The Best Hotels in Boulder

Hiking in the Flatirons is one of the best things to do on a trip to Boulder
Hiking in the Flatirons is one of the best things to do on a trip to Boulder | © Efrain Padro / Alamy Stock Photo
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30 November 2020

Boulder is a uniquely beautiful city to stay in, with hotels, inns, and lodges overlooking the Rocky Mountains. Whether you visit to explore the Flatirons or stroll down Pearl Street, there are plenty of accommodation options to choose from. Read on to discover the most special places to stay in this Colorado destination.

Basecamp Boulder

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Basecamp Boulder
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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.
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Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder

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For a city break with added thrills, the Embassy Suites lies between the shops and restaurants of Downtown Boulder, and the hiking and climbing of Eldorado Canyon State Park. There’s plenty to enjoy at the hotel itself too, including a two-story fitness center, a lively restaurant serving comforting classics, and a rooftop pool with majestic mountain views. A daily evening reception offers free drinks and snacks while all suites have a kitchenette for no-hassle nights in.
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Hilton Garden Inn Boulder

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Hilton Garden Inn Boulder
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This surprising hotel 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.
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Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk

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Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk
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Expect all-day entertainment, pampering, and dining under one roof at the Ameristar resort. The two-story casino is the 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.
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Hotel Boulderado

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Hotel Boulderado, Boulder
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The Hotel Boulderado is a Boulder institution, now recognized as a historic place on the National Register. Built in 1909, the Boulderado has a dazzling leaded stained-glass ceiling and other old-fashioned touches like an original cherrywood staircase, Victorian decor, and manually operated elevator. Choose from over 160 rooms and suites with stellar views of the foothills and enjoy the room service, spa, salon, and fitness center. If you prefer to dine on-site, try the award-winning Spruce Farm & Fish restaurant or the License No. 1 speakeasy-themed bar.
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St Julien Hotel and Spa

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St Julien Hotel and Spa, Boulder
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Winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award, the St Julien Hotel and Spa is between the Flatirons and Pearl Street Mall. This luxury hotel has over 200 rooms and suites, as well as a 24-hour fitness center, spa, and an award-winning restaurant. The spa includes a sauna, steam room, and lap pool, as well as treatments to get your fix of pampering. Jill’s Restaurant prepares food right at your table, and the T-Zero Lounge serves signature martinis and an excellent fine wine collection.

Alps Boulder Canyon Inn

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Alps Boulder Canyon Inn, Boulder
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The Alps Boulder Canyon Inn, a luxury country inn built in 1870, is a historic Boulder landmark. This cozy spot has 12 rooms, many of which come with a wood-burning fireplace, outdoor patio, and private whirlpool for two. There is a romantic charm about the place, which is filled with nooks and crannies and warmed with a fire in the hearth – it’s no wonder why many newlyweds flock to the inn every year. It offers stellar views of Boulder Canyon and is just a short trip from downtown.
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Briar Rose

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Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast, Boulder
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Briar Rose is the definition of unique Boulder lodging, with its proximity to the mountains and downtown, home-away-from-home environment, and value of green initiatives. The main house has tranquil gardens, a dining room, and a meditation room – the innkeeper happens to be a Zen monk. There are 10 rooms, each one unique but all complete with amenities like a television, wifi, and ensuite bathrooms. The house is decorated with Japanese art and dotted with ikebana flower arrangements. An organic breakfast is included, as well as unlimited tea and cookies.

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  • Boulder Adventure Lodge (A-Lodge)

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    Boulder Adventure Lodge, Boulder
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    Formerly the Boulder Mountain Lodge, the Boulder Adventure Lodge maintains the same standard of excellence as its predecessor. This bucolic location is mere miles from the majestic Eldorado Canyon, as well as the popular Eldora Mountain ski resort. Enjoy the lodge’s bike rentals and explore the network of Boulder Canyon paths, or relax mountainside in the outdoor hot tub. Don’t miss the slackline course on the grounds, where you can practice your balance and endurance skills.
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    Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel

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    Renaissance Boulder FlatIron Hotel, Boulder
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    The Renaissance Flatiron Hotel is about 10 minutes from Downtown Boulder in nearby Broomfield. This luxury hotel is in a prime location in the Rocky Mountain Foothills and only a short drive from Denver. There are 232 suites with all the amenities, down to chocolates on your pillow and complimentary turndown service. The award-winning Flatz Restaurant serves upscale American fare on an outdoor patio next to rustic fire pits. The Renaissance also has a fitness center, a sun deck, and outdoor whirlpools overlooking the mountains.
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    Bradley Boulder Inn

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    Bradley Boulder Inn, Boulder
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    Just off of Pearl Street is the inviting Bradley Boulder Inn, a homey B&B with a welcoming atmosphere and excellent views of the foothills. This is an ideal place to return after a hectic day of Boulder sightseeing – you’ll find a fire crackling in the stone hearth and complimentary wine and cheese on the table. There are 12 unique suites, and a homemade breakfast is included – plus it’s just a stone’s throw from downtown Boulder hotspots like Mateo and the Mountain Sun Brewery. Don’t miss the local artwork adorning the walls.

    Chautauqua

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    Colorado Chautauqua, Boulder
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    The Chautauqua, located in Boulder’s central park, offers a respite from the bustle of students and businesses downtown. Nestled at the base of the Flatirons, this is a calm and pastoral spot that offers easy access to hiking trails, fishing ponds, and other natural sights in Boulder. The lodging is connected to the cultural center, which offers free lectures, fine dining, and often live music. There are 58 cottages with kitchenettes, wide-screen porches, and other amenities.

    Boulder Twin Lakes Inn

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    Boulder Twin Lakes Inn, Boulder
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    In the quiet residential neighborhood of northeast Boulder is the Twin Lakes Inn, a modern country inn that values old-fashioned hospitality. The 33 suites come equipped with televisions, kitchenettes, refrigerators, and ensuite bathrooms. This is an ideal spot to bring children and family to enjoy the quaint fishing pond on the grounds, the nearby playground, or the outdoor hot tub under the gazebo.
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    Additional reporting by Siobhan Grogan.

    These recommendations were updated on November 30, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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