No more free public parking at Hotel Denver lots |

No more free public parking at Hotel Denver lots

The Hotel Denver is implementing a paid parking system for its two surface lots on Blake Avenue, due to an ongoing shortage of parking for its hotel guests and patrons of the Glenwood Canyon Brewpub and other businesses located in the hotel building.

Parking in the two lots located across Blake to the east that are owned by the hotel is reserved for customers of the hotel and related businesses. Because there is no parking attendant or other controls, the 60 spaces between the two lots often are used by visitors and other downtown-area employees. Four of those spaces are reserved for handicapped parking.

Starting later this month, once new gated ticket stations are installed, anyone using the lots other than patrons of the businesses in the hotel will have to pay a yet-to-be-determined fee. Parking will be free for hotel guests, brewpub patrons and customers of four business located in the hotel, who can obtain a free parking validation from the front desk or in the brewpub.

Hotel owners Steve and April Carver say they are experiencing a shortage of parking spots, and the hotel’s two lots regularly fill up between hotel and restaurant guests as well as people who are just looking for a place to park close to the downtown core.

“The paid parking system will hopefully result in available parking to Hotel Denver guests and Brewpub patrons … that will be free via validation,” the Carvers said in a news release issued earlier this week.

Customers of River Blend Coffee, 7th Street Salon, Mona Lisa and the Fourth Dimension will also have the ability to validate for free parking, they said.

The paid hotel lot parking system is expected to start around May 25, if construction of the gates and ticket stations are completed.

The move comes as the city of Glenwood Springs is also considering a paid parking system for public street parking in the downtown core area. No decisions have been made, but the city could implement a pilot paid parking program between the 700 and 900 blocks of Grand, Colorado and Cooper avenues as soon as this fall.

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