Best Of 2014: Hotel
Let's face it — this category is entirely too limiting for The Broadmoor. True, the resort offers more than 700 rooms, but it also has 18 dining options, a world-class spa, golf courses, tennis courts, and flowers everywhere, with not a petal out of place. Plus, two off-campus options have been added in the last two years: Cloud Camp atop Cheyenne Mountain, and the Ranch at Emerald Valley. President Steve Bartolin says international media have gone wild over the two wilderness additions, which have also been featured by USA Today and Forbes. "Some of the things we've been doing really expand the boundaries of what would be traditionally thought of as the hotel experience," he says, adding that the two outlying retreats provide a recreational experience that's "uniquely Colorado but tied to the mothership of the hotel." — Pam Zubeck
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.