Former Antlers Hotel purchased, drops Hilton affiliation

Colorado Springs-based attorney Peter Sander Jr., and Florida attorney John Goede purchased the city's Antlers Hotel. The hotel was renamed "The Antlers," and the new owners dropped its Hilton affiliation.

The hotel was built by Colorado Springs founder and railroad magnate Gen. William Jackson Palmer in June 1, 1883, naming it after his collection of deer and elk trophies. The hotel sits on the site where Palmer's survey crew founded Colorado Springs.

"It's The Antlers," Sanders told The Gazette. "It's going back to what Gen. Palmer built. It's an old enough name to stand on its own."

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The 292-room hotel has a main-level lobby, meeting spaces and a restaurant. A renovation is planned for the property, which includes new carpeting, beds and custom wood headboards. Tinting will be removed from windows, and windowsills will be decorated with Granite. The update is expected to finish by June 1, 2016.

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The properties consist of three Hilton-branded locations, an Autograph Collection hotel and a St. Regis.

The three openings together total 342 rooms and consist of one new-build and two conversions.