When I heard that The Broadmoor was selected as our family’s annual vacation / reunion location, I was very excited! From our home in Florida, mountainous locations out west are a welcome change of scenery in the humid summertime.
Colorado Springs is an easy drive from the Denver airport (less than 1.5 hours), and The Broadmoor is not just the crown jewel property of Colorado Springs, but of the entire state of Colorado. The historic property is a 5-star / 5 diamond luxury hotel and resort and boasts being the longest-running consecutive winner of both awards. From the first moment you catch a glimpse of the property, you can see why.
Most of The Broadmoor’s rooms and suites are located in buildings surrounding Cheyenne Lake, the centerpiece of the resort. The main building is stunning and had me thinking immediately of The Breakers back home. As we were a large party with 5 small children we took the resort’s recommendation and reserved rooms in the West Tower. A little more laid-back, the West features some slightly more casual dining options and the bowling alley (which I’ll tell you more about later). The West Entrance isn’t quite as grand as the main entrance, but there was an obvious age difference between the guests across the two sides of the lake, so we were happy with our location.
The room we had was very spacious with a large bathroom, dressing area, walk-in closet, entry hall and plenty of room for two roll-away beds. It included all my favorite amenities like comfy robes and even umbrellas, which we had the occasion to use. The bed was one of the most comfortable I’ve ever experienced and we all had some great nights of sleep—very important while on vacation, no?
The first plan upon our arrival was for the family to all hang out and relax at the pool. Coming from Florida this idea didn’t seem like anything special, but I changed my mind when I beheld the most amazing pool I’ve ever seen in my life. The pool was shallow enough for my 4 year old and his little cousins, and my 7 year old spent the entire afternoon on the water slides. A poolside cabana was luxurious outdoor accommodation for the whole family complete with bottled water and a giant bowl of fruit, but even the available chair spots receive first-class service. With the perfect combination of family fun and spectacularly relaxing luxury, I can’t imagine ever having a better swimming pool experience.
Activities and Amenities
There are weeks worth of activities both on the property and around the Colorado Springs area. We took advantage of the Bee Bunch kids camp for kids 3-12 and the cousins enjoyed Lego building, playing video games on the WII and a nature hike. Many of us spent an afternoon bowling on the luxury lanes at Play and even the playground near the pool was a perfect place to hang out in between other activities. The moms in our group enjoyed a day at the spa and had the guys not needed to watch the kids, they might have checked out the golf courses. Other activities on the grounds include shopping, tennis, paddleboats, electric boats, canoeing and more. If all that isn’t enough you can stay busy with nearby attractions like Pike’s Peak, Cave of the Winds and Garden of the Gods, all of which we got to check out.
The week of our trip included Independence Day so there was a schedule of extra special activities including s’mores roasting, live musical performances and fireworks. The holiday festivities brought out a great community feeling with guests from all parts of the resort spending time outside enjoying themselves. My children enjoyed dancing to the music and were thrilled when they discovered the hotel staff distributing glow-in-the-dark necklaces to all the kids. I loved that too because it was easier to spot them after the fireworks when it had gotten quite dark!
We tried a few of the resort restaurants—nothing too fancy since we had so many small children with us. We all really enjoyed the poolside lunch menu and sitting on the patio for the breakfast buffet at Charles Court was a highlight of our stay. I also enjoyed the menu and atmosphere at Play, the resort’s newest restaurant adjacent to the bowling lanes. Please do not miss the milkshakes at Play. I’ll be dreaming of them for years to come.
All In All
The Broadmoor is the perfect setting for the most luxurious mountain vacation. With 5-star / 5 diamond service and amenities, you won’t be disappointed. Families with children are welcomed and included in the best of what The Broadmoor has to offer, and Colorado Springs is just an amazing summer destination. I hope we have an opportunity to return someday. I highly recommend this experience.