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Ground Breaking On Denver Airport Hotel Begins

Sat Sep 07, 2002 7:02 am

Yesterday, the Mayor of Denver was at the ceremony for the groundbreaking of the 518-room Westin hotel which will be complete in Spring of 2005. It will be built on airport property and will be connected with the terminal.

It will be the 3rd Westin in the Denver area.

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/real_estate/article/0,1299,DRMN_414_1393308,00.html

According to the article, Denver Int'l is the only major airport in the US without a major hotel connected to it.

This is how the airport will look like:


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RE: Ground Breaking On Denver Airport Hotel Begins

Sat Sep 07, 2002 7:12 am

BA,

I think it's just a poorly worded article. DIA may have been the only major airport without a hotel nearby, but many do not have a hotel connected to the terminal. Both LAX and SFO come to mind.
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RE: Ground Breaking On Denver Airport Hotel Begins

Sat Sep 07, 2002 7:17 am

As far as I know, there are more airports with hotels not connected to a terminal than airports with hotels connected to the terminal. Another airport that comes to mind is DFW, but that will change in a few years.

Just out of curiosity, why has it taken this long for a hotel to be built at DEN?

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RE: Ground Breaking On Denver Airport Hotel Begins

Sat Sep 07, 2002 7:30 am

Blink182,

Just out of curiosity, why has it taken this long for a hotel to be built at DEN?

Politics and money.

The airport was part of the original plans for Denver Airport (along with the 16,000ft. runway) however the Federal government cut funds when the airport construction went overbudget. As a result, the 16,000ft. runway, Westin Hotel, Rail Link to Downtown, and some taxiways had to be canceled.

Political issues were also a big factor. Many thought this hotel was unnecessary and many still think it's unnecessary.

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RE: Ground Breaking On Denver Airport Hotel Begins

Sat Sep 07, 2002 11:26 am

MSP is another airport that comes in mind with no hotel attached.

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RE: Ground Breaking On Denver Airport Hotel Begins

Sat Sep 07, 2002 11:29 am

Okay, I guess the article was wrong.

I still am wondering how they will attach the hotel with the airport. The model isn't very clear. Anyone have any clues?

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RE: Ground Breaking On Denver Airport Hotel Begins

Sat Sep 07, 2002 7:20 pm

If you look closely, there's a link that goes under the roads, then diagonally into the terminal (small white line).

Looks like the top floors, overlooking the apron, might offer very good views!
 
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RE: Ground Breaking On Denver Airport Hotel Begins

Sun Sep 08, 2002 1:04 am

It certainly would be a nice hotel to stay in.

What surprises me about this hotel is it's 14 floors. Most hotels connected with the terminal are not high at all and are usually relatively short.

Maybe one day I'll stay in it and request the last floor. I could sit by the window all day.  Smile

Although I've heard it will be a very expensive hotel. $220 per day and up!  Wow!

I'm sure it's worth it though.

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RE: Ground Breaking On Denver Airport Hotel Begins

Sun Sep 08, 2002 6:41 am

Ok, I just found out that the design of the hotel has been changed slightly.

This model I showed you is about a year old, so it's not exactly how it will be.

Supposidly it will have a "crown" on the roof. Not sure exactly what they mean. Perhaps it will be an observation deck for viewing planes taking-off, landing, taxiing? If so, then that is an excelent move.

I'll try to find a rendering or model of the final design.

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RE: Ground Breaking On Denver Airport Hotel Begins

Wed Sep 11, 2002 8:38 am

The final design of the hotel has been complete and the rendering has just been released.

Thought you all might like to see it:


Looks pretty good. A parking garage will also come with the hotel. It's not shown in this rendering however.

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