Despite having absolutely no idea what a “Hyatt House” was, I didn’t hesitate for an instant when booking the reservation. The location seemed perfect, and the price was right, so why not? It looked more than ideal for a simple overnight stay with easy access to the Denver International Airport (DEN).

A full review of my 1 night stay at the Hyatt House Hotel at the Denver Airport

Curiosity got the best of me a few days after making the reservation, and I found myself doing some research to figure out what the “House” sub-brand was all about. Long story short, this is Hyatt’s line of extended-stay properties that have a bit of a youthful flair sprinkled in to keep things interesting.

To put it in better context, it’s basically the opposite of their more upscale properties (such as the Grand Hyatt at the Incheon Airport in Seoul).

First impressions

To be honest, the first thing I thought of when walking through the front door on my way to the reception desk was “cheap”. Not cheap like “Motel-8 cheap.” but more like “IKEA cheap.” You know…stylish but not very high end. It wasn’t a bad feeling though, and the staff was more than friendly and went out of their way to greet me and to make sure I had everything I needed to be comfortable.

Hyatt House Denver Airport exterior
Exterior of the Hyatt House hotel at the Denver International Airport (DEN)
Hyatt House Denver Airport front desk
The front desk. Hello? Is anyone home?
Hyatt House Denver Airport lobby seating
Plenty of space to sit and relax in the main lobby
Hyatt House Denver Airport cafe / restaurant
More seating areas just off the main lobby (this is technically the cafe / restaurant)
Hyatt House Denver Airport business center
While a bit on the small side, the business center was a nice and quiet
Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel lobby
Just behind the front desk is the corridor leading to the cafe, more lounge areas, and the elevators
Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel lounge
It’s obvious that the Hyatt House brand is all about social interaction – this is one of the lounges found along the rear corridor.
Hyatt House Denver Airport lounge seating
Another view of the lounge. Ain’t nobody feeling social today I guess.

The room (it was more of an apartment really)

That cheap feeling followed me all the way to the door of my room, thanks in large part to the dull and dreary corridors slathered in unappealing finishes. Did I make a mistake in booking this room? I wasn’t expecting a plush boutique experience or anything, but so far my expectations had not yet been met.

Hyatt House Denver Airport guest room hallway
The hallways leading to the rooms seemed unnaturally dark
Hyatt House Denver Airport door to room 234
The door to my room (#234)

Thankfully, I was pretty much blown away as soon as I stepped into the room. Scratch that. This wasn’t a room. It wasn’t even a suite. It was a full-blown apartment with a full-size kitchen with a separated bedroom and bath. Very much unexpected, and very nice!

Hyatt House Denver Airport main room
The main room looking towards the kitchen and bedroom
Hyatt House Denver Airport living room
A full-size living room – with a full size couch!
Hyatt House Denver Airport living room and kitchen
View of the living room from the kitchen
Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel kitchen
Whoa. The kitchen even has full size appliances!
Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel full size refrigerator
A full size refrigerator too? Nice.
Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel amenities
Hand towels and full size coffee maker helped to make this place feel like home
Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel silverware
Silverware included
Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel dishes
Even the cupboards were fully stocked
Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel kitchen table
What good is a full sized kitchen without a dining room table?
Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel in room bulletin board
Nice little touches like this bulletin board in the kitchen helped to make this seem more like home than a stodgy hotel room

The bedroom

Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel bed
This ended up being one of the most comfortable hotel beds I’ve ever slept in, primarily because it was situated in a real bedroom (separate from everything else)
Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel nightstand
Large / full size nightstands too
Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel tv in bedroom
There’s an additional TV in the bedroom
Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel bathroom door
The doorway leading to the bathroom

The bathroom

Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel bathroom
Even the bathroom was nice and large
Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel bathroom vanity
I found it odd that the sink basin was so small though – not a big deal, but I thought it didn’t fit with the size of the bathroom
Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel bathroom layout
Large floor to ceiling mirrors helped to create the illusion of a large open space
Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel shower
Large shower – even with a place to sit
Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel toilet
A pic of the toilet (because no hotel review would be complete without it)

The view

Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel room view
The view from the kitchen window didn’t look so impressive…
Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel view from window
…but then I looked to the left to find nothing but open land. Nice!

Final thoughts

While not the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed at, the Hyatt House at the Denver Airport was certainly one of the most comfortable. Perhaps the most comfortable considering it was basically an apartment. I felt right at home here, thanks in large part to the full size kitchen and large squishy couch in the main room.

Hyatt Houses very nicely-designed properties (very similar to the Aloft chain of hotels), and feature open spaces and lounges focused on promoting social gatherings. I’m about as introverted as it gets, so none of these “social” features are very interesting to me . However, I can certainly understand how intriguing it would be to road warriors who crave social interaction when traveling.

The only negative thing about this stay was the noise from the people in the room above. All was quiet until about 2am when they arrived, stomping all over as they unpacked and got settled in. Annoying as hell considering that I had to wake up at 4:40am to catch my flight back to San Diego that morning. Oh well. I know that it wasn’t directly a fault of the Hyatt itself, but word of warning to anyone considering staying here: the floors and walls are thin. You will hear your neighbors!

Despite the noise issue, I’d stay here again without question. But I’ll make sure to bring ear plugs next time…

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