The Centennial State beckons groups with lures ranging from adventures in the rugged Rockies to the more civilized pleasures found in Denver. Getting to the capital city from Denver International Airport is easier than ever thanks to a recently opened light-rail link.AROUND THE STATE•
The 230-room Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa
at Beaver Creek Mountain in Avon completed a $3 million-plus renovation of all guest rooms in January. The property offers 7,500 square feet of meeting space.•
A plan to develop Aspen's Sky Hotel
into a W Hotel has been put off for a year, keeping the property open for the men's and women's World Cup in March 2017.TASTE TREAT
The 430-room Westin Denver Downtown Hotel's Palm
restaurant has reopened after a months-long redo. Along with a new menu, the eatery now has three private rooms.
The $9-per-ride commuter light-rail line
from Denver International Airport to downtown's Union Station debuted in April.•
Opening early next year is the 200-room Kimpton Hotel Born
next to Union Station. The property will have two restaurants, two outdoor terraces overlooking the city and 8,300 square feet of meeting space.•
Renovations continue at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.
About 280 rooms, the lobby and some meeting space have been completed, and a marketplace has been added. The rest of the rooms and meeting space, the new Pint Brothers Alehouse restaurant and the M Club Lounge will be completed by the first of the year. At that point, the property will have 605 guest rooms, including 41 suites, and 50,092 square feet of meeting space.• Halcyon,
a 154-room independent hotel, has opened in the Cherry Creek shopping district with 6,500 square feet of meeting space, a rooftop bar and pool, and two restaurants.Meeting Hotels:
More than 8,600 rooms are within convenient walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center. Among them are the 1,231-room Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1,100-room Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, 615-room Denver Marriott 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) 228-8000Airport Transit:
Denver International Airport, about 24 miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $62 to downtown and $70 to the Denver Tech Center; by Super Shuttle, $25Taxes:
Room tax, 10.75%; sales tax, 4.1%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.85%Group Venue:
Taste a bit of Italy on Wynkoop Street at Venice Ristorante and Wine Bar.
Among menu highlights is homemade ravioli filled with Maine lobster, rock shrimp and leek. Private dining is available for 30, 40 and 70 people; buy out the place for a group of 160. (303) 534-2222Contact: Visit Denver, the Convention & Visitors Bureau,