Today, The Elizabeth Hotel officially opens its doors in historic Old Town Fort Collins as part of Autograph Collection Hotels' portfolio of more than 125 hotels around the world. Guests of The Elizabeth Hotel can enjoy locally inspired art, music and craft beer at the hotel, serving as an introduction to the city's culture and lifestyle. Cultivated by McWHINNEY, a Colorado-based national real estate development company, and Sage Hospitality, the hotel's operator, the 164-room hotel invites guests to explore the adjacent pedestrian-only Firehouse Alley with direct access to shops, dining and community activations.
"Fort Collins is one of Colorado's most inviting and interesting towns, and we couldn't be happier to provide visitors with a memorable hotel experience in such a dynamic destination," said Scott Sloan, General Manager, The Elizabeth Hotel. "The Elizabeth Hotel is located in the middle of Old Town Fort Collins – a picturesque town center that inspired the architecture of Disneyland's Main Street USA – and whether guests want to enjoy strolling through these beautiful, historic streets, partake in one of many outdoor pursuits located just steps from our front door, or enjoy music, theatre or museums, The Elizabeth Hotel is an ideal home base for those who want to explore all Fort Collins has to offer."
The hotel's warm and inviting design was thoughtfully considered by Denver-based project architect 4240 Architecture. The interior design, by DLR Group, elevates the personality of The Elizabeth Hotel – a charismatic balance of femininity and masculinity - by evoking a light and airy ambiance paired with aged wood and metal materials that feel handcrafted and welcoming. Throughout the hotel guests will see custom filigree, intricate metalworking on balconies, and cast plaster ceiling ornamentation. The hotel's art collection, curated by award-winning Denver-based firm NINE dot ARTS, celebrates Fort Collins' adventurous spirit with works by artists local to Colorado and with ties to Colorado State University.
"We are thrilled to debut our first Autograph Collection in Fort Collins, Colorado to showcase the charming culture and historic design of the city," said Amanda Altree, Global Brand Marketing Director, Autograph Collection Hotels. "We aim to celebrate individuality by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 100 hotels around the world, and we look forward to introducing guests to the locally-inspired experiences influenced by music, culinary and craftsmanship that speak to the local city of Fort Collins."
The Elizabeth Hotel offers thoughtful amenities that embody Autograph Collection Hotels' ExactlyLikeNothingElsebrand philosophy. The hotel proudly welcomes pets ensuring that those traveling with their furry friends feel right at home. Music lovers can take advantage of the hotel's lending library, complete with string instruments, keyboards and more, available to check out during their stay. In addition to musical instruments, the lending library features a wide selection of vinyl records that guests can play on their personal record players, found in each of the hotel's guestrooms.
The Elizabeth offers 3,500 sq. ft. of meeting space, including two indoor spaces, the Walnut and Chestnut Ballrooms, as well as the second-floor outdoor terrace that overlooks Walnut St. and downtown Fort Collins. When not in use for private events, the hotel's second floor terrace doubles as a gathering place for guests to enjoy a glass of wine, warm up by a fire circle, watch the sunset or admire the beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains.
For an extra unique experience, guests can choose to stay in one of three themed suites, each of which embody a different aspect of Fort Collins' culture and heritage. The Beer & Bike Suite is a craft beer-lover's paradise, complete with its own beer tap that will serve up local brews, a beer fridge stocked with canned and bottled craft varieties and a private terrace and fire pit complete with bicycles for guest use, while The Ram Suite is a haven for Colorado State University fans who bleed green and gold. Guests staying in the Music Suite can tickle the ivories on their very own Baby Grand Piano, located in the suite's elegant living room. Those staying in the Music Suite can also channel their inner DJ with the high-tech record player and sound system.
Sunset Lounge, the hotel's all-weather and open-air lounge, features exquisite outdoor space with unrivaled sunset views and front range mountain views. Peter Karpinski, Co-Founder of Sage Restaurant Group will launch three highly anticipated concepts within the hotel; Magic Rat Live Music, Bower Bird Coffee, and The Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market.
Situated at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University, the most micro-breweries per capita in the country, renowned outdoor activities and diverse cultural attractions. With a half-dozen live-theater stages in production throughout the year, a symphony orchestra, ballet troupe and opera company, it's obvious why the town is the arts and culture hub of northern Colorado. Fort Collins is easily accessible from all major markets, via a one-hour drive from Denver International Airport which is serviced by all major airlines.
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