After a very difficult week of loss, my husband and I needed to get away ... and quick. We were lucky to get the last room at Pikes Peak Paradise Bed and Breakfast.
We arrived well after dark, and since I was relying on gps instead of Ron's emailed directions. We got lost. After a 30-minute adventure, we pulled up to the B&B. We were greeted warmly by Ron, who offered us yummy dessert and wine. He had our hot tub ready to go.
The room was quite comfortable. (Although the pillow choices weren't to my taste--either firm and flat or squishy. I travel with my own pillow because I'm picky like that.) The hot tub was a great touch. We picked a DVD from the collection that looked like the inventory of Blockbuster and got a great night's sleep.
We enjoyed breakfast on both mornings of our stay. I generally eat gluten free (except when faced with brownies), and Ron was kind enough to make me a crustless quiche, and offered gluten free waffles. The fruit and yogurt parfait was yummy. The B&B was full, but we didn't feel obligated to socialize. Ron was as involved as we wanted him to be, and that's a nuance that many proprietors don't understand.
We spent the day relaxing on the wide porch that overlooks the Pikes Peak and also down on our private balcony and walking around the beautiful property. (Our chairs were terribly uncomfortable there--old metal things. Other rooms seem to have comfier options.) We also drove to the top of Pikes Peak (a first for two Colorado natives!), then grabbing lunch in Woodland Park (stay away from Casa Grande. It was downright NASTY). We picked up dinner at City Market, then headed back to our room for more reading, relaxing, etc.
There are details Pikes Peak Paradise could improve that would make me feel like we got a luxurious accommodation (which, when paying $225 a night, is what I expect):
* Our room seemed to be in the middle of a renovation of sorts. The paint was mismatched and there were a few areas that definitely look DIY vs professionally done.
*The bathroom is not horrible (it's clean) but it's not nice either. The soap dispenser felt like a gym's. It would be lovely to have soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion -- maybe from a local artisan--instead.
*The chairs on the balcony were not inviting at all.
*We never did figure out how to watch regular TV. Not that it was a bad thing, necessarily. But a set of instructions would be nice to have (we didn't find one but it may have been there).
Again, little details (but little details are what take things up a level). Honestly, the changing view of Pikes Peak from our room made up for every one of these.
The trip was just what we needed. It was a pleasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury modern updated suites with in-room private hot tubs and fireplaces. We offer Wifi, Flat Screens, DVD Players and DVDs. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast, snacks and soft drinks, and 4 hours of complimentary beer/wine! All rooms have the best 9000 foot secluded view of Pikes Peak and 1 million acres of Pikes National Forest. Pikes Peak Paradise is an ideal setting for a honeymoon, anniversary, romantic getaway, or wedding. 25 minutes to Colorado Springs. ... more less
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