7 Unique Spots to Lay Your Head in the Pikes Peak Region
Are you looking for lodging that goes beyond your average hotel accommodations? Colorado Springs has amazing and unique places to lay your head after a long day roaming the mountains or playing at some of the Pikes Peak region’s best attractions. Our city sees millions of visitors each year and our local hoteliers have created some dynamic concepts to appeal to the diverse groups that — temporarily — call our city home. What’s your personal preference when it comes to booking a hotel? Are you eco-conscious? Do you love unusual accommodations? Would you like to go all out with your budget for a luxury experience? Whatever you seek, you should be able to find a location on this list that works for you!
Discover Something Special for Everyone at Kinship Landing
Kinship Landing is a dynamic hotel concept that has also benefitted the Pikes Peak region by revitalizing an old building and turning it into a booming hub for travelers. However, they didn’t just transform it into a typical hotel. The room offerings are incredibly unique, and they serve, well, everyone. Their family rooms offer a regular bed for adults and in-room bunks for the kids (no need to force kids to share a bed and no need for an uncomfortable roll-away cot). You can also book those rooms for groups if you like. Kinship Landing also provides lush suites, junior suites, rooms that allow pets and, best of all, solo hostel-style accommodations for adventurers on a budget. The location is stellar for sampling the dining and nightlife in downtown Colorado Springs and with access to PikeRide and Lime transportation, you can branch out across the west side of the city without ever driving your car.
Enjoy an Elevated Experience at the Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp
When it comes to swanky digs, there’s nothing that compares to the Broadmoor. The award-winning resort caters to visitors looking for that extra special hotel experience. The resort, which boasts world-class golfing, dining and activities, is a top destination for people who enjoy upscale accommodations. That includes their wilderness experience. The Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp offers guest cabins with hot tubs, plus a grand lodge and other special rooms for guests who want to ditch city lights for stars and sidewalks for aspens. Cloud Camp is located 3,000 feet above the Broadmoor resort, and it boasts virtually uninterrupted views of the Rockies and Pikes Peak—America’s Mountain. The theme is rustic, the views are spectacular and the distance from fine dining and entertainment is just down the hill if you get bored with all that sweet, sweet isolation. The Broadmoor Outfitters can help you craft exciting excursions like bike rides, hikes, archery, scavenger hunts and even falconing. Be forewarned, Cloud Camp is a pricey experience, so save it for a special occasion.
Live It Up Like Locals at Villa Motel
The secret ingredient that makes the Villa Motel in Manitou Springs doesn’t lie in its comfortable rooms or convenient proximity to Manitou’s activities, shops and dining. Those are just benefits. The true treasure is the awesome family that runs it. Chain hotels may have a few brochures in a rack in the lobby, but they won’t have an entire family of local experts who love helping visitors fall in love with Colorado. Get dining recommendations, ideas for activities, tips on visiting Colorado Springs attractions and lots of advice on what locals love to do for fun. It’s also conveniently located just a brief walk from downtown Manitou Springs and a short drive or bike ride from Old Colorado City and Downtown Colorado Springs.
Make Your Visit Meaningful at SCP Hotel
SCP Hotel is an eco-friendly location that prides itself on giving back. Guests of the hotel, whose “SCP” initialism stands for Soul-Community-Planet, allows guests to get in on the giving back action, too. One stay at SCP does a lot for people close to home and as far away as Hawaii. Some of the ways that the hotel gives back with your stay include helping families in crisis, supporting environmental clean-up, planting trees and lifting up adolescents to support them with the tools they need to transition into adulthood. While you’re doing all this good behind the scenes, you can live in the moment enjoying the hotel’s fantastic amenities. There’s a 5,000-foot gym, a market that features locally crafted foods and goods, a huge and friendly commons area and much more. It’s also located an easy drive to all the city’s top destinations via I-25. Check out the hotel website to learn about one of their coolest features. They offer sustainable pricing and the option to pay what you think your stay was worth at the end of your visit.
Let the Good Times Roll at Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort
The Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort is an iconic location that is located between Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City. Once a classic motor lodge, the establishment was taken over by cycling enthusiast Teri Name and revamped with, you guessed it, a bicycle theme. The lodge has cute, themed rooms (yes, with bike racks), fun events and close proximity to several cycling locations and trails, including the Midland Trail. Midland Trail will take you into Manitou or through OCC to Colorado Springs where it connects with miles and miles of additional trails. Do you need a bike to stay there? Not at all! You can stay sans bike and enjoy the Pikes Peak region like a regular commuter, or you can rent PikeRides from the local bike share and zoom around that way. It’s unique, historic and offers a lot of that campground feel where you can bond with other travelers over a beer and a fire. The resort is also family-friendly and family-owned and operated.
Glamp the Night Away with Echo Canyon’s Classy Campsite
If you think the words “luxury” and “camping” can’t possibly go together, you need to make your way south of Colorado Springs to the Royal Gorge Cabins at Echo Canyon. Echo Canyon glamping tents provide all the things you love about camping — fresh air, beautiful scenery and cozy campfires — with all the things you miss, like electricity, wi-fi and a real bed. You won’t be waking up at 2 a.m. to reinflate your air mattress. You don’t have to worry you won’t have a signal on your phone for broadcasting spooky podcasts by the fire. You also won’t have to freeze your booty off if Colorado’s signature wonky weather surprises you with a cold front. The floors have radiant heat. That means you could actually make your campsite your home base for your Colorado adventures without sacrificing comfort (there’s a 24/7 shower house with toilets). Echo Canyon is located south of Colorado Springs, and it is close to some of Southern Colorado’s most popular attractions, including the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, Echo Canyon River Expeditions, the Bug Museum and a whole slew of activities in Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City.
Relax in Rustic Style at Golden Eagle Campground
The Golden Eagle Campground has been owned and operated by the same family for more than 60 years. The May family, who also owns the famous May Natural History Museum (more commonly referred to as the Bug Museum) has kept this beautiful site pristine and secluded since 1961. Despite Colorado Springs’ close proximity to the mountains, finding a quiet place to RV or tent camp anywhere close to all the excitement is virtually impossible. That is, unless you are privy to the secret awesomeness that is Golden Eagle. Located just off of Highway 115, the campground has roomy sites that can cater to a variety of campers. The location offers full hookups, water hookups and regular tent camping. There are stocked fishing ponds that don’t require anything more than a $10 fee for use — no license needed. Every site has a dire ring, there’s a gift shop and convenience store for buying all the things you forgot at home and you have access to 12 miles of hiking trails. We mentioned earlier that the May family also runs the Bug Museum and you’ll get a discount on admission when you camp at Golden Eagle. Best of all, it’s just so darn close to Colorado Springs, the mountains, the plains, the Royal Gorge, the Arkansas River, basically everywhere you want to be in the Pikes Peak region.
These amazing Colorado Springs hotels, motels and campgrounds will make your next visit in the Pikes Peak region even more spectacular. Book your stay as soon as possible so you don’t miss out on a one-of-a-kind experience staying in the Pikes Peak region.