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.