With skiing and snowboarding in the winter and rock climbing, biking and horseback riding in the summer, there’s too much to do in Colorado Springs to stay for just one weekend. Book a hotel with a kitchen and stay for longer to get the full Rocky Mountains experience.
Live like a local in these aparthotels in Colorado Springs, a city at the foot of the Rocky Mountains known for its abundance of outdoor adventures and lively cultural scene. Opt for an alpine apartment, lavish villa or contemporary home away from home to take in the scenes at your own pace. The mountains are calling, so why not stay a little longer?
You’ll find everything you need for a Rocky Mountain retreat in these self-contained studios, ranging from cozy doubles to spacious two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and in-room Jacuzzi tubs. Reclaimed wooden headboards, tables and chairs add a rustic charm, while the wrap-around deck is an ideal spot for early morning deer watching and late night stargazing. Just steps from the lodge are the trailheads to endless hikes into the mountains, with Colorado Springs just 11mi (18km) away.
The rugged terrain of Colorado meets warm Tuscan charm at this boutique resort next to Black Forest. Choose from sumptuous suites in the Lodge or your own luxurious villa, complete with walk-in wardrobes, oversize showers, deep bathtubs and private terraces with views of the golf courses and mountains beyond. See the ranch from horseback on a ride through its meadows and pine forests, or indulge in a Mystic Inca treatment at the spa using organic products from the Peruvian Andes.
If you’re traveling for business, base yourself at Hyatt House in northeast Colorado Springs, with a 24-hour business center and meeting room facilities. All rooms feature a dedicated workspace with a full-size desk, and many have full kitchens stocked with the hotel’s complimentary groceries service from the 24-hour on-site food market. Remember to take time to switch off and enjoy the heated outdoor pool, fitness center and cocktail bar, and check out the nearby ProRodeo Hall of Fame for some cowboy history.
Mix business with pleasure at these colorful suites and max your productivity levels with high-speed wifi and an ergonomic workstation in your room. Staying for longer? The extended-stay suites offer more space to spread out and relax, with a separate living area. Enjoy a free hot buffet breakfast before taking a leisurely walk. Head past the Space Foundation HQ and the forested greens of Kissing Camels Golf Course to reach the Garden of the Gods and its Mars-like red rock monoliths.
Owner Torie Griffin brought her two-wheel passion to life with this family-run guest house on a popular biking route connecting Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs. Even if bikes aren’t your thing, there’s a fun community feel, with regular events such as yoga classes, live-music nights and the annual Roll Bike Art Festival. Breweries and cafes are close by, but the local favorite is the Lodge’s own watering hole, serving up Colorado craft beers, ciders and local moonshine during their daily happy hour.
Cradled high in the Rocky Mountains is an alpine village and winter wonderland of world-class skiing. St James Place sits just 200 yards (183m) from the slopes of Beaver Creek, boasting nearly 2,000ac (81ha) of skiing, from the gentle slopes of Bachelor Gulch to the steep pistes of Grouse Mountain. The classy condos have fully equipped kitchens and a washer-dryer. The in-house ski shop offers rentals and the indoor pool has a steam room, sauna and hot tub to warm you up after a day on the slopes.
Buffalo blackjack, roulette or poker: whatever your game, try your luck at this casino hotel in Cripple Creek, an old gold-mining camp across Pikes Peak from Colorado Springs. The in-house Mid City Grill dishes up a cheap and cheerful breakfast of eggs, pancakes, oatmeal or muffins. Alternatively, you can make it hearty with a breakfast burrito, cinnamon roll and bloody mary. Modern deluxe suites feature a mini-fridge and microwave in the private dining area, with views of the historic town through oversize windows.