Snapshots of hotels opening soon, under construction around Colorado Springs

By Wayne Heilman and Rich Laden Updated: April 12, 2018 at 6:35 pm • Published: April 8, 2018 0
photo - The four-story, 100-room Fillmore Inn, which will include rooms under the Best Western Plus and Executive Residency brands, is planned to open just west of Interstate 25 and Fillmore Street in Colorado Springs. COURTESY CRESTONE DEVELOPMENT
The four-story, 100-room Fillmore Inn, which will include rooms under the Best Western Plus and Executive Residency brands, is planned to open just west of Interstate 25 and Fillmore Street in Colorado Springs. COURTESY CRESTONE DEVELOPMENT

Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region are riding a wave of hotel development. Here’s a snapshot of several projects in the pipeline:

OPENING SOON

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

Rooms: 100

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

Rooms: 64

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.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Fairfield Inn & Suites

4107 Tutt Blvd., southeast of Tutt and Barnes Road in Colorado Springs

Owner/developer: Red River Development Group of Durango

Rooms: 80

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

Rooms: 167

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

Rooms: 87

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

Rooms: 119

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 & Suites
721 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.

Rooms: 62

Status: Opening November

Notes: Hotel will feature fitness center, and guests will have access to swimming pool, restaurant and patio at Woodland Country Lodge.

PROPOSED

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

Rooms: 150

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 Suites
Northwest of Powers Boulevard and Airport Road in the Westgate commercial development
Owner/developer: KWB Hotels of Sioux Falls, S.D.
Rooms: 96
Status: 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 Hotel
166-198 E. Bennett Ave. in Cripple Creek
Owner/developer: Century Casinos Inc., based in Colorado Springs and which operates casinos in Colorado, Canada, Poland and aboard cruise ships
Rooms: 30
Status: 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 Hotel
5904 Stetson Hills Blvd., northeast of Powers and Stetson Hills boulevards in Colorado Springs
Owner/developer: A group composed of Colorado and out-of-state members, headed by managing partner Manish Patel of Alamosa
Rooms: 117
Status: Construction slated to begin in the next month, with completion in June 2019.
Notes: The dual-branded hotel will have
79 rooms under the Comfort Suites name and
38 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 & Suites
1170 Kelly Johnson Blvd., southeast of Interstate 25 and North Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs
Owner/developer: Advanced Hospitality Management Group of Englewood, headed by longtime Denver hotel developer Kumar Merchant
Rooms: 87
Status: 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 Inn
1060 Kelly Johnson Blvd., southeast of Interstate 25 and Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs
Owner/developer: Sun Capital Hotels of Albuquerque
Rooms: 101
Status: 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 Hilton
3012 N. Nevada Ave., northwest of Nevada and Fillmore Street
Owner/developer: ZMC Hotels, the hotel arm of real estate company Hall Equities Group of California
Rooms: 88 to 111
Status: 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 Suites
1600 block of South Tejon Street, southeast of Tejon and Navajo streets in Colorado Springs
Owner/developer: On the Ivy, a group headed by Colorado Springs businessman Sam Guadagnoli
Rooms: 135
Status: 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 Place
225 E. Kiowa St., at Kiowa and Nevada Avenue in downtown Colorado Springs
Owner/developer: A & A Enterprises, a company controlled by Pueblo hotel developer Amin Ashwin
Rooms: 120
Status: Pending
Notes: 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 hotel
400 block of South Tejon Street, southwest of Tejon and Costilla streets in downtown Colorado Springs
Owner/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 Colarelli
Rooms: 252
Status: Pending
Notes: 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 Suites
1320 Republic Drive, southwest of InterQuest and Voyager parkways in Colorado Springs
Owner/developer: Sunridge Hotel Group of Mesa, Ariz.
Rooms: 105
Status: 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 Hotel
264 E. Bennett Ave. in Cripple Creek
Owner/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 150
Status: 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 Hotel
119 N. Fifth St. in Cripple Creek
Owner/developer: American Gaming Group of Cripple Creek, headed by longtime casino executive Joseph Canfora
Rooms: 102
Status: 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.

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