My family and I have sampled quite a few Denver airport hotels over the years. Since we live in the Colorado mountains more than three hours from Denver International Airport, we often stay by the airport the night prior to a mid-morning flight so we don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to make the long drive. Instead, we like to book a relatively inexpensive hotel, park our car in the hotel lot, and take the free shuttle to the airport.
Last month my kids and I stayed at the Cambria Suites Denver International Airport. We weren’t there but 12 hours for a quick overnight, but I got a good feel for the property. Since it offers both business travelers and families some nice amenities and services, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this Cambria Suites to any type of traveler who needs a convenient, clean place to stay for the night before or after a flight. Here are some highlights:
Spacious suites: Indeed, the room we had at Cambria Suites was “suite like” in that it had a sitting area with television set that was quite separate from the sleeping area. A desk underneath a nifty wooden shelf filled with vases (screwed to the shelf to prevent breakage or theft, I guess) allowed light into the sitting area, but also afforded a bit of privacy between the two spaces. Note that the desk had a bunch of outlets for charging devices — huge bonus. Another nice touch: not only was there a coffeemaker with Wolfgang Puck coffee on hand, but an armoire housed a refrigerator and microwave. I find this so helpful for traveling families who bring along snacks and drinks — like we did for our road trip from the mountains.
On-site restaurant, bar and breakfast buffet: Adjacent to the cozy lobby area — with big-screen TV and loads of comfortable seating options — is a modern restaurant and bar that’s open for breakfast and dinner. When we checked in at 8 p.m. on a weeknight, this place was hopping; I think the bar (offering wine and beer) and varied food options (salads, sandwiches, burgers, desserts) are a nice option for tired business travelers; and if we hadn’t eaten on the road, my kids and I would have been perfectly happy dining here.
We did have breakfast in the lobby the next morning, and chose the hearty breakfast buffet ($9 for adults, $4.50 for kids 10 and under). In addition to cereals, fruit, yogurt, sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes and waffles, guests can have made-to-order omelets as part of the buffet option — nice! Otherwise, you can order eggs, an omelet or Belgian waffle with all the toppings off an a la carte menu.
The espresso bar supplies every latte, cappuccino and mocha drink under the sun for a fee. I opted to help myself to regular Wolfgang Puck coffee out of large dispensers — hot, fresh and free.
Other on-site amenities include a small indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center; business center for printing boarding passes; complimentary wireless throughout the property; and coin-operated laundry facilities.
Rates for a “Stay & Fly Package,” which allows you to park your car on the hotel lot and take the 24-hour complimentary shuttle to the airport, start at $104 night. This is a great value for a hotel that has a number of helpful and convenient services and amenities, as well as spacious guest suites.
Thanks to Cambria Suites for providing me with a complimentary night’s stay for purposes of review.