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The Broadmoor opened on June 29, 1918, to showcase the handiwork of hundreds of craftsmen brought over from Europe by founder Spencer Penrose, who favored the Italian Renaissance style that the resort, through decades of expansion and renovation, displays to this day. Within the stucco walls of the Main Complex, which has a pale pink hue known as “Broadmoor buff,” many of the original architectural details remain intact, including the lobby’s grand marble staircase, the mezzanine’s elaborate fountain and the expanses of frescoed plasterwork overhead.
While each building at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel flaunts its own character, they all pay homage to the splendor of the Old World villa. Marble, cut glass and china sparkle amid rich carpeting and upholstery in hues of crimson and moss, sunny yellow and cool blue — all against the backdrop of sprawling greens and mountain peaks that surround the man-made lake at the heart of the resort. Only the cottages depart slightly from the norm, decorated to evoke the saltboxes of Cape Cod.
The design is appropriate to the history of the buildings, maintaining an updated “Old World” European elegance with the comfort that is expected in a Colorado resort.