• New Hotel Snapshot: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, Aurora

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    Colorado’s largest combined resort and convention center launched in December.

  • New Hotel Snapshot: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, Aurora

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    Colorado’s largest combined resort and convention center launched in December.

  • New Hotel Snapshot: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, Aurora

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    Colorado’s largest combined resort and convention center launched in December.

Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center opened its doors on Dec. 18, 2018 and began welcoming groups in January 2019. The new resort, a marquee property for Marriott International, is the fifth Gaylord Hotels resort in the nation and one of the largest hospitality industry projects to break ground in the United States since 2016.

A hyper-local Colorado spirit is at the heart of the property. One of the local food and beverage partnerships is Dry Dock Brewing Co., an Aurora brewery that is producing two exclusive Gaylord Rockies beers. The design and décor resembles the Colorado outdoors, such as boulders molded after iconic attractions and a restaurant with a log cabin-esque ambiance. Elevators on the lower level are designed to look like old mine shafts, while guest rooms feature aspen tree-inspired carpets, lumberjack plaid on pillows, and hiking and camping maps in closets. The convention center has Colorado details sprinkled throughout, including elements that represent ski tracks, snowdrifts and snowflakes.

As COVID-19 hit, key projects at some of Colorado’s major meetings and events properties were just wrapping up and getting ready to debut. Construction of Bartolin Hall, The Broadmoor’s new exhibition space, was completed in March 2020 in time to welcome the annual Space Symposium, which has the largest economic impact of any single event in the community of Colorado Springs.

 

Located just south of Denver, the community of Greenwood Village added Pindustry, the first redevelopment in the new Arapahoe Entertainment District this summer. Featuring nearly 55,000 square foot of space spread across two floors, Pindustry is an entertainment-focused restaurant, bar and events venue that offers experiential options for events large and small. Highlights include two kinds of bowling (duckpin and traditional), a huge variety of other games, a downstairs beer garden with a custom stage, and a large upstairs rooftop patio that holds 1,000. 

 

So far, webcams and Zoom meetings have been an essential part of 2020. While digital options are functional placeholders for meetings, chatting with a coworker over Skype doesn’t always set up a team for success. Human connection is vital to team building, and hosting safe, small meetings is a great way to revitalize teams after months of working from home.