With winter just around the corner, it’s time to start planning your first ski trip! This year, hit the hills in one of Outside Magazine’s top sports towns in America. Boulder is known for its outdoor activities, laid-back vibe, and sunny-all-year climate. This gateway to Colorado’s best ski areas is also home to some excellent hotels. Whether you are looking for luxury or a great price on rooms for the family, here are our top hotel picks for your next Boulder getaway.
Luxury seekers need look no further than St. Julien Hotel & Spa, which has received almost every travel accolade out there, including an AAA Four Diamond Award, Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, and a spot on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2013 Gold List. The guest rooms have all of the standard luxe amenities (even a mini-bar!), the T-Zero Lounge serves killer cocktails, and the Saturday afternoon teas are legendary.
Take a step back in time at Hotel Boulderado, a Boulder institution since 1909. This hotel, which is on the national register of historic places, evokes the area’s Victorian history while providing second-to-none “new world service.” Guests love the location, the Wild West charm, and the cheap drinks in Catacombs bar.
The Bradley Boulder is an elegant downtown inn offering spacious luxury accommodations (all twelve rooms include a fireplace, a Jacuzzi, and a view). Guests can’t say enough about the décor, breakfast, wine and cheese reception, and outstanding service. The best part is the rates, which at under $200/night in the off-season, make this place a steal.
Marriott hotels are consistently reliable for affordable quality, and the Boulder Marriott is no exception. The hotel, which is in walking distance of the University of Colorado and many popular attractions, provides a high-end experience for mid-range prices. The view is unparalleled and the staff are excellent.
Planning a romantic getaway or ski weekend? Check out the Alps Boulder Canyon Inn, a boutique historic B&B just outside the city. After a tough day on the slopes, you and your sweetheart can relax in front of your own personal fireplace before slipping between 600-thread-count sheets. The breakfasts, afternoon cookies, and friendly hosts make this a stay to remember.
Hampton Inns are pretty standard fair, but the brand new Boulder property, located in the northern part of the city, is something special. The hotel is LEED certified, offers views of the Flatiron Mountains, and has all of the expected amenities, including a free hot breakfast. This isn’t a luxury property, but if you are looking for a comfortable room at an affordable price, it is a great option.
Business travelers and those looking for all of the comforts of home love the Lookout Inn, which is a small all-suite inn located north of the city. Guests love the spacious rooms, full breakfasts (two words: Waffle Wednesdays!), and extensive well-appointed grounds. If the Lookout is full, check out the nearby Boulder Twin Lakes Inn, which offers similar accommodations.
Boulder seems to have cornered the market on affordable quality. The pet-friendly, Energy Star-certified Quality Inn & Suites is the perfect hotel for families, located near the university and the bustling Pearl Street. This property receives consistently excellent ratings on TripAdvisor, including from self-proclaimed “hotel snobs,” so even if Quality Inns are not usually high on your list, this one is worth exploring.
If you’re looking for an extended stay close to downtown, the Homewood Suites offers apartment-style accommodations with a view. This Hilton property gets two thumbs up for its stellar service, complimentary breakfast, and evening snacks and drinks. The hotel is currently undergoing renovations, so expect the already-high quality to improve.
Ninety-three percent of Expedia reviewers can’t be wrong. This property is a bit outside of the city, but a perfect place for travelers looking to explore Boulder’s beautiful surroundings and get in a little outdoor action. The HIE breakfast is always a favorite, and guests rave about the staff.
Before you go, be sure to check Hotel Engine for the best hotel rates available. Enjoy your stay in Boulder!
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