by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 01, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS 
Local Update 

Renovations to the West building at the 779-room Broadmoor added 31 guest rooms to the property, and the building's older rooms were enlarged. Also new is the Ristorante del Lago, designed by Adam D. Tihany, plus a healthy-dining option, Natural Epicurean. Beyond the actual hotel building, next month will see the debut of Cloud Camp, a wilderness retreat on Cheyenne Mountain featuring a lodge with seven guest rooms surrounded by 11 cabins. Reopening this month is the Ranch at Emerald Valley, about 30 minutes up the mountains in the Pike National Forest. Featuring 10 cabins and a common-room lodge, the ranch was damaged during flooding last fall and had to undergo repairs. The Broadmoor also offers three top golf courses and 185,000 square feet of meeting space.

The verdant Pete Dye golf course at the 316-room Cheyenne Mountain Resort has been refurbished and extended by 47 yards.

Meeting Hotels: The top meeting properties in town include the 779-room Broadmoor; 500-room Hotel Eleganté Conference & Event Center; 316-room Cheyenne Mountain Resort; 309-room Colorado Springs Marriott; 299-room DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado Springs; 292-room Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs; 207-room Embassy Suites Colorado Springs; 117-room Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel; and 87-room Garden of the Gods Club. For a more complete list of area hotels, go to mcvenues.com.

Airport Transit: Colorado Springs Airport, about 11 miles southeast of the downtown district. Transfer cost by taxi, approximately $20 to $25. Many area hotels offer airport shuttle service.

Taxes: Room tax, 2%; sales tax, 7.63%; total tax on hotel rooms, 9.63%

Group Venue: A new winery has opened northwest of the city in Cascade. The Winery at Pikes Peak can accommodate up to 100 people for tastings and evening events. (719) 684-8000

Contact: Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, (800) 888-4748