If you enjoy entertaining and invite friends frequently for cocktail or dinner parties, where do your guests usually congregate? In the kitchen, of course. It makes sense, knowing that the kitchen is the heart of the home.
Now imagine walking into a hotel lobby and seeing not a reception desk, but a kitchen counter with beverages, coffee and snacks; a place to hang out and chat. There is no receptionist, but rather you are approached by a host with a computer pad to get you checked-in. And just a few steps away, comfy sofas invite guests to mingle and socialize. Welcome to the newest hotel in Cherry Creek—the Halcyon, a creative concept in modern luxury and experiential travel.
Putting together the myriad component pieces and establishing the brand has been the work of Sage Hospitality, a leader breaking new ground in the industry. Peter Karpinski, partner at Sage Hospitality, comments “We really wanted to create a space that could be both timeless from an experiential perspective and could span different generations of consumers. We focused on someone looking for real modern luxury in a travel experience.” He relates, “The idea is that you’re not checking into a hotel, but coming into a comfortable residential environment; coming to stay at a wealthy friend’s home or condo in Cherry Creek. You live like a local, do the things that a local would do. We were trying to make the hotel feel indigenous to the location.”
Karpinski describes the hotel as being unpretentious, natural, crafted, with every detail given great thought, adding, “We kept saying: To stay there is to live there, and to live there is to stay there. In Colorado we’re proud of living here. People save to spend on a vacation here. We live fully, truly and well and we wanted to capture all of that, allowing our guests to experience what we do every day. It’s our way of sharing that with others.”
Enter the Gear Garage—unique to this hotel, and different than anything elsewhere. “Your friend would offer you their gear: a bike, Vespa, fishing gear,” he explains. Adventure packs are ready for guests to take on a picnic, or climb a mountain. These amenities are available to guests at no extra charge, fulfilling the goal of truly embracing the life style of Cherry Creek. And since shopping is a big part of life here, Karpinski adds, “We want to be a partner and create a relationship, give our guests insider access. We’ll create experiences that would normally only be available to residents of Cherry Creek.”
Not Your Usual Hotel Room
Artwork celebrates everything Colorado, from a great moose head in the entry, to antler chandeliers. “It’s all done by Colorado artists [and shows] what’s being created and crafted here in Colorado,” Karpinski explains. Every guest floor has a counter with food and snacks, and special water stations where guests can fill their containers with either still or sparkling water.
Rooms offer unusual and homey amenities. Guests find coat hooks on the doors inside, and a little shelf where you can leave keys and such. Naturally there’s a coffee machine and basic bar set-up that includes the hotel’s private-label rum. Other touches include full-size bottles of shampoo and conditioner in the bathrooms, adding to that at-home feeling. Karpinski adds, “There is a lot of light, and there is no desk. Every room has a chaise couch and coffee table. There are board games and vinyl records and record players. We have an umbrella, yoga mat, jump rope. We promote being outdoors. We want our guests to do things that residents would do.” An elegant rooftop pool and bar with luxurious pool lounges, along with a cache of cabanas for those wanting a little privacy, invites basking in our warm Colorado sun. A spa and fitness center round-out the facilities catering to a guest’s every need.
Karpinski reinforces the concept behind the hotel, “The idea that we’re trying to combine the ease of Colorado lifestyle with the air and grace of a real hotel; our own personal take on what modern luxury is. We want our guests to reside in comfort among friends, and [experience] what living well can be. Halcyon is a mythical bird, but also means idyllic, peaceful, prosperous, flourishing. All those words are how we want our guests to feel. They can be carefree, have no worries. Really enjoy life, soak it up like rays of the sun.”
Halcyon—A Hotel in Cherry Creek
245 N. Columbine St., Denver
Bio: Joy Lawrance is a freelance writer living in Golden who writes frequently for the New West Publishing family of magazines.
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