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December 17, 2017 / 4:14 pm EST

Eco Hotels and Resorts

The Broadmoor Hotel and Resort
The Broadmoor Hotel and ResortApr 16, 2012
Offers Five-Star Green Luxury

At the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, guests are able to experience luxurious, eco-fabulous accomodations steeped in history. A reputation of excellence, which spans almost 100 years, coupled with dramatic and thoughtful green renovations are what have propelled this resort toward its designation as the longest-running consecutive winner of both the AAA Five-Diamond award and the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award, the latter of which it has held for 52 years. It would be hard to find many other destinations that have the Broadmoor's combination of luxury, history, unique activities, beautiful surroundings and green upgrades.

After extensive recent renovations and updates, the Broadmoor Hotel now boasts over 700 rooms, 18 restaurants, 3 golf courses, and a world class day spa, but it wasn't always this way. The resort has humble roots as the Broadmoor Dairy Farm, circa 1800. From there, the land went through many owners and reinventions until Spencer Penrose arrived on the scene in 1916, along with his wife, Julie. Together, they worked to turn the area into the greatest resort his imagination could conjure up. The elaborate detailing and Renaissance style of the design appealed to many famous and important people in the years since the resort's reopening in 1918, including presidents, foreign dignitaries, and celebrities. But for all the elegance and innovation, the Broadmoor was most well known for an unwavering dedication to excellent customer service.

The hotel's recent renovations included numerous green updates. Over 30,000 light fixtures were replaced. Old windows were replaced with new energy efficient windows. Overall water usage was reduced with low flow showerheads and toilets, plus improved irrigation and water usage throughout the grounds. In order to maintain their commitment to eco-conscious operation, the Broadmoor created a conservation and recycling committee to oversee all their green efforts. Organic food and products are used resort-wide. In all, the efforts made by the Broadmoor show that it is possible to maintain a historical feel while incorporating modern green innovations.

Your stay at the Broadmoor may take place in one of over 700 luxury rooms or suites in the Main Complex or West Complex. Many rooms have views to the breathtaking Cheyenne Mountain or Cheyenne Lake. Or choose to stay in one of the six cottages situated along the East golf course's 18th fairway. The cottages range in size from one to eight bedrooms a piece, and are outfitted with beamed ceilings, wood floors, a natural stone fireplace, heated bathroom floors, surround sound and flat screen televisions. No matter which room choice suits your needs, you can also rest easy knowing your furry best friend doesn't have to be kenneled during your vacation. The Broadmoor is a pet-friendly resort and offers pet bedding, a food bowl and a pet treat in-room, with an available 24-hour dog and cat menu. Plus, an extensive listing of nearby pet contacts and services, listed in the "Pitty Pat Club" brochure, is given to guests with pets at check-in.

While enjoying your luxurious surroundings at the Broadmoor, you will also be able to experience an extensive selection of activities right at the resort. Active guests will enjoy golfing on one of the Broadmoor's specially designed championship courses, horseback riding, sightseeing or tennis. Enjoy your workout at the fitness facility, swim in the indoor spa pool or warm up in the heated lap pool. Guests arriving at the Broadmoor for business can attend meetings and classes in the 185,000 square feet of meeting and conference space. Unique and fun activities for the whole family are close by and include museums, a trip up the Cog Railway, or a visit to the 50-acre Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, where you can catch a glimpse of giraffes, grizzly bears, hippos and even a Komodo dragon. The Children's Concierge can help you plan fun activities for kids, or set up child care services while you get some adult time, such as a massage or facial at the Broadmoor's 5 Star Spa.

With beautiful views, eco-friendly luxury accommodations, plenty of activities for you, your children and even your pets, the Broadmoor is an all-in-one vacation destination that will give you a taste of why generations of people have returned to this Colorado Springs resort, and will continue to return for many more.

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