property’s managing director,
Paul E. Ohm.
Located about 150 feet from the Denver
International Airport is the Westin Denver
International Airport, which also has that
“The hotel is both refreshing and unique
and has an uncanny ability to make you
forget you are at an airport almost instantly
after entering,” said Michele Chalupa, the
property’s director of sales and marketing.
Features of this LEED-certified, architecturally stunning hotel include a lobby
holding a memorable art installation, a
pool with floor-to-ceiling views of Denver
and the Rocky Mountains, and soundproof
guest rooms with views of the plaza, airport, city and mountains.
Two standout properties in the Dallas/
Fort Worth International Airport market
are the Grand Hyatt DFW and Hyatt Place
DFW, which opened in March this year.
According to John Terrell, vice president, commercial development for DFW
International Airport, which owns the two
hotels, the former is “an oasis within the
international terminal” that features exceptional dining, a meeting concierge app and
a rooftop fitness center with spa services.
And at Hyatt Place DFW, the coolest asset is probably the caring staff, said Terrell.
“Of course, we have also added some
unique amenities to the building,” he
said, citing an open gallery area that flows
from the front desk to the bar and dining
area, an indoor pool with a retractable
glass wall so guests can watch planes take
off and land as they swim, and an outdoor
patio area with a fireplace.
Another noteworthy airport property is
the newly renovated Hyatt Regency San
“Our hotel’s trademark is our stunning
atrium, which has been transformed to maxi-
mize space flow and natural light with various
flexible meeting space options for impromptu
meetings,” said Joel Alexander, the property’s
director of sales and marketing.
Also recently renovated is the Crowne
Plaza Phoenix Airport.
“Our ownership worked with progressive
designers to add richly textured wall papers, avant-garde yet approachable design
elements and visually fascinating lighting
fixtures throughout the entire property,”
said Jeff DeMenna, the property’s director
of sales and marketing. “Our guests comment on them frequently.”
These days, airport hotels, and hotels
in general, need to implement design
concepts that accommodate a more social
environment, with small meeting/sitting
areas throughout the lobby and public
spaces, according to STR’s Freitag.
“The trend is toward ‘alone together,’ where
workers enjoy being in a social space with
other workers, but each one is on her/his
own device typing away, not interacting with
people in the same room but with co-workers
thousands of miles away,” he said.
The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Air-
port is one property that successfully met
this demand for flexible social space.
“People are no longer working alone
in their rooms. Now, people want to work
in open areas, interacting and socializing
seamlessly,” said the property’s Alexander.
“With this in mind, we recently completed
a top-to-bottom transformation completely
revamping and improving the guest expe-
rience, from the sleek lobby to the brand-
new 3SIXTY bar, restaurant and market.”
Another trend, according to DFW Inter-
national Airport’s Terrell, is to use various
areas of the hotel for smaller meetings.
At Hyatt Place DF W, he said, small groups
have used a large conference-style table that
is located off the side of the lobby, the gallery seating area and the living room space
that is a part of the hotel’s five suites.
“Attendees and planners are looking for
quality product, convenient location and outstanding service,” added Denise Bednarczyk
Garrett, director of sales and marketing at the
Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport, which
has direct connect to the terminal.
Groups enjoy meeting at this centrally
located hotel, she added, and trend toward
sticking around the property.
“No directions, taxis or even winter
attire is required in the winter months; you
can fly from 80-degree weather and arrive
to freezing temps and never leave the
building,” she said. “In addition, guests are
not trapped because we are at the airport—
overnight registered guests are able to walk
through the lobby into the terminal and en-
joy over 90 shops and restaurant options.”
With all their wonderful amenities and
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