Where to Stay in Colorado Springs: Best Areas & Hotels
In the shadow of Pikes Peak, Colorado's second largest city sprawls north and south on I-25 for some 15-miles and is divided into multiple neighborhoods that are often named for their central sightseeing attraction and that usually also feature multiple hotels. For instance, The Broadmoor is both a neighborhood and a luxury resort, while Garden of the Gods is a stunning red rock city park, residential neighborhood, and home to a number of hotels in various price ranges.
Colorado Springs also hosts four military bases, as well as the US Air Force Academy at its north end, which forms a neighborhood with more accomodation options. The small Downtown strip, centered on Tejon Street, between Platte and Colorado Avenues, is where you'll find shopping, many independent restaurants, and hotels in the budget to luxury price bracket. Colorado Springs is also a base for the US Olympics Committee (in a building Downtown) and the US Olympic Training Center (located two miles north). When compared to neighboring Denver, just an hour's drive north, Colorado Springs offers more variety in multiple price categories, and rates in general here tend to be lower.
Where to Stay for Luxury
The Broadmoor is the poshest resort in Colorado Springs. A five-star, five-diamond property, it is a destination in its own right, and resembles staying in a European lakeside village (complete with an artificial lake). It's a mix of old and new styles spread across a number of buildings, and everything is meticulous, from the grounds to the service to the room decor. There are multiple restaurants, and all sorts of activities can be arranged.
Near the Broadmoor, Cheyenne Mountain Resort also features great views of Pikes Peak from its rustic-chic rooms and grand public spaces. Built from timber and stone, the property has a distinct mountain vibe. It's also a destination property, offering five swimming pools plus a manmade lake with its own sand beach for lazy summer days.
Garden of the Gods Club and Resort is another excellent choice in the luxury market, that is very good value for money. The property occupies a great location overlooking Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak beyond. Rooms and suites at this former private country club are spacious, immaculate, and recently renovated in modern style. They come with private balconies featuring stunning views, especially at sunrise and sunset. Check out the closets, which are the size of a small apartment and were originally built to house a wardrobe for an entire season of wealthy travelers, who would come from other states to winter or summer at the club.
Where to Stay for the Best Value
One of the best value options in town, Quality Inn & Suites, Garden of the Gods is in a central locale and features comfortable beds and immaculate rooms. The staff is very friendly, and the complimentary buffet breakfast includes hot choices.
The Colorado Springs Marriott is another best value option in a slightly higher price bracket. Rooms are spacious and clean, and the staff is super friendly. It is located on a hill and features fantastic mountain views in all directions, including one of Pikes Peak. Don't skip the breakfast. The green chili is made from scratch, and the omelette station is a favorite with guests.
Just west of I-25, up north by the Air Force Academy, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Colorado Springs North is also convenient for getting to and from Denver. Rooms are large and comfortable and feature refrigerators, microwaves, and even Keurig Coffee Makers. Guests also get 10 percent off at some area restaurants.
Finally, Quality Suites Downtown is in a convenient location just a few minutes' drive west of downtown proper, with easy access to I-25, and offers a good-value choice if you want the space provided by a suite - it's especially good for families. The heated pool and hot tub here are a bonus.
Where to Stay on a Budget
Colorado Springs has a solid number of budget options in good locations across the city. The Days Inn Colorado Springs Air Force Academy is one option. Located near the school, and just off I-25, it provides quick access to attractions around the city.
Also near the Air Force Academy, the Comfort Inn North provides basic but clean rooms along with friendly staff and a heated indoor swimming pool. The rooms on the backside of the hotel have the best views.
If you'd rather not stay in a chain, the Stagecoach Motel is a family run operation with a retro style that takes you back to the 1950s motoring era. Rooms are some of the cheapest in the city, and while clean and large, do feel a bit dated, however. There is covered parking for each car, and the location south of Downtown is convenient, but a bit rundown.
Where to Stay for Romance
The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel & Spa is right in the heart of Downtown, within walking distance of its attractions, and is a good choice for a romantic getaway. It is a stately property in a building dating back to 1902. Rooms offer high ceilings, exposed-brick accent walls, and modern amenities like 42-inch flatscreen TVs.
For a special romantic occasion, The Broadmoor is the city's crown jewel. The property has a distinct old-world European vibe and offers a number of romance-focused packages throughout the year. Plus, the hotel offers Wilderness Experiences like Cloud Camp, where guests can stay 3,000 feet above the resort on top of Cheyenne Mountain. There are activities like archery and cooking club available and different lodging options, ranging from a private cabin; lodge rooms; or staying in the Fire Tower Suite, which is one of the most exclusive and secluded places to stay in the state.
The Lodge at Flying Horse is another romantic favorite. Part of the Flying Horse country club, it is a posh spot with elegant rooms boasting covered balconies and either mountain or golf-course views. Book a couples treatment in the luxe spa.