Fodor's Expert Review Halcyon

245 Columbine St, Denver, Colorado 80206, USA See on Map

One of the newest properties in Denver, Halcyon Hotel’s aim is to make guests feel like they’re staying in the very fancy house of a dear friend. The hotel is swanky and new, but contains the kind of high-end finishes you’d find in a custom-built home. One of a handful of properties in the Cherry Creek neighborhood, this area tends to attract both “old money” and “nouveau riche,” in addition to young professionals and recent retirees.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The Destination Amenity Fee is $30 per day and includes a personal styling consultation from an area boutique.


The 154 rooms feel more like bedrooms than hotel rooms. Both furniture choices and placement are deliberate, with a charcoal couch that feels like it was plucked from a design magazine and an actual console table nested under the wall-mounted TV. Upgraded rooms and suites have balconettes and patios, but all quarters include Nespresso machines, bars, and WiFi. Speaking of bar, in each room you’ll find bottles of the branded house rum available for purchase.


Brass and quartz vanities are surrounded by white tile showers and filled with Côte Bastid Bath Products. Suites also have soaking tubs.


Playing on the idea that everyone gathers in the kitchen, in lieu of a front desk there’s a white quartz slab island, dubbed the Kitchen Counter. Here, guests check in and can find coffee and espresso, fruit and snacks, plus beer and wine in the afternoons. Tastings of the Halcyon brand house rum are also available. The adjacent space is set up, unsurprisingly, like a living room and provides easy access to the hotel’s restaurants. Like a library, guests can check out items from the Gear Garage, including GoPro video and Leica still cameras, board games, as well as vinyl records and players.


The rooftop pool and hot tub is open seasonally from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Private cabanas can be also be reserved.


There’s no spa on-site, so guests are encouraged to book services with Spa VITAL at Pura Vida, a few blocks (8-minute walk) from the hotel.


The options for fitness are abundant: There’s a 24-hour fitness center with weights, medicine balls, yoga mats, and cardio machines. Guests can also request complimentary passes to Pura Vida, a 30,000-square-foot, multi-level, full-service athletic club and spa a few blocks away. And then there’s the on-site Gear Garage boasting a bevy of equipment, including snowshoes and sleds for winter, cruiser bikes and helmets in summer, as well as adventure kits full of gear for hiking.


Aside from the Kitchen Counter fruit and pastries, the Halcyon hosts two on-site restaurants, both of which have wowed critics and diners since opening. Departure cooks up elevated Asian fusion, with breakfast, dinner, and happy hour options. Quality Italian is an Italian-American steakhouse providing lunch and dinner.


The Departure Elevated rooftop bar is a glorious place to take in city views and enjoy an abbreviated menu of light bites from the Departure restaurant.


Getting Around

The house car is a Range Rover, but guests can also check out a Piaggio scooter, longboard skateboard, or Hamboard (surfboard on wheels) from the Gear Garage. Cherry Creek North is welcoming to pedestrians, with wide sidewalks and crosswalks at every intersection.


Health food nuts who are also foodies will admire both the ingredients and execution at the Denver outpost of wellness guru Andrew Weil’s True Food Kitchen (4-minute walk). Little Ollie’s (3-minute walk) is a longtime local favorite for upscale Chinese dishes. For all of the fruits of the ocean, including a righteous raw bar, visit Blue Island Oyster Bar and Seafood (2-minute walk).


Though the steakhouse is a draw all its own, the bar at Elway’s Cherry Creek (8-minute walk) is lively and a go-to gathering spot in the area. Obar (3-minute walk), next to Little Ollie’s, offers open patio seating and televisions, plus the ability to order off of the Little Ollie’s menu. The large u-shaped bar at Cherry Creek Grill (10-minute walk) is welcoming.


Cherry Creek North is an adult playground and the Halcyon plays to the area’s strengths, especially in the offerings from the on-site Gear Garage. The hotel is high end, with well-appointed rooms and excellent dining options, but still provides a relaxed and truly unique experience. It’s the perfect spot for parents getting away from the kids for a weekend or recent retirees ready to celebrate the spoils of the next chapter in a life well-lived.


144 rooms; 10 suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe Yes
Room Service Breakfast and dinner only
Gym, Pool
Valet Parking


Phones: 720-772-5000; 844-442-5296

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