Hotel Colorado Gets Renovated Following 125th Birthday

Hotel Colorado Gets Renovated Following 125th Birthday

The historic Hotel Colorado has a few changes in store for its 125th year. The JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE team will be redesigning the guest rooms and public spaces of the hotel to revitalize it for a new generation of guests. The hotel, which was built in 1893 next to the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, was modeled after the Villa De Medici in Florence, Italy. Today, it has 130 rooms and suites, two on-site spas and two ballrooms.

The hotel has seen visits from famous guests including two U.S. presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, as well as Al Capone and Molly Brown. An avid outdoorsman, Roosevelt was particularly fond of Colorado and favored the Hotel Colorado for his visits. In fact, the hotel became the temporary home of the President and his assistants during a three-week bear hunting expedition.


Incorporating classic principles and elements of the building’s traditional architecture, JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE’s design seeks to maintain Hotel Colorado’s historic elements while modernizing it in a way that expresses the hotel’s distinctive story.


The renovation will take place over three distinct phases. Phase One will include designing a model guestroom and common meeting spaces. During the second phase, all of the guest rooms will be renovated. The final stage will transform the outdoor courtyard in a unique gathering place for hotel guests.