Historic Broadmoor: Colorado Springs, Colorado

"Broadmoor" Colorado Springs
Historic Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO

The historic Broadmoor reins supreme as the grand dame of Colorado Springs in Colorado. The resort holds the titles of the longest running Forbes five star and AAA five diamond property in the country – they have held this distinction since The Broadmoor’s official opening on June 29, 1918. Located on 3,000 acres with three golf courses, 779 rooms, 19 restaurants, cafes & lounges and a Forbes five star spa, the historic Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado radiates luxury.

Broadmoor Wilderness Experience

Situated in Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor serves as an upscale base camp for outdoor explorers and sports enthusiasts.

While I’m not the golfer in the family, The Broadmoor offers several top-notch golf courses on property. In the summertime, complimentary golf clinics are offered certain days of the week, as are complimentary tennis round robins. While not exactly a wilderness experience, the kids (and kids at heart) might want to take a spin on Cheyenne Lake in a paddle boat. Check with the concierge for further details.

Golf course view from Broadmoor Spa
Golf course view from Broadmoor Spa

I have made a promise to myself that I will return to The Broadmoor with my husband to experience The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley. This exclusive ranch property is just a 30 minute drive up the mountain from The Broadmoor. Surrounded by the majestic Pike National Forest, the all-inclusive ranch offers fly-fishing, hiking, biking and horseback riding in beautiful Colorado Springs. Cloud Camp, an all-inclusive 54 guest resort that sites on the site of the original Cheyenne Mountain Lodge, is another Broadmoor Wilderness Experience I have yet to try.

"Broadmoor" "Penrose Room"
Dining at Broadmoor’s Penrose Room

Broadmoor restaurant dining

I mentioned in another post that dining at The Broadmoor is like one continuous progressive dinner party. If you like barbecue and enjoy hands on cooking classes, you’ll want to sign up for Barbecue University at the Broadmoor. I could be cut off from the outside world and be perfectly content living off The Broadmoor with its 19 restaurants, cafe and lounges. As long as I’m left behind with the head baker, chocolate maker and spa director, I know I’ll be in good hands.

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"Broadmoor" Spa
The Spa at The Broadmoor

Spa at The Broadmoor

Speaking of good hands, my massage therapist, Deanne from Mississippi, delivered a 50 minute session of deep tissue heaven to my body. Make sure to pack a swim suit and arrive early or stay late to take advantage of the co-ed indoor and outdoor swimming pools and outdoor hot tub. Additionally, there is a steam room, sauna, aromatherapy room (recommended for acclimating to the Rocky Mountain altitude of 6000 feet above sea level) and fireplace lounge. The co-ed mountain view room and terrace, looking over the golf course, is a great place to relax and recharge before your spa treatment.

"Broadmoor" hotel room
Broadmoor West Premier King

Broadmoor West renovation

The Broadmoor resort is composed of several hotel buildings; Broadmoor Main, Broadmoor South and Broadmoor West. Walking to different parts of the resort is easy via the Cheyenne Lake Bridge. There is also 24/7 complimentary shuttle service available for hotel guests.

During my stay, the Broadmoor West had recently undergone a complete renovation. My lovely premier king, room #4443, with Juliet balcony and view of Cheyenne Lake, rented for $465 per night (check the website for current rates). Pets are welcome at The Broadmoor with a charge of $50 per pet, per night (maximum two dogs per room.) The pet fee includes special Broadmoor bedding and pet food bowls, as well as a treat for your four-legged friend.

"Broadmoor" hot tub
Soak in The Broadmoor hot tub

Broadmoor resort fee

Love them or hate them, resort fees are here to stay. The Broadmoor $32 daily resort service charge includes wireless high-speed internet access, local telephone calls, daily newspaper, Fitness Center access & two daily fitness classes, incoming faxes, Little Theater movies, in-room beverage service, daily housekeeping and nightly turndown service, bottled water and arrival gift. Being from California, where we are experiencing drought conditions, I was a little miffed to see that sheets and towels were changed on a daily basis. Housekeeping quickly fixed my environmental dilemma, replacing my hand written note requesting my bedding not be changed with a pre-printed no sheet-changing card.

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"Cheyenne Lake"
Paddle boats on Cheyenne Lake at The Broadmoor

Insider tips

The Broadmoor is a member of Historic Hotels of America. The historic Colorado Springs property offers complimentary art and history tours on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Western art aficionados take note, as Broadmoor owner Mr. Philip Anschutz owns one of the largest collections of Western art. Horticultural tours are offered seasonally on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. Golf clinics are offered free to hotel guests on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and follow @TheBroadmoor on Twitter.

If You Go:

The Broadmoor  (855) 634-7711

1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906

Article written by, video and photos courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of The Broadmoor. All opinions and experiences are my own. I’d love to hear about your visit to the historic Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

20 thoughts on “Historic Broadmoor: Colorado Springs, Colorado”

  1. I’ve heard of the Broadmoor, but didn’t realize it was so huge. Sounds like it has something for everyone, especially with 19 restaurants. I would really enjoy the spa experience right now. Next time I’m out that way, I hope to check it out.

  2. @Cathy
    They have a saying at The Broadmoor, “if you’ve been here, you know.” It’s that good! Everyone should experience The Broadmoor once in their life.

  3. The Broadmoor has been on my list for years but have never had the chance to get there when we go to Colorado. I may have to make a special trip just to go to their Sunday brunch.

  4. @Julie
    I haven’t tried the Broadmoor’s Sunday brunch, but a trip to the Broadmoor is certainly worth adding to your travel calendar. Loved this place!

  5. What a beautiful adventure! 19 restaurants would keep anyone busy for more than a few days. The golf course looks stunning, too. Somewhere to walk off all that food 🙂

  6. I’ve never spent any time in Colorado other than in the airport. It looks like such a lovely state. I would love to stay at the Broadmoor. I think the resort fees sound quite reasonable for what they offer.

  7. My daughter and family just moved to Colorado Springs. There are lots of very interesting places to visit and things to do there. I had no idea! And the Broadmoor is definitely a must visit – for a few days or just dinner and a walk across the grounds. We also included a wild night of sing-along at the Golden Bee. Great post. Thanks.

  8. The Broadmoor might not be a good fit for me because I don’t care for spas, I don’t play golf and at this price point, I’d find the resort fee more than a little off putting. But, that’s just me. I’m grateful that there are choices for everyone and the Broadmoor does seem like a piece of history it would be a shame to lose.

  9. @Michelle
    I will forever be a fun of The Broadmoor. If you have to pay resort fees, the Broadmoor’s are reasonable and the pet-friendly dog fee can’t be beat at such an upscale resort.

  10. @Nancy
    I didn’t get a chance to experience the Golden Bee, but have heard great reviews of this place. Will have to give it a try next time I’m in Colorado Springs.

  11. @Suzanne
    I don’t play golf, either, but if you are visiting Colorado Springs, this historic hotel is a must visit, if only for a drink in the bar, overlooking Lake Cheyenne.

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