COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The 700-room Broadmoor here is about to
embark on the third and final phase of its $75 million renovation
"The Broadmoor has been a work in progress for the past 10
years, having invested more than $100 million in new facilities,
renovations and improvements," said Stephen Bartolin, general
"This will culminate Oct. 22, as we commit an additional $36
million to the renovation and restoration of the historic main
A spokeswoman said the main building will be closed during the
According to Bartolin, the third phase of the renovation project
will consist of updates to the main building's lobbies, public
spaces and front entrance as well as a complete rebuild of its
"All the renovations will be done with respect for the [main
building's] original architecture and traditional look and feel,"
Room enhancements will include the addition of high-speed
Internet access; WebTV; multiple phone lines, and larger bath
facilities with soaking tubs, separate showers and dual basins.
All rooms in the resort's following buildings: the South Tower,
the West Tower, the West Southlake, the Northlake and the Lakeside
Suites, will remain open during the renovations.
The spokeswoman said the renovations were needed because the resort
had not done anything substantial, other than remodeling, to the
original building's guest rooms since it was built in 1918.
In addition, she said, the inherent demands in maintaining a
five-star resort also prompted the refit.
The remodeled areas under the third phase of the project are
slated to open May 1.
The renovation project initially began in November 2000. The
first phase was unveiled in May; the second in July.
Phase one included a new 11,000-square-foot lakeside pool; a
dual-tube water slide; two large whirlpools, and a children's pool
with a playground featuring new equipment.
Also added in the first phase were 13 poolside cabanas with
lounge chairs, ceiling fans, copper roofs, patios and curtains and
the Pool Cafe, adjacent to all water activities.
As part of the refit, 24 Northlake units were enhanced to
include central air conditioning and heating; new furniture;
bathrooms with soaking tubs, separate showers and dual basins;
multiple phone lines with portable phones; new data port access,
and WebTV Internet access.
Phase two debuted the Lakeside Suites, a four-story structure
that houses 21 suites ranging in size from 770 square feet to 1,800
All suites offer views of the lake and the mountains and feature
individual fireplaces, bathrooms with separate shower and tub
facilities and either individual patios or balconies.
In regard to travel agents, the spokeswoman said, "Their
importance is invaluable to our overall business."
Because of this, the Broadmoor offers agents 50% off rack
Rates through April 30 range from $195 to $345 per room, per
night, and $370 to $1,800 for suites.
As a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Broadmoor
developed new rates and extended dates for its packages.
Programs such as the Spa Splurge and the Romantic Getaway, which
were scheduled to end Oct. 31, have been extended to April 30, with
Occupancy is typically at 65% during low season, which is
November to April, according to the spokeswoman.
She added that during the low season, most of the Broadmoor's
business comes from the drive-in market, so any decrease in air
travel shouldn't affect business.
"People still need to get away, but they will probably stay
closer to home," she said, adding that the property plans on
targeting the drive-in market with newspaper and radio
For more information or reservations, call (800) 634-7711 or
visit the Web site at www.broadmoor.com.