It’s certainly not a secret I love all things Denver. It’s just a fantastic city, especially during the summer. Last month, I spent a week at Halcyon Hotel Cherry Creek (pronounced Hal-see-uh n) and I could not have been more impressed (not just with the hotel and all its uniqueness, but the overall vibe and amenities around Cherry Creek).
Check-in at HALCYON, a hotel in Cherry Creek
You’ll notice at check-in it’s almost hard to find. Off to the right side of the lobby sits an unassuming kitchen counter with laptops at a coffee bar serving drip coffee, espresso drinks, lattes and more (pretty much 24/7) with super friendly staff waiting to get you into your amazing room. It’s also the same spot that serves complimentary beer and wine from 3-9p every day, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself hanging around the Kitchen Counter throughout your stay (guilty right here).
Another fun feature – their front desk agents are called “hosts,” because just like the entire vibe around the hotel, they are hosting you. That’s why you hang out in the kitchen or sit in the living room and play games (which I noticed groups doing every night we were there). It feels like home, but obviously so much cooler (and if you have a home this cool, I’d like an invite please).
Unique Amenities Unlike Any Other Hotel
Y’all know I travel a lot, so when I say it’s a unique amenity it absolutely is. Like the Gear Garage, which is exactly what it sounds like. In
fact, it’s like a dream garage with all sorts of tools, toys and gadgets you’d want at your home. Things like a Piaggio Scooter, Cruiser Bikes, Longboards, Adventure Kits, Cameras, Board Games and more – all complimentary for hotel guests. Not only does it make the perfect prop for Instagram photos (sorry, guilty!), but also a fun and adventurous way to scoot around Cherry Creek and the nearby neighborhoods. And you know I love unique fitness while traveling, and they won a 2017 Shape Healthy Travel Award.
The hotel also has an activity guide in the room with walking and running trail maps, which is probably my favorite way to get to know a new city. I have a rule when traveling (usually) and that’s anything under a mile, I tend to walk there. Of course Halcyon has a house car (a beautiful Range Rover) that will take you within 2-3 miles, which is great for bad weather, but if not, embrace the beautiful surrounding areas!
You’ve also got an amazing rooftop pool with a super unique eye wall (you’ll definitely want to take your picture in front of this bright beauty).
Probably my favorite part about the hotel (get ready to call me a nerd…) was the unique doormats at each room. They all had unique messages and I literally walked around the entire floor taking pictures of all of them.
I loved the gym (basement level) because both times I visited I had the entire space to myself and they had kettle bells, which I hardly ever see in hotel gyms. Hotel guests also get complimentary day passes to Pura Vida Fitness & Spa just around the corner. If you’re not into the gym to get your workout, don’t forget the hotel is set in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods to go for a run or a long walk.
Another unique thing about Halcyon are the activations they do. Sure, usually when you travel, you have your own agenda, but sometimes it’s fun to just sit back and let a local or a guide take you on a local adventure. For instance, they do fly fishing, which is also open to locals who sign up in advance.
Cherry Creek Shopping Center
In the same area is one of the most diverse and walkable shopping areas in the city – Cherry Creek North and the mall just across the street. You know I love to shop when I travel, but this has the best of both worlds – the locally owned boutiques as well as the mainstream stores (even the high-end ones I love like Louis Vuitton).
It’s also a fun little bonus that during this stay we noticed that not one, but TWO of the bands that were playing at Red Rocks during the week were staying at Halcyon, so you know it’s a fun place to stay with amazing and friendly staff – all things Denver should be!