HALCYON, a hotel in Cherry Creek
Halcyon combines the best of a boutique hotel with a very hip and well-connected host. Guests will find a $30 per day amenity fee on their bill, but it includes the usual wifi and access to pool and fitness center, but also a Range Rover shuttle around the neighborhood, snacks and drinks from cappuccino to New Belgium beer at the Kitchen Counter, plus the Gear Garage, which will lend out everything from snowshoes to a Piaggio scooter, plus Leica and Go Pro cameras during your stay. Bright and clean guest rooms have Nespresso machines, smart TVs, and turntables (a selection of vinyl can be borrowed from Gear Garage), upgrade to a terrace room for a private outdoor space to bask in the Colorado sun. The hotel has over 700 works by local artists, with an original piece in each room. The rooftop is home to the pool and hot tub, as well as a selection of menu items from the hotel’s Departure Restaurant + Lounge. Departure’s Asian-fusion menu includes miso ramen and Thai sausage and egg fried rice with cocktails and mocktails served on ice and straight up. Downstairs, garage doors open up to Quality Italian for shareable lasagna with filet meatballs and dry-aged steaks, plus dry-infused after dinner drinks and cannoli prepared tableside.A few miles from downtown and one mile from the Denver Botanic Garden, Cherry Creek is a favorite neighborhood for shopping, and known for its annual arts festival in July.
By Meg Nesterov, AFAR Local Expert
The first clue that the Halcyon is not your normal hotel: no check-in desk. Instead, guests are welcomed with an espresso or a cocktail at the lobby bar (where they can return for gratis pick-me-ups during their stay). Turntables with vinyl collections are found in the 155 guest rooms, and the Gear Garage stocks e-bikes, Vespas, longboards, Leica cameras, and other toys.