on July 6, 2009
We always consider a "getaway" when we have not only peace and quiet but also have it in comfort and style."The" Broadmoor truly delivers all of that and more.The BROADMOOR1 Lake AvenueColorado Springs, COPhone : 1-800-634-7711 (719) 634-7711www.broadmoor.com Outside Denver Metro, 6,000 ft. above sea level, a perfect getaway awaits.If you've had vacations before and told of sprawling area to describe it, then you certainly will know what true "sprawling" means when you experience "the" Broadmoor. Imagine a lake within the resort with a beautiful footbridge connecting the 2 main complex. Calling it footbridge is a joke as it defies any image of what a footbridge is. (Pls. refer to pictures in this review.) LOCATION: In Colorado Springs. From Denver, take Interstate 25 (I-25) heading South. Take Exit 138 (Circle Drive) and turn right. Follow Circle Drive which turns into Lake Avenue and the Broadmoor.ACCOMMODATIONS: ExcellentChoice of rooms/suites or cottages. The rooms/suites are either in the Main or West Complex, the lake between them. The "cottages" (1-8 bedrooms), is actually a misnomer if ever there is one, as they are grand and luxurious in the Broadmoor tradition.Our room was at the West complex with the terrace affording us views of the lake, the bridgewalk as well as the whole main complex right across. Room décor is very colorful yet tastefully done. Though the different fabrics used were in a myriad of colors, texture and pattern, the overall effect is one of luxury.With the king-size bed, desk and chair, a seating area in one corner with 2 chairs and a table, entertainment center, and my favorite, an oversize chair and ottoman, the room was still very spacious and did not feel crowded and cramped.The bed is grand, aesthetically and in size (height) as it is a little bit higher than a regular bed. The terrace was a great place to sit and just enjoy the fantastic scene around.The bathroom as is the bedroom, is big with what I personally consider the BEST bath products (Broadmoor Spa Collection) in all the hotels we’ve ever been to. TIP : The hotel’s bath products are available for sale at the Spa Shop.AMENITIES: ExcellentJust to give you an idea:* 2 pools (indoor and the lakeside/infinity pool)* 3 golf courses (one of which was designed by Jack Nicklaus)* tennis courts* movie theatre (within the main complex)* spa* riding stables* paddle boat rides* libraryand more.Dining: There are multiple dining options.Café Julie’s (lobby, West Complex) - pastries, coffee, etc.The Golden Bee and the Summit Restaurants are located outside the resorts main bldg./area and is a nice leisurely walk. Golden Bee lunch was about $40++ for 2 while dinner at the Summit was about $90++ which included soda and dessert. Breakfast was the High Mountain Breakfast (at $15 ++ pp) and consisted of 2 eggs (any style) choice of hickory smoked bacon or spiced sausage, potato hash and toast and of course, juice and coffee. This was perfect as my husband and I had each of the choices and had our eggs done the way we liked.Tip : Bear Claw at Café Julie is a MUST. Slider Trio (room service order) consisted of crabmeat, pork and beef with cheddar cheese is another great choice. ($17.50++) Grilled Hamburger on Potato Chive Roll (with choice of cheese and a heapful of fries) ($18++)SERVICE : ExcellentSynonymous with security, service is exemplary from the moment you are welcomed thru the main gate. The service through our stay was simply commendable. Discreet yet one always feel service is available.Strolling around the resort, it is refreshing to come across staff and be greeted warmly with a greeting.More importantly, arrangements and requests I made during booking for a lakeside view room was "delivered" upon our check-in.Truly, the Broadmoor is one "getaway" destination for peace/quiet and soooooo much more.Additional Info :$ 16.00 - Overnight/Valet Parking Fee$ 16.00 - Add'l. daily incidental charge for services (unlimited access to the Fitness Center, etc.)OVERALL : I highly recommend the Broadmoor ....... as the resort tag line aptly echoes the feeling one feels after experiencing the Broadmoor.
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