A unique combination of a higher-education classroom building, a teaching laboratory, a commercial hotel and a conference center, the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center is home to the Hospitality, Tourism and Event Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. This project features a 150-key Marriott SpringHill Suites hotel, a 10,000 square foot convention center and a 50,000 square foot attached hospitality learning center. The 150-room hotel features 55 double queen bed and 95 king bedrooms. Each room features an en-suite bathroom with a tub, providing residents of the hotel with the comforts of home. The Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center is projected to receive LEED Gold certification and contains many sustainable features including an energy management system at each guest room to prevent energy from being wasted while the rooms are unoccupied. There is extensive day lighting inside of the building and water conservation features installed such as low flow rates at plumbing fixtures.
The facility also contains three conference rooms along with a conference room kitchen. There is also a breakfast and drink bar inside of the facility. The lobby is a unique feature with high glazing walls and a glass stair.
The melding of academic instruction, interactive laboratories and real-world experience within the hotel allows the College to offer an experiential curriculum for its diverse undergraduate student population, as well as current professionals seeking continuing education. The academic program includes state-of-the-art food and beverage teaching laboratories, classrooms and faculty offices.