DENVER - The Westin Denver International Airport hotel and conference center officially opened to the public Thursday.
The 433,000-square foot hotel and conference center was under construction for the past three years.
"Each of our 519 guest rooms, including 35 suites, offers the ultimate in comfort and technology, plus floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains or Colorado’s enchanting landscape," the hotel website states.
Each standard room is the width of one window.
Planners say this was an idea 20 years in the making.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock cut the ribbon to open the Westin for business.
“Today, we open an entirely new chapter in our international airport’s history,” said Mayor Hancock. “With this stunning new hotel, conference center and open-air plaza, we are elevating Denver and the Rocky Mountain region to new heights.”
All of the rooms on the angle/slanted part of the hotel are suites. All of the suites feature a column somewhere. In some suites, there are columns in the bathroom and the main room.
The building is meant to symbolize wings of a bird in flight.
In the hotel guests will find a gym, pool, the Grill & Vine restaurant with an outdoor patio, and keyless room entry. Check-in can be done over the phone and travellers can bypass the front desk.
An open-air plaza attached to the hotel opens in April; the venue will host arts and entertainment programs.
Level 2 of the hotel is the conference center. It features 12 conference rooms, two junior ballrooms and one grand ballroom. The grand ballroom has space for about 800 people standing or about 300 people in banquet seating
The airport owns the hotel but Westin will operate it.