There’s a brand new place to meet in Denver and it’s really close to the airport. Actually, The Westin Denver International Airport, which opens to the public Friday, Nov. 20, is a key component of a $600 million hotel and transit center at the airport.
Reinforcing a growing trend of developing luxury hotels with meeting space at major airports, The Westin offers 519 guest rooms, including 35 suites. There is a state-of-the-art conference center that has 37,000 sq. ft. of event space divided among two ballrooms and 15 breakout rooms and board rooms. The 10,000 sq. ft. of prefunction space will impress attendees with its two-story, floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall that is approximately 200 feet wide.
The new transit project at the Denver airport will add another key feature in the spring when the RTD East Rail opens, providing access to and from downtown. It will be about a 35-minute ride.
Of course, there’s really no reason to leave The Westin or the Denver airport. A new open-air plaza is opening next to the hotel. Expected to host concerts and farmers markets, the plaza connects the hotel, airport and train station.
The plaza is expected to be a key event venue, with space for up to 3,200. Indoors, The Westin’s meeting room foyer can hold 1,000 for receptions. Two ballrooms are expected to be very popular event space, with capacities of 850 and 700 for receptions and 600 and 450 for banquets.
The interest in luxury hotels at major airports is at an all-time high. New hotels are expected to open at JFK International Airport in New York, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport before 2020.
Denver airport is the fifth-busiest airport in the United States with 53 million passengers traveling through the airport each year. The Westin now ranks as one of the closest hotels to an airlines terminal at any airport in the United States.