What are five things I should know about The Broadmoor?

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As with any home-away-from-home, there are a few things you should know prior to your arrival at The Broadmoor. These are the five things we think matter most:

1. The accommodations on the property — which has, after all, been expanded and renovated multiple times over decades — are not standardized; even within the same category, variations abound. So if you have certain preferences — a separate shower and tub, for instance, or a walk-in closet — be sure to specify as much when booking your room.

2. On that note, keep in mind that the Colorado Springs hotel is often at full capacity in high season; advance reservations for everything from dinner to babysitting services to cabana access are a good idea. Of course, before you do anything, you’re well-advised to check the website for vacation packages and holiday promotions; they can be a boon for bargain-hunters.

3. Meanwhile, light travelers beware: Resort attire is a two-fold consideration. First, Colorado’s high-desert climate is marked by large diurnal swings in temperature; warm days become chilly evenings fast.

4. Second, dress codes vary greatly throughout the property, from casual to business to dressy. Pack accordingly, based on what you plan to do after you check into the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel.

5. Don’t forget your walking shoes — you’ve got 3,000 acres to cover, plus an additional 2,000 acres at The Broadmoor Wilderness Experience properties The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Cloud Camp and the Fly Fishing Camp (with the last opening in spring of 2015). Of course, even your sturdiest pair can’t compensate for local geography. The Broadmoor is not within easy walking distance of downtown Colorado Springs; sightseeing will likely require some form of transportation.

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