The 11-cabin, summer-only Cloud Camp, above, is the latest luxury offering from the 810-room Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Its breathtaking site and views are the epitome of the state's offerings, which were made for hikers, bikers and all who love the great outdoors.
• The Fishing Camp, an on-site private fly-fishing property on the Tarryall River, will open next summer.
• Recent renovations to Broadmoor West added 31 guest rooms, and the building's older rooms were enlarged.
• The hotel also offers three top golf courses and 185,000 square feet of meeting space. For more information: broadmoor.com
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox just became the Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Milwaukee Brewers. The team plays at Security Service Field April through September.
Get group members ready to tackle the mountains at CityRock Climbing Center in Colorado Springs. For 10 to 30 people, the cost is $15 each plus shoe rental; larger groups are welcome.
• The Oxford Club, Spa & Salon at the 80-room Oxford Hotel has launched The Oxford To You, a customizable mobile spa service for off-site events. The pop-up spa features a full menu of treatments such as massages, facials and manicures, as well as hair and makeup services.
• The 519-room Westin hotel under construction at Denver International Airport will open in November 2015. Also being built is a Regional Transportation District hub that will begin running FasTrack trains downtown in 2016.
• The restored Union Station opened in July, offering eight restaurants, an outpost of the Tattered Cover Bookstore, an ice-cream shop, two watering holes, retail stores and the 112-room Crawford Hotel. The latter has 3,000 square feet of meeting space and provides access to the 10,000 square feet of same plus the spa facilities at the Oxford Hotel across the street.
• The 230-room Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center debuted in May in the old Colorado National Bank building. The hotel has 6,000 square feet of meeting space, including three former vaults.
• All 10,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 15th-floor penthouse, at the 214-room Warwick Hotel have been upgraded, part of a $25 million renovation. Crystal chandeliers, new carpeting, better projection systems and other design enhancements are part of the project.
• The 203-room Westin Greenwood Village will open just south of the city in 2016. The new-build will be the fourth Westin to open in greater Denver. Near the Denver Tech Center, the hotel will offer a full-service restaurant and lobby bar, 10,000 square feet of meeting space, a WestinWorkout studio and an indoor pool.
• A recent $23 million renovation at the 1,100-room Hyatt Regency Denver centered on the guest rooms. New work stations, Hyatt Grand Beds and 46-inch TVs have been installed, and the hotel's Wi-Fi bandwidth has been increased. The property features 60,600 square feet of meeting space.
• The Art, a 165-room hotel designed by Davis Partnership and Studio Daniel Libeskind, is under construction in the museum district and will open in February 2015. Stay tuned for further details.
Beach In the Foothills
The 316-room Cheyenne Mountain Resort
in Colorado Springs has its own sandy stretch of lakefront that can be used for yoga and other group events. Set up a bar offering s'mores, caramel apples or hot chocolate. The property has 40,000 square feet of meeting space.
Meeting Hotels: Colorado's capital features more than 8,600 rooms within walking distance of the convention center. Major 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, 430-room Westin Denver Downtown, 403-room Embassy Suites-Downtown Convention Center, 240-room Marriott Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel and 239-room Four Seasons Hotel Denver.
To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.
Convention Center: Colorado Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 584,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 63; (303) 228-8000
Airport Transit: Denver International Airport, 24 miles northeast of downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $55.15 to downtown and $60.50 to the Denver Tech Center; by Super Shuttle, $21
Taxes: Room tax, 7.5%; sales tax, 7.35%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.85%
Group Venue: To dazzle your attendees, bring them to see "Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century" at the Denver Art Museum, Nov. 16, 2014, through March 15, 2015, featuring stunning jewelry and more created between 1900 and 1975. The facility's 5,500-square-foot event space holds up to 500 for a reception. (720) 865-5000
Contact: Visit Denver, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, (303) 892-1112