The Regency, Denver
The Regency is one of three student-housing communities for the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver, Colorado. Formerly known as the Regency Hotel, the building is privately owned by local investor and proprietor V. Robert Salazar (owner of Regency Realty Investors LLC), who bought the building in 2004.
Located two miles from the Auraria Campus, just off Interstate 25 and Park Avenue West, The Regency is Auraria’s first student housing community (the others being Inn at Auraria and the Campus Village Apartments). Both graduate and undergraduate students of Metropolitan State University of Denver, Community College of Denver, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Lincoln Tech, Aveda, Denver School of Nursing, Red Rocks Community College, Art Institute, Johnson and Wales and University of Colorado Denver are eligible for housing at The Regency.
The designers of the community were Architectural Workshop. For their work at The Regency they won several awards such as the 2005 Hard Hat Award as well as received Honorable Mention for Renovation Design in the 2006 ASID Awards.
The Regency Hotel was a hotel in Denver, Colorado. Built in the 1960s to serve as a regional convention center, it was famous locally for its large gold dome and the luxury of the rooms within. A lack of business pushed the Regency into neglect and it became known as a dangerous and unclean location. The former hotel is now The Regency: Student Housing Community.
"The Regency once rated four stars in travel guides. Denver developers Victor and Marvin Lederman were its first owners, having built the hotel's original tower and lobby complex in 1969 at a cost of $4 million. I worked there in 1971 and I found Victor to be one of the most unpleasant people I ever met; Marvin was quite a good man - their father Jacob was probably a gangster.
There were 180 guest rooms in the tower, and two lounges, two dining rooms and a coffee shop on the first floor. The hotel was successful, and in 1973, the Ledermans hired local architect Richard L. DeGette to design a $5.5 million expansion. It added 230 rooms, an outdoor pool, a 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) ballroom with two-story-high ceilings, a conference center and a 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) exhibit hall beneath a massive golden dome. The Regency was then one of the few luxury hotels of its size in America to be independently owned. In addition to Elvis, President Gerald Ford and Olympics track-and-field star Jesse Owens stayed there when they came to town. It was a popular spot for weddings, black-tie fundraisers and high school proms.
This place used to be a successful hotel. It is now a dump that steals from its customers by promising amenities that were stolen and never replaced, even though they are advertised on the site, and in the lease. The building is in disrepair, and the maintenance crew is untrustworthy as they have stolen from residents, damaged resident's property, and use the resident's toilets while doing repairs. The management team has an extremely high turn over rate, mostly to protect the company's interests. One of the elevators fell to the bottom floor without any safety measures stopping it, and the only reason nobody was injured or killed is because the elevator was empty at the time. The staff was told to keep quiet, and was quickly replaced. Any resident that tries to come forward and address a problem within the community is either ignored, fined for vague and untrue reasons, or is ejected from the community. Many of the residents are shuffling on through their lease with their heads down, hoping to leave without being fined or having hundreds of dollars added to a bill when they leave for "maintenance repairs and cleaning." Many residents notice things that are broken in their rooms when they move in, and are charged for the same things that are broken when they leave. It is a scam, where most of the money that residents pay is used for advertising, rather than on the residents and the broken buildings. The Regency has practically no real positive reviews, as they offer Rockies tickets to residents and staff to fake positive reviews. The rest of the reviews are overwhelmingly against the unfair staff, practices, and condition of all amenities. Many people enjoy that what the Regency has to offer, but the truth is that the Regency management and staff are not trying to help residents. It is affordable, and there aren't many other places to live in Denver for this price. We want to live here, but problems are not fixed or addressed, but covered up in lame attempts. This will be changed soon, but I would hope that the Regency will address this and make things right. This community could be the star of student housing for Denver if these problems were fixed, and the people who oversee this business started to care about residents, as much as they care about themselves. Here is a screenshot of the positive review offer sent out through the Regency's SMS system: http://regency-student-housing.pissedconsumer.com/beware-of-the-regency-20140214475625.html
The Regency Student Housing Community is now largest apartment community in Denver devoted exclusively to college students.