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87-room Homewood Suites by Hilton planned for U.S. Highway 40

Teresa Ristow

An 87-room Homewood Suites by Hilton could be built along U.S. Highway 40 on the southern edge of Steamboat Springs.

— An 87-room, suite-style hotel could be the newest addition to U.S. Highway 40's hotel row on the southern edge of Steamboat Springs.

The project initially entered the city planning process in late 2014, before property owner Bob Amin, of Gray Stone, LLC, had identified which franchise the new hotel might be associated with.

Final development plans submitted in April show the hotel would be a Homewood Suites by Hilton, which Hilton describes as an upscale, extended-stay hotel brand offering one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens.

The hotel would be located on a 3-acre portion of a 6.8-acre lot owned by Gray Stone, with the remaining land separating the new hotel from the Fairfield Inn and Suites, which was also owned by Amin until November, when it sold for $7 million to Steamboat Hotel Investors, LLC.

Attempts last week to reach Amin were unsuccessful.

The city's planning department is in the process of completing its review of the plans and will provide the applicant with feedback before the project is scheduled for public hearings and consideration by the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission and City Council, according to Senior City Planner Bob Keenan.

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Plans for the new hotel include shifting the western nub of Stone Lane to better align with Dougherty Road on the opposite side of U.S. 40 and building out Stone Lane through the hotel property.

Walton Creek will still separate the portion of Stone Lane near the proposed hotel and the remainder of the road, which continues to a connection with Whistler Road.

"The construction of (the hotel developer's) portion of Stone Lane doesn't mean that there is going to be a bridge constructed," Keenan said. "But it's being designed to accommodate a future connection."

It would be up to the city to appropriate funds for a bridge to connect the two portions of Stone Lane.

Plans also include subdividing the 6.8-acre lot into two parcels, leaving the northern portion of the property, adjacent to the Fairfield Inn, open for future development.

Renderings for the proposed four-story hotel show a mix of metal, stone and stucco exterior materials in red, brown and dark green.

A covered parking area would welcome guests to the front lobby, with the majority of parking tucked behind the building away from U.S. 40.

The hotel's ground level would encompass 20,000 square feet and include 11 guest rooms, a meeting room, indoor pool and whirlpool, game room and fitness center. The second through fourth floors would each total about 18,000 square feet and have 24 or 26 rooms each.

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