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Benchmark Hospitality International Completes its $20 Million Resort-Wide Renovation
of 316-room Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado



Colorado Springs, Colo. –April 8, 2011
–Cheyenne Mountain Resort, located in the picturesque Rocky Mountains of Colorado Springs, has completed the $20 million renovation that began in May 2010, the first ever property-wide renovation for the AAA Four Diamond resort.  Denver-based Ricca Newmark Design was hired to create the resort’s new interiors in honor of the hotel’s 25th anniversary, encompassing common areas, landscaping, guestrooms, meeting spaces and more.

The renovation commenced with the Resort’s Mountain View Restaurant Terrace, which received luxurious new Brazilian cherry wood lounge furnishings, wood slat rocking chairs and a 15 ft. custom fire pit to further enhance this large outdoor gathering area, where groups can enjoy stunning views of Cheyenne Mountain.  Other outdoor common areas, including the resort pool, Sundance Terrace, Grand Rivers Terrace, Cheyenne Kids Club space, Will Rogers Lounge and Pineview Restaurant received new furniture. Landscaping throughout the resort has been updated as well, with five new water features and upgraded stone signage.

All 38 meeting rooms featuring more than 40,000 square feet of flexible, IACC-certified space have been equipped with new carpeting, wall coverings, furnishings and state-of-the-art technology including sound systems, lighting and rear projection screens.

Each of the resort’s 316 guestrooms received new high-end custom furnishings, linens and fixtures, as well as new flooring, and the bathrooms have been completely upgraded. Guestrooms are now equipped with new top-of-the-line electronics, including flat screen televisions and iHome Mp3 clock radios. Every detail was carefully considered including the custom-designed headboards and embroidered sheer draperies, designed to highlight the resort’s stunning views.  Inspired by the vivid Colorado landscape that surrounds Cheyenne Mountain Resort, the guestroom design is a fusion of warmth, texture, luxury, and richness of color drawn from the natural surroundings. Guests will feel at home in a space that is designed with both elegance and function in mind.

Throughout Cheyenne Mountain Resort, the new design is refreshing and crisp, intended to carry the breathtaking views from the outside in, and engage guests in total immersion of the Cheyenne Mountain experience. Inspired by a mountain lodge setting with a more-residential feel, traditional furnishings are mixed with plush textiles, and dramatic nature-themed artwork. Whether visiting for a conference, family vacation or romantic getaway, Cheyenne Mountain Resort will provide a space to escape, relax and refresh, where guests will appreciate the simple elegance of the true Colorado lifestyle experience.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort is now recognized as an official Green Seal resort after earning the prestigious certification last month.  The resort fulfilled the rigorous requirements of the Green Seal Standard for Hotels and Lodging Properties – Silver.  This achievement represents the resort’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and environmental improvement and it is one of only four properties in the state to meet the necessary requirements.

In addition, Cheyenne Mountain Resort partnered with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity ReStore to donate guestroom furniture during the renovation. The nonprofit organization will resell donated items including desks, lamps, and framed paintings, to raise money.  At an estimated value of more than $200,000, this is the largest donation in the organization’s history.  Since 2004, the Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity has built 14 homes with the proceeds from donated items.  Cheyenne Mountain Resort’s unprecedented contribution is likely to grow that number by more than three homes in 2011.

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.

About Ricca Newmark Design
Ricca Newmark Design is a specialty design firm providing award-winning consulting and design services for culinary and interior design.  A company built on passion for their work and their relationships is what defines RND’s professional culture. RND has the courage to design the undesignable. Their goal is to create stunning environments that work—spaces that delight the senses, exhilarate your guests, and inspire excellence.  Since 1973, RND has been providing exceptional, award-winning consulting and design services, earning the firm recognition as one of the leading design studios in the world. RND is headquartered in the Denver Technological Center and has principal managed studios in New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Dallas, Seattle, and Shanghai.

For additional information visit www.riccanewmark.com                
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Contact: 
 
Michelle Duncan
Michelle.duncan@turnerpr.com
Carrina Junge
carrina.junge@turnerpr.com
Turner Public Relations, Inc.
(303) 333-1402




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Also See: Benchmark Hospitality International Announces $20 Million Renovation at Cheyenne Mountain Resort / July 2010

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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