My husband and I attended our church's Marriage Retreat at Glen Eyrie. MR are one of their promotional specialties. We had heard of Glen Eyrie for decades, but never had a chance to visit. The Navigator's, a Christian para-church ministry, owns and operates GE, with their world headquarters on the property. RIch in Colorado history (built by General Palmer who founded Colorado Springs), stunning in it's architectural features and craftsman detail (you simply can't find hand-carved woodwork like the fireplace mantels have anymore!) it is worth the price just to see what 'magnificent' means.
As a side note, the infamous Waldo Canyon fire came close to the property last year, but spared it. There are a number of caution signs on trails, and evidence of flood mitigation measures that have been taken due to the loss of tree/shrub growth surrounding the property. Canyons can be flood zones after severe fires.
The staff is warm and friendly; you kind of forget what true hospitality is until it greets you each day. Even in the cold of winter, the grounds are gorgeous with many trails to walk, and bike. Few places in America combine red rock outcroppings, forested grounds, and tudor castles. A unique treasure for sure.
The interior furnishings are beautifully coordinated, comfortable, and historic. We found one antique Jacobean breakfront that had a commemorative tag dating it to the late 1500's. Many generous donors to the Navigators have kept-up the elegance of this one of a kind place.
I told my husband 'one of our kids has got to get married here'! It would be an incredible family event spot, with many different sized banquet rooms, all furnished to make memories. The banquet buffet food was good for quanitity food service - even the eggs for breakfast were fluffy!
Because the furnishings are historic, don't expect 5 star hotel room furnishings - as in perfect beds or over-sized bathrooms. Do expect charm, beautiful drapes, wallpaper, fabircs and bedspreads. Everything seemed spotlessly cleaned and maintained. Our bed was a bit soft, but we felt like royalty staying here. Each room unique and different - the more you stay, the more you'll know what to request for your next stay.
Relying on original radiators - which work just fine to heat the rooms - you may want to crank up the heat while you are out exploring, then turn it back down while sleeping so you don't have to hear the noise while they are fully functioning.
If you have traveled a lot in Europe, this is comparable to historic facilities, but each room has it's own bathroom (at least that is my understanding.)
Speaking of bathrooms, the public area rest rooms in the castle are charming (read: limited and antiquated) so there may be lines during busy times. There is a fun, small elevator for when you get worn out going up and down the stairs in high altitude.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on over 700 breathtaking acres with 97 lodging rooms, Glen Eyrie’s stunning beauty and rich spiritual heritage create a place where, for a few sacred moments, guests can set aside their troubles and catch their breath. The Glen Eyrie staff ministers by thoughtfully creating experiences which set the stage for all to discover, explore, and be transformed. Whether guests come with a group for a retreat, individually for a program or conference, or for historical Teas, Tours, or overnight stays, Glen Eyrie serves a sanctuary and safe haven of transformation and inspiration. As the conference and camping ministry of The Navigators, The Glen Eyrie Group is comprised of Glen Eyrie and Eagle Lake Camps. Built upon the unique intersection of natural, historical, and spiritual heritages, the Glen Eyrie Group promises to stay true to our Navigator calling by purposefully and thoughtfully ministering to guests through Christ-centered service excellence and innovative programming. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Glen Eyrie Castle And Conference Center
- Glen Eyrie Castle Hotel Colorado Springs
- Glen Eyrie Hotel