Aug012011

Brokeass Mountain Tour visits Starwood in Denver

Starwood Hotels promotion for one free resort night after three stays ended yesterday. I stayed in three Starwood hotels in the Denver area during the Brokeass Tour of the West and earned one free resort night. There are eight Starwood Hotels in the Denver area, but only two hotels, Westin Denver Downtown and Sheraton Denver Downtown, are actually in the Denver city limits. The other six hotels are located in the suburbs of Denver.

Element Denver Park Meadows – Lone Tree (southeast Denver just off Interstate 25 south of the Denver Tech Center area).

Weekend Room Rate = $80 (AAA) King bed studio.

Element is Starwood’s extended stay brand where each room comes with kitchen facilities and a couch. These hotels also offer complimentary breakfast.

This was the second Element hotel I have stayed. This is the first hotel I have ever stayed that didn’t have a parking entrance directly to the hotel. You have to drive through a shopping mall or across a fitness center parking lot to reach the hotel.

The indoor pool was the only thing different about this hotel compared to the Las Vegas Element. I was kind of surprised to see a group playing Wii in the lobby of the hotel near midnight with a Costco-size bottle of alcohol on the counter fueling the activity. Our room was far enough away from the lobby for the noise factor to not be an issue.

Walking into the room revealed an identical room design to the Las Vegas Element hotel room where we stayed two years ago. I am growing increasingly bored with cookie-cutter hotel brands like Aloft, Element, and Hyatt Place where you need to look out the window to remember where you are located.

Las Vegas Element refrigerator-dishwasher

The photos here are from the Las Vegas Element, but the room was identical to the Element Denver layout.

Element desk and flat screen tv

Element sitting area in studio suite

 

Element shower has two shower heads and refillable soap and shampoo.

 

Sheraton Denver West – Lakewood, Colorado.

Room Rate = $76 AAA breakfast rate Traditional room King Bed.

This is my favorite Starwood hotel in the Denver area. This property is located just off US-6, the same lonely highway we drove across central Nevada. The hotel has easy freeway access and is located in a good location for heading west on I-70 into the Rocky Mountains for places like Golden and high mountain towns and resorts.

We had a large 12th floor Club Lounge corner room. The hotel has an indoor pool, Sheraton lobby computer center, restaurant, bar and free parking.

Sheraton Denver West mountain view

 

Westin Westminster on the road to Boulder was a hotel with a huge AAA discount dropping the rate from $139 to $109.

This is a beautiful hotel in a planned entertainment and sports park complex. This place is total suburbia with restaurants, theaters, bars, an ice skate rink, ball parks and bike paths all right outside the door. The rates tend to be high here so $109 seemed like a bargain. I could have even had a Best Rate Guarantee for $97 on the night I chose to go to the Element. In retrospect I should have gone with the BRG claim for Westminster rather than the Element.

This hotel does not have a club lounge and I think the standard rooms are small. The location is a nice feature of this hotel and there always seems to be somthing happening here. This seems like the kind of hotel where it is easy to meet people. The indoor pool is okay, but the hot tub outside is a bit more fun.

Westin Westminster/Denver fountain lake

Lobby Westin Westminster, Colorado.

Three Starwood stays in Denver for $265 earned a free resort night. Our St. Regis Aspen resort stay a couple nights later saved over $500 or 20,000 points on the lowest available rate. I think Aspen is severely overpriced, but all in all we paid $265 for four hotel nights in Denver and Aspen so I guess that is an overall great value with Starwood hotels for the Brokeass Mountain Tour.

 

Brokeass Mountain Road Trip, July 2011

Monterey, California – Denver, Colorado

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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