Boulder is a uniquely beautiful city to stay in, with hotels, inns, and lodges overlooking the Rocky Mountains. Whether you plan to explore the Flatirons or stroll down Pearl Street, there are plenty of hotels in Boulder to choose from. Read on to discover the finest hotels in this Colorado destination with our guide to the best places to stay in Boulder, bookable on Culture Trip.
Since the 1930s, this well-restored motel at the base of Boulder Canyon has been offering shelter to travelers in cabin-like rooms made from pine logs with piles of cozy bedding. Named after the nearby Flagstaff Mountain, the Flagstaff Suite sleeps four, so you can divide yourselves between the porch, the hot tub, and the coziest of living spaces, all lined with rustic timber, of course. And, if you run out of marshmallows for making s’mores on the barbecue, you’re a mere 15 minutes from Pearl St. Mall.
You’re well placed at this hotel at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, a 9-minute walk from the University of Colorado Boulder and 1.6km (1mile) from Pearl Street Mall, the city’s attractive red-brick, pedestrianized dining, arts, and shopping hub. The location means some rooms overlook the craggy rock formations known as the Colorado Flatirons and inspire you to get out in the fresh air – which you can breathe in through hotel windows that actually open. Before a hike, carb up at the rustic Canyon restaurant on all-American breakfast classics, made with goodies from the region’s farms and ranches.
Outdoorsy types will feel right at home at this themed boutique hotel, close to Pearl Street Mall but minutes from a hiking trail. Picnic tables, lanterns, and green-grass carpets bring the outside in, where guests can mingle by the climbing wall, hot tub, and juice bar. S’mores kits are provided for evenings by the fire pit and daily happy hours showcase local craft beer. Want to go the whole hog? Book the Great Indoors Room, designed to look like a bona fide campsite.
This surprising hotel in Boulder, on the corner of Canyon Boulevard and 28th Street, looks more like a boutique hideaway than a big-name chain. There are swinging egg chairs and jewel-colored velvet sofas in the lobby, a chic restaurant, and an on-site spa focusing on facial treatments and makeup. Rooms have hand-painted local artwork, sliding barn-style bathroom doors, and Keurig coffee makers to add an unexpectedly luxurious feel.
Expect all-day entertainment, pampering, and dining under one roof at the Ameristar Resort in Boulder. The two-story casino is a big attraction here with 1,250 slot and video machines and 40 table games – but non-gamblers can also retire to the spa to wallow in hot tubs on a heated open-air patio. There’s plenty of choice when hunger strikes too, with a steakhouse, coffee shop, international buffet, deli, and cozy fireside restaurant all available on-site.
For more options, discover our guide on the best pet-friendly hotels in Boulder, Colorado, and book now on Culture Trip.
Additional reporting by Siobhan Grogan and Jo Fernandez.
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