Hotel Colorado has fun plans for 110th birthday celebration

Staff ReportIn honor of her 110th birthday and a multimillion-dollar makeover, the Hotel Colorado is revealing her new, rejuvenated look with weekend festivities on June 7-8.The birthday celebration begins on Saturday afternoon, June 7. The public is invited to an afternoon of games, ice cream, refreshments and a barbecue from 1-6 p.m. in the courtyard. Those seeking an elegant evening are invited to a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a deluxe dinner and a special guest presentation as Teddy Roosevelt returns to one of his favorite Colorado hotels. He will share some of his memories of hunting in Colorado back in 1905. Afterward, festivities continue with ballroom dancing to the big band sounds of the Joe Peterson Orchestra. The evening costs $110 per couple.The party continues on Sunday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to noon with an ice cream social featuring live music and complimentary birthday cake and ice cream. Throughout the weekend, specials also will be offered at Legends Caf, the Lobby and Courtyard Caf, and the Palm Court Bar and Grill. Special room rates are also available.Located at 526 Pine St. in Glenwood Springs, the hotel has undergone an extensive makeover that included improvements to all guest rooms, public areas and hallways, ballrooms, and the West Tower Bell Suite (renamed the Molly Brown Suite).For more information on the Hotel Colorado’s 110th birthday celebration specials, call 1-800-544-3998, ext. 117, or 970-945-6511, ext. 117.Hotel Colorado interesting facts-The hotel cost $850,000 to build. The Peach Blow Sand Stone Co. supplied the 10,000 tons of stone used to build the Hotel Colorado. It opened in 1893 and was one of the first hotels in the country to use electricity throughout. -Fashioned after the electric fountain at the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, the great courtyard fountain was illuminated by electricity. In 1900, the most fashionable dance was the Cake Walk, and according to the Denver Times, J.C. Keith of the Hotel Colorado was the Colorado State Champion Cake Walker.-The hotel also hosted some famous guests including presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft and Herbert Hoover, Secretary of State William Loeb, the unsinkable Titanic survivor Molly Brown, Chicago gangsters Al Capone, Bert and Diamond Jack Alterie, and singer Dinah Shore. -During World War II the Navy converted the hotel into a first-class convalescent hospital. In 1961, the school district leased the building and used it as a school when the local junior high was condemned.-The current owners are the Bastain family of Wichita, Kan.-In 1977, the Hotel Colorado was placed on the National Register of Historical Places, preserving it as an American landmark.

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