As a frequent traveler, I have come to rely on Marriott's consistent, high quality properties and the amenities that come with premium guest status. So, it is with great regret that I can only give this Marriott a 2-out-of-5 rating.
I arrived well after sunset. In the shadow of the mountains just to the west, the area around the hotel is very dark and not well marked. Although the hotel is visible from the road, it is high on a hill and set well back from Rockrimmon Blvd and Tech Center Drive which border the property. The intersection of Rockrimmon and Tech Center is not lighted, and the hotel's entrance signage is about 200 ft north of the intersection behind a natural rock wall. You can be forgiven for missing it completely.
Finally climbing up the hotel drive, also not well marked or lit, was a brief but confusing affair of switchbacks, parking lots stacked like cake layers with no secondary outlets, and a hotel beckoning to you from the summit of a hill that seems just out of reach. If you make it to the top and the main entrance before dawn, award yourself the victory, park your car, and stay put for the night. If not, check that you brought extra blankets and some food. If it snows, they may not find you and your car until spring.
The two-story lobby is beautiful and appears to be at least somewhat recently renovated. There are nice spaces for private conversations, a large hearth, and an open bar/restaurant with plenty of requisite, flat screen TVs showing the evening's sporting events.
The room itself was typical Marriott with the usual bed, work area, TV and armoire. I took advantage of the fitness center on the second floor and while it wasn't very large, appeared to have mostly modern, Life Fitness equipment. The drawback is that it adjoins the hotel pool. The staff has placed all towels, including for the pool, in the fitness center. That creates plenty of traffic in the fitness center, particularly from people (including children) who walk into the room to watch one of the TVs while taking a break from swimming. It's both distracting and annoying.
I wandered into the concierge lounge after my workout and found that the evening food options consisted of a small selection of items, including one warm/hot snack that appeared to be quesadillas. It was certainly a less ambitious spread than I've seen in other full-service Marriotts, and more in line with a similar property at which I've stayed in Ogden, UT. I wasn't impressed.
The biggest disappointment, though, was the lukewarm-bordering-on-cold shower I took in the morning. Mind you, I awoke at 5:00 AM and proceeded more or less directly to the bathroom. There should have been plenty of hot water at that hour, but that was not the case. I also found to my dismay that there was no bath soap in my room, and had to use the hand soap. That's not a big deal, but a hand soap is about half the size of a bath bar.
All in all, this property did not measure up to what I've come to expect from the Marriott brand. I might stay here again if only because I am more or less beholden to Marriott Rewards. Given a good alternative, however, I might think twice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the picturesque setting of Colorado Springs at the Colorado Springs Marriott. Our beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado provides great views of Pikes Peak and convenient access to Garden of the Gods and other popular attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Colorado Springs Marriott Hotel Colorado Springs
- Marriott Colorado Springs