Colorado

Rocky Mountain National park

GREEN ACRES
At the 784-room Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, caring for the environment is an important priority. Among many other initiatives, the property has reduced its energy consumption by more than 5.3 million kilowatt hours and hired a recycling manager to oversee the waste stream. An on-site greenhouse provides fresh vegetables and herbs for the resort's kitchens.


RUSTIC CHARM
The DoubleTree by Hilton Vail recently debuted, Hilton's first in this top tourist town. Designers went for a ski-chalet look with a lot of exposed, rough-edged wood. An on-site ski-rental service is available, as well as free shuttles to the Vail Village and Lionshead lifts. The property offers about 3,000 square feet of meeting space.

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