The Penrose Room
Timeless Memories in Gracious Elegance
With its breathtaking views and wrap-around balcony, the glass-enclosed Cornet Room is the perfect setting to experience a one-of-a-kind chef’s tasting menu, designed to entertain guests or celebrate a special milestone.
High atop the Broadmoor, the Penrose Room, glistening in five-star, five-diamond splendor, creates memories that last a lifetime.
Step off the elevator, and you are swept into the magic of an unforgettable evening.
A panorama of stunning, three-hundred-and-sixty-degree views literally takes your breath away, while the warmth and graciousness of the staff captures your heart.
Duane Thompson, beloved Maître d’ of the Penrose Room, and his extraordinary team genuinely care about each and every one of their guests. “They know they can count on us to make their special occasion everything they want it to be,” Thompson says.
Once seated, a three-person team looks after your every need. A Pashmina shawl if you are chilly, a pillow for your seat, or a small flashlight to capture the smallest detail.
The menu is exquisite, seasonally-inspired with a European flair. Each dish is truly a work of art.
“We want our food to make sense, “ says Bertrand Bouquin, Executive Chef of the Broadmoor, “simple flavors that everyone knows, but it’s the presentation that makes them special.”
Selections such as the Foie Gras Torchon ‘Lucullus’ delight the senses. Cylinders of foie gras are presented on the plate with glass-like jewels of port wine gellée, then alternated with house-cured duck prosciutto, and flanked with lightly-dressed frisée.
The delicate sweetness of the Peekytoe Crab Salad, topped with a crispy brick dough tuile, cooked in warm spices and served with a pearl of citrus juice, is the perfect salute to springtime.
If you prefer a more dramatic approach, choose the ever-popular Caesar salad, presented tableside with a flourish.
While dining, the lilting sounds of Lila Mori and the Penrose Room Trio entice you to sweep your partner into your arms and onto the dance floor where you’ll enjoy songs from Irving Berlin and Burt Bacharach to Nora Jones and Michael Bublé.
Almost every night, after surreptitious communications with Thompson and his staff, a hopeful young suitor will request a special song. After the final strains, he will lean down on one knee and propose to his sweetheart, much to the excitement of the other dancers on the floor.
“Most of the time,” Thompson says, “it’s a dessert event. A domed dessert item is brought to the table, and, indeed, it’s the ring.”
But one evening, Denver businessman Kevin Preuss went above and beyond for his girlfriend, Sarah. He designed a proposal on a specially-created wine label. When Sommelier, Blaine Hunt, presented the wine bottle to the couple, Kevin dropped to one knee and slipped the ring on Sarah’s finger, while Broadmoor photographer, Mic Garofolo memorialized the moment forever.
The staff’s delight in creating memorable experiences also extends to honoring special culinary requests. If your dessert favorites are not on the menu, you are more than welcome to order them, from classic Bananas Foster and Crêpes Suzette to the chef’s heavenly-soft Grand Marnier and Chocolate Soufflés.
Special Touches Extend After Dessert
The Finale, a selection of petit fours called mignardis, including chocolates, jellies and macaroons, is graciously presented to each guest by the captain.
And, as an additional surprise, you’ll receive specially wrapped take-home treats, such as a mini pound cake or a gourmet marshmallow, another gift from acclaimed Executive Pastry Chef, Adam W. Thomas.
Just one of the many lasting memories you will treasure from an evening to remember.
With Easter and Mother’s Day fast approaching, the Penrose Room may be the perfect venue for your celebration. Their holiday lunch buffets offer an abundance of riches. As you wander from station to station, you’ll be enchanted by their dazzling displays, from tapas and platters of charcuteries and cheese, to an elegantly-appointed raw bar, a chef-manned carving station and exquisitely-presented desserts.
The buffets also give you the opportunity to enjoy the Penrose Room’s spectacular daytime views while sampling seasonal favorites.