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The JW Marriott in Denver Will Have Some Incredible Art to Show Off Next Week

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  Site Where: 150 Clayton Lane [map], Denver, Colorado, United States, 80206
April 16, 2014 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you live in the area or plan to pass through Denver next week, the JW Marriott Cherry Creek is going to be the temporary home for an exclusive showing of Impressionist & Modern paintings, American art, 19th Century European art, and luxury timepieces on April 22rd through 24th.

It promises to be a pretty impressive exhibit, featuring more than 15 pieces that include paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Thomas Moran, Camille Pissarro, and Norman Rockwell, plus sculptures by Edgar Degas and Henry Moore.

Put on in a partnership with Christie’s Fine Art, the collection is making a stop in Denver on its way to be auctioned off in New York City later this year. Believe it or not, the painting shown below by Thomas Moran, entitled "The Grand Canyon of the Colorado," was painted in 1904 and is expected to sell for $8 million. $8 million!

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Natural Hot Springs Are a Pretty Damn Good Hotel Amenity

April 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Colorado takes its hot springs culture pretty seriously. They come in all shapes and sizes, and you can find them all over the Rocky Mountains. Some are family friendly, and some are clothing optional, as our bro Jaunted experienced.

At the tail end of the ski season, we took a swing down to Pagosa Springs in South Colorado. The area is known for getting the most snow in the state, and we made our home at the Springs Resort in the center of town. The 79-room hotel gives guests 24-hour access to 23 pools that have been built along the San Juan River which runs through the town.

There is always a risk that such development can lead to feelings of phoniness, but the Springs Resort did a good job of creating a spa-like atmosphere while retaining the scenic, natural beauty of the setting. You can see the river from almost every pool, and separate adult and family sections accommodate all. A soak in the natural sulfur water does a body good, and if you want to take it to the next level, you can get a spa treatment that incorporates the rich mineral water.

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Well, That Didn't Take Long: Denver to Get Its First 'Bud and Breakfast' Soon

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  Site Where: 1430 Race Street [map], Denver, CO , United States, 80206
April 15, 2014 at 10:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

Back in January, we asked the question, "When will the first Denver hotel openly allow pot smoking?" now that the state has legalized marijuana and today, we find out that a hotel is already in the works.

Except it's not a traditional hotel. But rather, a bed and breakfast which will be turned into a...wait for it...bud and breakfast.

Eater reports that a company called...wait for it... The MaryJane Group, Inc. has bought the Adagio Bed and Breakfast with the hopes of turning it into a "pilot project in the marijuana-friendly lodging industry." And...wait for it...the B&B will be all-inclusive!

Guests will have "unlimited food, drink and, of course, the best marijuana and marijuana edibles Colorado has to offer." There will also be an on-site chef available to cook meals to order as well as unlimited luxury transportation within Denver city with...wait for it...24 hour security. Here's the full press release if you're interested.

If this pilot project is successful, The MaryJane Group hopes to expand to other B&Bs.

So we gotta ask--Would you stay at a Bud and Breakfast? Sound off in comments below!

[Photo: Adagio B&B]

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Lodge at Vail Announces More Renovations Plans This Summer

April 8, 2014 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

After celebrating its 50th birthday last year, The Lodge at Vail will give guests a present of their own in the form of significant renovations that will start in August and be completed in time for next winter.

Recent renovations remodeled the hotel's International Wing in 2008 and the pool in 2013, and now the remaining 56 rooms will be revamped entirely, including interior finishes, furnishings, soft goods, lighting, and the installation of air conditioning. The corridors, main stairways, and lobby will also get facelifts, the latter receiving new furnishings, textiles, paint, artwork, and lighting "designed to maintain the authentic character and cozy ambiance for which the boutique hotel is known."

The entire property will remain open during the renovations, but it is definitely something to keep in mind should you be looking to visit Colorado this fall. All improvements should be done sometime in December, so you should be safe in booking a January stay. We'll let you know if there are any major delays, and we look forward to checking out the property ourselves and passing on our thoughts once it is completed. Above are the renderings of what to expect.

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This Durango Hotel Had a Housekeeping Trick That Transformed 'Hotel Rooms' into 'Guest Rooms'

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  Site Where: 726 E 2nd Ave [map], Durango, Colorado, United States, 81301
April 2, 2014 at 11:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

The neon sign outside the Rochester Hotel in Durango, Colo. was definitely an interesting first impression, and even moreso of an eyebrow raiser when we saw it again upon checkout.

The Rochester was built in 1892 and is one of the oldest hotels in Durango. Once a 33-room boarding house, the current owners remodeled it into 15 king and double queen rooms. The original antiques and woodwork are still found in the hallways and rooms, but the hotel has adopted a Western movie theme based on films that were shot in the area. Think framed movie posters, film histories, and photographs in the hallways.

Despite the images that movie posters and out-of-place neon signs bring to mind, the hotel was incredibly genuine, feeling more like a B&B than anything else. It essentially was at the end of the day, with a free made-to-order breakfast included in the rate, and a little housekeeping trick that did a really good job of making us feel like we were a guest at someone's house rather than customers at a hotel: After it was made up, they left the doors of all the unoccupied rooms open.

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Some Updates on the 6 Denver Hotels Set to Open This Year and Next

March 19, 2014 at 11:45 AM | by | Comments (2)

It's been no secret that Denver, a city once considered a "cattle town," is growing up right in front of our eyes. With six hotels in the pipeline for the next two years, it is an incredible increase considering the city's relatively small downtown. We look forward to watching the progress it makes in the coming years, and wish each of the hotels luck in serving their role. Here's an updated list with details and opening dates:

1. The Crawford Hotel:Much of downtown's growth is revolving around Union Station, which is being completely redeveloped in anticipation of the launch of the airport line in 2016. The Crawford Hotel, set to open July 12th with 112 rooms, will be the only hotel to rest within its walls. It should be pretty impressive and we can't wait to get a glimpse of its railcar-themed rooms.

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When Will the First Denver Hotel Openly Allow Pot Smoking?

January 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

For tourists coming into the Mile High City looking to take advantage of its newly legalized recreational marijuana laws, a roadblock quickly reveals itself.

By law, pot can only be smoked in the privacy of your own residence. Not in public, not in bars, not in your car. So, if you're a tourist and you go buy pot legally, where exactly is the most obvious place to smoke it? That's right -- your hotel room.

But, according to a source who spoke to HotelChatter on the case of anonymity, most brand-name hotels are terrified of being portrayed as pot-friendly. Many impose a fine on guests who are caught smoking pot in their rooms, similar to the cleaning fee associated with cigarette smoking.

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Is Denver Booming or What? Two New Starwoods On the Way As Well

November 20, 2013 at 9:34 AM | by | Comment (1)

We've said our piece about how impressed we are with Denver's up-and-coming hotel scene (seriously, we think we've done more stories on the Mile High City in the past few months than we ever have), so we'll get right to the new juicy deets on two new Starwood properties: The opening of a Westin at DIA Airport in 2015 and an Aloft downtown in July of 2014.

Westin DIA: Once the train is complete that will connect DIA with downtown, a Hotel and Transit Center (shown above) is on track to open that will house entertainment and restaurant options as well as lodging. Thus far, the only announcement has been a 519-room Westin. Details of the hotel are scarce at this point, other than that it will open in 2015 and include "nearly 26,000 square feet of meeting and conference space as well as restaurants, a health club and swimming pool and a parking garage." There's also no word yet on whether there will be other hotels on-site, but we'll keep you posted.

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The Art Hotel Breaks Ground in Denver

November 14, 2013 at 9:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

Anyone who has been paying attention knows that Denver is one of the most developing cities in the country when it comes to its downtown, slowly but surely transitioning over the past decade from a mountain town to a legit metropolitan area.

The latest chatter to come out of the Mile High City is last week's ground breaking of the Art Hotel, one of four new hotels to open in 2014 (the other three are the Marriott Renaissance in the Colorado National Bank Building, the Union Station Hotel, and the Aloft Downtown Denver). The first three floors of the nine-story building will be office space, and guests will check in via iPads on the fourth floor.

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Denver Has a New Dinosaur-Themed Best Western

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  Site Where: 3440 South Vance Street [map], Denver, Colorado , United States, 80227
October 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | Comment (1)

Most hotels spend lots of money to bring themselves out of the prehistoric era, but the Best Western Denver Southwest did just the opposite, throwing down $4 million to convert itself into a dinosaur-themed property.

The idea for the design came from nearby Dinosaur Ridge, an archaeological site 10 minutes from the hotel that houses the footprints of long-necked sauropods. The 112-room hotel is now all decked out with dinosaur paraphernalia, including skulls, fossil tables, classic dinosaur artwork and an on-site natural history museum dedicated to the prehistoric beasts.

The co-owners of the property said they hope the theme will draw some attention to the excavations that have taken place in the area and help bring tourists to see for themselves.

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Muddy Shoes And Personal Development At Cresto Ranch Colorado

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  Site Where: 52068 Road 38 [map], Dolores, Colorado, United States, 81323
August 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Since we love us some glamping, we were excited to learn last year that there was going to be an option closer to home than the African bush, with Colorado’s Dunton Hot Springs opening Cresto Ranch, a set of eight en-suite luxury tents four miles downriver from the main resort.

Open since June 1, and until October 31 for its seasonal closure, Cresto Ranch has partnered with Muddy Shoe Adventures to allow you to get your glamp on and have a ‘transformational adventure’ at the same time. What that means, we’ll tell you.

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Broadmoor Opens Sister Property, Ranch at Emerald Valley, in Pike National Forest

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  Site Where: 7855 Old Stage Road [map], Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States, 80937
August 9, 2013 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, known for its killer views and luxe toiletries, officially opened a sister property on August 1st in Pike National Forest called The Ranch at Emerald Valley. It's only 30 minutes away from the Broadmoor, but it might as well be 300 miles.

The setting at the Broadmoor is certainly serene and luxurious, but it doesn't necessarily feel like a "getaway" despite the mountain access and beautiful views, mostly due to the fact that it has 700 rooms. With that in mind, it seems like the Broadmoor wanted to do things a little differently with the new property as The Ranch has only ten rooms.

Featuring private cabins and a large lodge, The Ranch focuses on that classic rustic feel and puts guests in the wilderness of Pike National Forest. Think wood-burning fireplaces, hearths, and a definite log-cabin feel. During the day, guests will engage in activities such fly fishing, hiking, and horseback riding through the mountains.

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