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Sheraton Downtown Denver Club Lounge

June 4, 2013

Recently, my husband and I took a long weekend trip to Denver to meet up with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law for a mini vacation.  My husband helped to put the trip together for the four of us by researching and then booking a hotel for us, among other things.  We ended up staying at the Sheraton in Downtown Denver, which was a perfectly situated hotel and terrific jumping off point for all of the things we wanted to do in and around Denver.  The hotel itself couldn’t have been situated in any better location being right at one end of the pedestrian-only 16th Street Mall, only a block or so from Civic Center Plaza where the State Capitol, City Hall, the US Mint, Federal Courthouse, Federal Reserve Bank, Colorado Convention Center and many other sites are located.  The hotel itself is extremely large, having over 1,200 rooms and being Colorado’s largest hotel, and catering specifically to the convention crowd attending conventions both inside the hotels many large conference rooms as well as large conventions at the Colorado Convention Center.  The Sheraton is comprised of 2 separate and distinct buildings, the main Plaza Building where the main lobby, restaurants and coffee houses are located, and then across the street, there is the large Tower Building built in the 1950s by the acclaimed modern architect I.M. Pei.

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Within the Tower Building of the hotel, which is 22 stories tall, the top 2 floors are appointed as the Club Floors which allow guests access to the private Club Lounge where guests can enjoy morning breakfast, afternoon social hour, relax and watch T.V. or use the business facilities to get work done.  We were lucky enough to get a room on the Club Floor and take advantage of the wonderful accessories the Club Lounge has to offer.  Each day, the Club Lounge serves breakfast to guests with access to the lounge from 6 am – 9 am.  And in the evenings, there is a Social Hour from 5 pm – 7 pm where snacks and hors d’ouevres are served to guests.

When my husband and I arrived into Denver from Los Angeles, and then made our way to the hotel, it was just before 6 pm.  After an early morning of work, and then rushing to get to the airport for our flight, we both ended up not having had anything to eat all day and were starving.  As we arrived right in the middle of Social Hour, we just had to go and take advantage of what the Club Lounge had to offer, so that we could grab enough snacks so that we wouldn’t starve to death, while not overeating and ruining a late night dinner with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law who would be arriving a little later that night.

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The Club Lounge had a nice selection of small finger foods that we could grab to either eat and relax in the lounge or take back to our room, that was just enough to tide us over.  There was a small spread of various crackers and breads, along with small canapés such as stuffed grape leaves.

026There was also quick happy hour snacks such as peanuts, dried figs and dried cranberries.  A lot of good on-the-go type food.

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Also, there were 2 hot food selections.  The first was a delicious Chinese and vegetable fried wonton.  Yum, I loved these.  A few of these babies and I was good to go.

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And there was also pigs in a blanket, little mini cocktail sausages wrapped in a baked bread bun with some sort of mustard sauce inside.

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Pair all of this with the unlimited cold bottled water and soda on hand for guests, and that’s really all you need as a snack in the early evenings before dining out.  One of the things I loved about the Club Lounge was that the water and soda was stocked 24/7, so you could grab some drinks for the road, or you could come back to the hotel after a hot day out and about in Denver and cool off with some drinks.

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There was also a fully loaded espresso machine that would fresh grind coffee beans to make lattes, cappuccinos and espressos.  How nice is that?

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Of course, every morning, the breakfast spread was quite popular in the Club Lounge.  There was a nice selection of cut, fresh fruit which usually included watermelon, pineapple, honeydew and cantaloupe.  Honestly, I would have been happy with just this!

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There was also fresh orange and grapefruit juices, along with the espresso machine and fresh brewed pots of coffee.

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If something heartier for breakfast is what you are after, there was a selection of mini pastries including croissants and some sort of chocolate Danish and of course bagels and cream cheese!

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And there was a toasting station with the usual bread assortment of white and wheat bread, as well as English muffins, and the accompaniments of various flavors of jams and jellies, honey and butter.  There was also one hot dish each morning that changed from day-to-day.  The first day we were there, there was some sort of sausage biscuit sandwich, and on another day there was pecan French toast with maple syrup.

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Of course, if you’re more of a cereal person, there was a selection of dry cereals as well as hot oatmeal with brown sugar and other fixings.  And there was also baskets of fruit (oranges, apples and bananas) for the on-the-go types that didn’t want to stick around the lounge.

The Club Lounge wasn’t fancy by any stretch of the imagination, but it was certainly a nice little perk.  In the mornings, it was just enough to get you through the morning with a little bit of fresh fruit and a light breakfast.  And in the afternoons, the finger foods were a nice afternoon treat.  And of course, the unlimited cold drinks, especially since it was hot in Denver while we were there, was much appreciated.  I’ll take these little perks when I’m traveling.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2013 9:06 am

    I loved the club lounge. It was so pretty up there and just a really nice place to hang out and have a soda or coffee. So much better than hanging out in our room. Although I never took advantage of the breakfast, I had the happy hour, and it was a nice perk. The best was when we played games up there late at night 🙂

    • June 5, 2013 1:17 pm

      The night we played games up there and had the Lounge all to ourselves was soo much fun!

      Too bad the State Capitol dome was all covered up under renovation or the views from the Lounge would have been stunning!

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