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The Armstrong Hotel is a private, family-run boutique hotel conceived by Steve and Missy Levinger. As the last operating historic hotel in downtown Fort Collins, we felt the Armstrong deserved to be delightful and distinct—a reflection of the neighborhood it is set within.

We believe a good night’s rest is paramount, but to further enhance your overnight experience at the Armstrong, we’ve blended our knowledge of historic preservation and familiarity with the city along with our own desire for superior service and comfortable luxury.

Join us in the lobby for a quick chat, morning coffee, or cocktail, and let us do whatever we can to assist you in creating a perfect stay.




history

Like many of Old Town Fort Collins’ buildings, the Armstrong Hotel has a long and curious history. Of the dozens of historic hotels that graced downtown, it was the last to open, and the only one still operating today.



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In 1923, Charles and Carolyn Mantz opened the original Armstrong Hotel and named it after Carolyn’s deceased father, Andrew Armstrong, whose house once stood on the property. When it opened, the hotel was the tallest building in town, boasting two elegant dining halls, 41 guest rooms, and various retail shops.

The Mantz family advertised the Armstrong Hotel as the ideal location from which to tour the Poudre Canyon, as well as Rocky Mountain National Park.






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history The building’s architecture reflects the simple, symmetrical, “clean” form of the early ‘20s. Most of its design elements were incorporated for function as opposed to style.

The east and south facades still feature leaded prismatic glass tiles used to diffuse light that came into the original lobby and dining rooms. Two light courts, which can be viewed from the third floor hall, allowed light and ventilation into all the central rooms on the upper floors. Operable transoms over each room door exhausted hot air, providing natural ventilation and a cooling effect.

Each corner of the building features an elegant tile cartouche with a floral motif—the structure’s only non-utilitarian embellishment.
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history In addition to welcoming visitors, the hotel had something to offer to Fort Collins residents for many years. Serving the public’s growing love affair with the automobile, it housed the first chapter of the AAA. During World War II, the hotel was used as a barracks for the U.S. Army. Many long-term residents of the Armstrong also considered the hotel their home.

As the hotel changed hands, its name changed as well—first to the Empire Hotel, and later, the Mountain Empire Hotel. No matter the proprietor, it is a source of pride that this hotel has always been family-owned and operated.
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history During the ‘70s, downtown Fort Collins fell into decline as new growth to the south drew business away. At the same time, the Armstrong hotel began to slip into disrepair, as visitors opted for newer hotels. To remain profitable, the Armstrong relied upon long-term residents, and the shabby, but dirt-cheap, rooms attracted a rough crowd.

The City of Fort Collins opted to focus more attention upon the improvement of its stagnant downtown area. Considerable time, effort, and money were focused into revitalization and the creation of an “Old Town” character.

Sadly, downtown’s changes seemed to pass by the hotel and it continued to slip further and further downhill. By the mid-‘90s, most citizens viewed the Armstrong as a “flop house” and hurried by it on their way downtown. The hotel closed its doors in 2000. The tired, old building remained vacant for nearly three years.
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history In November of 2002, the Levinger family purchased the building. Renovation began in August of 2003 and the Armstrong Hotel reopened its doors in June of 2004.

The Levingers chose to preserve and restore as much of the building’s historic fabric and character as possible. The original storefronts and the 1940s-era neon sign were recreated from historic photographs. Crumbling plaster walls and ceilings were repaired, weathered wood windows were restored, the beautiful fir floors were refinished, and period hall doors and transoms were faithfully reproduced.

Hand-in-hand with this restoration was an extensive update of the building’s mechanical and electrical systems, as the structure was brought up to current fire and building code.
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history Once an eyesore, and now one of Old Town’s true gems, the Armstrong Hotel is the result of the Levingers’ ambitious efforts and the family’s belief that this hotel is a significant part of the downtown economy and community.

We encourage you to celebrate our hotel’s unique history during your stay. Take some time to explore the building inside and out. Check out the historic photographs in our lobby.

We are truly honored to have you as our guest. Your stay here is the continuation of the Armstrong Hotel’s history.
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