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Limelight Hotels Breaks Ground on New Conference Center Hotel in Boulder

BOULDER, Colorado— Aspen Hospitality and the University of Colorado Boulder recently began construction on the new Limelight Hotel Boulder. The on-campus conference center hotel property, located at the intersection of Broadway and University, is slated to open in the summer of 2025.

As Boulder’s largest meeting and events facility of its kind, the conference center hotel has long been viewed as an important project for the community that will create economic vitality and play a key role in revitalization of the University Hill business district.

“Our firm is focused on expanding the Limelight portfolio in the best locations within the best markets, and this project will reinforce the high-quality, sustainable approach to development for which the brand is known,” Aspen Hospitality CEO Alinio Azevedo said. “We look forward to creating a focal point for the community and are excited about our commitment to Boulder for generations to come.”

The Limelight Hotel Boulder will include 250 guest rooms, along with a ground floor restaurant and an outdoor plaza that are both intended to be public gathering spots for the community. The conference facilities offer a 15,000-square-foot ballroom, along with another 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

Additionally, the city will create a fund out of the accommodations tax generated by the hotel to provide financial support for use of the conference facilities by local not-for-profit organizations and civic group uses.

“We are excited to see construction begin on a facility that has been anxiously anticipated by so many in our community for so long,” CU Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano said. “The innovation and leadership occurring in Boulder and on our campus are world-class, and the Limelight Hotel Boulder will provide a new stage for highlighting the groundbreaking work taking place in our community.”

The project will achieve a LEED Gold certification for green building construction, in line with all major construction projects on the CU Boulder campus and the sustainability goals of Aspen Hospitality. The conference center hotel is also designed to be powered only by electricity, reducing the carbon footprint of the facility over time as the utility grid incorporates a greater mix of renewable energy.

The project website at includes renderings and FAQs and will provide ongoing updates on construction.