Denver Has a New Dinosaur-Themed Best Western
Most hotels spend lots of money to bring themselves out of the prehistoric era, but the Best Western Denver Southwest did just the opposite, throwing down $4 million to convert itself into a dinosaur-themed property.
The idea for the design came from nearby Dinosaur Ridge, an archaeological site 10 minutes from the hotel that houses the footprints of long-necked sauropods. The 112-room hotel is now all decked out with dinosaur paraphernalia, including skulls, fossil tables, classic dinosaur artwork and an on-site natural history museum dedicated to the prehistoric beasts.
The co-owners of the property said they hope the theme will draw some attention to the excavations that have taken place in the area and help bring tourists to see for themselves.
Seems like a cool place, but more than anything we like the effort -- a chain hotel spending the money to distinguish itself and vibe with the local surroundings. Hopefully others take note, and we start seeing more individualized accommodations across larger brands. With rates starting at $75/night, this particular Best Western sounds like a fun, budget-friendly option for families traveling with kids.
[Photos: Best Western/Facebook]