Best of Colorado 2017 – Lodging and accomodations
The best meeting and event venues, business and leisure hotels throughout the state
The places and spaces hidden in the nooks and crannies of your hometowns best for hosting meetings or taking a little stay-cation often go overlooked. Here are the Best of Colorado – Lodging and Accommodations in the Front Range and mountain towns.
BEST MEETING + EVENT VENUE
The resort in Grand County offers much more than spectacular scenery. Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & SPa, which has several amenity-filled meeting rooms, recently made an important update.
"Our WiFi upgrade is going to make a significant impact on our ability to mesh wilderness with today's technology needs for groups," General Manager Doug Libby says. "Our groups love us for the outdoor team-building and recreational options as well as variety of above ground meeting spaces with breathtaking views and multiple dining venue options."
BEST BUSINESS HOTEL
Situated in the heart of downtown with easy access to a wide array of arts and entertainment, the 1,100-room Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center has everything a business traveler could need. Guests at the Hyatt enjoy conveniences ranging from free high-speed internet access to in-room laptop-sized safes. The hotel's 6,700-square-foot health club includes an indoor lap pool, changing rooms, outdoor whirlpool and sun deck, making it easy for people on the go to stay in shape. Want to unwind after a long day of meetings? The Peaks Lounge offers craft cocktails and killer views from the 27th floor.
BEST LEISURE HOTEL
The former dude ranch located in Tabernash, near Winter Park, has been a resort since 1946 with cabins, lodges, inns and several Nordic ski and spa packages for anyone who wants to get away.
"Being situated amidst 6,000 acres of privately owned wilderness is second to none," General Manager Doug Libby says.
Libby says what distinguishes the year-round resort is that staff members read every comment card.
"You can have the hottest amenities and rooms, but if you don't deliver on service, they're not likely to come back," he says. "Repeat business is at the core of success."
BEST PLACE FOR TEAM-BUILDING
Topgolf combines playing golf in high-tech, climate-controlled hitting bays along with great food, music and HDTVs. The environment allows people to try something new, making it an ideal destination for team-building activities. Topgolf's interactive games are suitable for all ages and skill levels.
"The magic of Topgolf is that the format of our venues encourages people to bond," said Susan Walmesley, vice president of sales and marketing for the Dallas-based company. "Our games are easy to play, and the environment is very encouraging – even if you're bad at golf."