A century ago, hotels were built to rival European estates, with hundreds of rooms, sweeping manicured lawns and spectacular vistas. Few of these grand estates remain. While tourists still flock to the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan; The Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina; The Breakers in Florida and The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, it’s The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that is the queen of the grande dames, and with good reason.
Built in 1918 to mesh European elegance with American spirit, The Broadmoor is still an eye-catching marvel, nine decades later. The Rocky Mountains are visible from almost every spot on the 3,000-acre estate. You catch your breath often, especially if it’s your first visit. The 700-room – 101 are suites, some with gas fireplaces – multi-winged main building enthralls hotel guests with its amazing views, attentive service and myriad dining options. If you want a more private abode, head to one of the six expansive Broadmoor Cottages, built in 2009, which are adjacent to one of the three championship golf courses. You’ll have 7,000 square feet of entertaining space.
History of Luxury
The Broadmoor is the longest-running consecutive winner of both the AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star awards. Since first opening in 1918, The Broadmoor has offered its guests a unique way to experience the beauty of the American West, through its 43,000-square-foot awarding-winning spa (Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star ) as well as their restaurants—Penrose Room is the only Five-Star, Five-Diamond restaurant in Colorado. Add a 54 holes of championship golf, six tennis courts, indoor/outdoor pools, distinctive retail shops, specialty tours, activities and programs for guests of all ages and interests and there’s no shortage of stuff to do.
Gateway to the West
Located in Colorado Springs near the southern edge of the Rockies, the Broadmoor is surrounded by stunning natural beauty and has been described as the gateway to the West. From the Top of Pikes Peak to upscale shopping, Colorado Springs offers an abundance of natural beauty as well as a variety of attractions, art galleries and activities for guests of all ages.
Unlike many of the other grand hotels, The Broadmoor is committed to sustainability, installing energy efficient windows, lighting and heating equipment, occupancy sensor thermostats and an ambitious recycling plan that even recycles copper and aluminum. Even the golf courses are certified Audubon Sanctuaries, with some of the land converted to grow natural flora and fauna.
1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906