Where to Stay In Colorado Springs

Ready for your Colorado Springs getaway? Picture this: you at the Rocky Mountains’ base, set for an adventure. But wait! There’s a big choice first: picking your perfect stay. 🏔️✨

Introducing “Where to Stay in Colorado Springs – First Time Visitors Guide.” It’s your guide to the best spots in town. Craving luxury? A cozy B&B? Or a hotel in the heart of it all? I’ve got you covered.

Join me for a swift tour of Colorado Springs’ coolest areas. 🌈 We’ll explore Old Colorado City’s charm, Manitou Springs’ calm, and downtown’s buzz. We’re finding top stay options for every taste and budget.

Fresh from our trip, I’m dropping secret tips to enhance your visit. Expect the best dining, shopping, and local secrets right where you’re staying.

non-stop escape to colorado springs for couples

Dreaming of a seamless escape to Colorado Springs without the hassle of layovers? We’ve discovered the perfect plan for you. Board a non-stop flight to Denver International Airport and start your romantic journey. Yes, it’s that simple. Our Delta Airlines flight from Boston Logan was not only affordable but also direct, making our start as smooth as the clouds.

Upon arrival, your adventure to Colorado Springs is just a heartbeat away. Choose your style of getting there: rent a car for that freedom on the road, opt for an Uber for a cozy ride together (just keep an eye on peak times!), or select a shuttle for a smart travel move. We went with Groome Transportation – easy on the wallet and they offer a direct shuttle to Colorado Springs every hour. (Cost for a one-way trip? Just $57.00)

Here’s a little twist to our tale: Groome Transportation drops off at select locations. So, aiming for Hyatt Place Colorado Springs/Downtown, we landed a short .3 miles away at The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel. It was a small walk, but in the spirit of adventure, it was just another chapter in our journey. After all, what’s a bit of exploring between two adventurers in love, right?

When choosing between Colorado Springs Airport (COS) and Denver International Airport (DEN), consider your flight’s arrival times. Morning rush hour is 6:30AM – 8:30AM. In addition, be prepared for a shuttle ride of 1.5 – 3 hours to Colorado Springs depending on traffic.

Discover the Crème de la Crème of Colorado Springs Stays!

Diving into the treasure trove of USNews.com, I’ve unearthed the top 5 hotspots for your dreamy Colorado Springs retreat. Our own 7-day escapade was a delightful split between the buzzing Downtown and the charming Old Colorado City. And when friends joined the adventure mid-journey, we switched gears to an AirBnB, making room for memories and laughter in equal measure.

But wait, there’s more! I’ve meticulously mapped out the iconic spots that lie just a stone’s throw from each of these esteemed lodgings. Whether your travel agenda is jam-packed or you’re in the mood for spontaneous exploration, you’ve got the freedom to choose your perfect “home base.”

1. The Broadmoor – Southwest Colorado Springs

Step right up to the grand stage of Colorado Springs, where nestled at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains, The Broadmoor Hotel has been dazzling guests since its grand curtain rise in 1918. Imagine a place so steeped in luxury, it’s like stepping into a time machine set to “opulence.” This isn’t just any hotel; it’s a historic gem that has been the talk of the town (and the world) for over a century!

Where to Stay in Colorado Springs The Broadmoor

The Tale of Its Birth

The Brainchild of Spencer Penrose: Picture a chap, Spencer, with dreams bigger than his hat. He wasn’t just building a hotel; he was crafting a castle of comfort to outshine even those across the pond in Europe.
The Grand Opening in 1918: From the word “go,” The Broadmoor wasn’t just a place to lay your head; it was a full-blown luxury experience, offering service so top-notch, you’d think you were royalty.
A Star-Studded Saga: Through the ages, this place has seen more celebrities, dignitaries, and Presidents than you could shake a stick at, cementing its rep as the go-to spot for the who’s who.

Living it Up, Broadmoor Style

Suites and Sweet Dreams: From snazzy rooms to suites that scream “I’ve made it!”, comfort and luxury are the names of the game.
Amenity Wonderland: Golfing on greens that rival your best dreams, spa days that whisk you away, pools to plunge into, tennis courts to serve your best shot, and a fitness center to keep you on your toes.
Feast Like a King: With eateries and bars galore, from chill bites to fine dining delights, your taste buds are in for a treat.

The Adventure Begins

Outdoor Thrills: Strap on your boots or saddle up for biking, hiking, horseback riding, and fishing adventures in the stunning Rockies.
Time Travel Tours: Dive into the rich tapestry of The Broadmoor with tours that tell tales of yesteryears and the surrounding splendor.
Epic Events: Looking for a spot to tie the knot? Look no further than this enchanting venue.

The Trophy Room

Star-Studded Accolades: Bagging Forbes Five-Star ratings like it’s going out of style and AAA Five-Diamond awards to boot, The Broadmoor is in a league of its own.
Eco-Heroes and Community Crusaders: Not just a pretty face, The Broadmoor is all about greening up its act and giving back to the Colorado Springs community.

To wrap it up, The Broadmoor Hotel is more than just a place to crash. It’s a legendary escape into a world where luxury, adventure, and the beauty of Colorado Springs merge into one spectacular experience.

Stay at the Broadmoor If you seek:

  • Romantic and family getaways alike
  • Stay and play at one location
  • Luxury
  • Golfing – 2 championship golf courses
  • Views of the Rockies and Cheyenne Lake
  • Proximity to the southwestern edge of town – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

 

Alternative Location: Cheyenne Mountain Resort, A Dolce by Wyndham

2. The Lodge at Flying Horse – North Colorado Springs

Welcome to The Lodge at Flying Horse, a place where luxury cuddles up with the wild spirit of the West, all wrapped up with a chic modern bow and sprinkled with Rocky Mountain fairy dust. This isn’t just any retreat; it’s a golden ticket to a world where sophistication and adventure are besties, greeting each day with a high-five.

The Lodge at Flying Horse
Photo Courtesy: TripAdvisor

Dreamy Digs Await

Picture this: you, drifting off to dreamland in the swankiest of rooms or villas, so posh you’d swear you’re living the dream. With views that stretch from lush golf courses to majestic mountains and gardens so perfect they look painted, every nook here promises a first-class ticket to Cloud Nine. Decked out with all the fancy fixings and cozy comforts, you’re in for a stay that spells out luxury in capital letters.

A Golfer’s Paradise

The Lodge at Flying Horse is home to not just one, but two jaw-droppingly beautiful 18-hole championship golf courses. Ready to challenge your skills or simply soak in the scenic splendor? These greens are calling your name, loud and clear.

Wellness Wonderland

Dive into the blissful oasis of the Spa at Flying Horse, where the only stress is forgetting to unwind. Indulge in pampering that’ll have you floating higher than cloud nine, from soothing massages to rejuvenating facials and body treats. And for those who like to shake and shimmy, the Athletic Club and Wellness Center is your dream gym, stacked with classes, personal training, splashy pools, and tennis courts.

Culinary Delights

Prepare your taste buds for a royal feast across the diverse dining landscapes, where every bite is a love letter to local, seasonal goodness. Craving a fancy dinner or a chill spot for a sip? You can find it here.

Celebrations to Remember

Fantasizing about a wedding that’s straight out of a storybook? The Lodge at Flying Horse is your dream venue, set against a backdrop that’ll steal your breath away, equipped with top-notch amenities and a squad dedicated to making your big day dazzle.

Explore Flying Horse Community

And guess what? The magic doesn’t end at the lodge doors. Step into the Flying Horse community, a vibrant village brimming with shopping, dining, and activities. It’s your very own adventure land, ensuring every moment of your stay is filled with unforgettable fun.

So, there you have it—The Lodge at Flying Horse includes beautiful Rocky Mountain/Tuscan style accommodations, golfing adventures, spa bliss, culinary journeys, and events for romance or family memories.

Stay at the Lodge at Flying Horse If you seek:

  • Romantic getaway or family vacation
  • Stay and play at one location
  • Luxury
  • Golfing at either the Tom Weiskopf signature or Phil Smith championship golf courses
  • Proximity to northern Colorado Springs and Denver – United States Air Force Academy

3. The Mining Exchange – Downtown

The Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel, where history shakes hands with modern-day luxe right in the bustling heart of downtown Colorado Springs. A stunning building from the early 1900s, once a bustling hub for those mining moguls, now a swanky hotel.

Downtown Views Hyatt Place Colorado Springs Downtown

A Peak Into The Past

A Building with Swagger: Imagine a place that looks like it stepped right out of the mining boom’s heyday, with a grand entrance and details so fine they’ll make your jaw drop.
Nods to Yesteryear: Named after its original gig as a mining stock exchange, this spot is a slice of Colorado Springs’ history, serving up a story with every stone.

Swanky Sleepovers

Rooms with a View (and More): Spacious digs meet modern swank in the rooms and suites. Think high ceilings, big windows, and a vibe that’s all about blending the old with the new.
All the Gizmos: Despite its vintage roots, the accommodations have everything a traveler needs– speedy internet and a fitness center.

Munch and Mingle

Feasts for Foodies: Find classic Cajun-Creole cuisine in the Springs Orleans. If you’re lucky, there might even be live jazz.
Lobby Bar Lounging: Chill, chat, and sip in the two lobby bar with views of Downtown through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Explore and Adore

Downtown Delights: The Mining Exchange is right in the middle of downtown action, steps away from shops, eats, arts, and beats.
Nature’s Call: Fancy a bit of outdoor awe? Pikes Peak (8 miles to Cog Railway), Garden of the Gods (4.5 miles), and more natural wonders are just a hop, skip, and a jump away.

Make Mining Exchange reservations If you seek:

  • Cityscapes – 2nd most populous city
  • Historic hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Walkability to restaurants and shopping
  • Proximity to Downtown – Pioneers Museum and Old Colorado City

 

Alternative Location: Hyatt Place Colorado Springs/Downtown (read my review of our stay)

4. Garden of the Gods Resort and Club – Northwest-ish Colorado Spring

A spot where luxury lounges in the lap of nature: the Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in Colorado Springs. Travelers have said they would return here for the unapparelled views alone. (Yelp’s #1 Place To Stay in their Top 100 Hotels In The U.S. 2022) Let’s discover together why this resort might be for you!

Garden of the Gods Resort and Club
Photo Courtesy: TripAdvisor

Dreamy Sleep Spaces

From chic rooms to cozy cottages and casitas, every spot here is a mini haven. Wake up to views that’ll have you pinching yourself, all wrapped up in style and comfort. It’s like living in a postcard, but with way comfier beds.

Playtime Galore

Golf? Oh, Yes: Tee off on a course that’s as pretty as it is challenging, where every swing comes with a side of “wow” views. (I’m seeing a trend here. If you like to golf, visit Colorado Springs!)
Spa Bliss: The Strata Integrated Wellness Spa is your go-to for that “ahh” moment. It’s all about you, your health, and feeling fabulous from head to toe.
Feast Your Heart Out: Take your taste buds on a vacay at the resort’s dining spots. From casual bites to fancy nosh, it’s all delicious and served with a view.
Fun in the Sun (and Shade): Tennis, pickleball, swimming, gym time – you name it, they’ve got it. And with the great outdoors as your playground, adventure is always just a step away.

Say “I Do”

Since Shine with JL is all about couples and romance, Garden of the Gods Resort is the perfect backdrop for your big wedding day. This place has got you covered with stunning spaces and a team that turns dreams into “Best Day Ever!”

The Real Star: The Setting

Nestled against the backdrop of the iconic Garden of the Gods with those dramatic red rocks and Pikes Peak in the distance, this resort is a slice of Colorado heaven. Whether you’re admiring it from your room, the golf course, or out on a trail, it’s nature’s masterpiece on full display.

Stay at the Garden of the Gods Resort If you seek:

  • Unparallel views of the Garden of the Gods and the Rocky Mountains (I think I’m repeating myself…)
  • Stay and play getaway
  • 27- hole golf course
  • Heated outdoor infinity pool
  • 3 on-site restaurants
  • Proximity to Northern Colorado Springs – Garden of the Gods (A Travelers’ Choice 2023 and #1 Thing to Do in Colorado Springs), Hiking trails, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs

5. The Cliff House at Pikes Peak – West Colorado Springs

Step right up to The Cliff House at Pikes Peak, where Victorian swank meets modern luxe right at the footsteps of the mighty Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs. This isn’t just any hotel; it’s a time capsule from 1874 that’s seen more action than a wild west show, playing host to everyone from gold miners to presidents. Let’s mosey through what makes this gem the go-to spot in Colorado Springs.

Where to Stay in Colorado Springs Cliff House Pikes Peak

A Dash of History (Historic Hotels of America)

Epic Backstories: Imagine a place where the walls have ears, whispering tales of the past, from the gold rush to secret presidential visits. That’s The Cliff House for ya, dripping in Victorian splendor and stories.
Victorian Vibes Galore: Each room is like stepping into a history book, but with all the modern perks. Think antique charm with a side of Wi-Fi and spa treatments.

Modern Perks

Live Like Royalty: Historical vibes aside, The Cliff House doesn’t skimp on the 21st-century goodies. Fast internet, gourmet grub, and pampering spa days? Check, check, and check.
Foodie Heaven: Award-winning eats await at every meal, serving up the best with a side of elegance. It’s not just dining; it’s a culinary adventure. (DiRoNA Award and 4 Diamond Award in Fine Dining from AAA)

Location, Location, Location

Adventure Central: Sitting pretty at Pikes Peak’s base, this spot is your golden ticket to outdoor fun. Hiking, biking, or scenic driving—pick your poison.
Manitou Springs Magic: Stroll out the door and into the heart of Manitou Springs, a town bubbling with mineral springs, artsy vibes, and cute shops. It’s quaintness turned up to eleven.

Stay at the Cliff House at Pikes Peak If you seek:

  • Check off a Historic Hotel of America from your list (Check out the US Historic Hotels we’ve visited!)
  • Boutique hotel
  • Victorian furnishings
  • Premiere dining
  • AAA Four Diamond status
  • Unique room accommodations
  • Travelers’ Choice Award 2023
  • #2 Place to Stay in Manitou Springs
  • Proximity to Western Colorado Springs – Closest location in this list to Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, Cog Railway and Old Colorado City.

Where to Stay in Colorado Springs Conclusion

That was a jam-packed post of where to stay in Colorado Springs. From The Cliff House’s charm to The Broadmoor’s luxury, The Lodge at Flying Horse’s style, The Mining Exchange’s downtown pulse, to Garden of the Gods Resort’s stunning views—wow, what a ride!

Think of this as your guide to Colorado Springs’ best. It’s your ticket to a world of unforgettable moments. Looking for luxury, adventure, or breathtaking views? This guide’s got your back, making every moment a dream come true.

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