The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver, Colo., completed its most recent phase of restoration, which totaled over $52 million in the last 15 years. The renovation, developed by Quorum Hotels & Resorts of Dallas, the hotel’s operator for the last 24 years, and facilitated by bkg Service Corporation, includes a redesign to all guestroom bathrooms, the suites at the top of The Brown, the spa and ballroom.
The first phase of renovations consisted of converting the 76 rooms located at the top of the Brown to 40 expanded rooms, with upgraded fixtures & finishes that embody a sense of modernization. Carolynn Vierregger, bkg’s lead project designer, incorporated changes to the original Romanesque guest room décor that capture more current Deco-era design features, while maintaining the original wood framing in the entry ways of the rooms.
The ballroom received Axminster carpets, mahogany wood panels and a custom designed chandelier that was created to be the centerpiece of the space. The designers of the lighting fixture flew in from Czechoslovakia to hand-tie each crystal and ensure the piece was installed as they envisioned.
The 200 bathrooms in the Brown Palace guestrooms received $8 million of renovations, featuring updated plumbing, new silver fixtures, Carrara marble countertops, new vanities and dual rain showerheads. Guestrooms received high-backed headboards, HD flat screen televisions, iPod docking stations, new coffee makers, wall vinyl, crown molding, stone entries and custom arched valances for draperies to allow in natural light from the existing oversized windows.
Other recent upgrades in the hotel have included new equipment and vanity mirrors in the Spa, an expanded ladies’ lounge, elevator modernization as well as electronic reader boards and Axminster woven carpeting in the lobby and throughout the hotel. The next phase of renovations will feature new fabrics in the lobby as well as new, versatile furniture put in place to accommodate the many events hosted by The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa.