Company partners with CMU to manage campus hotel

Tim Foster, President
Colorado Mesa University

Charlestowne Hotels has partnered with Colorado Mesa University to operate Hotel Maverick, a boutique hotel on the Grand Junction campus that also serves as a teaching facility for the hospitality management program.

“When it came time to choose a management company for Hotel Maverick, we sought a partner that was customized and dynamic enough to adapt to our unique hospitality model,” said CMU President Tim Foster. “Charlestowne Hotels offers both unmatched experience with boutique hotels in university markets and the type of personalized and hands-on approach to hospitality that will help Hotel Maverick and CMU hospitality graduates thrive.”

Hotel Maverick provides students with opportunities to participate in paid internships, connect with hospitality leaders through panels and speaking engagements and obtain interviews for hospitality industry jobs after graduation. Any recent graduate from the CMU hospitality program is guaranteed an interview with Charlestowne Hotels.

Hotel Maverick features 60 guest rooms and suites, a combined 3,793 square feet of meeting and event spaces, a heated outdoor soaking spa and fitness center. Dining facilities include Devil’s Kitchen, which offers farm-to-table fare and  panoramic views of the Grand Mesa and Colorado National Monument, and Betty’s Gourmet Coffee, which offers artisanal coffee and grab and go treats.

“Our leadership team is keen to continue expanding the geographic footprint of Charlestowne’s hotel management collection and jumped at the chance to work with Hotel Maverick because of its incredible location in the Grand Valley and the remarkable hospitality teaching experience provided to students,” said Kyle Hughey, chief operating officer of Charlestowne Hotels. “Hotel Maverick fits within our growing portfolio of university hotels and provides us with the opportunity to become more involved with on-site F&B operations while simultaneously supporting and mentoring the industry’s new guard.”

Hotel Maverick is the 10th property managed by Charlestowne in a university market — collegiate hotels the company manages are located on or near the campuses of Clemson University, Colgate University, Longwood University, Sewanee-the University of the South and the University of Arkansas.

In response to COVID-19, Charlestowne Hotels worked closely with the on-site hotel team and CMU to develop safety protocols for guests and staff, including sanitizing the reception desk after each guest interaction, permitting one party at a time to use the elevator, adding individual hand sanitizer amenities to every guest room and reducing indoor restaurant seating by 50 percent.