The Hotel Boulderado is a Boulder institution, now recognized as a Historic Place in the National Register. Built in 1909, the Boulderado is reminiscent of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, with its dazzling leaded stained glass ceiling and other old-fashioned touches like the 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 full complement of room service, spa, salon, and fitness center. The Boulderado is within walking distance to downtown bars and eateries. If you prefer to stay in, try the award-winning Spruce Farm and Fish restaurant or the Licence No. 1 speakeasy-themed bar.
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 is crackling in the stone hearth and complimentary wine and cheese is sitting on the table. There are 12 unique suite rooms with modern amenities like television and wireless internet, and a homemade breakfast is included. The Bradley is also a stone’s throw from downtown Boulder hotspots like Mateo and the Mountain Sun Brewery. Don’t miss the local artwork adorning the walls.
Tucked away in the Flatirons by Settler’s Park is the Silver Saddle Motel, a rustic lodge with easy access to the mountains as well as to downtown. This cabin getaway is the perfect place for hikers, picnickers, and sightseers to rest after an active day or wake up to the mountains. The cabins each have a full-sized bed, television, internet, and kitchenette. On the western side of the property are the suites with queen beds and en suite bathrooms. The Saddle is right on Boulder Creek, so bring your kayaks and tubes!
The Briar Rose is the definition of a Boulder lodging – meaning, one that values green initiatives, proximity to the mountains and Downtown, and creating a home-away-from-home environment. The main house has tranquil gardens, a dining room, and a meditation room (the innkeeper happens to be a zen monk). There are ten rooms, each one unique but all complete with basic amenities like television, wireless, and en suite 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.
Winner of the Four Diamond Award among many other accolades is the St. Julien Hotel and Spa, sandwiched 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.
The Alps Boulder Canyon Inn, a luxury country inn built before 1870, is a historic Boulder landmark. This cozy spot has 12 rooms, many of which come with a wood-burning fireplace, an outdoor patio, and private whirlpool for two. There is an unmistakably romantic charm about the place – filled with cozy nooks and crannies and warmed with a fire in the hearth, it really is no wonder why many newlyweds flock to the inn every year. There are stellar views of Boulder canyon and it is just a short trip to downtown.
In the adjacent Broomfield, about ten minutes from Downtown Boulder, is the Renaissance Flatiron Hotel. This is a luxury hotel that is in a prime location on 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.
Formerly the Boulder Mountain Lodge, the newly-owned and operated Boulder Adventure Lodge maintains the same standard of excellence as its predecessor. This bucolic location is only 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.
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 Flatiron foothills, 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.
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 en suite 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.