If you’re looking for a resort in Colorado that delivers a splash of history and a big dash of luxury, The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs belongs at the top of your shortlist.
Since its opening in 1918, The Broadmoor has become synonymous with Rocky Mountain splendor, welcoming over the years both upscale travelers and a roster of glamorous celebrities that has included Charles Lindbergh, Clark Cable, John Wayne, foreign dignitaries, and Presidents Hoover and FDR.
Set on 3,000 pristine acres with stunning mountain views, The Broadmoor resembles a sprawling university campus, with multiple buildings and guest towers built around Cheyenne Lake, impeccably manicured lawns crisscrossed by walkways, and stunning gardens. Next to the main building, there’s a water complex with an infinity pool and water slide.
The resort impresses from the get-go with a main lobby adorned with marble floors, fountains, ornate chandeliers, intricate mosaic work, and Italianate ceiling friezes blending classical mythology and the Colorado landscape. While the overall vibe of The Broadmoor is rather formal (there is a suggested dress code), we found the staff incredibly welcoming and the atmosphere warm and relaxing.
This four-season resort offers plenty of programming for families year ‘round. For kids ages 3 to 12, the Bee Bunch Camp offers half-day, full day and evening camps with meals included. Babysitting services can also be reserved. There are reduced court and greens fees for teen tennis players and golfers in the late afternoons. Kids ages 4 to 12 can enjoy spa time with a junior mani-pedi while older teens are pampered with age-appropriate facials.
Highlights from my family’s stay include fly fishing and zip lining, and there were a zillion activities we didn’t have time to try. There are 54 holes of championship golf, six tennis courts, 18 restaurants, 25 retail shops, a gigantic spa, and a never-ending list of activities that includes canoeing, archery, geocaching, horseback riding, and more. The activity center offers bowling lanes, pool tables, board games and dining for families. There is even an on-site movie theater.
Likewise, when it comes to dining, it’s a case of so many choices, so little time. The numerous, excellent restaurant options can make dining at The Broadmoor a bit overwhelming, so enlist the concierge to help you narrow down some preferences. For a fun family night, head to Play, which features an eclectic menu that combines American favorites with elements of global cuisine and an energetic vibe thanks to six bowling lanes, shuffle board and pool tables, and foosball. We also enjoyed the Golden Bee, the resort’s 19th-century British pub, where rousing sing-alongs complement authentic pub fare like fish and chips, Irish bangers and savory pot pies.
A healthy alternative is the Natural Epicurean, whose menu focuses on ingredients right from The Broadmoor’s own garden and local produce from area growers and ranchers.
Because of the sheer number of available activities and amenities, families should connect with the concierge prior to arrival. Many activities and most restaurants require reservations. Note also that many activities come with a surcharge.
Families will want to keep an eye on charges and fees, which had a tiresome way of piling up during our stay. Despite its enormous grounds, the resort charges $22 per day for self parking and $27 per day for valet parking. There’s also fairly hefty $32 daily resort fee to cover wi-fi and newspaper delivery.
Best rooms: The resort offers 622 rooms, 111 suites, two brownstones and 44 cottage guest rooms. All guest rooms are elegant and beautifully appointed with quality furnishings, plush linens, flat-screen TVs, and signature toiletries. Request a room with a view of Cheyenne Lake or the Rocky Mountains.
Families might consider one of the 550-square-foot premier rooms in Broadmoor West, which deliver ample space and a large bathroom with separate shower and tub and even a television screen that miraculously appears from the mirror. Slightly smaller superior rooms in the South Tower are richly decorated and also feature a large bathroom. Feel like splurging? Suites and cottages are available for larger families and feature fireplaces and either patios or balconies with beautiful views.
Best season: Summer is the most popular time to visit The Broadmoor, but you'll pay peak rates compared to other seasons. Fall is a boon for deal hunters, with rates that can be 40 percent less than peak summer rates. Be sure to check the resort’s web site for special offers.
Visited: August 2016
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