The Best Cheap Hotels in Boulder, Colorado

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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23 November 2020

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or Boulder is your home away from home, there are times when you need a budget-friendly option. Luckily, there are plenty of worthwhile hotels, inns and lodges in the city that won’t empty your wallet, but will provide an enjoyable stay. Take a look at this list of the best affordable hotels around Boulder.

Courtyard by Marriott Boulder Broomfield

Chain Hotel, Hotel
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Courtyard by Marriott Boulder Broomfield
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Courtyard by Marriott Boulder Broomfield is conveniently located off US Highway 36, which makes it easy to pop over to downtown Boulder in less than 15 minutes, or to Denver’s mural-filled River North Arts district in about 30 minutes. The hotel features 152 updated guest rooms, many of which have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains.
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Foot of the Mountain Motel

Boutique Hotel, Motel
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Foot of the Mountain Motel
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Foot of the Mountain Motel features 20 cozy rooms with decor inspired by vintage cabins and mountain motels. At the family-owned property, guests can enjoy amenities such as in-room fridges, bike rentals, a book-lending library and complimentary breakfast. The boutique motel also offers easy access to the Boulder Creek Path, which leads to the downtown area in less than 2mi (3km).

Boulder Adventure Lodge

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Boulder Adventure Lodge
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Looking for an affordable campsite with private suites and cabins? Boulder Adventure Lodge (A-Lodge) has you covered. Tented camping sites sit on wooden decks built into the hillside above the A-Lodge, and there are two car camping spots for vans in the main parking area. The rustic lodge also features Boulder’s only youth hostel room, which sleeps up to 12 people in connecting rooms and has a communal kitchen and a lounge space.
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Basecamp Boulder

Boutique Hotel, Motel
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Basecamp Boulder
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As its name suggests, this hotel near downtown Boulder was designed to have the feel of a base camp. Its 50 mountain-themed rooms are centered around a cozy communal lobby where guests can gather to share stories and exchange tips before or after their outdoor adventures. The property is also close to prime hiking, biking and running areas such as the Boulder Creek Path and Chautauqua Park.
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  • Hyatt Place Boulder / Pearl Street

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    Hyatt Place Boulder:Pearl Street
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    Featuring 150 large guest rooms, each equipped with a private bedroom and separate living area, Hyatt Place Boulder / Pearl Street is a comfortable place to rest your head. The hotel is a short drive from the base of Boulder’s Flatirons. It’s also within walking distance of popular breweries such as Sanitas Brewing Company, where you can sip on the Everyday Mountain Lager with Citra hop aromatics.
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    Best Western Plus Boulder Inn

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    Best Western Plus Boulder Inn
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    A seminal copper sculpture by award-winning US sculptor Bernard Brenner is on display in the lobby of Best Western Plus Boulder Inn, welcoming you to this budget-friendly hotel located within walking distance of the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. Utilize the hotel’s bike loan program to navigate the Boulder Creek Path or head to unique nearby establishments such as the Dark Horse, a 1975 dive bar decorated with movie props and antiques.
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    Twin Lakes Inn

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    Boulder Twin Lakes Inn
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    Twin Lakes Inn is a hostel-style property geared toward guests choosing long-term stays. The 33 rooms are simple, but each has its own private bathroom and amenities such as coffee makers and mini-fridges. There’s also a large communal kitchen and an outdoor patio where you can make home-cooked meals. However, because the inn is located in the northeastern Gunbarrel neighborhood, you’ll likely want a car to reach downtown areas like the Pearl Street Mall from here.
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