The Broadmoor is very well known for its luxurious reputation. Being in an elite list of 5-Star, 5-Diamond resorts, it caters often to athletes, celebrities, politicians and royals. There is an entire hallway in the West Tower devoted to photo after photo of famous guests of the resort. When we arrived, my family enjoyed looking frame by frame and picking out our favorites (Walt Disney once stayed there,) but with such notable fame, I began to feel a little out of place and second guess my decision to bring my own little royals to the resort. Would my princes and princess really enjoy a place fit for the likes of societies most elite? Would we feel welcomed? Would we really enjoy this family vacation?
I received a complimentary stay at The Broadmoor in exchange for this review, but as always, the opinions expressed are completely honest and 100% my own. For more information, please visit my Disclosures page. Thank you for reading!
It’s All About The Details
I grew up in Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor was always a place we went on special occasions. I loved it as a little girl because I was able to dress up and act grown-up, something we are all too eager to do at 6-years-old. I couldn’t wait to share the place of so many memories with my own family, but I have to admit, I was a little nervous in how much the resort had changed and about bringing my little ones. They’re good kids, but even little angels can act out at times and it is almost always in public when you are counting on them to be good. Luckily, I had some time before our scheduled stay and was able to research the experiences at the resort. I was blown away. I thought I knew The Broadmoor fairly well, but I had no idea about some of the activities, amenities and experiences they offered, which sounded like a perfect fit for my family.
First, whoever planned out the rooms definitely thought about traveling with a family. We were able to have connecting rooms offering a king bed in one and two queens in the other. This was perfect for our family of five. Everyone had a place to sleep, we weren’t cramped in one room with all of our belongings and there were two bathrooms, a definite perk. French doors opened up to a stunning view of the mountains and there was a perfectly placed rod-iron fence allowing the fresh air to come in, but not allowing the kids to get out. The rooms also boasted a sitting area, desk, mini bar and Keurig coffee maker. The little ones weren’t the only ones who felt “fancy.” I felt the same feeling I did as a little girl, like a princess in her castle–the room was absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t wait to sleep in the luxurious bed. Oh, and the bathroom, wow! Double vanities, a huge glass shower, a television in the mirror and a gargantuan soaking tub made it feel like a spa, complete with plush towels and a robe.
The first night we checked in a little late and decided to “stay in” and enjoy all our room had to offer. We dined on delicious room service, played family games (brought from home,) and tucked the children in after a nice warm cup of hot cocoa (from the Keurig.) The hubby and I were able to stay up without interrupting their slumber to plan the next day’s adventure and enjoy a relaxing night cap from the mini-fridge. The next morning we headed to the Lake Pool for a splashtastic time.
The Lake Pool is a zero-entry pool overlooking the lake and the rest of the property. A great view isn’t the only thing this pool offers, it also has two water slides and a fountain/splash pool area for the littlest guests. There is ample lounge chair seating under a forest of retractable umbrellas, or poolside cabanas for rent.
The cabanas are offered at various price points depending on location and come with four lounge chairs, a table and chairs for dining and a fresh fruit bowl. You are also provided with towels and robes. Speaking of dining, we ordered lunch from our attendant and had it delivered quickly from the pool’s own bar and grill. The fresh guacamole was incredible and the kids cooled off with their lemonade slushies while I relaxed with a Mountain Mojito. You may want to visit the pool to pick out which area you would like to request a cabana at and then book it in advance. The locker rooms are clean and nice and again, families were considered with a family locker room available. Once we were changed we headed outside where the kids were quick to find the playground.
Local and Resort Attractions and Activities
There are so many attractions at the resort or within minutes of the resort, the dilemma isn’t trying to find something to do with the kids, but choosing which one to do. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is just up the road. The Stables at The Broadmoor are also nearby and offer horseback riding, pony rides and a petting zoo. You can also rent various Watercraft at the Lakeside Boat Dock or mountain bikes to enjoy around the resort or on nearby trails. The resort also offers golf, tennis, a movie theater and PLAY, a six-lane bowling and dining venue absolutely perfect for families. The Broadmoor Bee Bunch offers half-day, full-day and evening camps for your little ones with lots of activities and fun planned with them in mind.
The fun and competition offered at PLAY makes it a family favorite, not to mention their delicious menu choices. Other kid-friendly favorites include: Natural Epicurean for lunch and the incredible breakfast buffet at Ristorante Del Lago. The kids also liked taking a stroll over to Expresso News to pick out a yummy treat from the sweets case.
Another reason why this resort is the perfect place for families is how easy they make everything during your stay. The guest rooms have doorbells and privacy lights instead of the standard door hanger. You are issued a RFID card at check-in that doubles as your door key and as a way to charge items to your account throughout the resort. If you need to make reservations, request your car from valet, order room-service, request housekeeping and more…there’s an app for that. I downloaded The Broadmoor app prior to our visit to see all that the resort had to offer and used it numerous times during our stay. It makes it so easy and that is what this planning Momma likes during a vacation —peace of mind!
Extra Special Touches
The kids had an incredible time and still a week later, all three of them are begging to go back. The resort really does cater to families, but there were a few things we found as extra bonuses to our delightful stay. The first two employees we encountered, Matt at the front desk, and Andrew our Bellman, did a wonderful job of setting the mood for our whole stay. They genuinely welcomed us, interacted with the children and made us feel invited and at ease. After our amazing day, the kids enjoyed a bubble bath in the huge tub, followed by dessert delivered by room service –a definite highlight to their trip. The Broadmoor also has beautifully manicured lawns perfect for the kiddos to run around and expend what little energy they have left at the end of the day.
Our stay was more than I imagined and the kids aren’t the only ones begging to go back. There is so much to offer families, we could stay several more times and have new adventures to talk about. While yes, it is a bit pricey, they occasionally offer great specials and packages and the service and quality is impeccable. It is a perfect getaway for a special occasion, vacation or stay-cation. Flying my family of five isn’t cheap and this is a great destination here in our own backyard. For those looking for a little more adult oriented activities, I hope to share those on our next stay. Foodies will love the delicious and award-winning options, there are even cooking classes offered! The Broadmoor is home to three golf courses, a top of the line spa and The Broadmoor’s newest accommodations, Cloud Camp is a wilderness retreat like no other and top on our Colorado Bucket List. We will definitely be returning soon!
Two room photos courtesy The Broadmoor