Spirit Hospitality began in 1994 as the brainchild of Bill Albrecht, owner of Albrecht Homes, a custom home and land developer, and Rob Uehran who moved into the hotel management industry after spending his childhood at his family-owned lake resort and campground, The Spirit Inn, in rural North Dakota. After 4 years of planning the two men put their expertise together to open their first hotel, Comfort Inn in Loveland, CO in August of '98.
The Comfort Inn was just the beginning of this quickly flourishing company. Business took off and Spirit decided to build its subsequent hotels under the WILLCO Development monikers. Spirit's second property, another Comfort Inn, this time located in Fort Collins, Colorado opened in November 2000. The third Spirit property came to fruition in July 2004, when Spirit built a Super 8 in Wheatland, Wyoming
Spirit continued its evolution and developed two more hotels in 2007, the Hampton Inn & Suites in Greeley, Colorado in March and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Loveland, Colorado, in November. The following year Spirit Hospitality expanded its repertoire with extended-stay hotels, and the Candlewood Suites in Loveland, Colorado was born June 2008. Continuing this lucrative extended-stay path, the Candlewood Suites in Greeley, Colorado was built in September 2013 and not long afterward the Candlewood Suites, Fort Collins, Colorado was completed in December 2014. This particular property in Fort Collins was the first new hotel in the area in the previous six years!
2016 marked the sale of Spirit's Comfort Inn, Loveland, which sold in March, and the expansion of the company portfolio as Spirit moved into the Northern Denver market, opening the Candlewood Suites in Thornton, Colorado in May. Eight short months later, Comfort Suites in Loveland/Johnstown was born in January 2017.
With no sign of slowing down in sight, Spirit and it's amazing team expanded into full-service hotels and the restaurant industry in 2019 with Johnny’s Italian Steak House and the Hilton Garden Inn in Thornton, Colorado including 4,448 sq Ft of event space, 5 meeting rooms, and 122 guest rooms.
Spirit Hospitality and the WILLCO Developments have demonstrated an unwavering presence in the hotel industry by continuing to create an atmosphere and an experience that drives the guests to return, time and time again. Spirit Hospitality has widespread knowledge in the Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming marketplaces and has established lucrative relationships with well-known, prestigious hotel brands. The element that most sets Spirit apart is its dedicated team of employees, whether it be in the corporate office or any one of the company's hotels. These diverse and knowledgeable team members give Spirit the confidence for new ventures and the motivation to continue exploring all facets of the hotel industry.