Denver Urban Escape Westin Westminster, Colorado

Located 15 minutes from downtown Denver, the Westin Westminster offers an urban escape close to the city without sacrificing quality. Between Boulder and downtown Denver, the eco-friendly Westin Westminster is a four-diamond hotel with a dramatic mountain backdrop.

Westin Westminster set amongst the Rocky Mountains in Denver metro

Westin Westminster set amongst the Rocky Mountains in Denver metro

Although this first-class hotel isn’t located in downtown Denver, the Westin Westminster takes full advantage of its northwest metro location. Located within the Westminster Promenade, guests will be steps away from shops, restaurants, movie complex, and one of the nation’s largest ice arenas. Other nearby attractions are the Butterfly Pavilion, 1st Bank Center, and Legacy Ridge Golf Course. Boulder is approximately 15 minutes drive.

The Westin Westminster's Promenande offers an array of entertainment and dining within walking distance.

The Westin Westminster’s Promenande offers an array of entertainment and dining within walking distance.

Arrival
You can check in at the front entrance, or self-park for free with a mere minute or so walk from the Westin Westminster. Water features surround the circled drive with a Lake House at the foot of the drive used for private events.

Wow! This lobby is perhaps one of the most welcoming, spacious ones I’ve experienced, with mountain décor and warming fireplaces, like a mountain lodge.  The reception desk is way in the back but you don’t mind the short walk, and in fact, the décor sets the tone for a relaxing stay.  The reception desk is modern, and the staff are welcoming. I’ve stayed her multiple times and have rarely waited more than 5 minutes.

Westin Westminster's expansive lobby is warm and cozy.

Westin Westminster’s expansive lobby is warm and cozy.

Accommodations
The elevator is located near the reception desk, whisking you up to the one of the 12 floors. The 369 soundproof rooms are spacious with what is called “high plains” décor, warm, friendly earthy tones. My standard deluxe room offered a fabulous view of the Rocky Mountains and the promenade. I’m a fan of the Westin’s Heavenly Beds with pillow top mattress, often sleeping better in these rooms than my own bed.  The work space is very business friendly except for the $10.95 charge for Wi-Fi (free in public areas & lobby).

Westin Westminster Deluxe Room

Westin Westminster Deluxe Room

Meetings
With over 30,000 square feet of meeting space, The Westin Westminster is a meetings and convention hotels, but the meeting space is separate just off the lobby beyond the elevators.  I’ve always stayed on weekend nights and have never been inconvenienced by the traffic of meetings. I’ve visited the restaurant during the week, and you can definitely tell it’s a meetings hotel with all the suites and single diners.

Amenities
Some time back, the Westin Westminster’s on-site dining option was a seafood restaurant, recently changing to Kachina Southwestern Grill.  Their indoor-outdoor space is relaxing, anchoring the natural elements with the bold colors of the southwest. I could spend the entire day sitting on the patio, people watching and enjoying their creative margaritas.  Other amenities include an indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center.

Westin Westminster offers on-site dining at the Kachina Southwestern Grill

Westin Westminster offers on-site dining at the Kachina Southwestern Grill

Summary

Located near downtown Denver, the Westin Westminster is away from all the hustle and bustle of the city, yet close enough that you won’t feel excluded. It’s a city hotel, without the inconveniences of the parking fees. As a Denver metro resident, I’ve always enjoyed my urban escapes here, and aside from the annoying WiFi fees, the location offers access to all entertainment you could possibly want.

Book your room on the hotel’s website. You can also compare rates at Priceline or Hotels.com.

Photos courtesy of the Westin Westminster.

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