Hotels Denver International Airport DIA

Whether traveling to Denver on business or pleasure, or just for the fun of a family vacation, if you fly into Colorado, you’ll pass through Denver International Airport. DIA, as it is known to everyone, sits far to the east of Downtown Denver. As such, the hotels at DIA are much better for catching an early morning flight out, or for crashing after a late flight into Denver, than they are for sightseeing around Denver. Likewise, travelers on business looking forward to meetings in downtown or at the Denver Tech Center will likely be better served by staying at one of Denver’s top hotels in those areas.

If your plan is to see some of the fun Denver attractions the city has to offer, consider staying closer to downtown or whatever area your Colorado travels or sightseeing trips will be concentrated in.

For those looking for good Denver Airport hotels, there are now plenty of nationally recognized brand name hotels and motels near Denver International Airport. If you visited Colorado and tried to stay near the airport several years ago, rest assured that while the airport itself is still more or less out in the middle of nowhere, it is no longer isolated from Denver lodging.

DIA is east of the city. Lodging in northern Denver is another option for experienced travelers.

Lodging Denver International Airport DIA

Fortunately, travelers and locals alike, have plenty of lodging choices at the Denver airport. Here is a listing of some of the DIA hotels near the airport.

  • Quality Inn & Suites
  • Staybridge Suites Denver Airport
  • La Quinta Inn Denver International Airport / DIA
  • Comfort Suites DIA
  • Embassy Suites at Denver International Airport
  • Microtel Inn DIA
  • Residence Inn by Marriott
  • Denver International Hotel
  • Days Inn & Suites
  • Ramada Inn and Suites Denver International Airport
  • Courtyard by Marriott Denver Airport
  • Fairfield Inn By Marriott Denver Airport
  • Hampton Inn Denver-International Airport
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Denver Airport
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Denver International Airport
  • Hyatt Place Denver Airport

Most of the Denver airport hotels are pretty similar with standard business accommodations being the norm. If you are looking for high-end hotels in Denver or boutique hotels, then downtown or other areas of Denver are your best bet. Luxury Denver hotels and Denver resorts are not what the hotels out by the airport are all about.

Basic information about Denver

With that being the case, the best hotel in Denver near the airport for most travelers will be whichever one offers the lowest price room. Or, if going for the cheapest room rate isn’t for you, stay at one of the chain hotels that you have frequent flier miles or other traveler rewards programs with. Hilton Honors rewards and Marriott Rewards are just two of the major hotel rewards program available from major hotels nationwide.

Denver International Airport

dia-airport-graphicDenver International Airport, or DIA, as it is known serves Denver and the surrounding areas.

The most important thing to know about the airport, is that it is nowhere near Denver. Many locals joke that that airport is actually in Kansas. That is an exaggeration, of course, but it is not without merit.

DIA is technically in Denver, but only thanks to the kind of boundary gerrymandering that is unconstitutional if used for anything other than artificially including airports inside of city limits.

To find DIA on Google Maps, type in Denver, CO. Then, zoom out. Zoom out again. Zoom out again. Now scroll to the right.  Look for a big gray area to the Northeast of Denver.  That is Denver International Airport. You can’t even see the Rocky Mountains from there.

The airport is 40 minutes from downtown in good traffic, but can take significantly longer to reach during rush hour. If you are not going toward downtown, Denver’s only toll road E-470 can get you to the northernmost or southernmost ends of the Denver metro area much faster.

Don’t bother with it for anything close to the center of the metro region. E-470 is a “loop” that doesn’t connect up on the West side that runs around the OUTER edge of the metro area. They say, that in Denver, the only thing further East than E-470 is DIA.

The good news is that parking is relatively easy at DIA compared to other airports at all times except the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. It is also cheaper than a lot of other metropolitan airports with close-in garage parking going for $18 a day and further out, but still walkable parking lots costing $10 for parking.

Unless you are going downtown and staying downtown the whole duration of your trip, rent a car. With the exception of a 15 block area downtown, this is not a walking city.

Every downtown Denver motel and hotel has parking of some sort, and while the locals will complain loudly about the rates, they are much lower than in other major cities. Valet parking at most hotels is about $30 a day with self-park costing $15 to $20 depending upon the hotel.

Taxis are not common except at hotels and a couple of other spots. Otherwise, you’ll have to make a phone call and then wait for one to show up. Cab fare from the airport will typically pay for a full-day of car rental, with a round trip costing you at least what a 2-day rental would cost.

Plan ahead and get a discount car reservation and you might be able to rent a car for the whole week for the same price as a rountrip taxi cab ride to the airport.

If you have ever driven in another metropolitan size city, you can handle driving in Denver.