Denver: Always Room For One More

The 1,230-room Adams Mark Hotel, downtown Denver's most recent hotel arrival, will soon be joined by seven other hotel projects that will add 1,300 rooms to downtown's current inventory of 4,800 rooms by mid-1999. Metro Denver as a whole boasts 22,000 first-class hotel rooms.

The most expansive new project in the works is a $68.5 million, 540-room hotel that will be developed by Starwood Lodging Trust. Set to open next spring, the hotel will be located in a renovated office building on the 16th Street Mall, just a block from the Adam's Mark Hotel and across the street from the new Denver Pavilions shopping and entertainment complex, which is scheduled to come on line this October.

Although Starwood had not yet named a management company at press time, the company said the new hotel would be a four-star property on the order of a Westin, Marriott or Omni. Facilities will include 421 rooms and 119 suites, 20,000 square feet of meeting space and a 208-seat restaurant.

Other upcoming hotels include a $14-million, 184-room Courtyard by Marriott which is also rising on the 16th Street Mall and is expected to become operational this spring; a 189-room, $20 million European-style Kimpton Inn that will open this summer on the site of an historic downtown building; a 176-room (as yet unnamed) hotel to be built at an estimated cost of $33 million on Cherry Creek near Larimer Square and the Denver Performing Arts Complex; a 120-room, $15 million Tramway Hotel to rise at 14th and Arapahoe; the 120-room Denver Hotel to be located in the historic LoDo district, and the 14-room boutique LoDo Inn.

In addition to the seven downtown hotels, new properties are rising quickly in the Denver airport area with more to come, including a 500-room Westin Hotel that will be linked to the airport terminal and is expected to open in late 1999.

Still other properties are in negotiation or under development in the southern part of Denver near Douglas County, which is reported to be the fastest growing county in the U.S. for the past two years.

Also, the 390-room Omni Interlocken Hotel & Conference Center is being built at the Interlocken Advanced Technology office park, located midway between Denver and Boulder. The luxury hotel is slated to open in June 1999 with 28,000 square feet of function space and a 27-hole golf course, as well as dining, entertainment and exercise facilities.

For more on Denver hotels, contact the Denver Metro CVB at (800) 393-8559.

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