|"Broadmoor Hotel, Dec 2007" by Kari Sullivan|
As I was researching the history of this famous hotel, I found myself fascinated by so many connections to things I love or other well-known people I've researched or who were highlighted in countless historical books I've read. Even more amazing to me is how I had lived my entire life without knowing a thing about this hotel until I moved here in 2007 after marrying the man who's now my husband. Many of you reading this have likely never heard of this hotel either. I suppose we simply don't travel in the proper circles where The Broadmoor would be mentioned alongside such well-known names like Ritz-Carlton and Biltmore. *grins*
Nevertheless, this hotel has a notable names list worthy of the Who's Who in American History books. Names such as Annie Oakley, who ran the shooting school; Frederick Olmstead, who designed the landscape for Central Park and who also landscaped The Broadmoor; Arnold Palmer, who helped design the hotel's third golf course; John D. Rockefeller, who was the hotel's first guest in June of 1918; and the list goes on.
|"Broadmoor Lake Panorama to the West" by Tim Chambers|
The Broadmoor has 779 rooms or spaces available for guests. Many of the Broadmoor South rooms have balconies and some have fireplaces. There are eighteen restaurants located in the main hotel buildings, golf club, pool cafes, Summit Restaurant, and Golden Bee pub. Broadmoor Golf Club has three golf courses, designed by Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones, and Ed Seay and Arnold Palmer.
The full-service spa has an indoor pool, fitness center, 43 treatment rooms, relaxation room, and hair and nail salon. It offers more than 100 services. You could spend three weeks being pampered here and still not experience everything offered at the spa. The resort also has indoor and outdoor pools and tennis courts. There are 25 retail shops, including clothing boutiques and shops, a florist, sundry shop, jewelry store, and gift shop. Plenty of options to satisfy that shopping craving you might have.
|"USA Colorado Broadmoor Back" by Keith Knapp|
As if all of this isn't enough, The Broadmoor offers a luxurious mountain experience at their 16-acre Ranch on Emerald Green on Cheyenne Mountain. The current owner purchased the property and built a main lodge and ten cabins and restored other original buildings. There are two small lakes, horse stables, a gazebo, hot tubs, and an outdoor fire pit. Ranches are available for $800/night!
So, are you ready to come for a visit?
A long-time favorite movie of mine (Ice Castles: 1978) was filmed at the former Broadmoor World Arena in 1977. It starred Lynn-Holly Johnson, a U.S. National figure skating medalist, and Robby Benson, the voice of The Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. :)
* Did You Know?
- Forbes Magazine has given The Broadmoor a 5-star ranking for 54 consecutive years (as of 2015), the longest period of time as any establishment in the U.S.
- Forbes also gave the hotel a 5-star restaurant ranking in 2012, making The Broadmoor one of only three other hotel and restaurant combinations to receive the ranking.
- For a detailed history with other fascinating facts, check out The Broadmoor web site (http://www.broadmoor.com/five-star-hotel/)
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN:
* Have you ever stayed at The Broadmoor or visited at any time? What was the reason?
* Is there a luxurious resort hotel in another town that's your favorite? Or perhaps another one well-known for its high-class service and accommodations? What is the name and where is it located? Have you ever stayed there?
* What makes a hotel "high-class" in your opinion? What is required for you to give a hotel or resort the coveted 5-star rating?
Leave answers to these questions or any comments on the post below. Next month, I'll be spotlighting the famous Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, one of the nation's top zoos, ranked by the Zoo and Aquarium Association.
Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood, when she was accused of having a very active imagination and cited with talking entirely too much. Today, she has honed those childhood skills to become an award-winning author and speaker who has partnered with Nerium International in the whole body anti-aging industry, helping others achieve optimal brain health, look younger, and live better.
She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have one girl and one boy, a Retriever mix named Roxie and and Australian cattle dog named Timber. She has sold seventeen (19) books so far and is currently seeking a new literary agent for representation. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.