Why the Burnsley Hotel Really felt like Home
by Madelyn Miller, the TravelLady
First impressions really count. And from the moment I checked into the Burnsley All Suite Hotel, I knew it was someplace special. My key was attached to a small map of the city.
The desk clerk told me they also had a shuttle which would take you anywhere within 3 miles. And they are so centrally located, I went everywhere by shuttle.
When I asked about Internet access, the desk clerk told me it was free--and they had both wireless and Ethernet.
I noticed many women working there--even the bellman was an attractive blonde. I felt like a bunch of my friends were taking care of me and making sure things were taken care of exactly the way I wanted. I quickly asked if a woman owned the hotel. It was the first time I had ever asked that question. But I was right. And the woman's touch showed through out. The Burnsley is gracious and welcoming. It has the charming intimacy of a European inn--in the heart of downtown Denver
It seemed like they had thought of everything I might want. When I went up to my suite, I was in a spacious apartment with glorious views. The cozy bedroom had a mirrored closet with sliding doors. I almost wished I had brought more clothes. (But I quickly remedied that when I went to the Junior League thrift store and bought 4 big bags of new, "pre-loved" clothing)
Even the bathroom amenities were unique. There was a dark facecloth with a note to:"use this to remove makeup." Each spacious room had special features--the living room includes a desk with voice mail and data port phones, cable TV, and a private balcony with panoramic views. There was a dining room adjoining the fully equipped kitchen. I don't know how they knew that Wolfgang Puck is my favorite kind of coffee.
And I loved to go downstairs to the lounge and restaurant. Great food at reasonable prices. They have happy hour every day of the week from 4-7 with half price drinks and $2 tapas.
Having a driver was great. It made me feel so important. It was fun to be driven to a thrift store, and then have the driver come in and get all my packages.
In my fantasy life, I would have my own driver and a meticulous apartment with lots of closet space and a fabulous view. The Bunsley made that fantasy a reality for two days.
I wish I could have stayed longer. I know I will go back.
The Burnsley All Suite Hotel
1000 Grant Street
Denver, Colorado 80203
Denver International Airport, the world's third largest airport, is a major airport for United, Continental, American, Frontier and 13 other airlines. The approximate travel time from DIA to downtown Denver is 25 to 45 minutes, depending on traffic.
The Super Shuttle provides transportation on a regular basis from the airport to the front door of major hotels.The cost for the shuttle service is $18 per person one way and $30 per person round trip. Cab fares are approximately $43 each way.
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Madelyn Miller is a travel and food writer who loves Denver. Read her stories on www.travellady.com, www.carladynews.com, www.cocktailatlas.com, www.chocolateatlas.com, www.coffeeatlas.com, www.TeaAtlas.com