Note: SCP provided my stay but all words and photos are mine.
We recently headed down to Colorado Springs to visit the SCP Hotel. SCP stands for “Soul, Community, Planet.” The idea is to nurture your soul, meet up with the community around you, and take care of the planet while staying with them. These philosophies are pretty much baked into every single thing around the hotel.
However, “hotel” is a bit of a misnomer, because SCP is so many things brought together.
While it’s not 100% complete yet, they took what was a run-down motel and renovated it into a chic, modern place to stay in south Colorado Springs – yet keeping the charm of the old building. A lot of thought went into this. Because while keeping the old structure eliminated the possibility of LEED Green Building certification, to not save the building would have meant tons of concrete just dumped into a landfill.
The rooms are comfortable and warm, yet utilitarian. Most of the wood is beetle-kill, which is both beautiful and a recycled product. They truly have thought of everything. Even the soaps are from recycled oils.
In addition to the hotel space, there is a market, a fitness studio and a co-working area.
The market has reasonably priced, locally sourced things that not only a hotel guest might need, but someone in the local area might normally pop into a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s for. Except in the Springs, both of those stores are on the north side of town, so for people on the south side, this would be much more convenient.
Co-Working at SCP Commons
The co-working space is exactly what you would want and need. I know, because I actually worked there for a few days. Although I love having my home office, I cherish the ability to be a digital nomad as needed. SCP Commons offers a large communal workspace, private conference room, along with 24/7 access to the SCP Fit fitness center and outdoor pool. SCP is offering monthly memberships now at introductory rate pricing!
SCP Fit Fitness Classes
I was unable (to get my butt out of bed for) the classes at SCP, but it’s an important value to them. They know people traveling often get off their routine, but hotel gyms are usually a hot mess. Their classes are available for a fee to the community (there is that C again) but free for hotel guests. That way people come together for yoga and pilates as they normally would – with a group of sweaty strangers. Fitness during travel doesn’t just have to be the weird treadmill in the corner, right?
SCP also offers music and a fun place to hang out.
There is a beer and wine bar in the cozy reception area and live music usually every Friday and Saturday night. Check out their calendar for who is playing and head on over, even if you are not a hotel guest.
SCP has made it very clear – everyone is welcome!
2850 S Circle Dr
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Rates: Around $100-125 per night
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