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A special anniversary event on Nov. 19 recognized The Westin Denver International Airport hotel’s successful first year in style. A select list of VIP guests and clients enjoyed a night’s stay and culinary exhibition tour de force from Executive Chef Scott Snodell. As one of the first of its kind—a resort-style hotel at an airport that is only 5 minutes from the main terminal and on a new commuter rail route to downtown—the hotel is already 62.6 percent ahead of revenue expectations.

While the 519-room property offers convenient lodging for travelers with overnight layovers and Coloradans who have early morning flights, the meetings and conventions business is driving much of the property’s success with a 37,500-square-foot, on-site conference center and an 80,000-square-foot, open-air event plaza shared with the airport. See photos from Naughty or NACE held at The Westin DIA on page 86.  

The uptick in quick turnaround meeting bookings that condense meeting duration and keep budgets in check has benefited The Westin DIA since attendees can fly in and out with short notice and without the time and expense associated with ground transportation, says Michele Chalupa, director of sales and marketing for the hotel.

A work of art in itself, award-winning architecture also is a large factor in its popularity for business and pleasure travelers. The towering glass and steel structure comprises more than 433,000 square feet of crisp design and amenities appealing to groups and planners. The hotel has received three key awards recently including a Best of Year Award in the transportation category from Interior Design magazine; a Gold Magellan Award from Travel Weekly in the hospitality, overall business/conference resort/hotel category; and 2016 Best Project for the airport/ transit category from Engineering News-Record Mountain States. 

The remodel that began in fall 2016 has been completed at the Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown. In celebration of the renovation, the hotel and Wynkoop Brewing Co. have partnered to offer guests exclusive access to the historic LoDo brewery.

The package includes accommodations in a downtown guest room, a 32-ounce growler filled with a craft beer of your choice and a $40 credit toward valet parking.

 

Under 5 percent is what Carmen Callo, executive chef at Centerplate, estimates is the percentage of special dietary requests he received about five years ago. Today, as he oversees catering at Colorado Convention Center in Denver, he and his team are cooking for groups where 15 to 20 percent of attendees have special dietary requirements.

 

Make-A-Wish America recently awarded The Ritz-Carlton, Denver the "Most Innovative Wish" in 2016 because of the hotel’s creativity and partnership with Make-A-Wish Colorado. In the fall of 2016, the two organization worked together for Christopher, a child with a rare and aggressive brain tumor, to help make true his wish of becoming a vampire.