Manitou Springs, at the foot of Pikes Peak in El Paso County, Colorado, is famous for its healing waters and mountain air – and these hotels will leave you feeling revitalized, whether you’re here for hiking, spa treatments or just a spot of retail therapy. Book your place to stay now on Culture Trip.
Variety is the name of the game at Manitou Springs. led to it becoming a health resort in the 19th centurySurrounded by the Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak and a world of other natural wonders, you’re never further than a few minutes’ walk from an unforgettable hiking trail. Shopping and dining cater to all budgets, while breweries, museums and cannabis-friendly establishments cater to visitors seeking all indulgences. Think Manitou Springs is just another run-of-the-mill Colorado mountain town? These places to stay will change your mind.
Days Inn by Wyndham Manitou Springs
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There’s no doubt that you’ll love the views of Pikes Peak from your Days Inn by Wyndham suite, but we have a feeling the kids will be transfixed by something else across Fountain Creek. Manitou Springs Skate Park offers hours of fun right behind the hotel, leaving parents with some much-needed alone time in the pool or hot tub, or in your suite, behind a Do Not Disturb sign.
If you don’t mind a short walk with the Colorado breeze in your hair, the Villa Motel’s location is prime for Rocky Mountain relaxation. The SunWater Spa’s cedar soaking tubs are one block north, while porters and pale ales are always on tap at Manitou Brewing Company just three blocks west. If it’s a flip-flop kind of day, just shuffle from your suite to the pool or the hot tub and take in the mountain views.
This cannabis-friendly hotel allows you to consume THC freely, while its food, lotions, potions and drinks contain some CBD extracts. Spark up and kick back in the Toking Tortoise Spa or satiate your munchies with a cannabis-inspired dinner on the weekends. Be sure not to miss a cuppa and snacks during High Tea, obviously scheduled for 4.20pm each day.
As friendly as your favorite neighbors, the staff at the Eagle Motel will treat you to a clean, comfortable and chill stay less than a mile from the Garden of the Gods. The hot tub jets are always pumping and the free shuttle to downtown Manitou Springs is always ready to drop you off at the best bars, restaurants and shops in town. The choice is yours and you’ll have plenty of time to think it over as you look at the mountains from the motel balcony.
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Still oozing with all the Victorian opulence of its stagecoach days nearly 150 years ago, Cliff House at Pikes Peak is a lavish getaway that will have you living like a celebrity. The Buffalo Bill Suite and Charles Dickens Suite each welcome you with a gas fireplace and either a shower or a two-person spa tub. Flaky rocky mountain trout and savory Colorado chicken breast will leave you pleasantly full, especially if you order up a Cliff House soufflé and vintage port for the table.
Saddle up for a romantic weekend at the foot of Pikes Peak at Silver Saddle Motel. There’s a king room with a hot tub that you and your partner won’t want to leave. Whenever you can tear yourselves away from the room, the Flying Pig Farm around the corner is a fun, interactive date idea, while the Italian restaurant Savelli’s next door offers a more traditional option. Just don’t Lady-and-the-Tramp your spaghetti – this is a family restaurant, after all.
Casually seated between Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City is the Rainbow Lodge and Inn. Settle into a two-bedroom cabin and explore the area on foot at your leisure. Head west for breakfast at Uncle Sam’s Pancake House then walk to the Garden of the Gods. Fancy a trip east? Take a stroll to Red Rock Canyon Open Space, then relax with some brews at Fossil Craft Beer Company. No matter which direction you choose, you’ll always return to spectacular views of the Garden of the Gods from the pool.
Red Wing Motel may have been recently renovated, but it hasn’t lost its 1950s charm. This laid-back motel a few blocks from the Garden of the Gods has an on-site laundromat, smart TVs in every room and a complimentary shuttle so you can explore Manitou Springs at your own pace. If you’re exploring the area over a long weekend, opt for a classic suite or a two-bedroom suite with separate living areas, a kitchen and a private deck so you can take in that fresh Colorado mountain air.
These recommendations were updated on July 28, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.