Forbes names Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs as five-star winner in annual ratings

The Broadmoor
It was a clean sweep for The Broadmoor hotel in the Forbes Travel Guide ratings for 2017.

Forbes named the internationally known resort in southwest Colorado Springs as a five-star winner Wednesday - the publication's top award in its annual rankings of hotels around the world. The Broadmoor has received five stars from Forbes and its predecessor publications for 57 consecutive years, which is the longest streak for any hotel in the awards' history.

In addition to the top rating for the hotel, The Broadmoor's Penrose Room restaurant and The Spa at The Broadmoor each received five stars for the eighth consecutive year. No other Colorado property received top ratings in all three categories.

The Little Nell in Aspen was the only other five-star hotel in the state. Thirteen Colorado hotels were named four-star winners, though none was in the Pikes Peak region.

Forbes' website says its rankings are based on visits by professional inspectors, who check every hotel, restaurant and spa that it rates. In-depth hotel inspections cover two nights and three days, and each property is evaluated on "up to 800 objective criteria with an emphasis on service," Forbes says.

"Our inspectors are completely anonymous at all times, so that they can be sure they experience the same level of service and amenities that the average guest would," according to Forbes.

The Forbes' ratings come a month after travel organization AAA gave five diamonds - also its highest rating - to The Broadmoor for the 41st consecutive year. However, ratings by Forbes, formerly the Mobil Travel Guide, generally are considered more prestigious because they've been around longer and recognize properties worldwide.

The Broadmoor, which marks its 100th anniversary in 2018, has more than 780 rooms, suites, cottages, brownstones and an estate house. Its amenities include golf, tennis, a spa, pools, shopping and restaurants.

In recent years, The Broadmoor has added so-called "wilderness experience" retreats on the top of Cheyenne Mountain and in the Pike National Forest, along with a fly fishing camp about 75 minutes west of Colorado Springs.

The Broadmoor is owned by the Denver-based Anschutz Corp., whose Clarity Media Group owns The Gazette.

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