18 Great Boulder Hotels for Your Next Colorado Getaway

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Lobby of the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder CO
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Boulder, Colorado, is a vibrant city in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. This scenic city is about 25 miles northwest of Denver, Colorado’s bustling capital, about 30 minutes away, depending on the traffic. Boulder is known for its stunning mountain backdrop, outdoor activities, and a strong sense of community that reflects its unique cultural and historical heritage.

About Boulder

The elevation of Boulder is over 5,300 feet. Breathtaking views of rocky peaks and rolling hills surround Boulder. Whether you’re into hiking, biking, or just enjoying a picnic with a view, Boulder’s landscape offers an endless playground for adventures. I was only there for three days and couldn’t fit everything into my schedule.

The city itself is a blend of modern living and respect for nature, with a friendly vibe that makes everyone feel welcome. While there, I felt the serenity of the mountains yet was close to the amenities I enjoy in a larger city.

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Boulder–The College Town

Because Boulder is a college town, you’ll find many popular hotels within walking distance of the University of Colorado Boulder campus.

The University of Colorado Boulder campus (commonly called CU Boulder) isn’t located in downtown Boulder but is very close to it. The university is approximately a mile southwest of downtown, making it easily accessible from there. The campus is known for its beautiful architecture and picturesque views of the Flatirons, the striking rock formations that are a signature of the landscape.

By the Way – The Flatirons are called that because the term “Flatirons” was used by pioneer women who saw the similarity between their irons and the shape of the mountains. The five main Flatirons in the Boulder area are numbered north to south along the east slope of Green Mountain.

CU Boulder’s campus spreads substantially and is a central activity, education, and research hub. It’s a short walk, bike ride, or bus trip away from downtown Boulder, which means students and visitors can enjoy the best of both worlds: the university’s vibrant academic environment and the restaurants, shops, and entertainment options that downtown Boulder offers. The proximity to downtown also allows for an easy commute between the campus and the city center.

Ultimate Guide To 18 Boulder Hotels - Pearl Street Mall.
Pearl Street Mall. Photo Credit: Julie Diebolt Price

You Can’t-Miss Pearl Street Mall

Pearl Street Mall is a central hub in downtown Boulder, known for its unique charm and vibrant atmosphere. It’s not just a market; it’s a pedestrian-friendly, four-block-long street closed to vehicle traffic, making it a bustling area filled with an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, street performers, and public art.

Here are some excellent reasons to visit Pearl Street Mall:

  1. Shopping: Pearl Street has boutiques selling handmade crafts and clothing to well-known brands. You can find outdoor gear, unique gifts, and fashionable clothing.
  2. Dining: A wide variety of dining options from cozy cafés, gourmet restaurants, street-side eateries, and ice cream shops cater to all tastes and dietary restrictions.
  3. Entertainment: Street performers are common. Magicians, musicians, and artists often entertain crowds, making your stroll an enjoyable experience. I saw a skilled guitarist who delivered a great performance when I was there.
  4. Events: Throughout the year, Pearl Street hosts various events, including festivals, art shows, live music, and holiday celebrations.
  5. Scenery and Atmosphere: The flower baskets, beautiful landscaping, manicured flower beds, and the mountains, Pearl Street is more than just a shopping area. It’s a pleasure to relax, people-watch, and soak up the Boulder energy.
  6. Historical Significance: With the rich local history, many buildings reflect Boulder’s past. It’s an easy way to connect to the city’s heritage.
Ultimate Guide To 18 Boulder Hotels - Boulder Creek Path.
Boulder Creek Path. Photo credit: Julie Diebolt Price

Boulder CO Neighborhoods

Boulder Creek

Boulder Creek is a natural waterway that runs through the heart of Boulder, including the CU Boulder campus. It’s significant because it offers many recreational opportunities, including biking, walking, and running along the Boulder Creek Path, a well-maintained trail that follows the creek for miles. You can also picnic alongside the path and go tubing in the water.


Broomfield is a city located approximately 15 to 20 miles southeast of CU Boulder. It’s about a 20 to 30-minute drive in normal traffic conditions. Part of the greater Denver-Boulder metropolitan area, its proximity to CU Boulder makes it a good residential area for faculty, students, and staff. It offers resources and opportunities for both Denver and Boulder.

East Boulder

East Boulder is a section of the city extending east of the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) campus. It’s known for its mix of residential areas, business parks, recreational facilities, and open spaces.

The area is also home to various businesses and industrial parks, providing employment opportunities within a short commute from the university.

One of the highlights of East Boulder is that it boasts several parks, open spaces, and trails where you can jog, bike, and picnic. It’s a great place to unwind and escape into nature.

Best Boulder Hotels

The Boulder hotels below are listed by distance from the University of Colorado Boulder. These are some of the best hotels in Boulder with appealing amenities.

Hotel Amenities

All hotels listed here offer free wifi. About half of the hotels provide free parking; a couple offer valet or paid parking. Two hotels have EV charging stations for guest use.

Many properties offer free breakfast, have breakfast available for a fee, or have a coffee shop. Others have in-room kitchenettes, microwaves, and refrigerators where you can make breakfast and meals.

Many hotels have a fitness center, gym, or workout room on-site or one nearby. Other options are easy access to fitness activities like hiking, biking (the hotel may offer bike rentals), golf, ping pong, or a rock-climbing wall. A few have seasonal outdoor pool, indoor pool, or rooftop heated pools.

Be sure to check each listing to ensure you get the amenities that you want.

Hotels Less Than One Mile from the University of Colorado Boulder

Ultimate Guide To 18 Boulder Hotels - Hotel Boulderado, Corner Spruce, and 13th.
Hotel Boulderado, Corner Spruce, and 13th. Photo credit: Julie Diebolt Price

Hotel Boulderado

When I was in Boulder in the fall, I stayed at the historic Hotel Boulderado. It was convenient to Pearl Street Mall and within walking distance of the city center. I enjoyed stunning mountain views and great dining and watched brilliant sunrises from my corner suite on the fourth floor. Read more about it here.

Ultimate Guide To 18 Boulder Hotels - Hotel Boulderado Original Entrance.
Hotel Boulderado Original Entrance. Photo credit: Julie Diebolt Price

The historic Hotel Boulderado in the heart of downtown has 160 guest rooms and suites, three bars, and two restaurants and is a local favorite. They also have EV charging stations for guest use.

Basecamp Boulder

Basecamp Boulder is in a residential neighborhood on a main street with lots of traffic and is easy to find. A boutique hotel with a unique outdoorsy theme, Basecamp Boulder is the hotel of choice for visiting professors, prospective students, and parents. They have a rock-climbing wall, ping-pong table and beer garden. Some rooms may have kitchenettes.

Boulder University Inn

Boulder University Inn, just blocks from Pearl Street Mall, is a budget-friendly hotel and convenient for exploring the CU campus.

Ultimate Guide To 18 Boulder Hotels - St Julien Hotel & Spa.
St Julien Hotel & Spa. Photo credit: Julie Diebolt Price

St Julien Hotel and Spa

St Julien Hotel & Spa, offering 201 mountain and city view rooms and six two-room suites, is Boulder’s best luxury hotel. This upscale destination is in a prime location downtown and offers a full-service spa and fine dining.

Ultimate Guide To 18 Boulder Hotels - St Julien Hotel & Spa Rear Courtyard and Pergola.
St Julien Hotel & Spa Rear Courtyard and Pergola. Photo credit: Julie Diebolt Price

I enjoyed a lovely breakfast in their on-site restaurant, Jill’s, one morning. I finished just before the parking meters required payment. The City’s tow truck was waiting for the clock to strike at 9:00 am before starting their work.

Ultimate Guide To 18 Boulder Hotels - Jill’s at St Julien Hotel & Spa.
Jill’s at St Julien Hotel & Spa. Photo credit: Julie Diebolt Price

The Bradley Boulder Inn

 The Bradley Boulder Inn, rated #1 of 2 bed and breakfasts in Boulder by TripAdvisor, is in a residential neighborhood. All rooms have private baths, fireplaces, balconies, jetted tubs, and 100% cotton linens. Late afternoon wine and cheese are complimentary, and the famous Boulder breakfast is served each morning with organic coffee and tea. Cookies and baked goods are available all day.

Briar Rose

Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast
Rated #2 of 2 bed and breakfasts in Boulder by TripAdvisor is in a residential neighborhood. A chapel/shrine is on the property, and they serve an organic breakfast with fine teas and ecologically conscious hospitality.

Hotels Between One And Four Miles From The University of Colorado Boulder

Ultimate Guide To 18 Boulder Hotels - Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark and Flatirons.
Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark and Flatirons. Photo credit: Julie Diebolt Price

Colorado Chautauqua

You can see the Flatirons from here, and there are 40 miles of Boulder’s famous hiking trails outside the front door. The accommodations are peaceful and private, in separate cottages.

There are three main areas: Missions House Lodge, Columbine Lodge, and 58 individual cottages, each with its own entrances. You can choose from studio, 1, 2, or 3-bedroom cottages with a fully equipped kitchen. You can even get groceries delivered through Instacart. Each cottage also has a screened-in front porch, some allowing pets.

There are free guest mixers, guided hikes, and history tours. All-inclusive wellness retreats are also available for individuals and groups.

When I was there, the Ranger Cottage, located at the entrance to the hiking trails, served as the Visitor Center. They will be remodeling soon and expanding. The ranger on duty shared that there are 155 miles of trails in Boulder, and most of those trails can be accessed right from this Ranger Cottage.

Embassy Suites

Embassy Suites is a trendy property with mountain views, elegant furnishings, and local curated art. Free made-to-order breakfast, drinks, and snacks are complimentary at the evening reception.

Hilton Garden Inn Boulder

Hilton Garden Inn Boulder Is near Boulder Creek Path; jump on a bike to a Flatirons trailhead or hike nearby. The rooms boast hand-painted local artwork and a Keurig coffee maker. They offer a 24/7 business center, a bar/lounge, and an EV charging station.

Hyatt Place Boulder

Hyatt Place Boulder Is at Boulder Junction, where people live, work, and shop. A new transportation hub with rail and bus is coming to the surrounding area.

Courtyard by Marriott Boulder

Courtyard by Marriott Boulder is a contemporary hotel that allows easy exploration of Boulder, Chautauqua Park, and Pearl Street. The on-site restaurant serves American cuisine, Starbucks coffee, and craft cocktails.

Fairfield Inn & Suites

Fairfield Inn & Suites is a modern hotel that was completed in 2021. The business class accommodations offer a large work area in the rooms.

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Homewood Suites by Hilton are newly renovated and offer apartment-style living with a fireplace and kitchenette and separate living room and bedrooms. There are complimentary evening socials on Wednesdays.

Millennium Harvest House Boulder

Millennium Harvest House Boulder is within a five-minute drive of Folsom Field and the university. The property offers a business center, private balconies, and concierge services.

Residence Inn by Marriott Boulder

Residence Inn by Marriott Boulder is located near Boulder Municipal Airport. It offers ergonomic workstations, a separate dining area, a living room, and a board room for private meeting space.

Foot of the Mountain Motel

Foot of the Mountain Motel is a lovingly restored and preserved landmark since 1934. It’s close to Flagstaff Mountain and is a modern mountain motel with pet-friendly rooms, fire pits, and picnic areas on-site.

Hotels Between Four And Six Miles From The University of Colorado Boulder

Hampton Inn & Suites Boulder-North

Hampton Inn & Suites Boulder-North, located in the Gunbarrel business district of North Boulder, is close to Folsom Field, national companies, and numerous government contractors and labs.

There is easy access to Longmont, the vintage town of Niwot, and Boulder attractions, including Boulder Reservoir, Estes Park, and the Flatirons. Suites are available, featuring sofa beds, ergonomic desks, and HDTV.

Boulder Twin Lakes Inn

Boulder Twin Lakes Inn, in the Gunbarrel neighborhood of Boulder Valley, is ten minutes from the city center. This modern country inn has recently been renovated in the heart of high-tech companies, adjacent to a park, trails, and the Twin Lakes.

Julie Diebolt Price is an award-winning professional photographer, educator, author, and travel writer. She writes about two things – photography and travel (along with a little food and beverage). Julie educates and mentors aspiring photographers. As a journalist who loves to travel, she creates memorable experiences and shares them with words and pictures.
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