Hiring begins as April opening eyed for Mining Exchange Hotel

ANDREW WINEKE Updated: February 8, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: February 8, 2012

It’s been a long, long road for the Mining Exchange Hotel in downtown Colorado Springs, but a springtime opening seems to be in the cards now.

The hotel, at 8 S. Nevada Ave., on Wednesday began accepting group reservations for dates in June and general manager Tyler Sherman expects to begin taking individual reservations for June as soon as next week. As plans for a mid-April grand opening firm up, Sherman said, the hotel will begin booking closer to the opening date.

“We’re getting very close,” Sherman said. “Things are happening so quickly around here, it’s unbelievable.”

Sherman began hiring managers last week and expects to have about 55 employees when the hotel opens.

Construction delays on the historic 1901 building repeatedly pushed back the target and current plans call for the Mining Exchange to start with 57 rooms, with the other 60 guest rooms coming online about three months after opening. Likewise, not all of the ballrooms and meeting space will be open off the bat.

Sherman said the rest of the hotel is nearly complete, but a phased opening allows the finishing work to be finished and the staff to have a gentler learning curve  instead of opening all 117 rooms at once.

“It’s really not very far behind,” he said of the second phase of the hotel. “It will basically be finish work and paint.”

The Mining Exchange, which began life as Winfield Scott Stratton’s stock exchange for the local mining companies, will be part of the Wyndham Grand Collection brand.

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