The Best Luxury Hotels in Boulder, Colorado

Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast is the best choice for an eco-friendly stay
Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast is the best choice for an eco-friendly stay | Courtesy of Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast / Expedia
Sarah Buder

Whether you’d like to soak in the jacuzzi at a lavish spa or sip wine by the roaring fire at a traditional inn, you can plan the perfect stay at one of the best luxury hotels in Boulder.

Boulder is known for its laid-back, outdoor adventure-loving residents and unpretentious vibe. Still, the city has plenty of upscale offerings, from award-winning locavore restaurants to top-rated hotels and spas. If you’re looking to elevate your Boulder experience, consider splurging on a luxury hotel for your next getaway.

1. St Julien Hotel and Spa

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French doors of a bedroom at St Julien Hotel and Spa with a rust-red carpet opening onto a private balcony with simple patio furniture
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St Julien Hotel and Spa boasts 201 guest rooms with unbeatable views of the famed Flatirons. Each of the elegant rooms features four-poster beds draped in Italian linens, as well as an over-size bathroom appointed with the St Julien’s signature Canyon Mint toiletries. Still, the property’s crown jewel might be its world-renowned spa, which offers calming CBD treatments along with traditional body therapies, including facials and massages.

2. Hotel Boulderado

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Elegant, old-fashioned room with a double bed, ornate red wallpaper and matching drapes and a small baroque-style settee at Hotel Boulderado
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Hotel Boulderado is the first luxury hotel (opened in 1909) and one of the best boutique hotels in Boulder. It blends old-fashioned elements such as mosaic floors with modern amenities including an on-site spa and fitness center. The five-story brick building sits in the heart of downtown Boulder, so you won’t have to travel far to find award-winning cuisine. Don’t miss the pan-seared Rocky Mountain trout with wild rice and brown-butter glaze, served at the signature Spruce Farm and Fish restaurant.

3. Alps Boulder Canyon Inn

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Exterior of the Alps Boulder Canyon Inn, Boulder, at sunset
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Based in the Boulder Canyon, less than 10 minutes by car from downtown, Alps Boulder Canyon Inn was built in 1870 to serve travelers heading to Colorado’s mining districts. The 12 tasteful suites in the historic inn have been updated to include modern amenities such as wood-burning fireplaces, outdoor patios, and, in some rooms, even private whirlpool tubs. Enjoy the mountain views – you’re on the edge of the wilderness out here.

4. Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast, Hotel

Cosy living room featuring turquoise walls, a fireplace, a couch, blue armchairs, a wooden coffee table and dining table at Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast
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Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast is an eco-friendly spot with a tranquil garden and an on-site meditation room. The inn, owned and operated by an ordained Zen monk, features 10 peaceful guest rooms decorated with Japanese art and stocked with eco-friendly Shikai bath products. Guests will also enjoy a complimentary organic breakfast, with everything from pasture-raised eggs and freshly baked bread to home-made frittata.

5. Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder

Chain Hotel, Hotel, Apartment

Outdoor pool with blue umbrellas in inner courtyard at Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder
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Swap old-school inns for the gleaming, modern Embassy Suites hotel with its heated rooftop pool and two-story fitness center. There are 204 suites, and each one includes two large bedrooms and a separate living room with a dining table, mini-fridge, and microwave. Downstairs, tuck into a free cooked-to-order breakfast at Brickstones Kitchen, styled like a hipster bar. Boulder’s key sights are on your doorstep, including the Twenty-Ninth Street Mall and the University of Colorado campus.

6. The Bradley Boulder Inn

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Exterior of the Bradley Boulder Inn, brightly lit at sundown
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This adults-only bed and breakfast is hidden away on a quiet, tree-lined street, just two blocks from downtown’s Pearl Street Mall. The elegant inn features 12 suites, some with private balconies or fireplaces. If the weather turns bad, you’ll be pleased to know that all guests receive complimentary access to the nearby health club. Bradley Boulder Inn also provides guests with complimentary treats throughout the day, including a delicious home-cooked breakfast with organic coffee and tea, plus an evening wine and cheese hour by the roaring fireplace.

7. Niwot Inn and Spa

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A cosy and traditional bedroom at Niwot Inn and Spa with a wall-mounted TV above a fireplace
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Situated in historic downtown Niwot, about 10mi (16km) from downtown Boulder, Niwot Inn and Spa features decorative touches inspired by the area’s Native American heritage. Each of the 13 guest rooms features custom furniture and stone fireplaces in addition to fully renovated bathrooms with copper sinks and soft organic cotton bathrobes to curl up in. This family-run inn also has a premiere spa, plus a complimentary wine and cheese hour each evening, served by a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace in the eye-grabbing communal room.

8. The Colorado Chautauqua

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Cosy lounge area in muted beige tones at Colorado Chautauqua featuring a brown leather couch, a rocking chair, wooden tables and chairs
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The Colorado Chautauqua has been hosting visitors at the base of Boulder’s picturesque Flatirons since 1898. The historic property has 58 cottages and two lodges, each adorned with antique amenities such as clawfoot tubs or stone fireplaces. It also includes the Chautauqua Auditorium, a still-operating landmark venue listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Don’t miss the on-site dining hall (open for brunch, lunch, and dinner), where seasonally focused dishes such as braised short rib and crispy brussels sprouts are served.

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