Beautifully situated at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and backed by its own lake, The Broadmoor is a striking and sprawling resort complex located on 3,000 impeccably-landscaped acres in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
This resort is equally family friendly and luxurious. Indulgent accommodations, nonstop amenities and its postcard-perfect setting have made The Broadmoor a favorite escape for visitors from all over the world for over 90 years.
A Decorated History
Nearly a century ago, Spencer Penrose, a mining magnate, bought what was then a small hotel in the foothills below Pike’s Peak in Colorado and set out to replace it with one of the grandest hotels in the world. The result was The Broadmoor, which cost $3 million to build and was designed by the same architectural firm who designed New York City’s Grand Central Station and the Biltmore Hotel.
The Broadmoor opened in 1918 to much fanfare (John D. Rockefeller, Jr. was among the first guests to stay at the hotel). It had 350 rooms and some of the poshest amenities of the day. The walls and ceilings were decorated by skilled European artisans, and it contained some of the world’s most beautiful paintings, sculptures, chandeliers, furniture and tapestries. Much of this lavish flavor remains today, truly transporting guests into another time.
The hotel’s Renaissance architecture is reflective of its roots, eliciting romantic notions of an era gone by. It boasts a Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond rating. The Broadmoor has undergone numerous renovations and additions over the years. With 700 rooms and suites, guests can enjoy all the luxuries they’ve come to expect from a first-rate resort, including flat screen televisions and sweeping views of the mountains and Cheyenne Lake.
Visiting Colorado from out of state, I was a bit nervous being so far from home and not being able to keep an eye on things. Thankfully, we had installed the Panasonic Home Monitoring System. It gave us great peace of mind to be able to just open the app on my phone anytime to see what was going on at home while I was at the Broadmoor. The system was easy to install, too!
For the Kids
The Broadmoor offers a host of family activities to keep the kids busy during your visit. It features three golf courses, hiking and riding trails, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis, retail shops, a movie theater, bowling, dance and fitness classes, more than a dozen restaurants and lounges, a full children’s program, and more.
In addition to its regular activity offerings, Broadmoor guests may choose from a wide selection of complimentary weekend activities during the winter. Look for indoor events like cooking classes, fly casting instruction, golf instruction, dance classes, fitness classes and more.
The hotel also offers babysitting services and the Bee Bunch Camp, a full day and evening camp open during peak season and holidays.
Golf at The Broadmoor
Home to three of the finest championship golf courses in the world, the Broadmoor is a golfer’s paradise. Designed by master golf course architect, Donald Ross, the original Broadmoor Golf Club opened with the hotel in 1918. In 1958, Robert Trent Jones Sr. was hired to design an additional nine-hole course, which formed the now famous East Course. In 1964, an additional nine holes was added, forming the West Course, and in 2005, the Mountain Course re-opened, renovated and reconfigured by Nicklaus Design.
Visiting in the winter? No problem! The course is open year-round, weather permitting, and in the winter the green fee is complimentary for resort guests.
Need a little time away from the kids? Treat yourself to a relaxing visit to The Spa at the Broadmoor. The 43,000 square foot facility offers a menu of services, including massage, hydrotherapy, facials, tanning, hair and nails. There are also saunas, steam rooms and lounges guests can enjoy between services.
Dining at The Broadmoor
The Broadmoor offers an extensive list of dining options. Here are a few highlights.
The historic Penrose Room is a must during your visit. Since opening in 1961, it has established itself as one of Colorado’s top destinations for classic fine dining. The dining room, the menu, the service, and the amenities are all excellent. The restaurant also offers a demonstration kitchen that features a 16-seat Chef’s Table, which offers guests the opportunity to interact with the chef while he cooks. Note: you might want to leave the kids with a sitter for this experience!
The Golf Club Dining Room focuses on casual, outdoor dining in a family-oriented atmosphere. Window walls open onto a covered patio, complete with an exterior fire pit. The Golf Club Grille is a more casual option.
Don’t miss Sunday brunch at the Lake Terrace Dining Room, which offers picturesque views of Cheyenne Lake and the mountains. The delectable buffet features everything from omelets to Belgian waffles to a decedent spread of fresh fruit and a chocolate fountain. Sunday brunch is accompanied by live music. A more casual atmosphere but equally tasty selection of menu items is available throughout the week.
The Broadmoor is easily accessible, with non-stop flights from several cities to Colorado Springs Airport. You can also fly into Denver, which is just 90 minutes away.
Healthy Tip for This Destination
Check out The Broadmoor’s Family Dance Class, where you and your kids can have a blast together while learning the basics of ballroom and other popular dance styles.