Hotel Colorado’s new and improved rooms combine a modern aesthetic with hints of yesteryear
Hotel Colorado’s renovations shape a modern motif through a historic lens, said Hotel Colorado President Christian Henny.
“We emphasized the need for clean Italian lines, a neutral and modern palette,” Henny said. “But we’re also aiming for a period aesthetic.”
With an investment of over $8 million, the hotel staff is revamping the hotel’s rooms, hallways and stairwells. Design work for the renovations began more than a year ago, and crews could be mostly done with the project by Memorial Day, Henny said.
Furniture in each bedroom is expected to be replaced with all bespoke items, including marble desks and bedside tables as well as elaborate new headboards, complete with embroidered upholstery.
The hotel’s interior was last renovated in the mid-1990s, Henny said.
Built in 1893 by Walter Devereux, a silver baron and one of the first settlers of Glenwood Springs, no expense was spared in the construction of the hotel, which included tennis courts, a Victorian garden, a bird sanctuary and an indoor waterfall. Devereux referred to the hotel as his “Grande Dame” and modeled the establishment on the Villa de Medici.
Instead of the previously featured heavy purple theme in hallways and guest rooms, he said the hotel is moving forward with a white and blue color scheme, paying homage to its history as a hospital in the US Navy during World War II.
Rooms are being renovated half a floor at a time to minimize the impact on guest experience, a press release said. Throughout the renovation, hotel staff will catalog historic furnishings and finds, reserving select pieces for use in the iconic suites. Additional historical elements are expected to be showcased in a future history room planned for the lower level.
Along with new carpeting, lighting and furniture, two of the hotel’s elevators are scheduled to be replaced with fully functional models, which will be made available to the public, Henny said.
“Although COVID-19 has delayed our plans,” said Craig Melville, spokesman for the Melville family, who purchased the hotel in 2018, “we are back on track and remain committed to giving our “Grande Dame” the attention and investment she deserves.”
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