Dear Colorado, I have to ask: why would you place a toll road in a major tourist area (to/from the airport to be exact), and not let visitors actually pay the toll?
For real this exists in real life. The rental car companies don’t notify you of it ahead of time either. There IS another way to go, which we didn’t find out about until it was too late. I swear they want you to pay them the extra fees. Any sort of sign they do have is so tiny! So yeah, be aware of that. We paid $50 for a toll. Ridiculous and frustrating. Despite having to rent a car (which I legit hate), Colorado gets no love from me, sorry not sorry.
We were in Colorado for a wedding and stayed in Broomfield at the Omni Interlocken Resort, which, despite how close it looks on a map, is a hike from Denver.
This is one of those hotels that looks so much better online. The picture above is taken from the hotel’s website. I wanted the above. I really, really wanted the above. Unfortunately in person it looks nothing like the picture portrays. There were no lanterns, cute tables, umbrellas, and the chairs were not the nice ones shown. Not even close. I got there and was so saddened by how it wasn’t nearly as luxurious. It looked overrun, small, and a mess. I don’t know if it was because we were there towards the end of the day or what.
Anyway, I wasn’t super impressed with their customer service. There’s nothing wrong with having teenagers run the front desk, but the one girl couldn’t even operate the credit card machine. 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 to pay our bill (and incurred an unnecessary ATM fee). Needless to say, the card obviously worked just fine. We had a lot of little annoying issues that just made our stay slightly off.
Anyway, 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. We ate dinner one night 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 to and from.
This, unfortunately, is the extent we saw of downtown:
We also headed to Golden, Colorado, which was another long drive from the Omni.
So yeah, at the end of the day, only stay here if the reason you’re in Colorado is to be at or near the Omni Interlocken. Otherwise, it’s SO far.