Photo courtesy Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek

This Cherry Creek Hotel Blends Denver’s Adventurous Spirit and Posh Accommodations

Denver Epic Stays
by Molly O'Brien Apr 3, 2024

There are some really cute boutique hotels in Denver to choose from — but Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek, (pronounced “Hal-see-uh n), feels like stepping into a world of adventurous luxury right as you walk through the doors. If you arrive around standard check-in time, you’ll be greeted with a complimentary adult beverage since a daily happy hour — including house wines and local beer — is included in your stay from 3 to 6 p.m.

The hotel’s name, “Halcyon,” is inspired by a “mythical bird fabled to calm seas” and represents “happiness, carefreeness, and peaceful tranquility.” You’ll see little bits of this bird sprinkled everywhere on-site, like a peaceful pair of watching eyes and wings nestled into the architecture and decor.

The 154-room, 11-suite property is modern-chic with notes of nostalgia in its elements like its vintage record machines and vinyl records — feeling almost like more of a contemporary art museum in the common spaces, with dozens of Taschen books on the tables and thought-provoking hanging art.

The hotel sits in the charming and refined Cherry Creek North neighborhood of Denver, just minutes from the downtown central business district but far enough away to have a completely different atmosphere. This glamorous, walkable district has been referred to by some as the “Beverly Hills of Denver,” boasting a lineup of sophisticated restaurants, galleries, boutique fitness studios, and a diverse range of upscale shopping options.

But it’s still Colorado — meaning outdoor adventures reign king and queen — and guests can take advantage of amenities like borrowing a bike for the day to cruise down the Cherry Creek Bike Path or raiding the Gear Garage, fully stocked with an array of seasonal outdoor equipment.

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Photo courtesy Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek

This hotel aims to offer an experience that feels more like spending time at a metropolitan-based friend’s house instead of a standard hotel, which is why there are unique, homey elements incorporated into the property. These include the front desk designed to feel like a luxury kitchen space (complete with snacks, wine, and coffee throughout various parts of the day), and a lobby meant to represent an intimate living room space (complete with a large marble fireplace, comfortable couches, and plenty of reading material and games). The Art on-site is curated by NINE dot ARTS, blending elements of a chic cosmopolitan loft feel with the coziness of an off-grid mountain cabin — rustic, urban, and playful.

The rooms are decorated with striking art pieces, blending work and play with furniture like a convertible coffee-to-desk style table, chaise lounges, record players, and quaint Juliet balconies. The bathrooms are adorned with chic stone tiles, bronze fixtures, and upscale toiletries.

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Guest rooms at Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek

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Photo courtesy Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek

There are 154 guest rooms and 11 suites (including ADA Accessible rooms) with 10 different layout styles and vibrant, individual personalities. Rooms are also designed to feel like a home moreso than a hotel room.

I stayed in a “Corner Room” with a King Bed, which felt spacious. It had a large, comfy mattress and an attached living area with a couch and record player with which I had plenty of fun. Maybe too much fun. It inspired me to buy the exact same vinyl record of my own for home. I also appreciated how the rooms come with a Manduka yoga mat and block because I’m a yogi and love it when hotel rooms have mats (instead of bringing my own or relying on a slightly more worn-down one at the gym). Other setups like the standard “Den Room” offer a bright, clean space for sleeping and working with amenities like a Nespresso machine, vinyl record player, and yoga mat.

The most exceptional offering on-site is the Three Bedroom Presidential Suite, which clocks in at 2,100 square feet spread over two floors of living and dining space, sleeping up to 10 guests and featuring luxurious amenities like a Peloton Bike, a private terrace with couches, and two additional private walk out patios.

All of the guestrooms include amenities like Nespresso machines, cozy bathrobes, Jonathan Adler bath products, SmartTVs, a vinyl record player and records (you can exchange the ones you have for more downstairs at the Gear Garage), a Yoga mat/block, and stocked mini-bars with ample cocktail-making supplies and cocktail kits.

Dining on-site at Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek

food at halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek

Photo courtesy Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek

Dine at the stylish but approachable “local neighborhood favorite” on-site eatery, Local Jones, which serves a menu full of “locally sourced staples.” When I had brunch there on a spring Sunday morning, an in-person DJ was spinning modern hits and throwback tracks — and it was warm enough that the buzzing indoor-outdoor dining space was being used to its full capacity.

Grab a drink at the exclusive speakeasy spot, B&GC, which offers a range of expertly curated signature drinks. This spot was “revived from the ruins of the former Cherry Creek Post Office, and today stands to celebrate the art of the cocktail and the spirit of life.

At Quality Italian, which is a modern take on an American Italian steakhouse, enjoy a hearty bite in a warm, spirited atmosphere in a space surrounding a large, central bar. Or, get some fresh air and check out the rooftop bar, Rare Bird, for stunning views of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains in the distance paired with contemporary American bites.

On-site amenities and rooftop space

gym at halcyon, a hotel in cherry creek

Photo courtesy Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek

Guests can enjoy access to the rooftop pool deck, hot tub, and bar, which showcase striking views of the Rocky Mountains. The roof is outfitted with private cabanas for rent seven days a week which can be booked for a half or full day. with HDTVs and comfortable seating, a table, stocked with complimentary sparkling wine or cider, water, and a fruit platter and bottled water.

Travelers should be aware there’s a destination Amenity Fee of $35 plus tax per room, which will be used toward standard amenities like high-speed Wi-Fi on-site, as well as other amenities like 24-hour access to the in-house fitness center and the rooftop pool deck. The gym has a few cardio machines like treadmills, exercise bikes, free weights, yoga mats, and exercise balls.

The fee also covers handmade espresso beverages, drip coffee, tea, and freshly baked treats each morning from the Kitchen Counter in the hotel lobby. In the evening, there’s a selection of complimentary house wines and local beer.

The Gear Garage at Halycon, a hotel in Cherry Creek

gear garage at halcyon, a hotel in cherry creek

Photo courtesy Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek

Guests seeking the “full Colorado experience” can make use of the hotel’s “Gear Garage,” which hosts seasonal outdoor equipment and gear like sleds, snowshoes, pickleball paddles, scooters, cruiser bikes, longboards, GoPros, board games, and vinyl records among other goodies.

Those with an electric vehicle can use the property’s chargers via the valet service for a $15 fee per full charge. But perhaps the coolest inclusions in the amenity fee are free day passes to the Denver Botanic Gardens including its conservatory, gardens, and sunken amphitheater — and the “Wellness Passport,” which can be used to access Cherry Creek’s premier fitness studios like SoulCycle, barre3, CorePower Yoga, and more.

Pet policy

Denver is a dog-friendly city — and The Halcyon is no different. Dogs under 70 pounds are welcome (sorry, kitties — feline friends aren’t allowed. Only Fido, for now), and the Kitchen Counter at the front desk offers dog treats at all times. There’s a cleaning fee of $100 per stay and a two-pets per-guest room limit.

Diversity and inclusivity

Everyone is welcome at Halcyon. The hotel is proud to be an official TAG-approved LGBTQ-friendly hotel, and it’s in a location offering close proximity to plenty of local, inclusive social spaces.

Visitors typically want to fly away and explore the mountain and metropolitan surroundings on a trip to Denver — and Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek is a cozy, luxurious nest to return to after a day of adventures.

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