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The Best of Colorado 2019 places to meet, lounge and team-build
BEST MEETING + EVENT VENUE
If you hold your wedding, corporate event or fundraiser at Mile High Station, you don’t have to worry about bar patrons sneaking in to eat your food, or guests of other events grabbing one of your goody bags. The venue holds one event at a time, and the staff makes the client their No. 1 priority. “We are strictly an event venue,” says Stephanie Walter, director of sales and marketing. “We are not a brewery or art gallery or distillery, and we eat, breathe and sleep events.”
Mile High Station, and the new Ironworks next door, is located in a historic downtown Denver building that in 1903 was the drafting building for the Midwest Steel & Ironworks Complex. More recently the space was featured in the TV series “Top Chef,” and new this year will be a summer concert series on Sundays and Thursdays.
BEST HOTEL FOR BUSINESS
Located in the former Colorado National Bank building in downtown Denver, the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel was recently awarded Marriott’s Hotel of the Year for Renaissance Hotels in the western United States. The hotel lobby features 16 original murals created by Colorado artist Allen Tupper True. Several original bank vaults also remain as a focal point of the hotel’s lobby and meeting space. The hotel has a fitness center, free high-speed internet and meeting space. Its signature restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. There’s also pub fare and cocktails at Teller Bar, located where the bank tellers used to work.
BEST HOTEL FOR LEISURE
Visitors to Denver can hop on one of Hotel Teatro’s cruiser bicycles to explore the city during their stays. The hotel, located in the former Denver Tramway Company building, is dog friendly with no pet fee and no weight limit. It has a 24-hour fitness center, courtesy transportation service within 2.5 miles, same-day laundry and dry cleaning service and complimentary WiFi. The guest rooms are equipped with Simmons Beautyrest Black Beverly Hills Edition mattresses, plush terry robes, 50-inch flat-panel, high-definition televisions and Keurig in-room coffee makers. In addition to in-room dining, the hotel has two restaurants and bars: The Nickel and The Study.
BEST TEAM-BUILDING PLACE
You can learn a lot about co-workers when you’re all trying to hit golf balls. If you’re mostly indoors and there are chef-driven foods and adult beverages, all the better. Topgolf offers games such as Top Scramble, Quick 9, Top Chip, and others. Players hit the balls to red, yellow and green targets, and microchip technology in the golf balls helps keep score. All-inclusive packages include food, drink, play and a dedicated staff. Companies can rent a bay or one of the several event spaces with AV capabilities, private bar and HDTVs.