Being from NJ/PA and growing up in the summers "at the shore," we chose the Broadmoor as our first taste of a mountain vacation. If it is within your budget, the Broadmoor is a great choice. The hotel and the large property is beautiful and there is plenty to do right on property and the scenery at the base of Cheyenne mountain is lovely. Our room was large and housekeeping was great, although we were in the West tower and room service at breakfast was late two mornings in a row, as it must come from across the lake on the other side of the property. While overall the facility is beautiful, its age shows in the details (creaky windows, a small critter (insect) or two in the room crevices). Beds were very comfortable. The pool was nice and renting paddleboats was a nice feature (we had one ride free with our stay). We rented a cabana most days and lunch service was prompt and attentive.
We had meals at The Tavern (fresh and tasty food; ambience a bit dated), Golden Bee for lunch was a great choice. We went bowling and dined at Play which was fun. We ate at the bar at Del Lago..very good food. We had the "famous" Sunday brunch at the Terrace. It was beautiful, and the amount of food was astounding. If a person could eat three meals at one sitting and last all day, it would be well worth it. However, the price reflects the selection of food which spans breakfast, lunch AND dinner, and I can't imagine many people being able to eat their moneys worth.
Since this was our 1st time out west, we chose to go white-water rafting and we chose to go with the Hotel-endorsed Echo Canyon River Adventures. We were very happy with our choice. Despite the one-hour drive to the location (it was a beautiful drive), we felt Echo Canyon did a fine job matching us up with an intensity-appropriate river experience and they were very professional and organized. That was probably the highlight of our stay.
We ate dinner one evening at a hotel-recommended restaurant. It was OK, and I felt that we'd have been better off researching and choosing an off-property restaurant based on our menu preferences and desire to explore CO Springs beyond the Broadmoor. Having said that, if you want to venture off property you are best served having a rental car. We rented at Denver airport upon arrival and drove to the resort, stopping in Castle Rock for lunch on the way down. It is a 90 minute drive, but easy and scenic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The BROADMOOR is the longest-running consecutive winner of both the AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star awards. Our Colorado Springs resort is located on 5,000 lush acres, plus an additional 2,000 acres at The Broadmoor Wilderness Experience properties of The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Cloud Camp and the Fly Fishing Camp (scheduled to open in Spring of 2015), under the shadow of the Rocky Mountains and offers an award-winning day spa, fitness center, mountain biking, mountain climbing, hiking, two swimming pools, three outdoor hot tubs, one lap pool, 54 holes of championship golf, six tennis courts with tennis camps, children's programs, 24-hour room service, valet parking, 26 specialty retail shops, 19 distinct dining options and we are pet friendly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Broadmoor Hotel Colorado Springs
- Broadmoor Hotel Colorado Springs