Gaylord Announces Denver Deal

Nashville-based Gaylord Entertainment has announced plans to develop one of its mega-hotels just outside Denver, in Aurora, Colorado. The hotel chain has been looking for a location in the Western U.S. for several years.

The 1,500-room resort will be 10 minutes from the Denver airport and have views of the Rocky Mountains. It’s slated to open in 2015.

The project has a price tag of $800 million, with tax incentives approved by the city council of Aurora Monday night.

Gaylord only has three other hotels modeled after its flagship at Opryland. The company has a project that’s been in the works for three years just outside Phoenix. Gaylord hasn’t commented on whether the Denver hotel would replace the Arizona development. But in a statement, CEO Colin Reed says Denver is the “perfect location” for meeting demand for what he calls the “Gaylord experience” in the West.

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