Best Of 2013: Local Hotel/Motel
Following its 2011 sale to media man and Colorado resident Philip Anschutz, the Broadmoor launched a $60 million expansion and renovation program that's continuing into 2014 with additions such as Ristorante del Lago, an Italian concept that'll replace Charles Court. This past April, we were treated to the opening of the swank bowling bar, Play at the Broadmoor, as well as a sleek update of the Golden Bee, among other upgrades. All of which is to say it takes much effort to annually earn the most prestigious five stars and five diamonds awarded to hotels and eateries by Forbes and AAA, which sets the Broadmoor in an elite class of its own. In this category, it's truly no contest. — Matthew Schniper
We're talking about a property with a record 52 consecutive years of five-star status, and it shows at the dining table. The five-diamond Penrose Room is the priciest pinnacle, and simply incredible. Summit sports the same chef in a more relaxed, contemporary setting known for killer cocktails. Lake Terrace Dining Room is the superlative spot for a 100-item Sunday brunch buffet. Charles Court boasts truly local Colorado cuisine, and serves fantastic small plates at the adjacent West Lobby Bar. The more relaxed Tavern does delightful things with steak, seafood and a wide menu. And most relaxed, the Golden Bee is styled as a 19th-century English pub, complete with ales by the yard.