By Erik Barstow
When is the last time you visited Fort Collins for a meeting, work or pleasure? If it’s been a while, you might be surprised to learn about all the new and soon-to-be completed improvements going on in the Choice City. From new hotels for meetings and events and eye-catching renovations to an ever growing list of attractions, breweries and restaurants, there has never been a better time to bring a group to Fort Collins.
Last year, Old Town Square completed a $3.9 renovation that added a splash park, extended stage for live music and improved infrastructure. More than ever, downtown Fort Collins is a can’t-miss experience.
The largest new development in Fort Collins has to be Colorado State University’s on-campus stadium. Opening in 2017, the stadium will feature a capacity of more than 40,000 and add 82,000 square feet of academic and alumni space to greatly enhance unique venue options.
Foothills Mall, adjacent to the recently renovated Fort Collins Marriott, has experienced a serious upgrade and now offers a variety of great shopping and dining options within walking distance. Feel like a night in? The new Cinemark Bistro is the perfect spot for groups to enjoy a movie with restaurant and bar service and head back to the Marriott with 229 guest rooms and 18,000 square feet of function space across 21 rooms.
A bit farther north, the Hilton Fort Collins is undergoing a major $9 million renovation to essentially become a new hotel. Located near CSU, the Hilton has 255 guest rooms and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space (20 rooms) to host up to 1,200 guests.
Speaking of new hotels, Fort Collins has 482 new rooms coming into the market in the near future. Anchored by The Elizabeth Hotel, a new downtown property with 164 guest rooms and 3,500 square feet of meeting and event space and slated to open in fall 2017, fresh developments mean visitors to Fort Collins will have more quality choices than ever.
Fort Collins has long been a hot spot in the world of craft brewing. With our 21st craft brewery coming online in late August, it is a reminder why Fort Collins is a craft beer enthusiast’s paradise. It’s time for a toast and to bring your group to Fort Collins!
Erik Barstow, Director of Sales at Visit Fort Collins, has spent the last nine years in the hospitality world. When not at work, Erik can be found riding his bike, playing music or trying to pull some trout out of the Cache la Poudre River.