The Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs will close for roughly 70 days starting at noon Saturday, citing the coronavirus pandemic.
The hotel expects to reopen for the Memorial Day weekend.
The decision to close is a rarity for the sprawling, internationally known five-star resort on the city’s southwest side, which opened in 1918 and has played host to presidents, celebrities and dignitaries from around the world.
“The Broadmoor has been here 101 years, and has survived World Wars, The Great Depression, recessions and prohibition,” hotel president Jack Damioli told The Gazette. “We’ll survive coronavirus as well. We anxiously look forward to being able to reopen our resort later this spring.”
In a statement, The Broadmoor cited “the reality of COVID-19” and “the need to self-separate our guests, employees and community from what’s commonly called the coronavirus.”
The hotel’s leadership said the decision to cease operations was made “out of an abundance of caution for the safety of everyone.” The hotel said it has had no cases or confirmation of any guests or employees testing positive for the coronavirus.
The Broadmoor, whose employee headcount fluctuates but has had upward of 1,500 full-time and seasonal workers in the past, is “making arrangements for supplemental pay, health care coverage and other assistance during this unprecedented situation,” Damioli said. The hotel plans to recall all employees when it reopens, he said.
The decision to close follows last week’s cancellation of the 36th annual Space Symposium, which was supposed to have taken place at The Broadmoor beginning March 30.
The symposium, which draws members of the military and defense and aerospace industries from around the world, was expected to bring about 14,000 visitors to the Springs and pump millions into the local economy.
The Broadmoor has more than 780 rooms, suites, cottages and an estate house to go with golf courses, tennis courts, pools, stores and restaurants. The hotel also has three offsite wilderness retreats that offer fishing, hiking and other outdoor activities.
The Broadmoor is owned by the Denver-based Anschutz Corp., whose Clarity Media Group owns The Gazette.