I have been going to the eye center at UCHealth at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora quarterly for more than a decade. I have a lifetime of eye issues involving lots of specialists and surgeries. Thus, I watched, with rather bad eyes, this Hyatt Regency being built across from the hospital. Open since 2016, the area is different than it was four years ago. By this I mean, it seems we see a new building every time we visit.
Where there once was a field with errant candy wrappers blowing through, there is now a modern building with businesses below and apartments on the floors above. We have had front row seats to significant changes around this huge medical campus in the last decade.
The Hyatt Regency in Aurora isn’t an average hotel, it is a conference center hotel, with all the beauty that comes with being a 21st Century property. I immediately jumped at the opportunity to stay there during Top Taco at Stanley Marketplace this summer. After all, we’ve discovered, after visiting Aurora four times per year, that it’s a cultural food hub.
After each quarterly appointment with my eye specialists, we find a new place to eat. It gives us something to look forward to after a rather stressful event. We used to go to the same place quite often, the Stanley Marketplace. It offers an array of eateries all under one trendy warehouse roof. However, especially as I got into my Korean roots via dining on Korean food, we started to try other areas only to discover that Aurora is home to hundreds of ethnic restaurants.
There is one corner parking lot in Aurora that is home to a French bakery, a pho bistro, a Chinese restaurant, a Mexican eatery, a Mexican market, a Korean fried chicken joint, a liquor store, a pizzeria, several coffee shops, a sushi place, a Russian diner and sports bar. I could put a tent up in the middle of this deliciousness and be perfectly happy.
We had delicious Korean fried chicken but want to go back and eat all the things.
My point is, if you don’t know much about Aurora, now you know they have an amazing selection of food, and, as it turns out, they have a rather nice Hyatt Regency.
I love staying at hotels. For one thing, they smell good, and this Hyatt was no exception. I would describe it as light, airy, and designed in a comfortable yet breezy style. The soaring ceilings make it an inviting summer space and the fireplace in the entry makes it cozy in the winter.
We were booked in a huge suite that has a living room, bedroom, and two bathrooms. Yes, two. It would be perfect for a stay that brings a person to town for a couple of nights, or a week. I assume, having a teaching hospital across the street brings lots of hospital-related stays and conferences to this Hyatt.
It’s also the perfect place to stay for Top Taco, held on 140,000 square feet outside at Stanley Marketplace. One hundred bars and restaurants open booths, a VIP area appears, and more than 50 restaurants compete in three categories. Read all about it at my new blog, TacosandPho.com.
It’s an incredible event, and if you don’t mind crowds and like tacos, make sure you go. Take advantage of seating and private bars by going VIP. We were with Visit Aurora, and it was outstanding. Located inside the VIP area, we had a private bar and seating area, tattoo artist (spray tattoos), and flower crowns.
We ate everything from octopus tacos to Korean beef tacos. We also had access to a lot of margarita tasters and all the top tequila brands were represented. It was quite the evening, and coming back to our comfortable suite at the Hyatt was the icing on the cake, or perhaps I should write, the crema on the taco.
Breakfast at the Hyatt’s restaurant, Borealis, was a tasty affair. After consuming all those tacos, I still woke up hungry. Funny how that always seems to happen. I ordered avocado toast and Ryan ordered pancakes.
My meal was almost too pretty to eat, but I managed. I always do! And, with light streaming in the floor-to-ceiling restaurant windows and having gotten a night of good sleep in our comfy suite, we were rested and ready to face another day.
Whether traveling for hospital-related reasons or simply visiting Aurora for a food adventure, this is an excellent place to rest and relax.