by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 01, 2012
Colorado Springs
The 117-room Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel, has opened 57 of its rooms in what was once the local stock exchange. A $30 million renovation continues at the adjacent Independence and Freeman-Telegraph buildings, which will provide 60 more rooms. When all areas are finished, the property will have 10,000 square feet of meeting space; a spa will open by the end of this summer.

The Colorado Springs U.S. Olympic Training Center now offers more than 20 meeting rooms totalling 18,433 square feet. The largest space is the 4,114-square-foot West Wing Conference Center.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort has partnered with the Bob Bondurant School of High Per­formance Driving to offer high-speed team-building activities at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

The BroadmoorA two-year, $60 million renovation is under way at the 744-room Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 21 guest rooms in the Southlake building already have been redone, as has the 6,300-square-foot Cheyenne Lodge conference space. More work is slated to finish in April 2013, including the rebuilding of the Tavern's Garden Room; an expansion of the Golden Bee pub; and the addition of an activity center in Broadmoor West, with bowling lanes, billiards and food outlets. A third phase should be completed in April 2014, with the redesign of the West Lobby Bar, the addition of a new Italian restaurant and the expansion of the 154 rooms and baths in Broadmoor West. The resort offers three golf courses and 185,000 square feet of meeting space.

Meeting Hotels
The top meeting properties in town include the 744-room The 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

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.

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

Group Venues
Head off-site to the Colorado Mountain Brewery for tours, beer education and pairing seminars. A new flavor is revealed every Tuesday at 5 p.m., with a brewmaster on hand to talk about the process. On tap in June were 7258 Blonde Ale, Panther India Pale Ale, Monumental Stout, Ole 59er Amber Ale and the hilariously named UniBrau Hefeweissen. A full range of Western pub fare, including a bison Reuben sandwich, accompanies the pints. (719) 434-5750

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