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Old 07-28-2011, 06:27 AM
 
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What are some good hotels to stay at that will get me a better feel for the City, people and activities? Coming into town this weekend to spend a second weekend there and determine if it is a good fit. ty
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:36 AM
 
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The marquee hotel in CS is the Broadmoor, and has been throughout the city's history. However, IMO, no hotel anywhere will give you a "feel for the city, people and activities." That's not a hotel's purpose (ok, maybe in downtown New York, Chicago or San Francisco). With the Broadmoor, it' a resort, and while it is steeped in CS history, it's designed to insulate you from the day to day realities of life. Also, bring a boatload of cash if you want to stay there. You might check out the Antlers Hilton, as it's right downtown, and within easy walking distance of the central core.

To get a feel for the city, you need to visit the usual tourist areas, but also drive/walk around the neighborhoods, the local restaurants, churches, etc. Do some of that during rush hour to get an idea of commute and traffic patterns and times. Spend some time in Manitou, Woodland Hills, Tri-Lakes, etc. that are neighboring communities. Each has its own personality and vibe (particularly Manitou). Get outdoors, as that's a main draw to this area. Hike around Garden of the Gods, rent a bike and hit the trails, take a drive in the mountains, etc. Check out the local schools, note the hospitals, churches, etc. and their locations, visit the parks (they're everywhere). Notice how people here, even strangers, say hello when you pass (a totally foreign concept on the East Coast, where I lived for many years before moving here). In other words, experience the day-to-day routine of living here, not just the tourist stuff. You'll never get a feel for the city in a hotel lobby, on their golf course, in the hotel restaurant, or in the spa.
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:09 AM
 
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Right smack downtown is the Antlers Hilton, very nice, and walkable to all the downtown stuff, brewpub across the street, etc.
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