You don’t necessarily have to stay in Boulder to have a totally enjoyable Boulder experience. These are the best hotels near the city.
Even if your goal is to hike Boulder’s Flatirons or spend hours perusing the downtown Pearl Street Mall, you can still do so if you stay outside the city in locations such as Longmont, Broomfield or Niwot. In fact, it’s fairly easy to drive to and from Boulder (and nearby attractions such as Rocky Mountain National Park) from the following hotels. These are the best hotels near Boulder to keep on your radar for future travels.
Niwot Inn & Spa is about ten miles northeast of Boulder in historic downtown Niwot. The family-run property honors Niwot’s Native American history with custom decorative touches such as hand-plastered clay walls and high cathedral arches, made from Douglas Fir. In addition to 13 guest rooms and on-site spa, you can enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, plus a wine and cheese hour by a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace in the communal great room each evening.
You’ll find Twin Lakes Inn in the residential Gunbarrel neighborhood about halfway between downtown Boulder and Niwot. The hostel-style property has 33 rooms with private bathrooms. There’s also a communal kitchen plus an outdoor patio with a barbecue. Twin Lakes Inn is about a 20-minute drive from Boulder’s Chautauqua Trailhead, but there are plenty of grassy parks and scenic walking trails nearby, such as the Twin Lakes Open Space and Boulder Reservoir.
From Longmont’s Best Western Plus Plaza Hotel, it takes less than one hour to reach Estes Park, known as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. The simple, but comfortable, 210-room hotel is also situated just 25 minutes from downtown Boulder. As you drive toward the striking Flatirons from Longmont to Boulder, make a quick pit stop at Celestial Seasonings, a well-known tea company with a charming shop and weekday café.
Located between Boulder and Broomfield near the 18-hole Coal Creek Golf Course, Best Western Plus Louisville Inn & Suites is a standard hotel set among seriously spectacular surroundings. From here, you can pop over to downtown Boulder, just five miles up US Highway 36. You can also head southeast toward Denver and reach the street art and brewery-line RiNo Art District in about 30 minutes.
Even though it’s located roughly 15 minutes from the base of the Flatirons, Courtyard by Marriott Boulder Broomfield has its own scenic views of the Boulder Valley and surrounding Rocky Mountains. The hotel features straightforward amenities such as a complimentary breakfast and fitness center. It’s also conveniently located just off the Boulder-Denver Turnpike, making it easy to pop over to Denver within about 30 minutes.
Courtyard by Marriott Boulder Longmont sits just off CO-119 Diagonal Highway, allowing you to reach downtown Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall in fewer than 15 minutes. The roadside hotel features renovated guest rooms where you can rest your head (and likely your sore legs) after a full day of adventuring in the nearby Rocky Mountain National Park, or exploring any of the more than 150 miles of hiking trail around Boulder.
The 105 guest rooms at Candlewood Suites Longmont are built for extended stays. The modest rooms offer fully-equipped kitchens in addition to private bathrooms and work spaces. The hotel is located just three miles from Longmont’s Main Street. It’s even closer to the tasting room at Colorado’s Left Hand Brewing Company, which started brewing its signature IPAs and stouts more than two decades ago in Longmont.
Comfort Suites Longmont sits across the road from a number of scenic nature trails in Saint Vrain State Park. Located just over 30 minutes northeast of Boulder, the hotel is a short drive from Lyons (en route to Estes Park). After a full day of hiking, cycling, or rock climbing in the Rocky Mountains, head to Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons, where you can snack on toasted pretzels and sample limited-edition IPAs.