A bowling alley with chandeliers?
Yes. This is The Broadmoor hotel, after all.
Construction is under way on a six-lane Brunswick bowling alley that will be part of a dining and entertainment center called Play at The Broadmoor at the luxury hotel and resort in southwest Colorado Springs.
Play at The Broadmoor, scheduled to open the first week of April in Broadmoor West, also will include an 80-seat restaurant, lounge, a private dining area and space for computer games.
Play at The Broadmoor is part of a $60 million, two-year renovation the hotel announced in May that includes upgrading and enlarging Broadmoor West’s 152 rooms; replacing Charles Court with an Adam D. Tihany-designed Italian restaurant; and doubling the size of the Golden Bee pub.
Putting a bowling alley inside The Broadmoor might seem as out of place as a Wal-Mart layaway counter at a Neiman Marcus store.
But Play at The Broadmoor’s package of dining and entertainment will provide one more amenity at the 3,000-acre, 744-room hotel and resort, said Steve Bartolin, The Broadmoor’s president and CEO.
“We think it will appeal not just to a younger generation, but we think adults will like it, we think families will love it, we think corporate groups will use it,” he said. “It’s another point of difference. ... It’s something that I don’t know but a couple of our competitors have anything close to it.”
Broadmoor spokeswoman Allison Scott said Play at The Broadmoor will have a high-end look and feel. In addition to chandeliers, bowlers and diners will find carpeting over hardwood floors and comfy sectional-style sofas, among other amenities.
“It’s going to look like us, it’s going to look like The Broadmoor,” she said. “It’s going to be us with bowling.”
Restaurant food will include a Broadmoor-spin on burgers, fries and other fare typically found in a bowling alley environment, Scott said.
“It’s tough when we have groups in or guests, particularly families, that want to have more to do,” Scott said. “This will give them more to do.”
Upscale bowling alleys, combined with restaurants, aren’t new; Bol in Vail, for example, has 10 lanes to go with $16 Eaton ranch burgers, $34 New York strip steaks and a wine list of more than 100 bottles, according to its website. Bol’s cost to bowl? Try $50 an hour for up to six people per lane.
Rates haven’t been set yet for The Broadmoor’s bowling alley, but food will be “reasonably priced,” Scott said. The bowling alley and restaurant will be open to the public, but reservations probably will be needed, she said.
The Broadmoor, purchased last year by Denver billionaire businessman Philip Anschutz, has made more than $300 million in construction and renovations over the past two decades. The five-star and five-diamond hotel and resort includes 54 holes of golf, a world-class spa, restaurants, retail stores and a 60,000-square-foot exhibition hall.
The Golden Bee pub, currently closed while it’s enlarged and receives a new entrance, also will be open the first week of April, Scott said. The Golden Bee expansion will take over its existing parking lot; parking for the Golden Bee will remain free, but it is being moved across the street to the hotel’s east lot.
The Tavern restaurant remains open, except for its Garden Room, where its atrium is being replaced with an English conservatory atrium. The Garden Room will reopen in February.
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