High up in the Rocky Mountains — at about 6,700 feet above sea level — The Broadmoor has been welcoming guests since 1918.
Yet you can't accuse this grande dame of resting on her laurels. She has earned both Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings consistently for decades. In fact, The Broadmoor is the longest-running holder of the Mobil (now Forbes) Travel Guide award.
A jewel of the West, The Broadmoor is spread across 3,000 acres. Many know the hotel for its golf; 54 holes of championship golf can be played, and The Broadmoor has often been the site of professional tournaments. Tennis players of all skill levels lob balls over seven Plexi-Cushion® tennis court. Two are covered so that couples can even play in the chill Rockies winter.
Swimmers can choose from three pools: one outdoor, one indoor and one heated lap pool. And three outdoor hot tubs are good spots to relax at the end of a day.
A total of 14 restaurants, cafes, and lounges means that you never have to eat in the same place twice during your stay at this traditional resort. And the presence of a first-run movie theater along with on-site laundry, dry cleaning, and baby-sitting services truly make it feel like a vacation.
Note: Colorado Springs is located at a high altitude, which can physically affect guests who are visiting from lower altitudes. It's important to drink plenty of water and limit or avoid alcohol to minimize the effects of the altitude, which your body will adjust to over time. It's also smart to wear sunscreen outdoors.
Guest Rooms at The Broadmoor Colorado Springs
The Broadmoor's 700 guest rooms and suites are located in two areas, the more historic Main Complex and the newer West Complex. A shuttle bus transports guests around.
Rooms have either a king bed or two double beds and feature sumptuous textiles in the decor. Cushy beds have down pillows and comforter.
Most rooms feature a flat-screen TV in the main area and a smaller one in the bathroom.There is a $10 fee for in-room Internet connection, and free wi-fi is available in the lobby.
Bathrooms are stocked with The Broadmoor's own line of toiletries. Since many guests come to stay for a while, most rooms feature oversize closets. Chambermaids clean rooms twice daily.
Like a room with a view? Many have large picture windows that overlook Cheyenne Mountain, the golf course, or and the resort’s own Cheyenne Lake. And a few rooms have a balcony from where you can take in the full sweep of the landscape.
Children are permitted at The Broadmoor, although kiddie activities are only seasonally available. Well-behaved pets, on the other hand, are welcome year-round.
Dining at The Broadmoor Colorado Springs
Whether you have an appetite for a fine and fancy meal, a casual repast in a modern space, or a quick bite in a cafe, The Broadmoor has the facilities to satisfy it.
The classic, elegant Penrose Room was the first and is still the only AAA Five-Diamond restaurant in Colorado. Jacket-wearing men and similarly attired companions can choose from a three or four course dinner or the chef's tasting menu. Penrose fans know to order a vintage from the Prohibition Era wine collection and also to leave room for the chocolate souffle dessert.
Summit restaurant, the newest dining area in The Broadmoor, is as sophisticated as any in a major foodie city. The first freestanding facility at the hotel, Summit was designed by the ever-stylish Adam Tihany.
Sunday brunch, served in the main dining area, is a sumptuous affair. And if you can't start your day without a jolt of java, Espresso News off the Main Lobby tempts with coffees, freshly baked pastries, and other morning delights.
Are you one of those couples that gets midnight cravings? Rest easy knowing that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, along with other menu items, is available from room service 24 hours a day.
Spa at The Broadmoor Colorado Springs
Want to escape the family groups attracted to The Broadmoor? The huge (43,000 sq ft.) and handsomely designed hotel spa requests that guests do not bring their children to services with them. And when the little darling do show up, the are lead to the second floor or directly into a treatment room. The third floor of the spa, which includes the amenities area and locker rooms, is reserved for adults 16 and over.
The Broadmoor spa offers a number of signature treatments and some special water features including a Serenity Shower and Tranquility Tub.
Two can opt for the Luxuriant Couple's Massage, which consists of a 50, 70, or 90 minute Swedish massage in the spa's couple's room.
For relaxing beforehand, there is a co-ed Quiet Room that overlooks the Broadmoor golf course and the mountains beyond.
Activities at The Broadmoor Colorado Springs
Be as active or as laid-back as you like here: The Broadmoor publishes a full schedule of daily activities that includes everything from painting lessons to sporting activities.
Golfers can be challenged by The Broadmoor's three championship courses: The original 1918 course designed by Donald Ross, the 1958 course planned by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and the 2005 Mountain Course plotted by Nicklaus Design.
Individual golf and tennis lessons are available from experienced pros. The golf section also has a full-service practice facility with a driving range and putting greens.
The Broadmoor has one indoor and one outdoor swimming pool. As they are shared by children and adults, childfree couples may find using them less than a relaxing experience.
However, you can rent a private pool cabana, which assures a greater degree of privacy and shade.
Nearby The Broadmoor Colorado Springs
With scenery like this, you'll want to get outside and explore. Mountain hikes, horseback riding, fly fishing trips, hot-air balloon rides, Jeep tours, and whitewater rafting adventures on the Arkansas River can all be arranged.
At The Broadmoor, you can rent a car on the property and drive the 19-mile scenic highway to 14,110-foot Pike's Peak and enjoy the view from Summit House. Alternately, hike the 12 miles up the Barr Trail to the top, or hop aboard the Pikes Peak Cog Railway to arrive at the acme.
The Broadmoor also can arrange a "Pikes Peak or Bust" Downhill Bike Trip that includes use of a 21-speed mountain bike, helmet, and warm weather gear. Continental breakfast, a light lunch, water bottle and van support are provided (as needed).
For some invigorating antiquing, head for Manitou Springs, a small historic village between the Garden of the Gods state park and Pikes Peak, and not far from The Broadmoor.
Shopping at The Broadmoor Colorado Springs
If shopping is part of your regular R&R itinerary, you won't have to leave The Broadmoor to do so.
The resort contains 25 specialty stores and boutiques.
Right on the premises, Villiers jewelers is a convenient place to pick out an engagement ring, wedding band, or other token of affection.
Weddings at The Broadmoor Colorado Springs
The Broadmoor is such a natural setting for a destination wedding that it has a substantial section dedicated to Broadmoor weddings on its site.
Practiced at hosting weddings from 20 to 600 guests in size, the resort offers many indoor and outside venues that include ballrooms, the Lake Terrace dining room, and Cheyenne Lodge.
As a full-service, four-seasons resort, The Broadmoor also has the advantage of offering many choices for group dining and activities before and after the wedding.
For instance, the Penrose Room has a glass-enclosed, 24-seat private dining room overlooking the mountain that would make a lovely setting for a rehearsal dinner. There's also a demonstration kitchen that can accommodate up to 30 guests who may interact with the chef while he cooks. (Tip: Don't ask for ketchup.)
Is The Broadmoor Colorado Springs Right for You?
Guest after guest at The Broadmoor remarks upon on its high level of service and western hospitality they encounter at the hotel.
Since rates at The Broadmoor Colorado Springs are comparatively pricey, the hotel tends to attract older, monied guests.
Yet this mountain mama couldn't have operated for so long if she didn't know how to attract new guests. With that goal, The Broadmoor continually updates itself, refreshing and adding features to make it more appealing to younger couples and give returnees something new to discover.
When it comes to The Broadmoor, the consensus is that it's the best of the West.
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1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(90 minutes away)