Local hotels full, outlying areas have room

Colorado Springs hotels were 100 percent occupied Tuesday night, said Steve Ducoff, executive director of the Pikes Peak Lodging Association.

Across the city there are roughly 14,000 rooms available.

Colorado Springs Marriott, which has 309 rooms, was evacuated Tuesday night. So was Embassy Suites, which has 207 rooms.

“That is quite a shock,” Ducoff said.

Guests from those hotels who did not have cars were taken to emergency shelters.

Ducoff said Colorado Springs hotels responded quickly to his request about room availability and any empty room in the city was immediately filled. The Antlers Hilton downtown allowed people to sleep in the ballroom.

“Fifty people had taken up residence in the ballroom,” he said.

Wednesday morning was another scramble to find rooms. Ducoff is working with the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to keep an updated list of available rooms. Hotels as far as Canon City were responding with notice that they had room.

The Crowne Plaza has had some canceled reservations, but rooms are quickly filled with folks who have been displaced, with officials from various agencies coming in to help and firefighters, said Dana Kahlhamer, Crowne Plaza associate director of sales.

All reservations, including those made for the July 8 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be honored, she said.

Across the city hotels are updating their vacancy rates minute by minute, Ducoff said.

“We are doing all we can to coordinate an effort to keep available room information out there whether they are displaced or passing through,” Ducoff said.

Pikes Peak Country Attractions has a list of what is closed.

Meanwhile, no flights in or out of the Springs were affected by the fires, said Agnes Blachut, spokeswoman for the Colorado Springs Airport. If there are any significant impacts to the flight schedule, the news will be posted on the airport’s website and delivered to the media, she said.