One of the most requested guides ever, for good reason, the Broadmoor! I adore the Broadmoor, but just to forewarn you - it does cost a pretty penny, but its worth every damn cent.
My husband grew up staying at the Broadmoor every Christmas Eve on his family's way to Vail to ski for Christmas (bougie I know). So, he introduced me to the hotel a few years ago when we needed a break after our first year in business. It does not disappoint by the way either. I've got allll the deets for you guys here - what restrictions are currently in place, accommodations, food, how family and pet friendly it is, the Spa - everything!
Let me know if I made you want to go after reading by leaving a comment below!
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Right now, masks are required in all indoor spaces anywhere on site. The hotel itself is also operating at only 25% capacity and is not crowded at all. The pool and hot tub have restrictions on how many people are to be in at once, but we skipped it altogether as it was always pretty crowded (though we did hear it was free at 7 a.m. if you're an early riser!).
Not all restaurants are open for in-person dining right now either, but all restaurants are open for room service (and the food comes hot!). However, Café Julie (their coffee pastry/shop) has sandwiches/snacks available to grab and go and the Hotel Bar and the Grille are both open for outside dining. This may sound miserable, but both locations have plenty of blankets and fireplaces/heaters to go around and the food was fabulous every time (see more under "Eats" below).
This photo is inside the Golf Club (can you tell?!?)
Note re: Daily Resort Charge.
In an effort to add value and simplify incidental fees encompassing a number of services, offerings and activity access, the Broadmoor has started to charge a daily fee of $32.00 per room, plus tax. However, this Daily Resort Charge includes access to the following amenities that you want to be sure and take advantage of for free:
Online access to over 2,000 newspapers and magazines
Unlimited access to our fitness center
Two daily group fitness classes: Early Bird Aquatics and Broadmoor Bootcamp
All incoming faxes
Resort and activity shuttle service to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center, The Broadmoor World Arena, and The Broadmoor Seven Falls
Complimentary Notary Services available by appointment. Please dial “0” to arrange.
Admission to movies and select matinees in The Little Theater
In-room hot beverage program: teas, coffee, hot chocolate
Two bottles of water and ice delivered daily at turndown
Art and History Tour: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10:30am
Golf Clinic: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 3:00pm (Seasonal)
Tennis Round Robins: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 4:00pm (Summer); Fridays at 5:00pm in the Tennis Bubble (Spring/Fall/Winter)
One hour use of paddle boats (Seasonal)
Wired and wireless high-speed internet access up to 20 MB
Local and toll free calls up to one hour
Again - just take advantage of everything available to you! It's soo worth the fee.
Opening in 1918 the Broadmoor is old world elegant, opulent, + as decadent as they come - a true unique beauty of the American West. In 1918, the first celebrity to grace the hallways of the new hotel + casino was John D. Rockefeller at the private opening, but since then over 200 celebrities have been seen and photographed (see below!) here. Guests, who are never photographed without consent, have included comedians, rock stars, Supreme Court justices and four-star generals, as well as world leaders. Earning the Forbes Five-Star Award for the first time in 1960, it only continued to gain notoriety and prestige from there. It is currently a Historic Hotels Worldwide Member as well as host of the Forbes Five-Star Spa and the only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond restaurant in Colorado, the Penrose Room. It is also home to a luxury golf course and club that dates back to 1918.
This Red Railway Train Car and accompanying Elfs was made 100% out of edible chocolate!
Pulling up to the Broadmoor Entrance like...
Checking In and the Lobby in the Original Main Building
Family Friendly + Pet Friendly
The Broadmoor is 100% pet friendly and baby friendly (but not free). If you want to bring your fur baby along (two per room minimum), that'll be a $100/day per pet fee. You can also bring along your kid's and not have to worry about missing dinner reservations. You can contact the Concierge Desk and request childcare services (for a fee) or, if old enough to go on their own, there is an on-site movie theatre that shows movies each night as well as a bowling alley.
Wanna see a tour of the Main Building, West Building, or the Broadmoor at night? Check out my Instagram Reels where they are linked permanently.
We've stayed in both the Classic Rooms [in the West Tower + in the Main Building] and they are both gorgeous with views of Cheyenne Lake [did you see the chandelier & bathtub in our room in the photos above?!?]. They are the cheapest option room which includes the Classic Rooms, Superior Rooms, Premier Rooms and ADA Rooms. There are also Suites, Cottages, Brownstones, + the Estate House. This time we stayed in the room right next to the Carlton Suite and had the chance to look inside --- it literally looked like a home - identical to the hotel suite at the end of the movie Home Alone: Lost in New York when the entire family is together in that giant suite?!?! WOW.
We've stayed in both parts of the main building, the newly built rooms (where we stayed this summer) meant to extend and enlarge the hotel's capacity + the original main building (where we stayed last time). The biggest difference being that in the original main building rooms, they are so old (built in 1918) that the windows actually open! The window will is also big enough to sit in (see below).
The Classic Room, Original Main Building
Sitting at 3,000 feet above the Resort is Cloud Camp, an all-inclusive wilderness experience. With unobstructed 360 degree views that showcase the incomparable splendor of Pikes Peak, this authentic Colorado escape is located on the historic site of Broadmoor founder Spencer Penrose’s Cheyenne Lodge. Martin and I tried to tour Cloud Camp while we were staying at the Broadmoor to see if we'd like it and it is so exclusive that not even Broadmoor guests are allowed up! It's billed as the best couple's retreat
We've previously eaten at almost all of the Broadmoor restaurants the last time we were here in February 2019 and August 2020 - and all the restaurants are exceptional, but right now not all are open for in-house dining due to COVID restrictions. However, Cafe Julie (their coffee pastry/shop) has sandwiches/snacks available to grab and go and the Hotel Bar and the Grille are both open for outside dining. This may sound miserable, but both locations have plenty of blankets and fireplaces/heaters to go around and every time we sat, we were pretty quickly warmed up we didn't mind eating outside. When it was too cold, we ordered room service and, as Martin and I really tested this out (haha) we can attest that the food comes hot and tasty.
Dinner at the La Taverne (Main Building) -We've eaten here (both in person and in room dining) and it is fab - its the hotel's version of a Steakhouse with a Texas flair. I recommend the Fried Chicken and Prime Rib!