Elizabeth Hotel is a 164-room boutique hotel in Colorado that opened its doors in December 2017, on the edge of Old Town Fort Collins. With a dazzling interior design, its clients go there to live an experience, while the hotel celebrates the local music community in collaboration with Bohemian Companies. Because of that, the hotel often displays local art from students, professors and musicians in order to help rising local stars.
The name of the hotel comes from a tribute to “Auntie” Elizabeth Stone, the owner of the first hotel in Fort Collins and considered as the city’s “Founding Mother”. Elizabeth Stone was a warmful lady, the vivid portrait of amazing qualities such as the great cooking, generous hospitality and an incredible sense of humour, which gave her the nickname of “Auntie”.
Known for her endless energy, on her 81st birthday, townspeople and four generations of the Stone family held a dance in her honour at the Masonic Hall. As the music plays a big part in Fort Collins’ nowadays, the Elizabeth Hotel will keep her alive in every melody, from top to bottom every day of the week.
This design project was an excitement for the interior design studio DLR Group and the architectural language spoke with soul and history. A unique and contemporary style was born from the minds of creatives wh found the hotel a very special place full of history.
When asked about the main inspiration for this project, DLR Group says that the “love of music is inherent in the Fort Collins community, and so played an integral role in inspiring our design for The Elizabeth Hotel. One of the cornerstone amenities of the hotel is its lending library where guests can check out musical instruments, equipment, and records. We created spaces that would complement those musical foundations, infusing acoustic design into every part of the hotel to enhance the audible experience.”
“We really wanted to make sure that what we were creating felt authentic – that it would give guests a unique experience equal to the uniqueness of the city. We knew how important The Elizabeth Hotel would be to the local community, and we felt a lot of pressure to make sure every design choice would accurately convey the city’s personality. That challenge ultimately produced a design that is as distinctive and inviting as Fort Collins itself,” explained representatives of the DLR Group regarding what were the main challenges in concluding this outstanding project.
Written By: Marco Costa