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Benchmark Hospitality International Announces $20 Million
Renovation at Cheyenne Mountain Resort


The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, July 2010 … Benchmark Hospitality International has announced a comprehensive $20 million renovation program for Cheyenne Mountain Resort, the Four Diamond property located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  This will be the first property-wide renovation for the award-winning resort, and will touch nearly all areas of the property.  Ricca + Newmark Design, with headquarters in Denver, has been engaged to create the resort’s new interiors.  Benchmark Hospitality opened Cheyenne Mountain Resort nearly 25 years ago.  Completion is scheduled for spring 2011.  Laura Neumann, Benchmark’s vice president and general manager at the resort, made the announcement.
 

“We are thrilled to announce this renovation program for our exceptional resort,” said Ms. Neumann.  “Our team strives to deliver the best, most anticipatory service possible each day.  We are so pleased that we will once again have a superb physical plant to match this level of service our guests have come to expect of our award-winning team.”

Ricca + Newmark Design has created interiors for Cheyenne Mountain Resort that are refreshing and crisp, and intended to carry the breathtaking views of Colorado’s Cheyenne Mountain -- the resort’s namesake -- from the outside in, engaging the guest in total immersion experience.  Dramatic nature-inspired artwork, plush textiles, and a rich color palette will add visual interest and leave a lasting impression within the renovated spaces.  Unique furniture design, fabricated with hand-finished precision, will create a refined and luxurious feeling to each room. 

The renovation has already begun in the resort's Mountain View Restaurant Terrace, in which a 15-foot fire pit has been installed for group and social gatherings.  The Terrace, which features striking views of Cheyenne Mountain, has also received luxurious new teak lounge furnishings to enhance the guest experience and comfort.  Included in this phase of the renovation are additional public areas of the resort:  Pool, Sundance Terrace, Grand Rivers Terrace, Cheyenne Kids Club facilities, the Will Rogers Lounge and the resort’s Pineview Restaurant.  Special care is being taken to ensure the renovation program is unobtrusive to guests of the resort.  

Cheyenne’s conference center spaces will also be refurbished with new floor and wall treatments, in addition to specialized furnishings.  Updated meeting support technology will be installed throughout the center.  

Each of the property’s 316 guestrooms and suites will receive new interiors inspired by the vivid Colorado landscape surrounding Cheyenne Mountain Resort.  Guestroom design is a fusion of warmth, texture, luxury, and rich color drawn from the natural Colorado landscape.  Designers have purposely created elegant and functional spaces where guests feel a sense of tranquility and comfort … of being at home.  

Upon completion, each guestroom will feature new drapery panels, accentuated with rich decorative trim intermixed with delicate nature inspired sheers, which will serve to frame the balcony and introduce it as another entity to the room.  Scrolled iron lamps with fabric shades and decorative trim will add a simple elegance to the space reminiscent of the Colorado scenery.  Each guestroom will receive new luxury furnishings and linens, as well as upgraded baths, and be equipped with state-of-the-art electronics, including flat screen televisions and iHome Mp3 clock radios.   

Also included in the renovation will be new landscape architecture at Cheyenne Mountain Resort’s main entrance, highlighted by a refreshing water feature, as well as additional landscape enhancements and a waterfall feature at the entrance to the resort’s Dove Building.

Upon completion, the newly renovated Cheyenne Mountain Resort will engage guests in a total immersion of the Colorado Springs destination experience. The property will evoke an upscale mountain lodge with a casual, residential feel.  Whether visiting the resort for a corporate or social gathering, a family vacation, a romantic weekend getaway or an exceptional dining experience, the newly renovated Cheyenne Mountain Resort will provide an environment to escape, relax and renew. 

New Cheyenne Mountain Resort Images available at http://www.benchmarkhospitality.com/Media_Center/Images.asp?p_ID=003

About Cheyenne Mountain Resort
Nestled in the shadows of Colorado's Rocky Mountains lies Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs' premier four season resort. 316 finely appointed guest rooms and suites featuring Rocky Mountain-inspired décor are arranged in eight residential lodges across Cheyenne Mountain Resort. A vast array of amenities include an 18-hole championship Pete Dye-designed golf course; five swimming pools; tennis and racquetball courts; a health and fitness center; aquatics center and a 35-acre recreation lake. Known for its breathtaking mountain views, exceptional accommodations, fine dining, myriad of activities and comprehensive conference facilities, the AAA Four Diamond Cheyenne Mountain Resort offers the ultimate in Colorado vacationing. For more information, call (800) 428-8886 or visit www.cheyennemountain.com.

About Benchmark Hospitality International
Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™.  The independent company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  Benchmark Hospitality is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations.  Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston.  The company’s northeast regional office is in New Jersey, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark’s properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com.        

For information on Ricca + Newmark Design, visit www.riccanewmark.com.

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Contact: 
 
Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications 
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax
KenEllens@aol.com

Jordan Blakesley, jordan@turnerpr.com
Michelle McLeod, michelle@turnerpr.com 
Turner Public Relations, Inc.
303-333-1402

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Also See: Benchmark Hospitality International’s Cheyenne Mountain Resort Named One of the “Best Companies to Work For in Colorado”; Only Hotel on List / July 2008
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