City of the Week—Denver

(Editor’s note: This week, Expoweb introduces a new feature, the City of Week, in which we will update the latest developments in tradeshow destinations that are significant to show organizers: venue expansions and renovations, hotel construction, transportation enhancements and new amenities important to tradeshow attendees.)

Hotel Moves

The Crawford with 120 rooms will open in July in Denver’s revitalized Union Station (which also has six new chef-owned restaurants that will provide room service for the hotel). The Crawford, with 30,000 square feet of meeting space, will be affiliated with the existing 80-room Oxford Hotel, located across the street.

In addition to the new hotel, the redeveloped Union Station (built from 1881 to 1914) will feature 22,000 sq. ft. of retail space and become the “Grand Central Station” of Colorado, integrating light rail, commuter rail and Amtrak service; regional, express, and local bus service; the 16th 

Street Mall shuttle; and intercity buses, taxis, shuttles, vans and limousines.

• The 240-room Colorado Renaissance will open this spring in a revitalized Colorado National Bank Building. The four-star hotel will feature banquet and meeting rooms, including one inside the former bank’s vault (built in 1915), a ground-floor restaurant and retail space, and a lounge in the mezzanine overlooking the lobby.

• The $50-million, 160-room Art Hotel will open adjacent to the Denver Art M

useum in December with its own curator, art collection and a design by architects who worked on the recent addition to the Denver Art Museum.  

The new hotel will be across the street from the new $120-million Colorado History Museum and next to the Clyfford Still Museum in an area of downtown Denver known as the Golden Triangle Museum District, a 10- to 15-minute walk from the Colorado Convention Center.

Airlift Adds

United Airlines inaugurated a direct flight to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport in May 2013. The 11- to 12-hour flights will be on 219-passenger Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets.

• A newhotel is now under construction at Denver International Airport with a scheduled opening date of 2016. The 500-room hotel is part of the South Terminal Redevelopment project.

The hotel will have its own station on the electric commuter rail line that will run from the airport to downtown Denver, also opening in 2016. The 22.8-mile rail line will run trains as often as every 15 minutes, taking just 30 minutes to get from the airport and Westin Hotel to Union Station in downtown Denver.

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Posted by Michael Hart

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