Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region are riding a wave of hotel development. Here’s a snapshot of several projects in the pipeline:
Best Western Plus Fillmore Inn/Executive Residency
3150 N. Chestnut St., northwest of Interstate 25 and Fillmore Street in Colorado Springs
Owner/developer: Fillmore Inn, a limited liability company formed by Boulder restaurant and hotel mogul Frank Day
Status: Opens in late April
Notes: Nearly 60 rooms — including 10 suites — will be branded as Best Western; the rest will operate under the Executive Residency name. Those rooms, designed for extended-stay guests, will include kitchenettes with dishes and cooking utensils. Amenities include a bar, indoor pool, outdoor patio with gas grills and fire pit.
My Place Hotel
369 Gleneagle Gate View, northwest of Interstate 25 and North Gate Boulevard on north edge of Colorado Springs
Owner/developer: John Segelke, a Denver real estate developer
Status: Opening mid- to late May
Notes: The chain, which started in 2014 and targets extended-stay guests, also operates a hotel in Loveland. Rooms include a two-burner cooktop, microwave oven and refrigerator.
Fairfield Inn & Suites
4107 Tutt Blvd., southeast of Tutt and Barnes Road in Colorado Springs
Owner/developer: Red River Development Group of Durango
Status: Opening targeted for the fourth quarter.
Notes: The site is just south of Security Service Field, home of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Amenities will include an indoor pool, fitness center, business center and patio and fire pit.
Hilton Garden Inn
123 N. Cascade Ave., Cascade and Bijou Street in downtown Colorado Springs
Owner/developer: New Vision Hotels of Colorado Springs
Status: Opening targeted for December
Notes: The Hilton Garden Inn will be downtown’s first newly built hotel in more than four decades. It would include a restaurant, retail and meeting space; a new proposal also envisions a rooftop bar and upscale restaurant.
Holiday Inn Express
Southwest of InterQuest and Voyager parkways in Colorado Springs
Owner/developer: Ed Ellsworth, a Colorado Springs businessman and hotel developer
Status: Opening in early summer
Notes: Ellsworth developed and sold a nearby Hampton Inn & Suites more than a decade ago. The Holiday Inn will include a fitness center, business center, pool, hot tub, meeting space and minimarket with food and drink sales. The hotel was designed with Holiday Inn Express’ Formula Blue theme, which features contemporary styles for rooms and common areas.
Home2 Suites by Hilton
1225 Tenderfoot Hill Road, southwest of Venetucci Boulevard and Lake Avenue in Colorado Springs
Owner/Developer: Chartwell Hospitality of suburban Nashville
Status: Opening March 2019
Notes: Chartwell developed the Hampton Inn & Suites a decade ago near The Broadmoor World Arena. Its latest hotel will be Colorado Springs’ first Home2 Suites, an extended-stay brand. Amenities will include an indoor pool, fitness center and meeting space.
Microtel Inn & Suites721 U.S. 24 West, Woodland Park, adjacent to the Woodland Country Lodge
Owner/developer: Purple Mountain Hospitality, a Woodland Park company headed by Mark Rabaut; it also owns the Woodland Country Lodge.
Status: Opening November
Notes: Hotel will feature fitness center, and guests will have access to swimming pool, restaurant and patio at Woodland Country Lodge.
Bronco Billy’s Hotel and Casino
233 E. Bennett Ave. in Cripple Creek
Owner/developer: Full House Resorts of Las Vegas, which operates five casinos in Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi and Nevada
Status: Construction slated to begin in late May or early June on a 300-space parking garage, while hotel construction is targeted to begin in the first half of 2019 and finish by summer 2020.
Notes: Owners are aiming for a hotel that would earn four diamonds from travel service AAA or four stars from the Forbes travel publication. The project would include a 600-seat events center, spa and fitness center and year-around outdoor pool.
Candlewood SuitesNorthwest of Powers Boulevard and Airport Road in the Westgate commercial developmentOwner/developer: KWB Hotels of Sioux Falls, S.D.Rooms: 96Status: Construction to start in 2019 with a 2020 opening.Notes: KWB plans to open 105-room Staybridge Suites next month in Littleton. Company also operates and builds hotels in the Phoenix and Kansas City areas.
Century Casino and Hotel166-198 E. Bennett Ave. in Cripple CreekOwner/developer: Century Casinos Inc., based in Colorado Springs and which operates casinos in Colorado, Canada, Poland and aboard cruise shipsRooms: 30Status: Project on hold because of escalating construction costs.Notes: Century plans to renovate and expand long-shuttered hotel into a boutique hotel with an atrium, coffee shop and spa on the ground floor as well as a rooftop lounge.
Comfort Suites and Mainstay Hotel5904 Stetson Hills Blvd., northeast of Powers and Stetson Hills boulevards in Colorado SpringsOwner/developer: A group composed of Colorado and out-of-state members, headed by managing partner Manish Patel of AlamosaRooms: 117Status: Construction slated to begin in the next month, with completion in June 2019.Notes: The dual-branded hotel will have79 rooms under the Comfort Suites name and38 in the Mainstay Hotel, which caters to extended-stay guests. The hotel will be constructed as part of the King Soopers-anchored Ridgeview Marketplace.
Comfort Inn & Suites1170 Kelly Johnson Blvd., southeast of Interstate 25 and North Academy Boulevard in Colorado SpringsOwner/developer: Advanced Hospitality Management Group of Englewood, headed by longtime Denver hotel developer Kumar MerchantRooms: 87Status: Construction to begin this summer with a spring 2019 opening.Notes: Operates hotels in Aurora, Durango, Estes Park and Steamboat Springs; additional hotels planned in Evergreen and Littleton.
Hampton Inn1060 Kelly Johnson Blvd., southeast of Interstate 25 and Academy Boulevard in Colorado SpringsOwner/developer: Sun Capital Hotels of AlbuquerqueRooms: 101Status: Construction to begin in the third quarter with a fall 2019 opening.Notes: Sun Capital paid $900,000 last year for its 2-acre hotel site.
Home2 Suites by Hilton3012 N. Nevada Ave., northwest of Nevada and Fillmore StreetOwner/developer: ZMC Hotels, the hotel arm of real estate company Hall Equities Group of CaliforniaRooms: 88 to 111Status: Construction could begin this summer, with an opening in early 2019.Notes: Kmart, which for years has anchored the Fillmore Marketplace shopping center, closes Sunday. The property’s California owners plan to redevelop the site, which would include the new hotel.
Homewood Suites1600 block of South Tejon Street, southeast of Tejon and Navajo streets in Colorado SpringsOwner/developer: On the Ivy, a group headed by Colorado Springs businessman Sam GuadagnoliRooms: 135Status: Construction targeted for midsummer and completion in fall 2019.Notes: The hotel would be a centerpiece of a redevelopment project along the South Tejon and South Nevada corridors, which would include apartments, townhomes, stores and restaurants.
Hyatt Place225 E. Kiowa St., at Kiowa and Nevada Avenue in downtown Colorado SpringsOwner/developer: A & A Enterprises, a company controlled by Pueblo hotel developer Amin AshwinRooms: 120Status: PendingNotes: The hotel would be part of a redevelopment project for the City Auditorium block in downtown Colorado Springs, which city officials are expected to consider this year.Marriott-branded SpringHill Suites and Elements hotel400 block of South Tejon Street, southwest of Tejon and Costilla streets in downtown Colorado SpringsOwner/developer: Development team composed of Jim DiBiase, a director with Olive Real Estate Group in Colorado Springs; Kevin Engelhardt of Hotel Operation Services in Monument; and Springs general contractor Vince ColarelliRooms: 252Status: PendingNotes: Developers say they need city officials to declare their site as urban renewal district for the project to be financially feasible; that decision could come this year. Otherwise, developers envision the full-service hotel to include a 224-space underground parking garage, a ground-floor restaurant, a rooftop restaurant and bar, fitness center and indoor pool, among other amenities.
SpringHill Suites1320 Republic Drive, southwest of InterQuest and Voyager parkways in Colorado SpringsOwner/developer: Sunridge Hotel Group of Mesa, Ariz.Rooms: 105Status: Construction slated to start this year, with completion in summer 2019.Notes: The hotel would be part of the InterQuest Commons development in the busy InterQuest area on Colorado Springs’ far north side.
Triple Crown Casinos Hotel264 E. Bennett Ave. in Cripple CreekOwner/developer: Triple Crown Casinos of Cripple Creek; the company is owned by Richard Holland of Colorado Springs, one of the nation’s largest Wendy’s franchisees.Rooms: 100 to 150Status: No current plans to start construction; company officials unavailable for comment.Notes: Project would at least nearly double the 55 rooms the company operates at its Midnight Rose and McGills casinos.
Wildwood Casino and Hotel119 N. Fifth St. in Cripple CreekOwner/developer: American Gaming Group of Cripple Creek, headed by longtime casino executive Joseph CanforaRooms: 102Status: Construction to begin by late fall with a fall 2019 opening.Notes: Hotel would include meeting space and rooms that would sell for $80-$90 per night.