The Greater & Greener Campus: Hotels, Venues & Transportation

Multiple Locations in the Heart of Downtown Denver

Sculpture Garden Festival 1280

Greater & Greener Conference Hotels

There are multiple conventions occurring in Downtwon Denver at the same time as Greater & Greener. Our room blocks at the Westin, Hilton, and Marriott SpringHill Suites are sold out. We encourage you to call the Westin to see if there are any lower rates available. The other properties are completely sold out. If you are unable to secure a room in Downtown Denver, you may want to consider a property outside of downtown that may be near public transportation. You may also want to search sites that offer accommodations in private residences such as Air BnB.


Westin Denver Downtown


1672 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 572-9100


Find your balance at The Westin Denver Downtown, a dynamic destination located in the city center. Featuring a prime location steps from Coors Field, Broncos Stadium at Mile High, the Pepsi Center, the 16th Street Mall and the Colorado Convention Center, this hotel enables guests to experience the Mile High City on their terms.

We suggest calling the hotel locally to see if they can offer you a rate similar to our group rate.


Hilton Denver City Center Exterior


1701 California Street

Denver, CO 80202

(303) 297-1300




The Hilton Denver City Center is just 3 blocks from the Colorado Convention Center & steps from major offices and the 16th Street Mall.  Along with elegantly renovated rooms and suites, the Hilton offers favorite amenities like all day dining, a Starbucks shop, indoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. Breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains & city skyline add to a memorable stay. The Greater & Greener conference hub is less than a 10-minute direct walk from the hotel and all conference guests will receive free in-room WiFi.


While the room block is sold out, rooms may still be available at higher rates. Call reservations at (800) 445-8667.

Springhill Dawn


1190 Auraria Parkway

Denver, CO 80204

(303) 705-7300




Marriott SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at Metropolitan State University (MSU) puts you in the heart of the action and is the city’s first LEED® Gold hotel! This innovative hotel offers warm, genuine service and striking skyline views. The hotel is just steps from the celebrated restaurants in Larimer Square and LoDo’s vibrant nightlife and is close to the Greater & Greener conference hub. A full-service bar and restaurant are located on the premises. This hotel also works closely with MSU providing scholarships and internships for students in the Hotel Management Bachelor of Science program. 


While the Greater & Greener room block is sold out, the hotel may have rooms at a higher rate. Call (877) 249-9279, ext. 2800 for rate and availability.


Visit Denver offers a widget on their website. Go to and scroll to the bottom of the page.


The Greater & Greener Campus

The 2019 Greater & Greener conference is built upon a solid foundation of partnerships with Denver Parks & Recreation, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, and Colorado University Denver - College of Architecture and Planning. Utilizing these venues for specific conference programming — all within close proximity to one another — participants will get to experience the unique character that is the cooperative partnership of Downtown Denver.


Ellie Caulkins Opera House

The Conference Hub

Ellie Caulkins Opera House
1400 Curtis Street
Denver, CO 80204

The Ellie Caulkins Opera House, known simply as "The Ellie," is a world-class music hall designed in the lyric style. With many renovations since its original opening in 1908, The Ellie invites top artists, performers and ensembles from around the world, and its lobby is adorned with public art pieces from artists like Dale Chihuly.

The Ellie will serve as the Greater & Greener Conference hub, hosting conference registration, keynote and plenary sessions, the exhibition hall, peer-to-peer and some breakout sessions, and the Exhibitor's Reception.



Colorado University Denver

School of Architecture and Planning
1250 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202

CU Denver/College of Architecture and Planning is located in Denver's lower downtown (LoDo), the city's oldest neighborhood. LoDo is home to some off Denver's best restaurants, galleries, and business including professional architecture and design firms.

CU Denver will host a majority of Greater & Greener's educational sessions and is a five-minute walk from the Ellie.

ALine RTD Train to Denver International Airport  Westin Hotel

Getting to Downtown Denver & Hotels

  • Getting to Downtown Denver from Denver International Airport

    Light Rail: The A Line commuter train, operated by the Regional Transportation District (RTD), offers convenient transportation between Denver International Airport (DEN) and downtown Denver. The approximate travel time is 37 minutes from DEN to Denver Union Station (see additional hotel information below if using this option). Trains run every 15 minutes during peak travel times, and every 30 minutes from 3 a.m. - 5 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. (for exact departure and arrival times, please consult the schedule on the RTD website). Tickets for the A Line may be purchased using cash or credit cards at the ticket vending machines located at the train stations or at the DEN Transit Center. Tickets can also be purchased at the RTD Information Booth at the Transit Center. The airport fare is $10.50 per day from any of the stations along the A Line and includes unlimited rides on the A Line during a single business day. The train is located on level 1.

    For an overview and a great video, click here.

    Ground Transportation: Both Uber and Lyft are app-based services available at DEN. Taxicabs are readily available and provide service to the Denver metro area. A one-way, flat rate charge to downtown Denver is approximately $56. Verify your rate before entering the vehicle. Taxicabs pick up and drop off from the terminal on Level 5, Island 1. If you are in Terminal East, the locations are outside of doors 505, 507, and 511. If you are in Terminal West, the location is outside of doors 506, 510, and 512. For more information about taxi service, click here.

    Explore The Mile High City with Lyft - SPECIAL OFFER
    Take $5 off your Lyft ride to or from Denver International Airport and start exploring. Click here to redeem. (One way, one-time offer. Subject to Lyft’s terms.)


  • Getting to the Hilton Denver City Center from Union Station

    By Bus: The Denver City Center Hotel is located at 1701 California Street. From The “A” Line train (from the airport), depart at Union Station (the last stop). Follow the signs to the Free 16th Street Mall Ride bus. Board the bus and disembark at California Street. Cross the mall, heading east (away from the mountains) on California for two blocks. The hotel is located on California between 17th and 18th street. This is a very busy bus route and offers a lot of “character.” An alternative to the Free Mall Ride is the Free Metro Ride bus. Hours of operation and Union Station bus gates can be found by clicking here.

  • Getting to the Marriott Springhill Suites Downtown Denver from Union Station

    By Bus: The Marriott Springhill Suites Downtown Denver is located at 1190 Auraria Parkway. From The “A” Line train (from the airport), depart at Union Station (the last stop). Follow the signs to the Free 16th Street Mall Ride bus. Board the bus and disembark at Market Street. Head west on Market (towards the mountains), crossing 15th Street, 14th Street, and Speer Boulevard. Speer Blvd becomes Auraria Parkway.

    By Hotel Shuttle Bus: The Marriott Springhill Suites Downtown Denver offers free shuttle bus service to the hotel from Union Station. The shuttle runs from 6:30 AM through 10:30 PM. To make arrangements, please call the hotel at (303) 705-7500 and push zero to get to the hotel operator.

  • Getting Around Denver without a Car


    Explore Denver on a bike with FREE 3-day Denver B-cycle Pass for Greater and Greener attendees! Just go to any kiosk and enter promo code 4419 when prompted.  The system will give you unlimited 30 minute trips for 3-days. Valid credit card required for bike liability and overtime fees.  B Cycle offers 89 centrally-located stations with over 700 bikes so it is easy way to get to and from the conference and basically anywhere you need to go in central Denver. Download the B-Cycle app today and start riding!  For more information visit call (303) 825 3325.

    Suggested B-Cycle Kiosk Locations for Greater and Greener attendees: 

    • Hilton Denver City Center | 18th & California (652 18th St)
    • Springhill Suites | 1350 Larimer and 9th and Curtis (899 Curtis St)
    • Westin Denver Downtown | 17th and Larimer (1260 17th St)
    • Ellie Caulkins Opera House | 14th& Stout (850 14th St) or 14th & Welton (700 14th St)
    • Opening Reception | REI (1416 Platte St) or 16th & Platte (1601 Platte St)
    • Closing Reception | Wellington Webb Building (201 W. Colfax Ave) or 15th & Cleveland (101 W Colfax Ave)

    Called the MallRide, this free hybrid vehicle scoots up and down the 16-block tree-lined retail core of downtown Denver, also home to hotels, restaurants, office buildings, residences and public spaces. Hop on at any intersection on 16th St. between Civic Center Station at Broadway near the Colorado State Capitol (200 E. Colfax Ave.) and Union Station on the west end. 

    Rickshaws, pedal-cabs, bike-taxis-no matter what you call them, these mountain-bike-style tricycles pulling passenger cabs are the slickest way to get around downtown and LoDo, especially on game days. Mile High Pedicabs is the oldest fleet, starting in 1988. Drivers strive to give a good, safe ride, so most pedal for tips (or $2 per city block). 

    More information and alternatives can be found on the Visit Denver website.