposite to most airport hotels. For many travelers, that's a good thing. Colorful, sleek and in tune with contemporary style and ergonomic requirements, this hotel has sleep, work and play areas that ramp up the appeal on many levels. The 144 guest rooms range from 340-390 square feet and are outfitted with platform beds and a plug-and-play connectivity station. Bathrooms feature oversized walk-in showers and upscale amenities. While there's no full-service restaurant on site, there's a 24/7 pantry (a money-saver for those who don't want sit-down service) and a lively bar. There's also complimentary wired and wireless Internet access, a billiard room for those who'd rather play without technology for a time, an indoor pool and a gym where guests can maintain fitness routines on the fly.

Recommended for Airport Hotels because: Airport convenience without the ho-hum airport hotel look and feel, plus lots of connectivity and fun amenities.

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