by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 01, 2015
DENVER

Local Update
 Finally opening Nov. 19 is the long-anticipated 519-room Westin Denver International Airport, with 37,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center and several dining options.

On Election Day, Denver voters will decide if $700 million-plus should be used to expand the 25-year-old Colorado Convention Center and to build a new National Western Center for equestrian events. The projects would be funded by taxes already on the books. The convention center would gain 85,000 square feet of meeting space; 120,000 square feet of prefunction space, including a 50,000-square-foot rooftop terrace; technology upgrades, and new and upgraded networking spaces.

 A major renovation is under way at the 605-room Denver Marriott Tech Center, to be completed in September 2016. The work will encompass all guest rooms and 50,000 square feet of meeting and public spaces, and add 36 Extended Stay Executive Studios and five Extended Stay Executive Suites, plus four new breakout rooms. The hotel's restaurant is getting a new concept, the fitness center will be enlarged and an on-site market will be added.

 At the 1,100-room Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, all 60,600 square feet of meeting space, including the 30,000-square-foot Centennial Ballroom and the 14,000-square-foot Capitol Ballroom, have been given a new look. The hotel offers a 6,700-square-foot fitness center, the Altitude Restaurant, the lobby Strata Bar and the 27th-floor Peaks Lounge.

 The 516-room Grand Hyatt Denver,  within walking distance of the convention center, has modernized its 52,600 square feet of meeting space with new floor and wall coverings. The property features the 8,369-square-foot Imperial Ballroom and the 5,906-square-foot Grand Ballroom, as well as the 38th-floor Pinnacle Club. The hotel has a rooftop jogging track and tennis court, an indoor pool, a 24-hour health club and Pub 17 on Welton Street.

 The 123-year-old Brown Palace Hotel and Spa has completed a $10.5 million renovation. The project added 3,500 square feet of meeting space on the second floor, bringing the 241-room property's total function space to 23,253 square feet.

The new light-rail line from Denver International Airport to Denver Union Station downtown is scheduled to arrive in early 2016.