When traveling to Colorado Springs, location matters so you can quickly navigate to all the must-see attractions, such as Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods. When you’re looking for a budget lodging, you’ll find the price is right with a whole lot of prime location (and more) at the Academy Hotel Colorado Springs.
Recently, my granddaughter played a softball tournament in Colorado Springs, so “Papa” and I opted for a short road trip from Denver (75 minutes). The softball team and families were staying at the Academy Hotel Colorado Springs, so we booked a room to spend more time with our daughter, son-in-law, and grandkids. We didn’t know what to expect, but we were thrilled at the price point (starting at $89, booked through softball team room block).
Arrival to Academy Hotel Colorado Springs
A straight shot south on I-25 brings you to Colorado Springs, and the Academy Hotel is located just off the interstate on Academy Boulevard (Exit 150). This is the northern most exit and first major Colorado Springs street when driving from Denver. Even better, the hotel is near the interstate and less than 3 miles from the United States Air Force Academy Airfield and 20 minutes north of the Colorado Springs Airport.
We parked near the front entrance, and boom! There it is, the big as life atrium. My daughter did mention the atrium was huge and a great place to hang out the family and the softball team. But it is beyond huge. Yes, it’s a little dated with the wood and stone accents, but we loved the openness and ability to hang out near the pool –really sprawl on comfortable, overstuffed sofas and chairs near the fireplace.
You’ll immediate note the “warm atmosphere,” which I’m sure is due to the gated indoor heated pool that is at the opposite end of the atrium. The reception desk is to your immediate left, while waterfalls, fireside lounge, and cozy corners are scattered throughout the atrium. To the right is the casual restaurant and lounge, Falcon’s Bar & Grill.
Even with a short line, we were checked in and headed back to our car to park in under 5 minutes. The reception desk was very accommodating to our request for a room near the elevator.
The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs is spread out across three wings: Building A, B, and T. All “wings” lead into the focal point, the Atrium, but it’s easier to park closer to your room to unload your luggage and find your accommodations.
Our King size bedroom was located in Building B, 2nd floor, and was 2 doors down from the elevator. All contemporary rooms include free WiFi (strong signal!) and 32-inch flat-screen TVs, plus mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers. Although the bedroom area appears to have been recently updated, the bathroom is clean, but simple and in need of an upgrade. Suites have separate living rooms or whirlpool tubs.
What I liked about our accommodations in Building B was the easy elevator access (upon request). Return to the first floor, you walked up the ramp for easy access to the indoor pool, atrium, and restaurant.
Did I mention that breakfast is included in the rate? A free breakfast with made-to-order omelets and waffles was included in our package.
I dined early morning around 7 am, and the breakfast was fresh and hot. The only hiccup was the omelet station wasn’t manned, and I had to ask for assistance resulting in a 10-minute or so wait. Once the chef made it back to the station, the omelet was yummy!
When traveling with their softball team, my daughter and her family’s last experience at the onsite, family-friendly restaurant, Falcon’s Bar & Grill, was less than impressive. The restaurant was crowded and there wasn’t enough staff. The softball players were hungry and the food didn’t all come out at the same time, taking nearly 90 minutes for everyone to get their food. However, the manager was very attentive and made everything right.
So imagine my reluctance to try the restaurant again. The tables were nearly full, and it was a busy Saturday evening. We sat the bar, ordered a drink and our dinner. We were pleasantly surprised. My chicken sandwich and my hubby’s burger came out promptly (within 15 minutes) and were hot and delicious. This is a sport’s bar atmosphere with all American menu (typical pub food), and the price point was a great value.
Nearby are many other restaurants, from fast-food to casual, within walking distance or a short drive away.
Onsite Hotel Amenities
When we travel, it’s all about the heated pool, and the awesome thing about this pool is that it is located in the atrium (although the foliage is a little overdone). It is surrounded by a gate, but for parents who prefer not to hang out at the pool, you can sit nearby, enjoy a cup of coffee or adult beverage and keep an eye on your kids. The hot tub and sundeck are outside and just beyond the pool area.
In addition, the hotel features a business center, fitness center, FREE parking, and complimentary Wii play station.
Yes, this isn’t a 5-star Colorado Springs hotel, but the Academy Hotel is clean, affordable and welcoming. When you’re searching for a family friendly AND budget-friendly Colorado lodging, the Academy Hotel Colorado Springs offers an unbeatable location near Colorado Springs attractions.
Photos courtesy of Diana Rowe and The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs.