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Garden of the Gods and Hippopotamus Ballet: Colorado Springs

April 1, 2015

The Garden of the Gods people have customer service down to a T and they are really nice to boot. While we were still touring Berkeley in another state entirely, we got a tweet asking about dinner and arrival. The twitter peeps were fun to interact with too.

We knew our arrival was going to be super tight for dinner, so we drive fast and still missed the window by a few minutes. But no worries, we got dinner anyway. The fireplace lounge is nice (though dominated by a giant TV over the bar showing the final four basketball tournament). The helpful people at the front desk got our stuff put away and even moved our car.

There was wine (barbera d’alba) which was unnecessarily comped since we do the Italian thing. Thanks for that.

After a relaxing dinner, we headed to our room (117) to crash. According to the map, most of the rooms here have the same design. The only seriously major flaw in the property is that the room blocks all share the same concrete box slab construction as a base. There is little or no sonic separation between the rooms. So when the ballet class for unrhythmic hippopotamuses started upstairs at 7am this morning, we were first hand witnesses.

But then there is the mountain range (available in the morning), which is the point really. Fantastic.

More on room 117. The design is tasteful and spartan with lots of veneer. A bit on the ikea side of things, but pleasant enough.

117 Garden of the Gods

117 Garden of the Gods

Fireplace and TV shrine

Fireplace and TV shrine

Real art

Real art

One major bug has to do with power by the two beds. Yes, we use multiple devices; both of us do in fact. Where do you plug them in?

Old school nIghtstand needs power and a second lamp

Old school nIghtstand needs power and a second lamp

no no no no

no no no no

I slept with my computer and my cell phone. At least they were warm.

The room design mixes up the usual hamster cage rectangle with a nice foyer and entrance with a closet and the bathroom. The glass wall aiming toward the mountain range is nice as well.

Anteroom 117

Anteroom 117

But (yeah, you knew it was coming), the shower design needs complete replacement. Plastic tub. Not enough water pressure. Ouch. What you gonna do?

Wrong kind of shower for us

Wrong kind of shower for us

Lets repeat ourselves at this point. But then there is the mountain range (available in the morning), which is the point really. Fantastic.

Gorgeous

Gorgeous

All told we’ll have to give Garden of the Gods a high three showerheads. The people are fantastic, the view can’t be beat, the food is good, but that shower and the hippopotamus ballet class…

Colorado College on deck.

The massive Colorado College tour (two)

The massive Colorado College tour (two)

Colorado College

Colorado College

How do you know this is a college campus?  The car is being towed away.

How do you know this is a college campus? The car is being towed away.

Pike's Peak: Colorado College

Pike’s Peak: Colorado College

Driving in Colorado right next to the Rockies.

We did not find much art in Boulder, but we did find a cousin or three!

So called art (handmade)

So called art (handmade)

2 Responses to “Garden of the Gods and Hippopotamus Ballet: Colorado Springs”


  1. […] school: Colorado College (Eli’s favorite by far) hotel: Garden of the Gods arts: um, well, grappa?! highlight: hanging out with Pier and Debra special thanks to: Pier and […]


  2. […] told, five showerheads and a gold star for the Broadmoor (which incidentally dogs the heck out of Garden of the Gods). Excellence in action. Lets see how their conference facilities are […]


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