When I’m traveling around Colorado or the rest of the U.S. Mountain West for vacation or Colorado Meetings + Events and Mountain Meetings magazines, I like checking out the places, properties and people that make destinations distinct. Most recently, the road trip was from where I live and work in the Colorado mountains to Boulder and Denver.
Boulder recently welcomed dual-branded Hiltons located in two five-story buildings next to each other at 28th Street and Canyon Boulevard. Launched by Denver-based Sage Hospitality and NAI Shames Makovsky in late November 2017, Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder and Hilton Garden Inn Boulder, together feature 376 guest rooms, fitness centers, shared courtyards, two restaurants, a heated rooftop pool and 8,435 square feet of meeting and event space, including the largest private ballroom in Boulder at 6,510 square feet. Each hotel has its own unique look and feel, but the two are unified by more than 1,500 pieces of art created by Colorado artists and curated by Denver-based NINE dot ARTS.
The Embassy Suites used to follow a very consistent design formula, but overnight stays at the Boulder property in March and Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center last fall demonstrate that the brand is now on board with localization. Featuring 204 all-suite guest rooms, Embassy Suites Boulder offers complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast (the best omelet I’ve had recently!) and an evening reception that is generous with tasty appetizers and a good selection of beverages, making it easy for planners and groups. My daughter and I loved staying in the University of Colorado suite decked out with Buffs decor and even a signed photo of the team’s football coach.
The Hilton Garden Inn Boulder is equally unique and features 172 guest rooms and a lobby that makes you want to hang out and relax with lots of great décor and colors and an overall good vibe.
It’s only a short trip from Boulder to Denver, and a busy schedule awaited for Colorado Meetings Week, which always includes the magazine’s Best of 2018 readers’ choice awards on Monday evening and the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado Educational Conference and Trade Show on Tuesday and Wednesday. We carved out time for a quick trip to the Colorado Capitol (a worthy stop for groups or attendees during free time) and relaxation in the Hotel Monaco’s attractive lobby for nightly receptions and the terrific onsite restaurant Panzano and Veda Salon and Spa. The recently renovated guest rooms are both welcoming and stylish.
I recently wrote about ultra-unique spa treatments in Denver, including Veda Salon and Spa’s Mile High Massage that delivers the health benefits of organic essential oils and lotions with a cannabidiol (CBD) oil base. It peaked my curiosity, so I gave it a try. Made
from hemp plants, CBD oils offer hydrating, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits but no mind-altering impacts. Expect to see more CBD-oil based products (including several lines made by Colorado companies) used in spas throughout the United States as they are completely legal, just like clothes made from hemp!
Our Best of 2018 held at Denver Place, located just a block from Hotel Monaco, went off with very few glitches thanks to two talented event planners from our home office at Tiger Oak Media in Minneapolis and a superb team of sponsors and partners. Watch our Summer 2018 issue for photos from this year’s Colorado Meetings Week and check out our Facebook page. Also mark your calendars for next year’s dates, March 11-13, 2019, for three days of terrific networking, ideas and education and the opportunity to salute those who are excelling in the meetings and events industry.