Dear Colorado, I just have to ask – why would you have a toll road, in a major tourist area (to/from the airport to be exact), and not let visitors actually pay the toll?!
Yes, this exists in real life. And the stupid rental car companies don’t notify you of this ahead of time (because there IS another way, which we didn’t find out about until it was too late), because the rental car companies want you to pay them the extra fees.
In the end, we had to pay $50 for a toll. Ridiculous and frustrating. So, despite having to rent a car in general (you all know my thoughts on that), Colorado gets no love from me, sorry.
Anyway, we were in Colorado for a wedding. We stayed in Broomfield at the Omni Interlocken Resort, which, despite how close it looks on a map, is a hike both from Denver and Golden, Colorado (where we had to be for said wedding).
Sadly, this Omni resort is not nearly as luxurious as it promises (re: above picture taken from the hotel’s website). I wanted the above. I really hate when hotels post amazing pictures, and then in person, it looks nothing like they claim. It happens.
The Omni Interlocken’s customer service was “eh,” but to be honest, the less than stellar experience was expected as soon as we saw teenagers running the front desk. The one girl couldn’t even operate the credit card machine when we checked out. I was paying with a debit card, and she insisted the card wouldn’t go through. I then went to the ATM with the same card to get cash out and pay our bill (and incurred an unnecessary ATM fee). Needless to say, the card obviously worked just fine.
However, the Omni Interlocken Resort does have some positive points. The free internet and complimentary drink each morning for Omni Preferred Guests is a nice touch. I loved waking up to a fresh glass of OJ. We ate dinner onsite at the Tap Room Restaurant, which was really good. Our room also had a pretty fab view of the mountains (in addition to the nearby mall complex).
However, if your business is, well, anywhere but Broomfield, I would NOT recommend staying here. We actually didn’t get to see much of Denver itself, as most of our time was spent driving around.
This, unfortunately, is the extent we saw of downtown:
We also headed to Golden, Colorado (another long drive from the Omni) for the wedding, as well as to check out the famous Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater.
Never again Colorado, never again.