TheElizabeth Hotel,on the edge of Fort Collins’ Old Town,opened its’ doors in early December of 2017, welcoming guests into the music-inspired and regionally influenced 164-room hotel design. The Elizabeth Hotel officially opens its doors in historic Old Town Fort Collins as part of Autograph Collection Hotels’ diverse portfolio of more than 125 boutique hotel design around the world – all one-of-a-kind properties that champion values of vision, design, and craft. Cultivated by McWHINNEY, a Colorado-based national real estate development company, and Sage Hospitality, the hotel’s operator, the 164-room hotel design invites guests to explore the adjacent pedestrian-only Firehouse Alley with direct access to shops, dining and community activation.
The Elizabeth Hotel boutique hotel design warm and inviting decor 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 The Elizabeth Hotel area design, 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.
The Elizabeth Hotel offers thoughtful amenities that embody Autograph Collection Hotels’ ExactlyLikeNothingElse brand 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 Elizabeth 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.
To help to elevate the personality of The Elizabeth Hotel boutique hotel design, MAYA armchair from BRABBU, was the contract furniture solution to be featured for its elegance and female energy combined with the hotel contemporary style. DLR Group explains their challenge in a quick interview for BRABBU:
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What was the main inspiration for this project? Love of music is inherent in the Fort Collins community, and so played an integral role in inspiring our design for The Elizabeth Hotel. One of the cornerstone amenities of the hotel is its lending library where guests can check out musical instruments, equipment, and records. We created spaces in The Elizabeth Hotel that would complement those musical foundations, infusing acoustic design into every part of the hotel to enhance the audible experience.
What is your favorite feature of the whole design? The entire design feels rooted in the community’s identity. From the artwork that welcomes you as you arrive, to the individual signature suites that each embody a different aspect of Fort Collins’ heritage, I love how we were able to work with the client and our partner firms to create a travel destination that connects locals and visitors to the fabric of the city.
In what way did BRABBU’s piece complement the space? Our design for The Elizabeth Hotel offers a balance of feminine and masculine aesthetics, which was enhanced by our use of the BRABBU piece. The overall feel is one that is both familiar and elegant and feels handcrafted in every way.
What was the biggest creative challenge for you? We really wanted to make sure that what we were creating felt authentic – that it would give guests a unique experience equal to the uniqueness of the city. We knew how important The Elizabeth Hotel would be to the local community, and we felt a lot of pressure to make sure every design choice would accurately convey the city’s personality. That challenge ultimately produced a design that is as distinctive and inviting as Fort Collins itself.
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The Elizabeth Hotel 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 extra unique experience, The Elizabeth Hotel guests can choose to stay in one of three themed suites, each of which embodies 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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