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“Retreat Hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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3820 North 30th Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80934   |  
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Ranked #34 of 105 Hotels in Colorado Springs
Phoenix, Arizona
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“Retreat Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We stayed in the Big Horn Lodge. It was not attached to the Castle. It was a room with 2 twin beds, that was clean and adequate. The lodge itself had a big event room (lodge) and was full of kids having a small pizza party. The grounds are located in a mountain canyon and had wild turkey and other natural wildlife amongst the towering pine trees. The surroundings justify the rated we payed (price of a HoJo-but a HoJo in the canyon). It also, came with breakfast-not a big buffet but, at least bacon and eggs (not a bad deal). This is someplace you go to get away from it as, there are no TVs in the room. Just a basic quiet place from it all. Breakfast is in the castle but, you can tour it for about 6.00 USD.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

I was in the "lower level". No VIEW - one window is dark, the other one is a parking level and see only car tires. No TV, No Internet - to far way from the wifi.The GYM is even worst. Do not try to use it. It is dangerous because the treadmill is on the wall bricks. It is a real prison. The food was $22 for romantic dinner with cold turkey meat.For the breakfast we had 3 boiled eggs for group of 21 people. Outside activity is none - no tennis, volleyball or anything. Only a view if you are outside or on the upper level. The parking for the castle is far way and is it a castle? No it is a big stone house and to state that it is a over statement. I am from Europe and castle is a different thing. Do not waste your money. Go to any motel and you will have better services.You can call me.
Zen Spassov 224-578-2615

Room Tip: Upper level only, close to the castle
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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GlenEyrie, Manager at Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Thank you for your thoughts regarding your stay at Glen Eyrie. We appreciate hearing from you and we are committed to making every necessary and possible improvement as needed. Thank you for taking the time to share your observations and concerns; we value them greatly, though we are disappointed by anything less than a perfect experience at Glen Eyrie, when we know that our shortcomings added to that less than favorable stay.

While we have read each of your points and take them seriously, a couple of them merit some clarification. We are very intentional about not having televisions in our guest rooms because as a retreat center, we work to create a relaxing environment in which people can have time to reflect and find peaceful moments away from the usual noise and stress of life. Still, recognizing that people want to stay connected on their own terms, we do provide Wi-Fi in all buildings and meeting rooms. Also in that same spirit, we leave it up to our guests to determine how they wish to spend their time. They may choose to enjoy our sand volleyball court, sports lawn or maybe just sit and enjoy a tasty espresso and a great read in our bookstore, or even go shopping in the nearby Old Colorado City District or hike in the Garden of the Gods park.

And yes, we definitely recognize that there is a grandeur to the many castles in Europe that General Palmer’s humble home lacks, but we still do enjoy our English Tudor style castle here in Colorado.
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Middleburgh, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Glen Eyrie is a retreat/conference center adjacent to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO. The centerpiece of Glen Eyrie is the Castle, once the home of General Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs. If possible, try to get a room in the Castle, which is truly unique. (Their website, gleneyrie.org , allows you to view the individual Castle rooms.) More traditional lodging is also available. While there, you won't want to miss the well-stocked book/gift/coffee shop. And don't be surprised if you come across the dozen resident bighorn sheep that freely roam the grounds.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Fort Morgan, Colorado
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

My husband and I attended our church's Marriage Retreat at Glen Eyrie. MR are one of their promotional specialties. We had heard of Glen Eyrie for decades, but never had a chance to visit. The Navigator's, a Christian para-church ministry, owns and operates GE, with their world headquarters on the property. RIch in Colorado history (built by General Palmer who founded Colorado Springs), stunning in it's architectural features and craftsman detail (you simply can't find hand-carved woodwork like the fireplace mantels have anymore!) it is worth the price just to see what 'magnificent' means.

As a side note, the infamous Waldo Canyon fire came close to the property last year, but spared it. There are a number of caution signs on trails, and evidence of flood mitigation measures that have been taken due to the loss of tree/shrub growth surrounding the property. Canyons can be flood zones after severe fires.

The staff is warm and friendly; you kind of forget what true hospitality is until it greets you each day. Even in the cold of winter, the grounds are gorgeous with many trails to walk, and bike. Few places in America combine red rock outcroppings, forested grounds, and tudor castles. A unique treasure for sure.

The interior furnishings are beautifully coordinated, comfortable, and historic. We found one antique Jacobean breakfront that had a commemorative tag dating it to the late 1500's. Many generous donors to the Navigators have kept-up the elegance of this one of a kind place.

I told my husband 'one of our kids has got to get married here'! It would be an incredible family event spot, with many different sized banquet rooms, all furnished to make memories. The banquet buffet food was good for quanitity food service - even the eggs for breakfast were fluffy!

Because the furnishings are historic, don't expect 5 star hotel room furnishings - as in perfect beds or over-sized bathrooms. Do expect charm, beautiful drapes, wallpaper, fabircs and bedspreads. Everything seemed spotlessly cleaned and maintained. Our bed was a bit soft, but we felt like royalty staying here. Each room unique and different - the more you stay, the more you'll know what to request for your next stay.

Relying on original radiators - which work just fine to heat the rooms - you may want to crank up the heat while you are out exploring, then turn it back down while sleeping so you don't have to hear the noise while they are fully functioning.

If you have traveled a lot in Europe, this is comparable to historic facilities, but each room has it's own bathroom (at least that is my understanding.)

Speaking of bathrooms, the public area rest rooms in the castle are charming (read: limited and antiquated) so there may be lines during busy times. There is a fun, small elevator for when you get worn out going up and down the stairs in high altitude.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GlenEyrie, Manager at Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Due to the destruction of last year’s Waldo Canyon Fire, the danger to hikers at Glen Eyrie is too great to allow the public on our trails. NO PUBLIC HIKING will be permitted on Glen Eyrie property until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, and encourage you to check our website for any future policy updates (www.gleneyrie.org/hiking). The flood mitigating efforts continue to be our top priority. We hope you’ll still consider coming for a visit and checking out the many other wonderful things that Glen Eyrie has to offer, such as an afternoon tea, a tour of the castle or relaxing in our bookstore/café. We look forward to seeing and serving you!
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Grand Rapids
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Stayed here in October and it was a little cold but still beautiful. The castle is wonderful and authentic while being incredibly preserved. There is ok parking but it got quite packed at night and we had to walk a ways to the castle relative to the lot. There is lots of wildlife with turkey and deer feeding on the grounds. Inside the hotel the woodwork and fireplaces are incredible. We stayed there a few days with the first night being out in the smaller residences. They were not as nice with very thin walls and very unreliable wifi. But at the castle it was quite different and the premium room we stayed in on the second level was well worth the price to upgrade with coffee and snacks outside our room in the morning. I was also told teatime is quite memerable. Apparently locals come by just for it. We at once in the dining hall with the group we were with and the food was not what we would call good. This is the only downside. The rooms I can not say enough are huge with a diining room table, reading area and separate bedroom. Enjoy but only stay at the castle.

Room Tip: Pay more and get one of the premium rooms. It is as large as a two bedroom apartment. Do not park ne...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GlenEyrie, Manager at Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank you for your thoughts! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay in the castle. Thank you also for your thoughts regarding the rooms outside the castle. We are continually working to improve the quality of those rooms and we hope you come back to see the renovations when they are completed. We look forward to serving you again in the near future!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

The Christmas Madrigal Banquet at Glen Eyrie is an utterly delightful evening! It's a five course gourmet meal each year. This year the food wasn't quite as outstanding as other years because of the cook's decision to put beets in just about everything. However, it was still another tremendous experience for my wife and me. This was our 14th year in a row in attendance and our fourth year in a row spending the night in the castle. We highly recommend it!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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wheatridge
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

We love riding here for a romantic weekend once or twice a year. Wonderful old castle. We enjoy the "daughter's room" in the castle or the "Pink House". Reasonably priced, clean, friendly staff. Christian owned, we've always had nice quiet stays. Makes my wife happy and if Mama's not happy...nobody's happy!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3820 North 30th Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80934
Location: United States > Colorado > El Paso County > Colorado Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#26 Family Hotel in Colorado Springs
Number of rooms: 104
Also Known As:
Glen Eyrie Castle Hotel Colorado Springs
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