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The Broadmoor: High Expectations Met

November 9, 2015

The Broadmoor is a resort tucked away at the foot of the Rockies close to Colorado Springs. Now that the annual conference we run is getting bigger, we’re moving up the food chain in terms of size. We were also looking for somewhere close to Denver to host this time, mostly as a respite from both coasts. The Broadmoor is a great choice.

The Rockies

The Rockies

Checkin was beyond smooth, no doubt helped along by the fact that the advance troops have been here for a couple of days. We are staying in Broadmoor West, which was recently-renovated. The property is, in fact, a very nice blend of old school luxury and modern amenity. Very tasteful.

I am in a huge suite (4500) called the Chayenne Mountain North. It is suitable for entertaining 50-75 late night people—which is what is going to happen again and again this week.

Lets tour the living room first.

Entrance hallway has a remarkable floor

Entrance hallway has a remarkable floor

Living area: Suite 4500, The Broadmoor

Living area: Suite 4500, The Broadmoor

Fireplace and bar corner: Suite 4500, The Broadmoor

Fireplace and bar corner: Suite 4500, The Broadmoor

Dining: : Suite 4500, The Broadmoor

Dining: : Suite 4500, The Broadmoor

Balcony: Suite 4500, The Broadmoor

Balcony: Suite 4500, The Broadmoor

About the only fly in the ointment for this room (a spec of a fruit fly) is the parking lot which sullies the view of Cheyenne Mountain. We are, however, in the United States.

Mountains (and cars): Suite 4500, The Broadmoor

Mountains (and cars): Suite 4500, The Broadmoor

And the sleeping room…

Bedroom: Suite 4500, The Broadmoor

Bedroom: Suite 4500, The Broadmoor

Fireplace too: Suite 4500, The Broadmoor

Fireplace too: Suite 4500, The Broadmoor

The master bathroom is great, including the all important shower. There is a guest bathroom as well for the entertaining part.

Bathroom: Suite 4500, The Broadmoor

Bathroom: Suite 4500, The Broadmoor

The shower has a bench, always a good sign

The shower has a bench, always a good sign

Little hallway also with a very nice floor

Little hallway also with a very nice floor

While working out last minute minor details (like presentations) this afternoon, an amenity arrived with a personal note. Classy.

One of the drawbacks of entertaining at a resort or hotel is the limited bar capability. There is really nothing to be done about this other than enhance. So we enhanced. But the lack of fresh citrus and a juicer persists. That and no bitters. And no amaro. And no lillet. There’s no place like home.

We plussed things up with some excellent local products, including Stranahans and Leopold’s gin. (See stranahan’s tour here.)

On Wednesday after the conference, we’ve set up a private tour of Leopold’s, about which more later! Can’t wait for that.

All 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 tomorrow.

The Broadmoor West overlooking Cheyenne mountain

The Broadmoor West overlooking Cheyenne mountain

A side trip to Devner included an unbelievable visit to Leopold Brothers’ distillery (amazing people and fantastic product), Colt and Grey for a very nice dinner (upscale yet relaxed and very very good), and drinks at Williams and Graham (not the best visit).

Sunset at the Broadmoor

Sunset at the Broadmoor

2 Responses to “The Broadmoor: High Expectations Met”

  1. George Says:

    Wow, whatever it is you do, you are really living the life. Such a different world from the budget hotels I usually book. I should change the name of my blog to “No Bed Bugs”.

    I will say, what truly sets apart a hotel in my book is the presence and quality of bar and lounging areas. All the rooms kind of start to look the same after awhile, but a great hotel bar can give an otherwise nameless place serious character.


  2. […] paid to the bathroom, which is one notch or maybe two over Marriott. But this is not luxury. Heck just compare ingredient quality with the Broadmoor. Or on second thought, don’t even […]


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