You’ll find a wide range of lodging possibilities here, from Colorado’s ritziest resort -- the Broadmoor -- to basic budget motels. There are also several particularly nice bed-and-breakfasts; the Colorado Bed and Breakfasts of the Pikes Peak Area is a good resource (tel. 888/835-8900 or 719/685-1120; www.pikespeakareabnbs.com). The rates listed here are the officially quoted prices (“rack rates”) and don’t take into account individual or group discounts. Generally, rates are highest from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and lowest in the spring. During graduation and other special events at the Air Force Academy, rates can increase markedly, and you may have trouble finding a room at any price. Rates listed below do not include the lodging tax (about 9% in Colorado Springs, 11% in Manitou Springs). Parking is free unless otherwise specified.
In addition to the accommodations listed, a number of moderately priced chain and franchise motels offer reliable lodging. These include the Clarion Hotel, 714 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (tel. 800/424-6423 or 719/471-6880), with doubles from $89 to $149; the well-maintained Travelodge, 2625 Ore Mill Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80904 (tel. 800/828-4347 or 719/632-4600), with rates for two of $59 to $99; and Super 8, near Garden of the Gods at 4604 Rusina Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80907 (tel. 800/800-8000 or 719/594-0964), which charges $45 to $59 for a double. Those looking for a more upscale chain won't go wrong with the Doubletree Hotel World Arena, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. (I-25, exit 138), Colorado Springs, CO 80906 (tel. 800/222-TREE [222-8733] or 719/576-8900), with double rates from $89 to $289 and suites from $299; or the Crowne Plaza Colorado Springs Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Dr. (I-25, exit 138), Colorado Springs, CO 80906 (tel. 800/981-4012 or 719/576-5900), with doubles from $89 to $199.
Best Value Inn Villa Motel -- A swimming pool and easy access to parks and the attractions in Manitou Springs keep most kids occupied.
The Broadmoor -- A lake and pool area with a terrific water slide, plus tennis, golf, riding stables, and a great summer kids’ program that includes a visit to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo all add up to a wonderful family experience.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.