The Broadmoor

Classic luxury at the edge of the Rockies
You’ll never be bored at Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star The Broadmoor, which is located on 3,000 acres of property in Colorado Springs. The resort offers tons of activities for its guests including fitness classes, world-class golfing, paddleboating, swimming, tennis, fishing, cycling, and there’s even a movie theater guests can visit to catch the latest releases.

There is excellent hiking at the Garden of the Gods red rock formations, and The Broadmoor is also within a few miles of the funky, small art town of Manitou Springs. Families will love Play at The Broadmoor, which offers six lanes of bowling under glammed-out chandeliers. There is also a zoo, originally created by The Broadmoor's founder, Spencer Penrose, a few miles away.

During your stay, you’ll learn little tidbits of the hotel's early 20th century history. For example, to the right of the main entrance, there is an extensive, unopened collection of Penrose's liquor bottles from the Prohibition era encased in glass along the walls. It’s been said that he used to throw secret parties under the hotel.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • With 19 restaurants, cafés and lounges to choose from, dining options are equally varied. While multi-course extravaganzas at the renowned Five-Star Penrose Room are a must, charming little surprises abound; think s’mores around the fire pit on the patio just outside of the new Bar del Lago in Broadmoor West, or enjoy nightly rowdy ragtime sing-alongs at the Golden Bee.
  • Take a grand tour of the grounds and its many buildings, and you’ll see and feel the subtle shifts in ambience. It’s all enhanced by objects d’art from, among other places, the collection of the hotel’s world-traveling founders, Spencer and Julie Penrose, as well as an impressive display of Western art from the personal collection of the current owner.
  • The sparkling infinity pool, graduated along its zero-entry rim from the deck to a depth of five feet, appears to drop off magically into Cheyenne Lake. Of course, there’s a protective railing to ensure swimmers don’t backstroke right over the edge.
  • The basin is flanked by a wading pool for tots, two hot tubs and — perhaps best of all — Slide Mountain, boasting not one but two two-story waterslides. (Note that there is a height limit of 44 inches.)
  • Water babies of all ages take to Cheyenne Lake in rented paddleboats, while the lawn bowling court, adjacent to the outdoor stone fireplace on the cottage grounds, is a well-kept secret. Film buffs can find refuge in The Broadmoor’s onsite movie theater, which screens three new releases in rotation every week. Aspiring painters and photographers can arrange for one-on-one instruction with one of the hotel’s resident artists.
Things to Know
  • 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.
  • Sightseeing tours within and beyond the resort’s grounds occur not only on foot, but by Jeep, railway, tramway and even Segway.
  • Parents will applaud this Colorado hotel’s kids’ concierge staff, which is dedicated towards meeting the needs of its youngest visitors.
  • Shuttles to and from Colorado Springs Airport and from Denver International Airport must be reserved in advance. Once your flight plans are finalized, notify The Broadmoor Transportation Department to arrange your shuttle reservations.
  • If you bring a car, you can park in the 950-space garage that’s located directly across the roundabout from the Main Complex for $22 daily. There’s also valet, which costs $29 a day.
The Rooms
  • Classic, Superior and Premier rooms of single or double occupancy at The Broadmoor aren’t one-size-fits-all, even within their respective categories.
  • What they do share is the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s Victorian style: plushly appointed in soft blue and green, rose and gold.
  • The rooms come chock-full of amenities, including flat-screen TVs with cable and pay-per-view, DVD players, gaming consoles, luxury mini-bars, high-speed Internet access and the usual vanity-side grooming tools and Broadmoor Signature toiletries.
  • The Broadmoor's South Tower superior rooms are considered some of the best because of their views of Cheyenne Lake and the mountains. Many have balconies or Juliet windows.
  • The largest room is the Penrose suite, which has a dining room, a formal living room, a glass-enclosed sunroom, three bedrooms with individual baths, and spectacular views of the mountains, lake and the city. The next in size is the West Gaylord suite. Its large, outdoor terrace features incomparable looks to the mountains and the lake. It has hosted numerous famous guests, including Liza Minnelli, Cher, Elton John and Bill Gates.
  • Meanwhile, their differences — while all part of the charm of a historic, independent hotel — may warrant some pre-booking inquiry on your part. Obviously, the more expensive the room type, the more numerous its amenities, but there are quirky exceptions, so reserve accordingly.
The Restaurants
  • The Broadmoor’s full-service restaurants include La Taverne (formerly the Tavern), an American steakhouse; the Golden Bee, whose English pub décor comes straight from 19th-century London; and the cheery, breakfast-only Lake Terrace Dining Room, famed for its Sunday brunch.
  • Contemporary destination Summit; Ristorante del Lago, offers handmade pastas and fare from all regions of Italy in a beautiful setting reminiscent of a villa on Lake Como.
  • Natural Epicurean features health-conscious dining in a beautiful setting with lots of outdoor seating for fair-weather days and evenings.
  • The Golf Club Dining Room serves casual, traditional American fare, and of course the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Penrose Room is where classic French technique meets global inspiration.
  • The Hotel Bar and Bar del Lago serve a variety of small plate selections to accompany their beverage selections; both have outdoor seating for those beautiful Colorado afternoons and evenings. Espresso News offers up light daytime fare, including sandwiches and an eye-catching selection of handmade sweets and pastries.
Getting There
1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906
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