I just returned from a fabulous weekend getaway with my husband. The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. This is a Forbes five star and AAA five diamond resort set in the picturesque mountains of Colorado.
It’s absolutely stunning. The hotel was spectacular. There are 784 guest room options including rooms, suites, cottages, brownstones, and an Estate House. The service was unparalleled, with friendly staff ready to help with anything. The fifteen on-site restaurants offer a range of food options including Italian, Asian, French, and pub style restaurants. The resort is also a host to a myriad of activities which includes golf, a spa, two pools including a water slide, paddleboats, a bowling alley, a movie theater, and tons of wilderness excursions including fly fishing, zip lining and hiking. There was so much, I couldn’t even take it all in.
I arrived on Friday morning. We reserved a room with Mountain Views and were upgraded to a suite with a balcony and lake and mountain views. The room was huge with richly appointed furnishings. The bed was plush and a great fireplace with a separate seating area and desk. The bathroom had a big sunken soaking tub and a separate shower stall. It was oversized and afforded us plenty of room to spread out. It felt more like a big apartment v a hotel room. And the bed was SO comfortable with find linens and a fluffy down comforter.
After settling into the room, we headed to the golf course. There are two championship level golf courses (east and west course). The east course hosted the 2018 PGA U.S. Senior Open the previous week so the course was in immaculate condition. It was stunning.
After our round of golf, we headed to The Hotel Bar. Filled with wooden panels and murals that depicted the history of Spencer Penrose, the original owner of the Broadmoor. We got a few cocktails before heading to the pub.
Next we headed to the Golden Bee, a 19th century English pub. Every night at 7:30 p.m. a ragtime piano player sings songs and encourages sing alongs. We had another cocktail and split the mussels. They were fantastic. We couldn’t stop ourselves from ordering some extra crostinis for dipping.
After our appetizer, we headed to La Taverne for dinner. This was a traditional steakhouse with steaks, chops and shellfish. There was a live band playing but we chose to sit in the garden room which resembled a French bistro.
Dinner was probably one of the best I’ve ever had. We split a Wedge salad and a small filet mignon with a lobster tail. Traditional classic flavors perfectly cooked and seasoned. I was blown away.
The next morning we had another great golf round. After golf we decided to take advantage of Seven Falls. Seven Falls is a series of seven cascading waterfalls in South Cheyenne Canyon owned by the Broadmoor. You enter the Park and see beautiful falls and lookout points over the mountain. This is also the place where there is zip lining and a couple of suspension bridges for the more adventurous people. The hike to the base of the stairs was more of a leisurely walk along paved road. Anyone could really walk the three quarters of a mile to the falls or there is a tram. The hotel could also drop you off. Then you climb 224 steps to the top of the waterfalls. From there, you can do a range of hikes including a 40 minutes hike to Inspiration point. This was actual hiking. Worth while views overlooking the canyon.
After our hike we headed to Restaurant 1858 inside the park. Authentic Colorado cuisine in a rustic setting with a southwestern flair. We split the short rib and churassco steak which were both delicious.
On our final day, we played a second round of golf on the East course and then headed to the Italian restaurant, Ristorante Del Lago. There is a great alfresco seating area with traditional Italian dishes. We split an antipasti dish, a wood fired pizza and meatballs. All amazing.
All in all, it was a spectacular weekend in a gorgeous mountain setting with amazing food and service and great golf. This place is not to be missed. But expect to pay top dollar for it. The cheapest room during season starts at $375, plus the resort fee and taxes. Every eating establishment automatically adds 20% gratuity. And the drinks, as overpriced as Manhattan. But it was all worth it. We can’t wait to go back!