by Sarah JF Braley | March 20, 2019

A number of hotels, conference venues and other event spaces throughout Colorado are getting upgraded. For example, both Denver and Colorado Springs are looking to expand their various arenas and conference venues in the near future.

In 2015, Denver voters approved a project to renovate the Colorado Convention Center, but construction still hasn't begun. "We just hit a snag in one phase of our expansion process that we hope will be resolved shortly," says Richard W. Scharf, president and CEO of Visit Denver. "The great news is that we have all of the funding secured and have a full-time architect designing our new rooftop ballroom and multifunctional space, with input from over 100 meeting professionals." 

The Denver convention center upgrade will add:

  • An extra 80,000 square feet of meeting space
  • 100,000 square feet of event space
  • Including a 50,000-square-foot rooftop terrace with mountain views,
  • Technology upgrades revamped networking spaces.

In Colorado Springs, the 784-room Broadmoor, which already offers 185,000 square feet of meeting space, has asked for city approval to add a 150,000-square-foot exhibit hall. If construction can start this year, the new space could be available by April 2020 for the property's largest event, the Space Symposium. The Broadmoor won gold in 2018 as Best Hotel/Resort in the Southwest from the Stella Awards, given out by Northstar Meetings Group, the parent of Successful Meetings.

Here are the other event venue updates taking place in and around the Centennial State.

Event Space Upgrades Taking Place in Colorado

New Meeting Space in Denver

Recent Additions in Denver
Jacquard Hotel and Rooftop

The Jacquard Hotel & Rooftop, a new Autograph Collection property from Marriott, features 201-rooms and is now open in the Cherry Creek neighborhood. Among the amenities are:

  • A 75-foot rooftop pool that can be covered with a translucent floor for events 
  • 7,700 square feet of event space 
  • The Narrative restaurant serving American fare 
  • Kisbee on the Roof for drinks
Source Hotel

The 100-room Source Hotel opened in the River North (or RiNo) neighborhood last September. The property is part of a small complex with two breweries and the Source Market Hall, featuring 25 craft and food vendors, that was carved out of an old iron foundry. The Woods on the roof is a full-service restaurant, bar and beer garden, all available for groups, along with a 2,300-square-foot event space.

Cool and sophisticated, the new Ramble Hotel is now open in Denver’s River North Neighborhood.
Ramble Hotel 

Also new to the RiNo district is the 50-room Ramble Hotel, the epitome of a boutique hotel. Death & Co., a New York City staple, has opened its first outpost here in the form of an intimate theater and event bar. The property has:

  • 5,000 square feet of venue space (both indoor and outdoor)
  • A 1,700-square-foot outdoor garden
  • The Super Mega Bien restaurant 
  • Serving Latin American dim sum
Renaissance Denver Stapleton

Built in 1986 to serve the city's former airport, the 400-room Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel is still thriving and has completed a $15 million renovation. The guest rooms and approx­imately 40,000 square feet of meeting space were redone, as were the lobby and the hotel's dining options. For refreshments, the property now features Fifty300, serving American fare, and the Elevate Lounge.  

Coming Soon to Denver
Sheraton Denver Downtown

The state's largest hotel, the 1,231-room Sheraton Denver Downtown, will undergo a renovation by its new owners. A few blocks from the convention center, the property has approximately 133,000 square feet of its own meeting space.

Element Downtown Denver East Hotel

Scheduled to begin accepting guests this fall is the 157-room Element Downtown Denver East Hotel. The brand is known for its LEED-certified buildings, bicycle-borrowing program and other eco-friendly touches.

The Mission Ballroom

The Mission Ballroom, a new high-end music venue, is also set to debut this fall. The facility will hold up to 3,950 people, and the blueprint shows a flexible stage, great sight lines, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting.

New Event Space in Colorado Springs

Recent Additions
Soul, Community, Planet Hotel

New in the southeast section of the city is the 176-room SCP Hotel (SCP stands for soul, community, planet). A 2,500-square-foot communal space can be used for gatherings, and the Provisions Market sells fresh items for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

U.S. Air Force Academy Planetarium

Scheduled to reopen on March 4 was the U.S. Air Force Academy's planetarium. Closed since 2004, the facility now is known as the Planetarium & STEM Center. At press time shows included "The Other Side of Infinity," "Humpback Whales" and "Fighter Pilots."

Coming Soon
Multipurpose Venues

Plans are in place to build two new multipurpose venues, one indoor and one outdoor, at a total cost of $60 million. Configured for professional, Olympic and amateur sports events, as well as concerts, corporate events and other uses, the Weidner Stadium and Robson Arena are expected to be unveiled sometime in 2021.

Via Ferrata

A via ferrata, or protected climbing route, opens on the granite walls of the Royal Gorge this summer. The guided-only activity will feature tours for all abilities, ranging from two to five hours. Also at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park are a suspension bridge, a zipline, a gondola and a skycoaster.

Compare hotels and send RFPs with Northstar Meetings Group's venue finder.