Resort History

A Legendary Legacy

The paint had barely dried when guests and curious local residents crowded into The Broadmoor for its June 29, 1918, gala grand opening. Visitors found the lobby, halls, restaurants and 350 guest rooms exquisitely decorated and furnished, with appointments personally selected by Julie Penrose, wife of Broadmoor founder Spencer Penrose. The room rate was $10 to $12 per night (approximately $199 today), which included three meals prepared by Broadmoor Executive Chef Louis Stratta. Guests enjoyed tea and afternoon dancing in the ballroom, music from a string quartet in the dining room, as well as taking a dip in the 100,000-gallon indoor swimming pool.

While much has changed at The Broadmoor more than a century later, one essential aspect remains the same: the resort's unwavering commitment to providing an exceptional experience for its guests, including unique activities and amenities to delight the modern traveler.

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Our Founders

Colorado Springs entrepreneurs and philanthropists Spencer & Julie Penrose built The Broadmoor in 1918.

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Historical Timeline

We've grown, aged with grace, ventured farther up the mountain. Discover our storied past from 1865 to present day.

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Fun Facts

The Broadmoor has had its fair share of interesting tales to tell over our 100-plus-year history. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Digital Publications

From in-depth features to behind-the-scenes hotel happenings, to upcoming events and celebrations, stay up to date with the latest edition Broadmoor Bonanza and Broadmoor Magazine publications.

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Our Family

Looking to discover coastal bliss at a private island with open arms? Our sister property, Sea Island, has an adventure waiting for you.