The Broadmoor's new Ranch at Emerald Valley just opened last summer
in Colorado Springs, consistently ranked as an AAA Five-Diamond Resort for the past 38 years, is also in the midst of a major transformation. Last November, the 3,000-acre resort, which opened in 1918 with views of the Rocky Mountains, embarked on a multi-year, $100-million renovation project.
Here’s a closer look at the progress being made:
The West Wing Gets a Makeover
Last November, The Broadmoor began an extensive renovation and enhancement project on its original Broadmoor West building, which is expected to be completed in May. The renovation plans call for an additional 85 to 200 square feet added per guest room; living rooms that have new lighting, chandeliers, furnishings, carpet, and draperies; and new five-fixture marble baths that will be added to each bathroom.
A three-story addition to the original West building will also add another 31 guest rooms, bringing the resort’s total guest room count up to 775 rooms. Four new suites to be added will offer views of the resort, Cheyenne Lake, and Cheyenne Mountain.
The new Broadmoor West building will also have a brand-new Adam D. Tihany-designed Italian restaurant, Ristorante del Lago, as well as Bar Del Lago.
The lobby inside the West building will also receive an expanded concierge and front desk area, new décor and interior design, and a renovated entry drive and porte-cochere.
Part of The Broadmoor’s renovation plans include the additions of two new wilderness accommodations — The Ranch at Emerald Valley and Cloud Camp.
In August 2013, The Broadmoor opened The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley, an all-inclusive retreat that is located approximately eight miles west of The Broadmoor resort, at an elevation of more than 8,000 feet inside Pike National Forest.
With room to accommodate up to 32 guests, the ranch is geared toward smaller corporate retreats and smaller incentive groups. It offers 10 cabins that come with wood-burning fireplaces, private decks, coffee and tea bars, oversize showers, and various types of floor plans and room layouts. The Lodge serves chef-prepared meals to guests of the ranch, and they also have access to all amenities offered at the main resort, including the pools, fitness center, golf course, spa, and restaurants, with possible additional fees. The Ranch at Emerald Valley is currently closed but will reopen for the 2014 summer season on May 1.
This May, The Broadmoor will also open Cloud Camp, a wilderness retreat area located on Cheyenne Mountain at an elevation of 9,200 feet, offering views of The Broadmoor, Pikes Peak, and the Colorado Rockies. The camp is being built on the exact historic 1924 site of Broadmoor Founder Spencer Penrose’s original Cheyenne Lodge, and is a 25-minute drive from The Broadmoor. Like The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Cloud Camp will cater to smaller meeting and incentive groups.
It will have an 8,000-square-foot Main Lodge with a Great Room that serves as a lobby area, a dining area, a bar, two fireplaces, and a wraparound deck. Inside the Lodge, there will be six guest rooms and one honeymoon suite. A short walk from the Main Lodge, there will be 11 guest cabins, each with private porches with swings ad rocking chairs. To get to Cloud Camp, guests have the option of traveling via Broadmoor Jeep, by mule, or by hiking.
New F&B and Entertainment
Last April, The Broadmoor opened Play at The Broadmoor, a new dining and late-night destination for guests that can also be used for buyouts, private dining, and special events. It has a six-lane bowling alley, table shuffleboard, and six wide-screen TVs that are connected to gaming systems that include the Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation, and the XBox. At Play, guests can order from a menu of sophisticated comfort foods from Executive Chef Bertrand Bouquin and Executive Sous Chef of Restaurants David Patterson. Signature dishes include a Roasted Jalapeno Corndog, a French Riviera Flatbread, and 1950’s-inspired soda fountain milkshakes. The bar inside Play offers local brews, wine, and spirits.
Also in April 2013, The Broadmoor reopened its British pub, the Golden Bee, doubling its size and expanding its beverage program by nearly 50 percent. The pub now accommodates up to 130, and has a new façade, a covered rooftop terrace, and a selection of more than 25 beers from Europe and Colorado. The menu was also expanded to include classic British pub fare such as Scotch Eggs, Pork Rillettes, Scrumpets, and Bangers and Mash. The Golden Bee serves both lunch and dinner and has nightly live piano entertainment.
New Resort App
On Jan. 21, The Broadmoor launched its first-ever resort app for iPhone, iPad, and Android users that allows guests to request services and remain informed about amenities and activities. Available services include taxi, car, and airport shuttle service; room service; housekeeping and wakeup call services; valet service; on-property restaurant reservations; and directions to local attractions. The new app is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play.