This place is awe inspiring. Originally built as a casino in 1891, this five-star resort is situated on 5,000 acres and is a regal presence at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain. About 10-minutes drive from downtown, Broadmoor is located on the southern edge of Colorado Springs. While room rates vary tremendously by season, the resort's impeccable quality and its flawless staff are consistent year round.
Immediately behind Broadmoor's lobby and front building, a vast body of undisturbed water creates a centerpiece for the property. The serene lake is surrounded by low-rise hotel buildings that house different levels of classically appointed accommodations. We don't know about you, but as soon as we see a lake our first thought is not, "Oh, how beautiful," rather it is, "Open water swimming?" To our disappointment, a "no-touch, look only" policy governs this potential freestyle venue.
Our temptation to test this rule quickly fizzled after getting a load of Broadmoor's impressive fitness center and lap pool. The separately housed and attended facility provides athletic-minded visitors a wide assortment of youthful cardio machines, a large quantity of weight stations and free weight equipment, and a full menu of daily classes, including spin ($20/class).
The club's outdoor, 2-lane, 25-yard lap pool is a swimmers' treat. Floating lane lines and bottom stripes divide the water in this year-round rectangle. During the winter months leave some extra clothing on deck to fend off that Rocky Mountain chill. But the water will be warm. There is also an indoor spa pool here and outdoor infinity pool.
After working out we like nothing better than a professional rub. On-site massage therapists pamper guests with their magic hands and soothing aura, completing the wonderful Broadmoor experience.
Note: 54-holes of championship golf are on-site (the resort has hosted various USGA tournaments through the years)