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Could anyone recommend a nice hotel/guest house either in downtown area or on the outskirts. Would I be better, possibly, staying in Manitou Springs? Looking at no more than250/night.
$250/night can get you pretty much any hotel in the city, save for the Broadmoor. There aren't many hotels in Downtown Colorado Springs, which is a shame, because there's a lot to do down there. Both Hilton Antlers and the Mining Exchange Hotel (wyndham.com/hotels/COSME/mai... have good access to Downtown. In the past, I've stayed at the Econo Lodge on North Nevada because it's close and cheap, but it's a pretty nasty motel, so I can't recommend it. Last time, we stayed out in the suburbs.
If Downtown doesn't work for you, you should try Old Colorado City, which is just as active. There's this: http://www.oldtown-guesthouse.com/
Manitou is fine as well but it's very, very touristy, and the restaurants aren't as good as a result. The hotels are also overpriced. If you just want to go to take the cog railway and stay a couple of days though, then it may be a good option.
There are literally tons of hotels in the Colorado Springs area.
If you are looking for luxury then the Broadmoor is the place to go. It's a true five star hotel and the cost per night for a king room is about 180. The natural surroundings of the hotel are absolutely fantastic. However if you decide to stay there be sure to get a room on a high floor with a view. Don't stay on the first floor it is too noisy.
Another great place to stay in town for about100 is the Staybridge Suites on Commerce Center Drive. Nice rooms and very helpful staff. Three weeknights a week they have a free light dinner with drinks.
As the previous commenter pointed out there is a lot to do in downtown Colorado Springs but unfortunately there are no good hotels there.
Be sure and see the Air Force Academy, the Canyon area, and drive around some of the huge big homes that are downtown.