• New Hotel Snapshot: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, Aurora

     
    POSTED April 2, 2019
     

    Colorado’s largest combined resort and convention center launched in December.

  • New Hotel Snapshot: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, Aurora

     
    POSTED April 2, 2019
     

    Colorado’s largest combined resort and convention center launched in December.

  • New Hotel Snapshot: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, Aurora

     
    POSTED April 2, 2019
     

    Colorado’s largest combined resort and convention center launched in December.

Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center opened its doors on Dec. 18, 2018 and began welcoming groups in January 2019. The new resort, a marquee property for Marriott International, is the fifth Gaylord Hotels resort in the nation and one of the largest hospitality industry projects to break ground in the United States since 2016.

A hyper-local Colorado spirit is at the heart of the property. One of the local food and beverage partnerships is Dry Dock Brewing Co., an Aurora brewery that is producing two exclusive Gaylord Rockies beers. The design and décor resembles the Colorado outdoors, such as boulders molded after iconic attractions and a restaurant with a log cabin-esque ambiance. Elevators on the lower level are designed to look like old mine shafts, while guest rooms feature aspen tree-inspired carpets, lumberjack plaid on pillows, and hiking and camping maps in closets. The convention center has Colorado details sprinkled throughout, including elements that represent ski tracks, snowdrifts and snowflakes.

For more than 300 years, ranching has been a way of life—and business—in Texas. The uniquely Texan ranch experience has captured the imagination of the world, and ranches have served as uncredited “stars” for some of Hollywood’s most iconic productions: from Reata, the fictitious ranch depicted in the classic movie “Giant,” to the glamorous Southfork Ranch, home of the primetime soap opera “Dallas.” Longhorns, horses, cowboys, rodeos, 10-gallon hats and cowboy boots: There is an alluring mystique surrounding Texas ranches.

 

In November, Dallas-based Todd Interests opened Thompson Dallas, part of hospitality brand Thompson Hotels. Thompson Dallas features 219 rooms, including 52 suites, two penthouse suites, and two culinary destinations.

 

After a year filled with uncertainty and countless projects and proposals put on hold, growth in any sector of the hospitality industry is always welcome news. But a statewide slew of brand-new hotels? That’s something to celebrate. Here, we spotlight just a few of the new properties offering planners and guests new spots to meet, refresh and recharge.