by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 01, 2012
While Gaylord Entertainment, which had proposed building a 1,500-room hotel in Aurora, Colo., outside Denver, had received approval from the Colorado Economic Development Commission for $81.4 million in tourism-related tax incentives, the company has put the project on hold following the announcement that the Gaylord brand name has been sold to Marriott International. The project, announced in June 2011, called for an $800 million resort and convention hotel. In a statement, Gaylord said of the project, "The company will no longer view large-scale development as a means of growth and will not proceed with the Colorado project in the form previously anticipated."

Renovations to the lobby and meeting space at the 189-room Hotel Monaco Denver, a Kimpton hotel, have been completed. The boutique property has 3,660 square feet of meeting space.

The city's Union Station is being redesigned to include a new 130-room hotel, affiliated with Sage Hospitality's 80-room Oxford Hotel across the street. The two properties will share the Oxford's 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

Scheduled to open later this year is a new 230-room luxury boutique hotel carved from the landmark 1915 Colorado National Bank building.

Meeting Hotels
More than 8,300 rooms are within walking distance of the Colorado Con­vention Center in downtown Denver. Properties include the 1,225-room Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1,100-room Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, 615-room Denver Marriott City Center, 512-room Grand Hyatt Denver, 403-room Embassy Suites-Downtown Convention Center, 239-room Four Seasons Hotel Denver and 202-room Ritz-Carlton, Denver.

For a more complete list of properties, visit

Convention Center
Colorado Convention Center; exhibit space, 584,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 63; (303) 228-8000

Airport Transit
Denver International Airport, about 24 miles northeast of downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $54.50 to downtown and $60.50 to the Denver Tech Center; by Super Shuttle, $21

Room tax, 7.5%; sales tax, 7.35%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.85%

Group Venue
The $113 million History Colorado Center, the new home for exhibits from the Colorado Historical Society, was unveiled in April. Five function rooms are available, including the Mountain View room, which holds up to 300 people for a reception; the 4,353-square-foot Auditorium, and the glass-walled Martin Family Foundation Room. (303) 866-4597

Visit Denver, The Convention & Vis­itors Bureau, (303) 892-1112