Just south of Denver, Colorado Springs has one of the most breathtakingly photogenic landscapes in the US: majestic peaks, huge rock formations, vast sand dunes, deep canyons and miles of trails to explore it all. And Colorado’s natural beauty isn’t the only reason to visit. Colorado Springs has also been named as one of the hottest hipster towns in the US and is home to awesome festivals, museums, galleries and a thriving fresh food and craft brewery scene. If you’re also looking for somewhere special to stay, here are the best cool and unusual hotels in Colorado Springs (in no particular order)…
1. SCP Hotel Colorado Springs – an eco-chic and very Instagrammable hotel perfect for Millenials and Gen Zs
Offering ‘holistic hospitality’, this exceptionally recommended boutique hotel is a fabulously eco-friendly and socially-conscious place to stay near Pikes Peak and other stunning natural landmarks. The open spaces of the lobby and common area at SCP Hotel Colorado Springs create a trendy vibe with white oak wood against exposed brickwork, complete with funky sitting hammocks. Minimalist bedrooms provide a naturally soothing and restful environment. Locally-sourced, organic produce and products are available at the Provisions Market mini-store; other amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center and an outdoor pool.
Sustainable and regionally sourced materials are used in the resort wherever possible, and SCP takes pride in supporting local businesses, schools and cultures – they even plant a tree for each guest! The resort’s Fair Trade Pricing program is a rare thing where you can decide what to pay based on the quality of your experience.
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2. Kinship Landing – a hip and trendy modern boutique hotel with unique decor
As close to nature as you can get while enjoying all the benefits of a modern, luxury hotel. The gorgeously wooden paneled rooms feature work by local artists and are designed around traveler’s needs – shared bunk rooms, relaxing suites with stunning views and the fab ‘camp deck’ option where you can pitch your tent next to the room’s open wall and enjoy views of the night sky.
Kinship Landing Colorado Springs offers guests a personal guide to exploring Colorado Springs as well as providing a unique location for events and celebrations inside their sunny greenhouse style room, meeting rooms or you can even hire the whole venue. Homa, the craft café and bar, serves up dishes inspired from around the world using fresh, regionally sourced ingredients alongside local craft cocktails, beer and coffee.
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3. Garden of the Gods Club & Resort – a refined and elegant upscale resort in a private country club
With a backdrop that includes the Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak and Rocky Mountain, the vistas from this resort are simply stunning. Wake in crisp white sheets and tastefully decorated rooms to incredibly Instagrammable views from private balconies or floor-to-ceiling windows. Accommodation includes suites in the lodge; cottages with hot tubs surrounded by privacy walls; and individual casitas sitting amongst soothing water features.
With a focus on wellness for over a century, the luxury spa at Garden of the Gods Club & Resort indulges guests with treatments and services ranging from acupuncture, functional medicine, chiropractors, massage and a range of healing experiences. Sports facilities include tennis courts, a golf course and a pool.
The indoor and outdoor spaces host a range of events, but weddings are a speciality, especially for those wanting spectacular scenery in their pics. At the resort restaurant, fresh, locally sourced ingredients fill the menu alongside craft cocktails and local craft beers.
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4. The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel & Spa – a stately, upscale and chic hotel dating from 1902
Located in downtown Colorado, this beautifully restored building started out as a stock exchange for local mining companies and now offers exceptionally recommended accommodation and event spaces. The sophisticated yet relaxed lobby at The Mining Exchange sets the scene with ornate pillars, Italian marble, an antique baby grand and a roaring 20s feel. Elegant, contemporary rooms welcome travelers with oversized windows, high ceilings, exposed brick and custom artwork as well as a high-quality audio system.
The lobby bar serves signature cocktails and cool street views while the restaurant has a cool New Orleans vibe, serving Cajun and Creole classics as well as local favorites. Weddings, conferences and meetings are held in seven unique rooms, some of which have private terraces. And the MX Spa offers luxurious treatments and a relaxing atmosphere next to the cutting-edge fitness center.
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5. Cheyenne Mountain Resort, a Dolce by Wyndham – hailed as an extraordinary escape from the ordinary
From this 217-acre luxury resort, you can easily reach Colorado Springs Airport or the magnificent natural attractions of Pikes Peak or Garden of the Gods’ park. The décor at Cheyenne Mountain Resort is simple and chic, paired with mod cons and outstanding views. It’s a well-placed spot for adventure, but also offers plenty to do at the golf course, private lake, tennis courts, Olympic size pool, kids pool and state-of-the-art fitness center. If you prefer to take things slow, try the Alluvia Spa and Wellness Retreat for full-on pampering.
Gourmet three-course meals and craft cocktails are on offer at the restaurant, but you can also grab a sandwich or coffee to go. A fully equipped business center and expert planners are on-hand for celebrations and meetings, including picturesque weddings.
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6. The St. Mary’s Inn, Bed and Breakfast – an upscale bed-and-breakfast occupying a classic 1895 house
Conveniently located close to downtown Colorado Springs, this 1896 Victorian mansion now offers bed and breakfast for those wanting to explore the area. It’s worth noting that the inn is a Hall of Fame Member of Trip Advisor’s “Certificate of Excellence.”
The nine suites at The St. Mary’s Inn Colorado Springs are beautifully and uniquely decorated – fusing home comforts with elegant style. Each suite offers different features but look out for hot tubs, walk in showers and kitchenettes. Comfortable, historically themed shared areas create a home-from-home atmosphere, and the freshly prepared, cooked breakfast is served family dining style.
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7. Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn – Victorian chic with modern-day amenities
This award-winning, family-owned B & B is a nugget of Victorian charm sitting on a tree-lined street, walking distance from downtown Colorado Springs. Originally built in 1902, the Holden House Colorado Springs colonial revival style was restored in 1985 and now offers a charming place to stay, full of character. All six of the cozy suites are decorated individually and have their own private bath, fireplace and queen or king-sized bed.
Special packages can be requested for all occasions, such as an in-room massage, breakfast served to your room or flowers on arrival. A full gourmet breakfast is available each morning in the main house’s formal dining room.
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8. Chateau du Pikes Peak, a Tuscany Retreat – a dash of Italian style in Colorado’s mountainous majesty
Just a few minutes from the I-25, the Chateau du Pikes Peak a grand Tuscan style villa sits in the foreground of the majestic Pikes Peak, affording sunrise views of one of nature’s most dramatic landscapes.
The two plush, comfortable suites have their own entrance, but also access to a shared fireside reading area, projection theatre, wet bar and outdoor patio seating. Nearby, you can choose from a range of restaurants offering menus from local cuisine to fine dining.
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9. The Lodge at Flying Horse – a large luxury Colorado Springs resort with a warm and welcoming atmosphere
This AAA 2021 Four Diamond is a large, well-appointed resort which prides itself on maintaining a personal touch. Sophisticated yet comfortable and welcoming. The rooms at The Lodge at Flying Horse deliver country club-style luxury with rich colors, warm woods, plush fabrics and private balconies and patios. Alternatively, entire villas offer private terraces, fireplaces, walk-in closets, and jetted bathtubs.
With three pools, private hiking, tennis courts, a golf course and top-of-the-range fitness center, there’s no shortage of things to do, or you can wind down in the spa with relaxing therapies and calming treatments. The Athletic Club and Grill and The Steakhouse serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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10. Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort – offers amazing access to local trails for outdoor adventurists
This unique motor lodge motel is owned by a family of passionate cyclists. A selection of modern, airy rooms, suites and cottages are located on 4-acres of private land, and each one is tastefully bicycle-themed with quirky art pieces and furniture.
The ideal base camp for any keen cyclist looking to explore the nearby miles of trails at the base of Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Park. The Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort is also close to popular hiking and biking areas such as Red Rock Canyon Open Space, North Cheyenne Cañon & Rampart Range. Weekly rides and a calendar of events ensure there is always something happening. A continental buffet breakfast starts the day, and the outdoor pool offers a lovely spot for recovery and rejuvenation.
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