The meetings market is front and center for Marriott in Colorado, where Connect recently visited Marriott Convention & Resort Network’s member hotels: the Denver Marriott Tech Center, Sheraton Downtown Denver, Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, and the soon-to-open Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center.
The foursome displayed a mountain full of meetings and convention chops including their latest in food and beverage innovations, new and renovated meeting and guest rooms, public space and access to prime local attractions. Here’s what we found:
Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center
On schedule to open in late 2018, the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora is set to be a game changer for the Denver-area meetings landscape.
This majestic 1,501-room resort is 10 minutes from Denver International Airport and about 30 minutes from the Mile-High City’s downtown. The resort is Gaylord’s first property built in the last decade, first mountain property and farthest west in location. Planners will be delighted to find outsize amenities to match the grand size of this spacious new kid in town.
Upon opening, the resort will be the largest hotel by room-count in the state of Colorado, with the grounds spanning across 85 acres. Sweeping views of the Rockies, 485,000 square feet of flex-space, five outdoor event spaces, 81 tech-advanced breakouts and conference rooms, and a 175,000-sq.-ft. exhibition hall are amongst the staggering array of conference utility planners find here.
Eight dining options appeal to a broad spectrum of guest tastes and include: Gaylord’s signature Old Hickory Steakhouse, Italian fare at Vista Montague, and Monte Jade, an Asian fusion restaurant and sushi bar.
Sports enthusiasts get their game on at the Mountain Pass Sports Bar, featuring Colorado’s largest HD screen, a 75-by-14-feet behemoth that is right at home in this gathering place where the flooring is imprinted with football, baseball, basketball and other sports platforms.