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Boulder Twin Lakes Inn 2.0

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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  • Affordable and equipped for long-term stays
  • All rooms have microwaves, mini-fridges, and dishwashers
  • Communal kitchen and laundry facilities on-site
  • Free continental breakfast, parking, Wi-Fi
  • On-site hot tub and free use of nearby athletic club
  • Recreation paths, grassy park and barbecue just outside of hotel
  • Book exchange in lobby
  • Free pass to a nearby athletic club


  • Far from downtown Boulder
  • Rooms lack adequate soundproofing
  • Carpet and curtains in need of updating

Bottom Line

Quite possibly the most affordable property in Boulder, the Twin Lakes Inn is a budget hotel that looks a bit like a youth hostel and is geared toward extended-stay guests. Rooms -- though simple and a little dated -- all have private bathrooms and there's a communal kitchen. As it's situated in a residential area away from the popular Pearl Street and the University of Colorado, a car is probably necessary to get around, although there are bus stops nearby.

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Budget hotel with youth hostel ambience including communal kitchen and laundry

Housed in what from the outside looks like an old, two-story apartment complex, the Twin Lakes Inn is a youth hostel-style property with several home-like facilities for long-term guests. The lobby is a simple space with a front desk, a few small tables and chairs, a small room with a vending and an ice machine, and bookshelves stocked with a take-one, leave-one book exchange. The hallways are bare but clean and the breakfast room is a DIY operation with containers of cereal, a toaster, a coffeemaker, and a glass box of pastries. There's a large communal kitchen with two stoves and ovens, dishwasher, lots of cupboard space, a full-sized refrigerator, and a large dining table. Outside, there's a small patio and gazebo as well as a barbecue for guest use and covered hot tub.


Near Gunbarrel, a 10-minute drive from downtown Boulder

Situated in a residential area in the northeastern corner of Boulder, Twin Lakes Inn is about five miles or a 10-minute drive from the popular pedestrian shopping area Pearl Street and a 15-minute drive from the University of Colorado campus. The closest ski area -- Eldora Mountain Resort -- is about 50 minutes away by car, or an hour and 45 minutes by bus. There's a bus stop a two-minute walk from the hotel as well as a recreation path via which downtown Boulder can be reached by bicycle in about 20 minutes. The nearest grocery story is a four-minute drive or 20-minute walk away.


Clean and spacious rooms with old carpet and curtains and tube-style TVs

There are 33 rooms at the Twin Lakes Inn, each of which is spacious and has a surprisingly comfortable queen- or king-sized bed and a private bathroom. The carpets, curtains, and TVs appear date back to the 1980s and are due for an update. All rooms have microwaves and mini-fridges as well as free Wi-Fi access. Some rooms have two queen beds and a sofa bed and can sleep up to six people. One room has a full-size kitchen. All rooms have basic but clean bathrooms with shower/tub combos. Past guests have complained about noise issues between units. Rooms can be rented by the week or month at a discounted rate.


Free breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking plus hot tub, communal kitchen, and free access to nearby gym

The Twin Lakes Inn offers free parking, Wi-Fi access, and a covered outdoor hot tub. Guests can help themselves to a continental breakfast of cereal, pastries, coffee, and juice and there's a full-sized communal kitchen and a coin-operated laundry area for guest use. Although there's no gym, all guests get a free pass to a nearby athletic club. There's also a playground and small park right outside, as well as an outdoor patio, a gazebo, and a communal barbecue.

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6485 Twin Lakes Rd, Boulder, Colorado 80301-3185, United States

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