Colorado Springs, The Rockies, United States of America
At a Glance
Varied choice of restaurants to suit every taste
Ideally located just an hour and half drive from Denver
Golf enthusiasts will love playing the three immaculate tournament-ready courses
Excellent Kids Club for children aged 3-12 years
Combine with the hotels sister property, Emerald Valley Ranch for a true western experience
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The hotel is open year round and is popular for both winter and summer pursuits.
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The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs is a grand, historic property with fabulous facilities and impeccable service, set against dramatic mountains of the Southern Rockies.
When The Broadmoor originally opened its doors in 1918, it represented the bold, audacious vision of a man named Spencer Penrose. He created something almost unheard of; the introduction of European luxury and service into the scenic, magnificent setting of the American West.
This opulent hotel, home to an expansive collection of museum-quality Western art originals and replicas, has recently undergone an extensive renovation. As well as the addition of many new restaurants, the renovation brought about the introduction of The Broadmoor Wilderness Experience and with it exciting new adventures for guests to enjoy at Emerald Valley Ranch, Cloud Camp and the Fishing Camp.
It is rare for such a large hotel to have top-notch service and the ability to make guests feel special and very well looked after, but The Broadmoor does it seemingly effortlessly.
A stay at The Broadmoor offers endless adventure and relaxation for all the family. Follow spectacular hiking and cycling trails, play a round of golf on a world-class course, climb 14,000-feet peaks, explore scenic trails on horseback, enjoy world-class fly fishing, indulge in a spa treatment or massage and visit Garden of the Gods. The list goes on and on!
The 784 rooms are split between the Main and West buildings, and most have either a patio or balcony. The cottages range from one to eight bedrooms and are a great option for large or multi-generational families.
All accommodations are a continuation of the resort's opulent design and decor, with plush furnishings, marble bathrooms, and huge windows overlooking either the lake or mountains.
The Broadmoor offers so much for children with a full service children's club during the summer months, adventure playground, fishing, tennis, riding and at night they have pool tables, bowling, fire pits and even kids' cocktails.
Bee Brunch is for children aged 3-12 years with activities in the morning and afternoon. Drop the little ones off for a half or full day, and they will be very well entertained and cared for by the trained staff while you take a little time for yourself. Activities vary from day to day, but include arts and crafts, lawn games, tennis lessons, pool time or day trips to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Children's programmes and activities are available at additional charge.
Babysitters can also be arranged through the hotel for children as young as 6 months old.
With 19 restaurants, bars and cafes to choose from, guests really are spoiled for choice. From modern American brasserie style 'Summit', to family friendly 'Play' (complete with six-lane bowling alley!), to the very popular Ristorante del Lago located in the West Building overlooking the lake. The food here is steeped in authenticity and features items from eight great food regions of Italy. The newest dining concept, Natural Epicurean, is a sunny and bright spot to enjoy all-day dining in a relaxed atmosphere, and serves fresh, organic, natural and wholesome produce grown at The Broadmoor Farms.
No matter the season, The Broadmoor is a great location for activity and adventure of all kinds. From the moment you check in, you need not leave the resort.
In the summer, guests enjoy outdoor activities like fly fishing, tennis (including tennis lessons, drills and junior camps), cycling, golf, horseback riding, or taking one of the paddle boats out onto the lake. In the winter, the lake and lodge transform into a huge outdoor ice skating rink and warming house! Those who prefer a slower pace might prefer to enrol in one of the photography or gardening workshops, or simply settle in poolside with a good book, and enjoy the pool service and fabulous views.
Beyond the resort gates and further afield, guests can spend some time at one of the resort's Wilderness Experience lodges (which include The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Cloud Camp and the Fishing Camp), as well as visit Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and The Broadmoor Seven Falls - a majestic series of waterfalls in a scenic 1,400 foot box canyon.
Anna Bleasdale (Staff)
The Broadmoor isn't for everyone. If you're looking for an intimate away from it all boutique hotel you're not going to find it here within these historic walls, however, what you will find is a fascinating property surrounded by beautiful scenery within easy reach of Denver and Colorado Springs airports. Almost open for a century now, Spencer Penrose's vision is built in to the walls and brought alive in this living breathing luxury property. From the movie theatre tucked away screening a new file daily through to the Forbes 5 star spa, the beautifully arranged fresh floral displays and the guest rooms fit for a Princess, this is a unique and unusual property. You could explore it for a day and not see everything within it's 4 buildings. There are books and crannies perfect for curling up in on cosy chairs and sofas and the library looks like it's just stepped out of a Harry Potter film set. Despite it's size, the Broadmoor has a real charm about it that flows through it's hallways and also through it's staff. Impeccably turned out and smiley and friendly, they seem happy to be there and that is key. The hotel's size can be forgiven if you as a guest feels welcome and appreciated and they definitely seem to be able to offer this still. For families it's a one stop shop. In summer the main pool has a tempting slide, paddle boats drift across the lake and the children's club is sure to keep the children busy from tennis lessons to golf clinics. The glorious mountain scenery brings with it 300 days of sunshine a year and a breath taking background. The Broadmoor may not be the most intimate of experiences, however, it definitely delivers for a family looking for a relaxed setting with everything on hand, superb service and wonderful food and facilities. There's something for everyone here and it's worth an indulgent few days perhaps at the end of a busy itinerary to simply unwind, relax and be pampered.
Camilla Swift (Staff)
On first impressions The Broadmoor Hotel seemed too big to be personal, however after stepping inside, being shown around, and chatting to the friendly and welcoming staff, it became clear that guests are not just one of a number in this large opulent hotel.
Located just over an hour from Denver, so just a short easy transfer, connecting rooms, impeccable service and wonderful facilities (the infinity edge swimming pool over looking the lake with pool service and bar is such a fun, relaxing place to spend an afternoon), this place must be a dream for so many families.
However there is more to this hotel which makes it a one-of-a-kind resort for guests to experience. It has its quirks; from the bagpiper who walks around Cheyenne Lake playing every evening throughout the season, to the eclectic mix of style and decor; and its stories throughout history which have added character to this place over the years.
A few of my favourites include the fact that The Broadmoor used to be home to a sizeable collection of exotic animals, which began when Spencer Penrose (founder of the hotel) was given a bear as a gift in 1916. His collection grew from then on and included an elephant, 12 foot boa constrictor, fox, deer and elk, and were housed in pens and cages in the Golf Club! The animals were later relocated to the mountains when Penrose bought and opened nearby Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in 1926.
Staff and bartenders at the hotel will be more than happy to chat to guests and reveal many more of those stories hidden in the foundations of The Broadmoor.
Location & directions
Colorado Springs, The Rockies, United States of America
Located in the South West corner of Colorado Springs surrounded by stunning mountain scenery of the Southern Rockies.
How to get there
9-hour flight from London to Denver followed by 90-minute drive South to Colorado Springs.
Domestic flights available from many US airports including Denver, San Francisco, LA, Chicago and Phoenix, to Colorado Springs.
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