by Sarah J.F. Braley | April 01, 2018
DENVER


Local Update


 All 216 guest rooms have been redone at the Warwick Denver, adding faster WiFi connections, new 47-inch TVs and more connecting points for electronic devices. Other amenities include a rooftop outdoor heated pool and sun deck, a rooftop bar offering a panoramic view of the city and more than 6,000 square feet of meeting space.

 The former Marriott Denver City Center hotel is now the Hilton Denver City Center following a $27 million transformation. The 613-room property features approximately 32,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 14,352-square-foot Colorado Ballroom. American fare is served at Prospect's Urban Kitchen and Bar.

 The 52 hotelier members of Denver's Tourism Improvement District have voted to raise the occupancy tax by 1 percentage point at all properties having 50 guest rooms or more. The move brings those hotels' lodging tax up to 15.75 percent.

• Denver International Airport plans to add 39 gates across its three concourses, at a cost of $1.5 billion, in addition to the $1.8 billion revamp announced last year for Jeppeson Terminal.

 A development housing a 272-room Le Méridien Hotel and a 223-roomAC Hotel by Marriott opened downtown, one block from the convention center. The complex has more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 5,700-square-foot ballroom.

 The 364-room Crowne Plaza Denver has finished a $22 million renovation, employing the brand's new Plaza Workspace design and WorkLife guest rooms. As part of the project, the hotel has added 16 guest rooms, a new fitness center, a grab-and-go Marketplace and a new restaurant, the Lockwood Kitchen & Bar.

Meeting Hotels: More than 8,600 guest rooms are within convenient walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center. Properties include the 1,231-room Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1,100-room Hyatt Re­gency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, 613-room Hilton Denver City Center, 516-room Grand Hyatt Denver, 430-room Westin Denver Downtown and 403-room Embassy Suites--Downtown Convention Center.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.

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 30 miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $62 to downtown; about $35 by Lyft and Uber; by Super Shuttle, $22

Taxes: Room tax, 10.75%; sales tax, 4.1%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.85%

Group Venues: Asian-inspired fare mixes well with all of the fun available at the Ace Eat Serve ping-pong emporium. Two concrete game tables have been built outside on the year-round patio; the venue also has an indoor/outdoor bar. Events for up to 500 people are welcomed. (303) 242-8520

Lounge in style at the Crimson Room, known for live music (jazz, piano and acoustic guitar) and specialty cocktails made with ingredients such as house-made bitters, fresh-squeezed juices and herbs. The drinks complement the venue's menu of small, sweet and savory bites. (720) 639-6987

Contact: Visit Denver, the Convention & Vis­itors Bureau, (303) 892-1112