The Fairfield Inn and Suites – Monument’s first new hotel in more than 35 years — will officially open today. The Marriott-flagged property was preceded only by the Falcon Inn, built in1972, which has since closed.The 85-room $8.5 million facility includes a pool, spa and breakfast area – and is designed to reflect Monument’s mountain look and feel. It will also include meeting rooms which are already attracting clients said Olive Real Estate broker Jim DiBiase, a partner with Stan Kensinger and veteran hotel developer Kevin Engelhardt, in the project.

“The locals have been begging us to get the building up,” Kensinger said. “We’re very pleased with the way it turned out.”

The project took two years to work its way through the entitlement and construction process. CSNA Architects were the hotel’s designer and Colarelli Construction was the general contractor.

The Fairfield represents the area’s first new hotel in decades, and for now, the only overnight accommodations in the town of Monument, just 2 miles from the north gate of the United States Air Force Academy.

Town manager Cathy Green said the owners wanted to be open before June Week to capture some of the overflow from June Week graduation activities at the Air Force Academy.

Located on a 30-acre commercially-zoned parcel at the southeast corner of Baptist Road and Jackson Creek Parkway, the site has also attracted Walgreen’s, Chase Bank, McDonald’s..

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