Friday, May 3, 2013

Hotels in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is Loaded with Hotels

The Broadmoor 1927

Colorado Springs came about because a rich Easterner, General Palmer, decided to create a resort here. It may not have been Boca Raton or anything like that, but, for its day, it was very upscale. He built the famous Antlers Hotel that stood downtown for many years until burning down in a terrible fire.

Antlers Hotel 1909

I realize that you are interested in hotels that are here today and not a hundred years ago. I just wanted to make it clear that Colorado Springs is no slouch in the hotel area - it has had very classy hotels for over a hundred years, and still does have some mighty fine places to take off your mud-kickers at night.

Poor Boy Inn 1932

The famous Broadmoor is in the southwest part of town. It is very ritzy, with all the amenities, but it is a bit out of the way if you have business in town or at one of the military installations. It has been around for about a century and has a fancy restaurant, elegant rooms and all that. If you have money to burn and want the best, that is where you want to stay. When movie stars visit, they often stay there. It is a fine resort hotel with all the trimmings, though I personally do not go for the heavy-handed luxury treatment. I know, my loss, I'm sure you'd love it.

The Broadmoor today

The Broadmoor, the epitome of luxury.
1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 719.634.7711 or 855.634.7711

All right, so you are like nice places to stay, but you have things to do in town and need something just a touch more, shall we say, functional. Try the Antlers Hilton.

Antlers Hilton today

The Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs is the successor to the original Antlers Hotel. It is downtown, is very modern, and will remind you of big city hotels. Expect the frills, but it's really not a resort like the Broadmoor. Expect to pay big-city rates.

TEL: 1-719-955-5600 FAX: 1-719-955-5650

All right, the Antlers is very nice and all, but you are looking for your normal, big-city place, the type where you go for conventions and so forth. You know, nice, but not historical-nice, if you know what I mean. Then, you might like the Crowne Plaza Colorado Springs, which is brisk, business-like, and very nice. It has all the amenities, but it isn't a budget-buster and will be more like your typical high-class-but-not-snooty hotel.

Crowne Plaza Colorado Springs

Crowne Plaza Colorado Springs is a bit south of the center of town. It seems to get a lot of conventions and that sort of business. This is perfectly suitable for normal, non-resort guests who are on an expense account or just want a real nice place for a few days.

2886 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906
Contact: 719-576-5900 Fax: 719-576-7695 Sales: 719-302-9877

These are all great places. However, you likely are just passing through, or you are in town for your kid's graduation at the Air Force Academy or something like that. Maybe you just always wanted to see Pikes Peak, or are on your way into the Rockies toward Buena Vista or Salida and need a place to crash for the night. Colorado Springs is great that way, lots of choices.

Do NOT go downtown. Do NOT go to the south part of town unless you have to. You won't find the best value in either area, though you might find real cheap places. If you are there for Fort Carson, you might look down around there, but I still wouldn't recommend it. South of the Broadmoor is the roughest part of town.

If you are just regular folks and simply want a clean room for the night, take I-25 to the northern part of town, nearest to Denver. It's right on the way if you are driving from the north. Get off at the Academy Boulevard exit, which is at the first real bend in the highway south of Denver. That is where about a half dozen fine but very reasonable hotels are located. There is a Hilton nearby, though it is just a bit out of the way and obviously pricey. I stayed there once and was bored out of my mind, but it is nice and quiet if that is what you like. Several motor lodge type places also are nearby. They are clean, functional rooms a step above the Motel 6 variety, and much nicer than similar ones downtown or in the south.

The great advantage to these hotels is that they are right next to the Air Force Academy, as close as you can get to the South Gate. If you are in town for events there, these are the ideal places to stay. There also is a Walmart right in the center of things there, can't miss it from the highway if you look toward the east. Below are a couple of examples of what is available there - unless it is the week of the Air Force Academy graduation weekend or something like that, you should have no problem finding rooms at these places, which are far to the north of downtown Colorado Springs.

Try these, if they don't suit your needs, they'll direct you to another one nearby. People are really friendly and understanding around the Air Force Academy. No, I don't get a thing out of these suggestions from anyone, this is just some friendly help.

Academy Hotel

"Closest Hotel to the U.S. Air Force Academy"
8110 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920 719-598-5770 800-766-8524

Comfort Suites North Academy

1055 Kelly Johnson Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO, US, 80920
Phone: (719) 536-0731 Fax: (719) 536-0152

COMFORT SUITES/ECONOLODGE  - Colorado Springs, (Colorado) CO
1055 & 1075 Kelly Johnson Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Comfort Suites Phone: 719-536-0731 / EconoLodge Phone: 719-260-6969
Comfort Suites Fax: 719-536-0152 / EconoLodge Fax: 719-548-7414

The Comfort Suites North Academy is a Colorado Springs hotel near the United States Air Force Academy.

The Comfort Suites® North Academy is conveniently located off Interstate 25, adjacent to the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), a business park and Chapel Hills Mall. This Colorado Springs, CO hotel is minutes from historic city of Manitou Springs, Cave of the Winds, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Additional points of interest include Pikes Peak mountain, United States Olympic Training Center, Seven Falls and Garden of the Gods public park. The Colorado Springs Airport is 17 miles away. A variety of restaurants and cocktail lounges are located in the surrounding area.
Hotel amenities and features include:
Free wireless high-speed Internet access
Free local calls
Free weekday newspaper
Free coffee
Your Morning Breakfast is full of hot and delicious options, making breakfast at the Comfort Suites North Academy the perfect way to start your day. Enjoy our free hot breakfast featuring eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal and more, including your choice of hot waffle flavors! If you're leaving early, a Your Suite Success™ Grab & Go bag is available for the two hours prior to breakfast.

Guests of this Colorado Springs, CO hotel will enjoy the hotel's 88-foot water slide, hot tub and large indoor/outdoor heated pool. The hotel also has an exercise room.

Business travelers will appreciate the hotel's executive business lounge with access to copy and fax services. Having a meeting or special event? The hotel offers more than 1,400 square feet of meeting and banquet space. Let the hotel's professional catering and meeting staff take care of all event needs.
All spacious suites come equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers, coffee makers, separate living rooms, work areas, two telephone lines and cable television. Keep your electronic devices charged with the recharge device including AC and USB outlets provided in all guest rooms.

Hilton Garden Inn, Colorado Springs

1810 Briargate Parkway, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80920, USA
TEL: 1-719-598-6866 FAX: 1-719-598-8846

Located just off I-25 at exit 151, the Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs is convenient to Rocky Mountain attractions, as well as military bases and local businesses. Enjoy year-round golf, hiking, white water rafting, skiing, fishing and horseback riding nearby. In addition to our great view of Pikes Peak, you’ll enjoy amenities designed to make you feel at home such as our reasonably priced cooked-to-order breakfast and 24-hour business center.

For business meetings or special events, consider using our 2,400 sq. ft. of meeting and banquet space. Start your day with a full cooked-to-order breakfast at the Great American Grill®, which includes omelets, pancakes and waffles. If you prefer, pick up a snack at our 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® to eat in your room. Relax with a good book in your inviting room that features a comfortable bed, microwave and refrigerator.

Melt away stress in our indoor heated pool and whirlpool, or work up a sweat in our fitness center. Connect with family or coworkers at your room’s work desk, relaxing in your ergonomic chair by Herman Miller with complimentary WiFi. Whether you’re here on vacation or on business, you’ll find the extras you need and want.

Manitou Springs

One last thing you might consider is staying in Manitou Springs. It is sort of the artistic community of Colorado Springs, which isn't saying much, but it is congenial and a bit more like Greenwich Village/Venice Beach than the rest of town, if you get my drift. You can walk around, do some window shopping, eat at nice outdoor restaurants, and watch the other tourists enjoying themselves. Manitou Springs is extremely convenient to heading west through Woodland Park to Cripple Creek or points west. It isn't where I would stay, but it may make sense for you.

Best Western Sky Way Inn and Suites

Best Western Sky Way Inn and Suites
311 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829‎
(719) 685-5991 (719) 685-0382 (Fax)

Very reasonably priced, basically a motor lodge in the middle of nowhere. This is perfectly adequate if you are headed into the mountains and want a nice, convenient place to stay for the night that won't take you out of your way.

Cliff House Hotel in Manitou Springs

06 Canon Ave, Manitou Springs, CO ‎
(719) 785-1000 ‎ ·
Category: Luxury Hotel

This is your luxury option in Manitou Springs, within walking distance of the downtown (such as it is) area. Heated toilets and all that. They do lots of weddings. Directly across the highway from the Cliff Dwellings and Cave of the Winds. Not far from the Incline and Cog Railway up to Pikes Peak, either.

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