Opening in May 2012 in the old Mining Exchange building, the hotel of the same name is the now the hippest place to hang your hat in downtown Colorado Springs. Thanks to all of the gold in the nearby Rockies, the Mining Exchange was the highest volume stock exchange in North America after opening in 1900; the hotel retained such historic touches as vault doors, exposed brick, and ornate ceilings and added new ones in the form of original art by Louisiana artist Eddie Mormon and a slick lobby and courtyard. Classic but contemporary, the rooms are sizable, with the original windows and granite countered bathrooms with two-headed showers. Off the courtyard, the restaurant, Springs Orleans is also a standout.