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Hotel Boulderado 3.0

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Pros

  • Convenient location in the center of downtown Boulder
  • Hotel offers cool historic tours of the building
  • Museum-quality antiques in common areas and rooms
  • Cozy, inviting rooms with historic charm plus modern comforts
  • Fitness center with cardio machines and free weights
  • Gorgeous lobby with grand staircase and stained glass skylight
  • Atmospheric restaurant and bars on-site (plus room service)
  • Fans of the paranormal claim rooms 302 and 304 are haunted
  • Smoke-free property (a con for some)
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Frequent events create noise that travels to some rooms
  • Fee for parking
  • It is a bit of a walk to some rooms; could be a challenge for guests with mobility issues

Bottom Line

The 160-room mid-range Hotel Boulderado, originally built in 1909, is a National Historic Landmark. The hotel's decor is heavy on antiques and original features provide a feel for the building's history, from the intricate tile floors to the stained glass skylight to the charming historic elevator. The restaurant and bars are popular and atmospheric, and rooms combine an early 20th-century vibe with modern comforts. The location, in the center of downtown Boulder, is ideal for tourists and business travelers.

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Scene

Charming, historic hotel

Stepping in to the Hotel Boulderado is taking a trip back in time. The building has been lovingly restored and furnished to recall its early 20th-century beginnings. The enormous lobby is crowned by an exquisite stained glass canopy ceiling, and features an original cherry wood staircase, so photogenic that many newly married couples stop here to have first photos taken. The original mosaic tile floors are pristine, and the elevator, one of the first in Boulder, is also original to the building, and operated by an attendant. There is real history here, and the hotel offers tours of the building for interested guests.

Location

In the center of downtown Boulder, near shopping, dining, and phenomenal hiking and biking trails

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The Hotel Boulderado is ideally located in the center of downtown Boulder, a great spot for tourists and business travelers alike. The Pearl Street pedestrian mall is a block from the entrance, and the Boulder Creek hiking, biking, and running path is three blocks away. The hotel is surrounded by shops and restaurants, and there are plenty of winter sports, as well as golf, within a short drive.

Rooms

Elegant Victorian decor, antique furniture, and flat-screen TVs with video game consoles

Rooms at the Hotel Boulderado are individually decorated with an elegant Victorian vibe (that some find a bit stuff), but come with all the modern comforts guests expect. The original, more elegant, building brings a greater sense of history, but rooms are smaller; the new wing has fewer 1909 touches. All rooms are furnished with antiques, including lovely vanities. Floral wallpaper and fringed lampshades add atmosphere, but 21st-century microwaves are available upon request. Bathrooms are bright and clean, with free toiletries. iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, and video games are included. Light sleepers should request rooms at a distance from elevator shafts.

Features

Beautiful event spaces, gift shop, pool table, and fitness center

The Hotel Boulderado has nine meeting rooms and event spaces, and an original cherry wood stairway that features in many spectacular wedding photos. There is a business center with computers, fax, and an antique typewriter for context. The gift shop sells last minute items and lovely gifts, including jewelry. Guests have privileges at a large nearby health club, but there is a fitness center on-site with cardio machines and free weights. 

Spruce Farm and Fish serves fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and fish and oysters from sustainable fishermen, in a handsome environment of high ceilings, dark wood, stained glass, and pine green walls, alongside a classic oyster bar. The Corner Bar offers bar food from early until late, with a vast menu of local microbrews, under the watchful eye of a moose head mounted above the bar. The feel is of an upscale saloon. For more clandestine cocktails, License No. 1, a former Speakeasy in the basement, has a fun, 1920s gangster vibe.

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Address

2115 13th St, Boulder, Colorado 80302-4801, United States

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