When a hotel says completely 100% smoke free with a designated smoking area, you would not expect that the only outdoor area would be the smoking area. There are signs that call it the Smoker's Oasis literally. There are no patios or balconies with rooms. The only way to enjoy the beautiful weather is to go out on the patio that is attached to the pool. There are ashtrays everywhere. The smoke stays under the covered patio area which makes it unbearable for non smokers. When around the pool, the wind blows it all around and it gets trapped between the two sides of the building. There should be a smoking area, but it should not be combined with the only outside area.
We travel a lot in the US and internationally. This is the first time we have not been able to enjoy the outside or felt like we were killing ourselves by being outside. Our son has asthma and smoke is a big trigger. He never could go outside. When we questioned this at the front desk, they did not have a care in the world.
There are lots of groups there....one was large because of the Mets. When they arrived back to the hotel, they would file out in large groups of 30 plus to all smoke at the same time. The area is not that big!
We had a suite, so the room was nice. Unfortunately, the smoking policy will not allow for us to stay there again when on our yearly golf trip. We like hotels over condos usually but will go back to Castle Pines because of pool area.
The housekeepers did a great job. Brooke was especially good. She left me notes about what she had done and even some candy.
Stay away from the buffet breakfast. It is no better than a free continental, there was trash everywhere from coffee fixings and people making waffles. I asked for a diet coke and never got it. I love a good hotel breakfast, but this was a disappointment. The pastries on the continental part were cheap plastic wrapped ones you buy at SAMs club. Take the 12 per person and go down the road to a better breakfast place.