There are several recent renovations and new hotels being introduced in Colorado. Here is just a sampling inspired by attending the Under the Big Top event held at Hotel Boulderado in downtown Boulder on Sept. 28 to showcase the completed first phase if the historic hotel’s renovation, which included 114 of the 160 guest rooms, 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and the outdoor plaza.
It was a fun and creative evening that moved progressively from the Event Center/annex side of the hotel to the historic section, including a large mezzanine overlooking the lobby (both slated for the next phase of renovation) and License No. 1, with a fun speakeasy feel. The 300 attendees were greeted at the Event Center entrance by two classic automobiles and historically dressed women on stilts, live entertainment and tasty foods were served up in the ballroom and new courtyard, and the board room was set up for the holidays to promote available holiday dates. Old World character actors lined the skywalk leading the mezzanine for carnival games, cotton candy, popcorn, cupcakes and cocktails before nightcaps and fortune telling in License No. 1. The Boulderado’s lobby and mezzanine renovation should be finished by early 2017 and move onto the restaurants and remainder of the guest rooms. In Denver, the first phase of the Denver Marriott Tech Center renovation resulted in 286 modernized guest rooms in the Summit Tower and upgraded entrance, enhanced 50,000 square feet of meeting and event space and improved fitness center. The second phase will include renovations to the lobby and 319 remaining guest rooms and the property is welcoming a new restaurant concept and on-site market and will be one of the first in the nation to offer a Marriott M Club Lounge. After a $1 million renovation, the rooftop at downtown’s Warwick Denver Hotel now features a custom, heated swimming pool, cabana furniture, a newly built bar and 360-degree views. The hotel’s façade also underwent a refresh with new paint and patio exteriors to further a recent companywide rebrand. Each of the property’s 216 guest rooms is undergoing a phased renovation starting in late 2016.
For new properties, Sage Hospitality and BMC Investments opened the doors of Halycon, a 154-room independent hotel in Cherry Creek North, in August. The property offers 6,500 square feet of meeting and event space, a rooftop bar and accompanying pool, and two restaurants. The on-site Gear Garage provides hands-on learning of various skills and adventures on a complimentary basis such as borrowing an e-bike for the day for a cruise down the Cherry Creek Bike Path or hopping on a Halcyon Vespa to catch a Rockies game or meeting downtown.
Construction of The Ramble Hotel, a new 50-room boutique hotel in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood, is underway and should be completed in late 2017. The three-story hotel
owned by Denver-based Gravitas Development Group will feature an intimate theatre and bar, meeting space, outdoor courtyard, independently owned restaurant and a marquee lobby bar, Death & Co Denver. The bar marks the first outpost outside of Death & Co’s original location in New York’s East Village. Death & Co also will manage the hotel’s room service program, a café bar providing coffee and breakfast services, a reservation-only private bar, and the food and beverage program within the property’s outdoor courtyard.
The Elizabeth Hotel is part of a new mixed-use development known as Firehouse Alley underway in downtown Fort Collins spearheaded by Sage Hospitality and McWhinney. The modern, upscale 164-room hotel will feature locally curated art from students and professors and music will carry through the building in the interior design, programming, amenities and experiences. Local beverages and entertainment is planned for the lobby bar and rooftop lounge, and 3,500 square feet of meeting and event space is part of the hotel, expected to be completed in fall 2017.
These are just a few of the many new happenings in Colorado’s lodging world, a trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing anytime soon.