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Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center


Preparing innovators and leaders
for the hospitality industry

A unique combination of a higher-education classrooms, teaching laboratories, a commercial hotel (Springhill Suites by Marriott), and a conference center; the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center (HLC) is the home to the School of Hospitality at MSU Denver. The HLC is the only such facility at a school in the world.

Envisioning Change

In a unique public/private partnership, MSU Denver and Sage Hospitality have built an on-campus, full-service, learning laboratory—the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center. Located right on campus, the center includes:

  • A fully functioning, professionally managed hotel, the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown by Marriott International where you'll receive hands on experience
  • The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Conference Center
  • Academic building and learning laboratory: 30,000 square feet of academic space | Sensory analysis lab for wine, beer, and spirits classes | 72-seat, commercial restaurant including five mixology stations | 4,000-bottle wine and beer cellar management lab | High-tech food demonstration theaters | Tourism lab | Events lab

?Large wine rackStudents in the School of Hospitality prepare for leadership and management careers in this demanding industry.

Most of our students work in the industry already, combining their on-the-job experience with relevant classroom experience, assuring that they graduate with a personal and deep understanding of the industry, its demands and the importance of hard work.

“My education is giving me all the tools and experience I need to be a successful manager and hotelier.”

—Sam Bennani, Hotel and Restaurant Management


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