Experience Grand Junction’s Unique ‘Teaching Hotel’ | Amiee White Beazley
By Amiee White Beazley/Newsbreak Denver
Grand Junction is a Colorado town about to be discovered. With excellent hiking and biking trails, affordable housing prices, and stunning views of Mount Garfield and the Colorado National Monument, it’s quickly becoming one of Colorado’s most sought-after destinations for travel and relocation.
I have been visiting Grand Junction and surrounding areas for over 25 years. I’ve been camping or doing day trips from the Roaring Fork Valley most of the time. Part of the reason is that while Grand Junction has great restaurants and plenty to do, there are few interesting, upscale places to stay.
Grand Junction’s first boutique hotel and educational hotel
Things changed with the opening of the Maverick Hotel, Grand Junction’s first boutique hotel. Located on the campus of Mesa State University, the 60-room property is also a “teaching hotel,” meaning it is staffed, in part, by hospitality and culinary students from MSU and the Western Colorado Community College.
According to Tammy Anderson, general manager of the Maverick Hotel, each student commits six months to the hotel and participates in hands-on learning in all aspects of hotel operations, from cleaning a room to managing. , maintenance, catering and reception. office.
“They have a taste of everything that makes a hotel work,” says Anderson. “They discover what interests them in hospitality, or maybe they discover that they are not interested at all. Many of them fall in love with meeting people from all over the world and find a lot of fulfillment in make a difference in people’s stays.
My experience at the Maverick Hotel was one of the best of any hotel in Colorado. Prior to my arrival, I received a pre-arrival courtesy call asking what time I was going to check in and if I had any special occasions or requests. The young woman also offered to make a reservation at Maverick’s rooftop restaurant, Devil’s Kitchen, which Anderson describes as offering “elevated comfort food.”
Devil’s Kitchen restaurant is a Western Colorado standout
Devil’s Kitchen is a Grand Junction staple. Executive Chef Kenneth Kinser grew up in nearby Paonia and was Denver’s former chef at Yard House. Devil’s Kitchen takes its name from the unique formations of the same name located in the Colorado National Monument. It features a satisfying menu of plates made with many locally grown produce on farms and ranches across western Colorado.
Amenities for bikers, dog owners and more
As for amenities, the Maverick Hotel has plenty of them. There’s space for bike storage and free cruiser bikes for exploring the area, and the hotel is dog-friendly. The rooms are simple but immaculate and the views can’t be beat. In the mornings, there’s free coffee and tea at Betty’s Gourmet Coffee Shop on the ground floor, and if you want to work out, there’s a small fitness room and access to the on-campus gym. MSU.
The Maverick Hotel and Devil’s Kitchen fill a much-needed niche in Grand Junction’s tourist scene, making this once-cowboy town a veritable destination for travelers from around the world.
“We’re elite but not elitist,” Anderson says. “It’s a relaxed atmosphere with a high level of service and quality. I’m really proud of the students and what we’ve been able to achieve here.”