• ROCKY MOUNTAIN PARK INN REBRANDS

     
    POSTED October 6, 2017
     

The Rocky Mountain Park Inn in Estes Park, Colo., will be rebranding as The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park, and is set to reopen on May 15. Delaware North, one of the largest private hospitality and food service companies worldwide, is conducting the rebranding and renovation, as it acquired Rocky Mountain Park Inn in November 2016. The interior renovation will cost Delaware North $6 million. 

The redesign of The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park's interior will feature a rustic modern design in the open layout. The lobby, the guest rooms, the signature restaurant, the indoor heated pool and hot tub were all included in the renovations. A gaming area, a lobby elevator, and a state-of-the-art fitness center were also added to the property as well. 

“Delaware North is proud of this investment in creating what is essentially a new hotel in The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park,” said Scott Socha, president of Delaware North’s parks and resorts business. “We are thrilled to be reopening the property’s doors to guests so they can enjoy a premier lodging experience while exploring Rocky Mountain National Park.”

The newly redesigned lobby will include the use of natural woods, locally inspired works of art, and warm, textured fabrics. The guest rooms at The Ridgeline will include light woods, wall mounted televisions, contemporary artwork, soft lighting, plush seating, and airy drapery. 

The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park's signature restaurant, Latitude 105 Alehouse, will have a new executive chef come May. Jacob Tew, a certified chef de cuisine, will serve many different types of dishes, including shared plates, salads, and craft burgers. 12 regional beers on tap will accompany the mountain ambiance of the restaurant. 

The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park will use its customer service program, GuestPath, and its environmental management program, GreenPath in its operations. 

The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park has 10,000 square feet of conference, meeting, and banquet space. The Ridgeline Hotel is connected to the Estes Park Conference Center, which gives meeting planners additional space for events larger than 1,000. 

Estes Park is the primary gateway community to Rocky Mountain National Park, as 80 percent of the national park's visitors travel through the city. Rocky Mountain National Park brings more than 4 million visitors, being the third most visited national park in the country. 

In addition to The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park, Delaware North owns and operates Trendz at the Park. Trendz at the Park is a retail store in downtown Estes Park that sells high end home goods and gifts.  Delaware North owns and operates 30+ lodging properties in the United States and Australia as well. 

 

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