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by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 01, 2011
Why Here?

Garden of the Gods

Colorado is more centrally located than one might think. Attendees from all over the United States can fly to Denver or Colorado Springs within about four hours, and they'll be thrilled to step off the plane into the magnificently rugged mountain glory of the state.

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Colorado Springs
A $20 million propertywide renovation has been completed at the 316-room Cheyenne Mountain Resort. All guest rooms were refurbished, and each now sports a flat-screen TV and an iHome docking station. A large fire pit was added to the Mountain View Restaurant Terrace, along with new furnishings. All 38 meeting rooms, comprising 40,000 square feet of space, received new carpeting, wall coverings, furniture and technology upgrades. The property is accredited by the International Association of Conference Centers and recently earned its Green Seal certification.


Scheduled to open downtown in the fall is the 117-room Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel. The property, which will offer 20,000 square feet of meeting space, is being created from the renovation of four historical buildings from the early 20th century that once comprised a mining stock exchange. Hand-crafted furniture will be featured throughout.

The 300-room Renaissance Hotel, Spa and Conference Center, long under construction and then abandoned during the economic downturn, now is scheduled to open in 2015. The property will offer about 50,000 square feet of meeting space and a Spa Botanica.

Meeting Hotels
Major properties with meeting space include the 744-room Broadmoor, 500-room Crowne Plaza Hotel Colo­rado Springs, 316-room Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 309-room Colorado Springs Marriott, 299-room Doubletree Hotel Colorado Springs-World Arena, 292-room Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs, 207-room Embassy Suites Colorado Springs and 87-room Garden of the Gods Club.

For a more complete list of area hotels, visit mcvenues.com.

Airport Transit
Colorado Springs Airport, about 11 miles southeast of the downtown district. Transfer cost by taxi, approximately $20 to $25. Many area hotels offer airport shuttle service.

Taxes
Room tax, 2%; sales tax, 7.4%; total tax on hotel rooms, 9.4%

Group Venue
In the mountains just west of town, visitors can explore 800- to 1,000-year-old Anasazi cliff homes at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum. The structures were not built on the present site, but were relocated there in the early 1900s from the southwest corner of the state. The facility welcomes small group events. (719) 685-5242

CVB Services
Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, (800) 888-4748