Colorado is known as an outdoor mecca, thanks in no small part to the Rocky Mountains. From skiing and snowboarding to hiking and biking, the state's abundance of outdoor activities make it the kind of place to which people flock to convene with nature. For that reason, it's is an ideal destination for meeting groups that want to disconnect from technology. But the Centennial State isn’t just set up for eschewing technology. It’s also set up for embracing it.
One reason is its economy: Colorado is home to a variety of industries and universities that occupy the bleeding edge of science and technology. The Colorado School of Mines, for instance, is one of the country’s top engineering schools. Meanwhile, innovative companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Amazon and Microsoft all have growing operations there.
Another reason for the state’s tech cred is its infrastructure -- including its meeting venues, many of which boast best-in-class connectivity that makes Colorado as attractive for meetings that rely on technology as it is for meetings that want to divorce from it. One such venue, for example, is the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, which has just completed a multimillion-dollar revamp encompassing its guest rooms and public spaces, the hotel announced this week.
Located in the Denver Tech Center (DTC) -- a business district in south Denver -- the hotel has:
- 451 renovated guest rooms
- two renovated restaurants
- a contemporary lobby with self-service check-in kiosks
- 30,000 square feet of renovated meeting space whose tech offerings, according to the hotel’s website, include “individual controls for heating and air-conditioning, sound, music, telephones, multiple electrical/microphone outlets, audiovisual equipment, and 100V single-phase and 220V single-phase electricity.”
The property’s new look references Colorado’s high- as well as low-tech appeal. “The hotel’s redesign and renovation juxtaposes the beautiful Denver landscape against the sharp geometry expressed by its location to the DTC,” the hotel noted in a press release. “The unexpected approach utilizes a tonal color palette with pops of color inspired by the local landscape, such as sunsets over the mountains and indigenous vegetation, blended with references to tech iconography.”
Four More Connected Colorado Meeting Venues
To serve meeting groups well, technology doesn’t have to be flashy. It does, however, have to be functional. Seamlessly so, in fact. That’s what draws groups to Colorado properties like the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. There, technology isn’t a gimmick, but rather an understated means to an important end: increased engagement, efficiency and productivity. Here are four more Colorado venues whose technology fits a similar bill:
• Westin Denver International Airport. Adjacent to the terminal at its namesake facility, the Westin Denver International Airport opened in 2015. Along with 519 guest rooms -- each of which features keyless entry and mobile check-in, which are major tech benefits in their own right -- the property has 33,619 square feet of high-tech meeting space. Groups can rent equipment ranging from flat-screen HDTVs to sound systems -- and even Xbox 360s for groups that want to incorporate gaming into their agenda.
• University Memorial Center (Boulder). Universities make great meeting destinations for groups that favor technology. Case in point: the University of Colorado Boulder, whose University Memorial Center features over 20,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, including a five-story atrium, a 9,280-square-foot ballroom -- the largest in Boulder -- and several technologically advanced “smart rooms.” One meeting room features a ceiling-mounted projector, eight lighting options and a complete sound system, while another has a 14-person table designed to integrate phones, computers and a variety of video presentations. The facility can accommodate groups of 10 to 1,000.
• The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs) One of Colorado’s best-known luxury resorts is The Broadmoor. It also happens to be one of its most technologically advanced resorts. Along with 784 guest rooms, the property has 185,000 square feet of function space offering both wired and wireless connectivity, a multi megabit fiber-optic connection for up to 2,000 concurrent devices, cellphone service in all meeting spaces, in-house computer rentals and -- crucial for groups with security concerns -- an intrusion detection and prevention system to help prevent attacks and vulnerability exploits from external Internet sources.
• Telluride Conference Center. Even groups that are meeting deep in the Rockies can stay connected to technology thanks to venues like the Telluride Conference Center. Although the facility is surrounded by the Great Outdoors, inside it has all the trappings of a more urban meeting site. Encompassing 22,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, it offers theatrical lighting grids, individualized climate control, roll-down video screens, a state-of-the-art videoconferencing system and its own private music venue, Club Red, which features a cutting-edge sound system and ambient lighting for concerts and other special events.