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Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center
Ranked #32 of 105 Hotels in Colorado Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Fort Morgan, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Finally stayed at Glen Eyrie - why did we wait so long?”
Reviewed 3 February 2013

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.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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GlenEyrie, Manager at Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center, responded to this review, 3 July 2013
Due to the destruction of last year’s Waldo Canyon Fire, the danger to hikers at Glen Eyrie is too great to allow the public on our trails. NO PUBLIC HIKING will be permitted on Glen Eyrie property until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, and encourage you to check our website for any future policy updates (www.gleneyrie.org/hiking). The flood mitigating efforts continue to be our top priority. We hope you’ll still consider coming for a visit and checking out the many other wonderful things that Glen Eyrie has to offer, such as an afternoon tea, a tour of the castle or relaxing in our bookstore/café. We look forward to seeing and serving you!
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Grand Rapids
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35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2013

Stayed here in October and it was a little cold but still beautiful. The castle is wonderful and authentic while being incredibly preserved. There is ok parking but it got quite packed at night and we had to walk a ways to the castle relative to the lot. There is lots of wildlife with turkey and deer feeding on the grounds. Inside the hotel the woodwork and fireplaces are incredible. We stayed there a few days with the first night being out in the smaller residences. They were not as nice with very thin walls and very unreliable wifi. But at the castle it was quite different and the premium room we stayed in on the second level was well worth the price to upgrade with coffee and snacks outside our room in the morning. I was also told teatime is quite memerable. Apparently locals come by just for it. We at once in the dining hall with the group we were with and the food was not what we would call good. This is the only downside. The rooms I can not say enough are huge with a diining room table, reading area and separate bedroom. Enjoy but only stay at the castle.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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GlenEyrie, Manager at Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center, responded to this review, 26 June 2013
Thank you for your thoughts! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay in the castle. Thank you also for your thoughts regarding the rooms outside the castle. We are continually working to improve the quality of those rooms and we hope you come back to see the renovations when they are completed. We look forward to serving you again in the near future!
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
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Reviewed 18 December 2012

The Christmas Madrigal Banquet at Glen Eyrie is an utterly delightful evening! It's a five course gourmet meal each year. This year the food wasn't quite as outstanding as other years because of the cook's decision to put beets in just about everything. However, it was still another tremendous experience for my wife and me. This was our 14th year in a row in attendance and our fourth year in a row spending the night in the castle. We highly recommend it!!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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wheatridge
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2012

We love riding here for a romantic weekend once or twice a year. Wonderful old castle. We enjoy the "daughter's room" in the castle or the "Pink House". Reasonably priced, clean, friendly staff. Christian owned, we've always had nice quiet stays. Makes my wife happy and if Mama's not happy...nobody's happy!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Littleton, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2012

Today, the choir from St. Andrew's UMC in Highlands Ranch, Colorado began a weekend choir retreat at the beautiful Glen Eyrie Castle. Our 100+ member choir were welcomed by the staff and directed to the beautiful great room which was walled in beautiful oak paneling. A huge castle style fireplace on the center wall surrounded by local animal trophies. Glen Eyrie hosted us to a wonderful baked potato bar buffet lunch. The grounds were imaculate set just north of the famous Garden of the Gods park (Colorado Springs) amongst the beautiful red rocks. I cannot wait to go back and spend the entire weekend next year.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Fort Worth
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2012

Glen Eyrie is a beautiful place to rest, reflect, and be rejuvenated. We stayed in a lodge room that was basic but very clean and well cared for. No TV was okay because that meant no noise and distraction. The grounds were beautiful to walk and we saw lots of wildlife. The breakfast was delicious and staff friendly. The only drawback to this place is if there is a conference going on that has booked the whole place and you cant get a room.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Seattle, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2012

Clean and charming. The grounds are beautiful. Friendly and helpful staff. Food quality has gone down a bit. It used to kind of pop. It now just looks kind like conference food. The price of the meals vs quality might not be worth it.

  • Stayed March 2012
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GlenEyrie, Manager at Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center, responded to this review, 26 June 2013
Thank you for your thoughts on the quality of service you received while staying at Glen Eyrie. Our team is always thinking of ways we can improve our customer service and your input will help us evaluate areas that we need to focus on more intensely. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the near future!
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Additional Information about Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center

Property: Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center
Address: 3820 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904-5001
Region: United States > Colorado > El Paso County > Colorado Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Family Hotel in Colorado Springs
#26 Romantic Hotel in Colorado Springs
Number of rooms: 104
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 
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