Washington, District of Columbia
July 28, 2003
It's a super-luxe hotel, sure, but what impressed me most were the impeccably groomed grounds and sense of history the place offers. Built in 1891, the resort began to morph into its present state when purchased and upgraded by entrepreneur Spencer Penrose. Penrose is credited with using "modern marketing" techniques to bring top American businessmen and other wealthy types to what was a rather remote area at the time. Given that these gatherings began at the height of Prohibition, letters of invitation (posted outside The Tavern, one of the Broadmoor's numerous wining and dining establishments) discreetly suggest means for stepping around the law of the time. There you'll also find a collection of bottles, some from this same era.
For those of you less moved by history and more into activity, The Broadmoor is one of the country's top tennis resorts. Guests can also check out the stables, bike, hike, swim, engage in an organized fly fishing trip or...visit the spa.
Rooms are pricey - this IS a five star resort, after all. A "basic" room starts at $230 per night during the off-season/$325 per night during peak season.
Click here to visit the web site of The Broadmoor
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