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Pikes Peak and the Colorado Springs Area Lodging

Colorado Springs hotels

Colorado Springs lodging includes a wide variety of places to stay including downtown Colorado Springs, Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado City and Manitou Springs to the west. Even in some of the best locations, Colorado Springs lodging includes everything from cheap motels, to quaint bed and breakfast inns and luxury hotels. And as you get closer to the mountains, you will find Colorado cabins too. With a little research, you will find many unique and exciting surprises.

Budget hotels can be found along the interstate, but if you are on vacation, the best Colorado Springs lodging is generally found to the west toward Pikes Peak, in the downtown area, or for more exclusive luxury lodging, the far southwest part of Colorado Springs.

So where is the best vacation lodging in Colorado Springs? The best lodging in Colorado Springs simply depends on what you like. There is so much variety, you are sure to find a place to stay that is right for you.

To help sort it out, here's a summary of the most interesting areas. These areas make up the best selection of vacation lodging for the whole Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak region.

Downtown Colorado Springs

For vacation lodging in Colorado Springs, downtown is likely the farthest point to the east most would want to stay. Keep in mind that getting into downtown Colorado Springs is really quite easy. And, it really isn't far from the popular attractions of the Pikes Peak region. Manitou Springs and the Garden of the Gods are less than 10 miles away.

It is certainly a treat to stay at a large luxury downtown hotel, a modestly priced inn, or a quaint bed and breakfast, and have the pleasure of walking to some of the best local restaurants in the heart of Colorado Springs. Downtown Colorado Springs is a very attractive alternative, especially if you prefer to be away from the summer tourist traffic in Manitou Springs, but still want the liveliness of a town.

Old Colorado City

Old Colorado City is a funky sort of place just a few miles west of I-25 and the downtown area of Colorado Springs. Founded in 1859, it was actually the first town in the area, thanks to the Pikes Peak gold rush. It has been restored over the years, and today it is a historic district with cafes, shops and a nice place to just walk around and explore. The lodging you will find in Old Colorado City are smaller inns, and bed and breakfasts. There are really no large hotels.

Colorado Springs Budget Motels

Some great cheap motels can be found between Colorado City and Manitou Springs.

Between Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs is where you will find some very interesting lodging, especially as you get closer to the outskirts of Manitou Springs. This route was the original road from Colorado Springs to Manitou Springs, and became the area for motels and motor courts, way back when this was the new trend. The interesting thing is that this area still retains a good amount of that character. Some of these small older motels have been restored and some replaced. Great rates can be found, just as good as along the interstate, yet you have character, and an even more convenient location.

Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs Colorado is a long time vacation town. It's primary industry is tourism. It has the greatest variety of hotels including lodges, motels, bed and breakfasts and luxury hotels, than any one place in Colorado Springs and the entire Pikes Peak Region.

If you want to be at the heart of everything to see and do in the area, you won't go wrong staying in Manitou Springs. Manitou Springs is the best compromise between the activity of a city, and the lure of the mountains. No wonder it is so popular!

West of Manitou Springs

If you venture west of Manitou Springs, you head further into the mountains. As you go up, you will find the towns of Cascade, Chipita Park and Green Mountain Falls. Even farther up the hill will take you to the towns of Woodland Park, and Divide Colorado. Woodland Park is the largest of these towns.

These are small mountain towns that all have a few smaller inns, bed and breakfasts, and cabins. If you want a more rural mountain setting without the tourist traffic, these are the places to consider.

Cheyenne Mountain and the Broadmoor Area

This is the extreme south west part of Colorado Springs, where Cheyenne Mountain, Cheyenne Canyon, and the zoo are located. Colorado Springs luxury lodging is the name of the game here. This area is anchored by the world renowned and historic Boadmoor Hotel and Resort, golf courses, and some of the most spectacular scenery you will see anywhere. It is simply a very special place, yet somewhat exclusive.

Lodging for the area is dominated by the Broadmoore Hotel and the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, but there are a couple of bed and breakfasts to be found too.

The I-25 Interstate Area

The interstate highway runs north and south between downtown Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak. Along I-25, just to the west of the downtown area, you will generally find the most competitive room rates. If you are just looking for a hotel or motel with cheap rates, you will find them here. Further to the north and south along the interstate, you'll find even more hotels and motels. As you would expect, all the brand name chains are represented.

If you are on vacation, you will likely want a place to stay that has more character, and located where there is something other than the same chain restaurants and retail stores you have at home. Yet if you come into town late, and just need a bed for the night, it could be a good place stay to get your feet on the ground, and not spend a premium at a resort when you don't have the time to take advantage of the luxury.