Visitors and residents of Colorado alike have almost all heard of the Broadmoor and for good reason. Located in Colorado Springs and an icon of the industry, this spectacular hotel and resort remains at the top of its class.
The five-star, five-diamond property was the first of both distinctions in the country, holding the five-star rating for 51 years and the five-diamond for 35, since the inception of the awards. A marvelous resort both architecturally and historically, boasting first-class service, the distinctions are obvious and bordering on a new category: six-star.
Located on a picturesque lake at the pristine Colorado Springs location, the hotel weaves stories of old and comforts of new. The Broadmoor holds 744 rooms on property including the 44 cottages and 21 lakeside suites. Abundant space is found on the 3,000-acre resort including 54 holes of golf on four championship golf courses, a 43,000-square-foot spa, six tennis courts, 25 retail shops, nine dining options, and 185,000 square feet of meeting spaces.
Hosting everything from commercial conventions to breathtaking weddings and private parties, the Broadmoor has held events for almost a century with lasting grace and elegance.
Steeped in history and with its own archivist, the Broadmoor has many stories to tell. Originally built in 1918 as a casino and hotel for the local mining community, the building has gone through several transformations to become the momentous resort it is today. Original light fixtures, museum-quality restorations and attention to detail preserve the unique character, while modern updates afford the luxuries and comforts of today. With the tag line "If You've Been Here, You Know," the Broadmoor exudes a special energy and sophistication that require an experience at the property.
A pet-friendly hotel that retains two canine employees, the Broadmoor has a history with animals. The original owner, Spencer Penrose, kept his wild animal collection on property until a chimpanzee bit a child, prompting the building of the noted Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, now the highest zoo in the country.
The central lake is also an Audubon Sanctuary for a wide variety of birds. Swans are often seen gliding gracefully on the glassy surface, enchanting guests and further adding to the serenity and effortless class of the property. From Golden Bees to buffalo busts in the main entrance, animals still play a large role on the grounds.
Cuisine is somewhat of a specialty of the resort. The reason may be that it is home to its own culinary apprentice school. Offering a three-year working and paid program, the Broadmoor boasts some of the best pupils in the country. Service is certainly a focus of the resort. First-year hotel hires receive 175 hours of training in all positions with 50 hours annually of continuing education. Most servers at the Summit Restaurant have received their second Stage Sommelier certification, only further enhancing the already spectacular menu and dining experience.
From the hallowed halls of the "Walk of Fame" near Charlie's Court to the touted Penrose Room or The Bar situated lakeside, an experience at the Broadmoor is outstanding. With everything from cutting-edge spa treatments to expert wine and cocktail pairings for the variety of dining options, the Broadmoor impresses with quality and high standards. From a sparking winter with 250,000 strands of lights on property, to an exquisite summer when the paddleboats are brought out onto the lake, the Broadmoor is a place not only to stay but to experience with all it has to offer.
For lasting memories and to begin your own family traditions, this is a must do on anyone's life to-do list.
1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80906