The newest downtown Denver hotel, which opened in August, not only serves as a lodging option for Mile High City visitors, but it’s a classroom for college students. Together with an adjacent 28,000-square-foot Hospitality Learning Center, the Marriott SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at Metro State serves as a hands-on laboratory for the 650 Metropolitan State University at Denver undergrads enrolled in its Hospitality, Tourism & Events program.
Hospitality majors take classes in the high-tech academic space, with a wine sensory analysis lab, culinary demonstration theater and specialty-foods test kitchen. Once the internship program is up and running in January, students will rotate through the various sales, banquet and housekeeping departments. Or, they may even land a paid job staffing the front desk, working as banquet staff or making beds.
When I stayed overnight at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott property in August, just six days after it opened, I had a pleasant visit at the modern and airy hotel. I wish the valet parking didn’t cost $25 a night (there’s no on-site self-park option), but I loved all the artwork by MSU Denver faculty, students and alumni found in the lobby and guest rooms.
Rooms are spacious and have a contemporary and clean décor. In fact, all rooms are classified as “suites,” because each has a seating area with pull-out sofa, microwave and refrigerator. A hot-buffet breakfast and wireless access are included, and The Market convenience store sells snacks, microwaveable meals and cold beer. A casual Red Robin restaurant and fitness center are also on-site.
I also appreciated the hotel’s eco-friendly bent: bulk shampoo in the guest-room showers; huge lobby windows to let in plenty of natural light; secured bike storage and changing rooms to encourage employees to pedal to work.
I’d definitely recommend this Marriott SpringHill Suites to anyone staying in Denver for business or pleasure. It’s a stone’s throw from the Pepsi Center, which hosts concerts, ice-skating shows and the Denver Nuggets basketball games, as well as the many upbeat shops and restaurants of LoDo’s Larimer Square.
Thanks to the Marriott SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at Metro State for hosting my overnight stay.