2016 ARES Annual Meeting
The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa
March 29, 2016 – April 2, 2016
2016 Conference Brochure
ARES returns to Denver in 2016, thirty-one years after our first meeting in the Mile High City. The meeting venue for the landmark 32nd ARES Annual Meeting is the beautiful and historic Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in the sophisticated and inspiring city of Denver, Colorado.
Denver, the state capital of Colorado, boasts over 300 days of sunshine annually. Its natural beauty arises from its location on the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. A young, active city, Denver offers a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, stunning architecture, upscale shopping, award-winning dining, and unparalleled views. A well-developed public transportation system makes the features of this inspiring city very accessible, while Denver's seven professional sports teams provide year-round entertainment.
As Denver’s only Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond hotel, The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. A western icon since 1892, the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa is one of the first atrium-style hotels ever built and considered a national treasure. For more than a century the hotel has stood as an anchor to the bustling financial and cultural district, serving as the host to The Beatles during their first trip to the United States in 1964, as well as every U.S. President since Teddy Roosevelt, except Calvin Coolidge. The hotel, is conveniently located a block away from world-class shopping and dining on the pedestrian-friendly 16th Street Mall in the heart of Denver's vibrant downtown, a case study in successful urban revitalization. You can learn more about the hotel at www.brownpalace.com.
Book your accommodation through the following special ARES link (Brown Palace Reservations) or the hotel’s reservation line (1-800-321-2599). Room rates at the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa are as follows: Mini Palace, $199; Signature Rooms, $259. Taxes are approximately 14.75%. Room rates include complimentary wireless internet in guestrooms and fitness center access.
The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa is connected via a skybrige with the Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown. The room rate at the Holiday Inn Express is $149 and includes complimentary wireless internet in guestrooms, fitness center access, and the hotel’s complimentary Express Start Breakfast Bar. Valet parking for both hotels is available for a discounted rate of $34 per day with in and out privileges. In order to receive these special concessions, you must reserve your accommodations within the group room block through the following special ARES link (Holiday Inn Express Reservations). We expect rooms to be booked very quickly. These group rates are subject to availability, so guarantee yourself the best experience by planning ahead and booking early.
Getting To Denver
The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa is located at 321 17th Street in downtown Denver, only a 22 mile drive from the Denver International Airport (DEN).
With 20 airlines serving over 170 destinations, including 20 international cities in nine countries, Denver International Airport is the 15th-busiest airport in the world and 5th-busiest in the United States with over 53 million passengers annually. Since the airport opened in 1995, it has won many travelers’ choice awards due to its outstanding and unique art exhibits, complementary wireless internet access in public areas, and diverse array of dining and shopping choices. In addition to serving as the main hub for Frontier Airlines, Denver International Airport is a hub for United Airlines and a major focus city for Southwest Airlines. Denver International Airport is located northeast of downtown, and a cab or shuttle ride puts you in the heart of the city in about 30 minutes. The city's public transport system, Regional Transportation District (RTD), operates five bus routes under the frequent airport express bus service called SkyRide, and Super Shuttle (800-BLUE-VAN) provides transfer service between DEN and the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa with frequent and convenient trips throughout each day.
With sweeping outdoor expanses that attract thrill-seeking adventurers to world -class shopping opportunities that cater to a more sophisticated crowd, Denver is truly a town for everyone. If you have a love of the outdoors, take in one of the city’s 200 city parks or enjoy the 850 miles of trails that tempt runners and bikers with their clean alpine air and unparalleled views. If the weather cooperates, there may even be an opportunity to ski at one of the seven resorts less than a two hour drive into the majestic Rocky Mountains.
Another short drive from downtown Denver is the historic and authentically western town of Golden. Home to Coors Brewing Company, Golden is a mix of outdoor cafes, Western stores, and museums. Although an award-winning kayak course runs through the center of the town, its quaint main street still has covered walkways, false-front buildings, and plankboard sidewalks.
If you like to shop, three miles from the Brown Palace is “Cherry Creek North (CCN),” a business improvement district known nationally as a premier outdoor retail, dining, and mixed-use area, CCN features over 400 businesses spanning 20 categories. From independent to internationally-known spas, salons, art galleries, and restaurants, as well as unique fashion, jewelry, and home furnishing stores, the CNN is the number one visitor destination in Colorado.
If you bring the kids, educational opportunities abound. Denver boasts more than 35 museums, including the outstanding Children’s Museum of Denver. Free daily tours are also provided at the Denver US Mint, one of only two mints in the United States. Interesting, beautiful, and informative day trips include the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the University of Colorado in Boulder, or Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
If you are seeking a more relaxing visit, take in the stunning work on display (and for sale) in Denver's Golden Triangle neighborhood, home to more than 30 innovative art galleries and artists' studios showcasing the innovative wares of nationally renowned talent and regional up-and-comers. If your ideal form of art is in a glass, not on a wall, check out Denver’s 2,000+ craft beers, or simply take Denver’s signature walking microbrew tour.
Finally, for those into history and things that are difficult to explain, the Brown Palace offers guided historical tours recounting interesting anecdotes about the general history of the hotel on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. Additional private tours, including ghost, architectural, romance, and presidential tours, can be arranged for groups of five or more.